Nicholas Horrock

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Nicholas Horrock has been a writer and journalist for three decades including stints on The New York Times, Newsweek Magazine, United Press International and the Chicago Tribune. He was the editor in charge of a New York Times team that won the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for a series of articles on the U.S. immigration crisis called “The Tarnished Door.”

Horrock became an expert on national security and military affairs. He covered seven wars from the Vietnam conflict through the 2003 invasion of Iraq and has traveled throughout the world. He holds journalism awards for investigations of wrongdoing by the Central Intelligence Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation and has written extensively on terrorism, espionage and public corruption.

In a book entitled “The Contrabandistas,” Horrock detailed a major drug smuggling operation from Paraguay to New York. Horrock is currently working on a history of the U.S. response to the threat of a biological weapons attack. He covered the anthrax attacks in 2001 for Untied Press International and has tracked the FBI investigation and scientific developments over nearly a decade.

Horrock and his wife, Diane Henry, also write novels and expect to publish “A Sleepless Night,” in 2011. Writing as Henry Horrock they published a Washington thriller called “Potomac Fever” and an earlier novel on drug smuggling called “Blood Red, Snow White.”

Recent Stories

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How High Is Too High?

Neighbors oppose proposed projects in South Arlington.

South Arlington citizens told two members of the Arlington County Board on Wednesday, Jan. 23, that they oppose a plan to build a 300-foot tall building near the Pentagon and they think county officials conducting hearings on the proposal are favoring the developer Vornado/ Charles E. Smith.

Silver Line Faces ‘Daunting Issues’

Challenges planners face before cars get rolling.

In August, 2013, 55 years after construction began on the Dulles International Airport, the first phase of a $7 billion Metrorail connection between Washington, D.C. and Dulles will be completed that will extend rail travel to five stops in Tysons Corner and Reston.

Tysons Tax District Questioned

Residents, Taxpayers Alliance oppose new taxes.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is expected shortly to create a tax “service” district in Tysons Corner that will fund 11 percent of the estimated $3 billion in transportation projects over the next 40 years as the giant redevelopment plan moves forward.

Shaping a Route 1 Bypass Proposal

Plan includes “Equestrian Underpass.”

According to supporters of Woodlawn Stables, the Federal Highway Administration has offered an alternative bypass proposal that would allow the riding academy to continue operation, preserve more acreage and build new barn facilities on the remaining property.

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Silver Line Gets ‘Green Light’

Loudoun County Board by a 5-4 vote ‘opts in’ on extension of rail into their county.

Considering it is a hard fought presidential election year and a time of enormous financial anxiety, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors took a vote of amazing courage or astounding foolhardiness and backed the extension of the Silver Line Rail into their county.

Planning a Town Center at Land Bay G

Site could embrace restaurants, hotels, movies.

In 2007, MidAtlantic Realty Partners, a veteran Washington area real estate developer, bought 17 acres of land from the Pulte Group for $70 million. MRP’s plan was to develop Potomac Yard’s Land Bay G, the third largest parcel in the city’s concept of Potomac Yard and what Alexandria planners saw as a “Town Center” — a place with restaurants, stores, movies, offices and hotels could serve the giant residential neighborhood being developed next door by the Pulte Group.

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Land Bay F Compares in Scope to Crystal City

Increased density would help pay for new Metro station.

Third in a three-part series about Potomac Yard development.

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Building from East Glebe Road to Monroe Avenue Bridge

After delays, construction on 164-acre part to finish by 2020.

Second in a three-part series about Potomac Yard development.

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Transforming a Vision into Housing, Commerce

Creating an urban development, one land bay at a time.

First in a three-part series about Potomac Yard development.

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Building Upon Layers Of History

From Native American settlements to gentrified neighborhoods.

If you stand on the roof of a high rise apartment build in North Alexandria, you can get a sense of the extraordinary flatness of the Potomac Yard. You can see the Washington Monument and the Capitol dome across a skyline unbroken by anything but the occasional lifting off of a plane from Ronald Reagan Airport. To the left are the high rise buildings of Crystal City, but they are manmade break in the flat land which runs from the Potomac River south to below Old Town before a ridge of any significant height changes the contour of the country side.

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