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ABC7 NEWS: The very latest on these stories today on Good Morning Washington:

During campaign appearances in Virginia, Republican Mitt Romney is trying to ride a wave of momentum from a strong debate performance against President Barack Obama and reset the presidential campaign as the government releases new unemployment data providing the latest update on the nation's economy.

Several people were rescued and four had to be taken to the hospital after a big apartment fire in Northwest D.C.  

ABC7 WEATHER: Today, we will see early isolated fog, but otherwise, the day will be mostly sunny, with low humidity, with highs reaching 85.  

FAIRFAX SCHOOLS LOOK FOR FEDERAL GRANT: Per The Washington Post, “The Fairfax County school system is applying for a U.S. Department of Education grant worth up to $40 million in the hopes it would help the county overhaul schools attended by its poorest students. The grant, part of an Obama administration initiative called “Race to the Top,” provides about $400 million over four years to individual school systems. ‘We’re going for this grant because we need every dollar in these tight times,’ said Kim Dockery, a Fairfax County assistant superintendent who is on the grant proposal team.”  

ROMNEY TAX PLAN DEFENSE WORKS FOR HIM: Per The Washington Post, “With his forceful denial of charges that he would raise taxes on the middle class, Mitt Romney used Wednesday’s debate to launch an aggressive new effort to regain his footing in the battle over taxes.”  

HEAD OF INTERNAL AFFAIRS FOR D.C. CFO RESIGNS: Per The Washington Post, William J. DiVello, “the head of internal affairs for the Office of the Chief Financial Officer abruptly resigned Thursday, less than a week before he was expected to testify before the D.C. Council about deficiencies in the city’s tax office.”

MEDICINE LINKED BACK TO MENINGITIS CASES: Per The Washington Post, “More than 17,000 vials of an injectable steroid that has been linked to 35 cases of meningitis, five of them fatal, were sent to doctors’ offices and clinics in 23 states over the summer, health officials said Thursday.”  

TYSONS CORNER NAME CHANGE? Per WTOP, “With Tysons Corner undergoing renovations and renewal, developers and Fairfax County leaders are contemplating dropping the word ‘Corner’ from the name. But will it make a difference? ‘They know Tysons Corner. Will it be a big deal if it's now called Tysons?’ says Gerald Gordon, president of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority.”  

NHL LOCKOUT CLAIMS ONE LOCAL GAME: The National Hockey League has canceled its regular season schedule through Oct. 24 due to the ongoing lockout, which includes four Washington Capitals home games.  

NEWSTALK: Today on Newstalk (Broadcast live at 10am on NewsChannel 8) DC's head of forensic services, Dr. Max Houk, talks about the city's new crime lab. Congressoman Eleanor Holmes Norton talks about budget autonomy, sequestration and the Obama-Romney debate. Later, Newstalk will also discuss the NHL's decision to cancel the first couple weeks of the season.

-Yasmeen Alamiri


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