A man dies in the Virginia ICE facility with the U.S.’ largest coronavirus outbreak

Sentinel 3 days 14 hours ago
A 72-year-old Canadian man died while in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody at the Immigration Center of America (ICA) detention center in Farmville, Virginia. The privately run center has the United States’ largest outbreak inside of an immigration detention center, with 315 cases out of 360 of those being held. That means almost...
Helen Ehrlich, Editor-In-Chief

Virginia Supreme Court blocks evictions as a serious issue is exposed

Sentinel 3 days 16 hours ago
A renting crisis is looming in the United States. The U.S. is going to experience an eviction wave like never before. Mass evictions will sweep the nation, as many renters find themselves unable to pay their rent amidst the pandemic. The Supreme Court of Virginia has placed a moratorium (a suspension or block) on evictions...
Helen Ehrlich, Editor-In-Chief

FCPS renames high school in honor of Rep. John Lewis

Sentinel 3 days 16 hours ago
The Fairfax County Public School (FCPS) School Board remanded the school Robert E. Lee High School in honor of the late Representative and activist John Lewis.    Fairfax County had been debating renaming the school for a long time, particularly after the renaming of what is now Justice High School. The school board began the...
Helen Ehrlich, Editor-In-Chief

Fairfax County goes fully online for the fall – What are other DMV schools & universities doing?

Sentinel 3 days 17 hours ago
After weeks of debating, pushing back against federal attacks, fielding petitions and Facebook groups, Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) has decided to send students back to school digitally. After Superintendent Brabrand recommended a virtual fall, due to continued case spikes in Virginia and around the United States, the FCPS School Board informally (they did not...
Helen Ehrlich, Editor-In-Chief

2020 MLB season in jeopardy

Sentinel 1 week ago
From the time the 2020 Major League Baseball (MLB) season was proposed to Commissioner Rob Manfred, everyone involved in the plan knew it would take a Herculean effort to get the season to work.  It was going to take a huge amount of work to even get the season started. With players, coaches, staff members...
Marc Goldstein, Assistant Editor in Chief

VHSL cancels football this fall

Sentinel 2 weeks 2 days ago
With all of the recent speculation about whether or not fall sports will happen, the governing board for Virginia High School Sports has made their decision. This decision was made, but the final verdict is not decided yet. The VHSL (Virginia High School League), the organization for both sports and extra curricular activities in the...
Marc Goldstein, Assistant Editor in Chief

US Secretary of Education attacks FCPS – Battle lines are drawn as public education faces the fall

Sentinel 4 weeks ago
Besty Devos has been slamming public schools and lobbing threats at non-private institutions since assuming the role of US Secretary of Education in 2017. Devos has now turned taken an interest in defunding public schools that don’t send all students back in the fall, and she’s looking directly at Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).  ...
Helen Ehrlich, Editor-In-Chief

FCPS teachers push back against in-person learning

Sentinel 4 weeks ago
Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), the 10th biggest school division in the U.S., has been working to provide options for students during online learning. COVID-19 forced schools to close, and FCPS was sent scrambling to prepare hundreds of schools for online learning. After resistance from the superintendent to closing and chaos in online classrooms due...
Helen Ehrlich, Editor-In-Chief

MLB Set To Restart

Sentinel 1 month ago
With the Coronavirus pandemic still attacking the immune systems of people across the planet, the last thing anyone would want to do is play a sport that has players in such close contact with one another as baseball. Around mid-April, the MLB and MLBPA (player’s union)  began devising a way for them to play this...
Marc Goldstein, Assistant Editor in Chief

NBA set to restart in late July

Sentinel 1 month 1 week ago
For a sports starved nation, any news surrounding a major sports league returning is welcomed with open arms. In the case of the NBA, they announced that they would be returning to action on July 30. The season will continue in Orlando, Florida at Walt Disney World. All the teams will be required to stay...
Marc Goldstein, Sports Editor

The Weekly Wrap Up: COVID-19 News Briefing – June 25

Sentinel 1 month 2 weeks ago
This is the “Weekly Wrap Up,” the Sentinel’s weekly news briefing on everything happening in DC, Virginia and Fairfax County regarding the Coronavirus.  Face coverings are still mandated, per the executive order signed by Governor Northam. There has been some resistance to the mask regulations, particularly in areas outside of Northern Virginia.   The Shelter...
Helen Ehrlich, Editor-In-Chief

Virginia statewide primary Democratic voting guide: 11th District

Sentinel 1 month 2 weeks ago
Drastic changes have been made in Virginia politics in the past year, and more changes are likely to come. The Virginia statewide primary is on June 23, 2020. Find your polling place here if you’re eligible to vote and haven’t voted by mail.   Many Republicans are vying to take Democratic spots across the state,...
Helen Ehrlich, Editor-In-Chief

South Lakes students & Oakton student organize a local protest for Black Lives Matter

Sentinel 1 month 3 weeks ago
The Black Lives Matter movement has gained international attention, sparking protests around the nation. A group of South Lakes students, as well as a student from Okaton High School, organized a protest together to combat systemic racism and inhumane policing practices.   On Sunday, June 7, 2020 the group organized approximately 175-200 participants, according to...
Helen Ehrlich, Editor-In-Chief

The Weekly Wrap Up: COVID-19 News Briefing – June 18

Sentinel 1 month 3 weeks ago
This is the “Weekly Wrap Up,” the Sentinel’s weekly news briefing on everything happening in DC, Virginia and Fairfax County regarding the Coronavirus.  Face coverings are still mandated, per the executive order signed by Governor Northam.   The Shelter In Place order for Northern Virginia has expired, as the entire state moves further into Phase...
Helen Ehrlich, Editor-In-Chief

Emergency police reform legislation passes in DC

Sentinel 1 month 3 weeks ago
After historic protests rocked the world, measures to alter the state of racist policing in the United States have just begun in the District of Columbia, after decades of tensions. (Read more about the protests in DC here.)   Emergency legislation regarding police reform passed through DC’s City Council. The legislation bans chokeholds, allows felons...
Helen Ehrlich, Editor-In-Chief

Virginia makes Juneteenth a paid state holiday

Sentinel 1 month 3 weeks ago
The state of Virginia made international news by declaring Juneteenth a paid state holiday.  Governor Northam signed an executive order on Wednesday June 17, 2020 making Juneteenth an official holiday in the state. International superstar Pharrell stood with Governor Northam and backed the declaration.   Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of enslaved people in the United...
Helen Ehrlich, Editor-In-Chief

Virginia Senate Primary Voting Guide: 11th District

Sentinel 1 month 3 weeks ago
The Virginia Primary this year has all eyes trained on Reston’s political area: District 11.    Most seats are uncontested within the Democratic party, but longtime incumbent Gerald E. (Gerry) Connolly is facing off with Progressive favorite Zainab Mohsini. There are two Democrats running for the first time since 2008. There is one Republican and...
Helen Ehrlich, Editor-In-Chief

The Weekly Wrap Up: COVID-19 News Briefing – June 11

Sentinel 2 months ago
This is the “Weekly Wrap Up,” the Sentinel’s weekly news briefing on everything happening in DC, Virginia and Fairfax County regarding the Coronavirus.    After successfully reopening to phase one, Governor Northam stated that he is now slowing Northern Virginia’s transition into phase two.  Northern Virginia begins phase two on June 12, 2020. Read about...
Helen Ehrlich, Editor-In-Chief

NCAA athletes’ payday (sort of)

Sentinel 2 months ago
For years, the NCAA has reached headlines across the US about players or organizations, a lot of them dealing with scandalous behavior. From Southern Methodist University (SMU) Football receiving the death penalty (blackout of all televised games and loss of scholarships) to athletes dealing with boosters, many of these headlines had one thing in common:...
Zen Smith, Staff Writer
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