Here are the share-worthy stories from Washington, D.C., and northern Virginia Patches to talk about tonight:
On Thursday, NASA sent its next rover to Mars, and it has a little piece of Burke, Virginia going with it. Earlier this year, Lake Braddock Secondary School student Alexander Mather was named as the winner to name the rover Perseverance.
Although D.C. Public Schools students will be heading back to school on Aug. 31, they won't be returning to their school buildings until at least November at the earliest. DCPS officials confirmed Thursday the first term of the academic year would be conducted virtually.
The Fredericksburg Police Department is holding a series of community outreach events where its members will meet with the public to discuss enhancements and improvements to its policing efforts in response to demonstrations in the city calling for racial justice and the implementation of police reform measures.
Homicide detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department arrested a third suspect in the fatal shooting of 11-year-old Davon McNeal following a July 4 Peace Cookout in Anacostia, according to a police release. Police are still looking for a fourth suspect wanted in this case.
Tropical Storm Isaias formed late Wednesday night in the Atlantic, threatening to deliver heavy rain to parts of Virginia by Tuesday morning. Strong winds in Florida are expected to begin this weekend.
The Virginia Department of Health reported 911 additional coronavirus cases on Thursday, bringing the cumulative number of cases to 88,904. Virginia's cumulative total of deaths is 2,141 after 16 new deaths were reported Thursday.