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August 21

VIRGINIA
Ex-congressman
to lead GMU board

Former congressman Thomas M. Davis III will become the next leader of the governing board of George Mason University, officials announced Thursday.

Davis, a Republican who represented Northern Virginia in the House from January 1995 to November 2008, was elected rector of the university’s Board of Visitors in a vote of the board. Then-Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) named Davis to the 16-member board in 2013.

— Nick Anderson

Conviction in case
linked to heroin death

A drug dealer who had been linked to the overdose death of a McLean High School junior was convicted of conspiracy to distribute heroin on Monday but acquitted of responsibility for the teen’s death.

Prosecutors charged that Antowan Thorne, 37, sold heroin to 16-year-old Emylee Lonczak and three others who drove from Virginia to the District together to buy the drug on Aug. 21, 2013. The four then used the drug.

Lonczak lost consciousness and died.

U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema ruled that the government had not proven the charge that Thorne’s heroin distribution resulted in Lonczak’s death.

— Julie Zauzmer

Warner, Gillespie
will meet eight times

Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) on Thursday agreed to eight appearances with Republican challenger Ed Gillespie before the November election.

In addition to a televised debate in West Virginia last month, the candidates will square off in two more televised debates: on Oct. 7 in Fairfax County and in Richmond on Oct. 13. They also agreed to four joint appearances: two in Northern Virginia in September, one in Danville in October and another that has yet to be scheduled.

Gillespie previously accepted six invitations to debate Warner. The campaign is still in talks regarding a Hampton Roads event and has not yet received an invitation to a Roanoke event.—

— Jenna Portnoy

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