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O'Malley's Democratic rival, Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan, is expected to win the backing of other SEIU chapters with a presence in the Washington area.

Another Trustee Resigns From AU Board

American University trustee Michael D. Capellas, chairman and chief executive of MCI, has resigned, citing a need to devote more time to his company, according to Thomas A. Gottschalk, the acting chairman of the Board of Trustees.

The board, which is continuing talks on the terms of departure for ousted president Benjamin Ladner, now has 21 members. The departure of Capellas follows that of former chairwoman Leslie E. Bains on Oct. 9 and Paul M. Wolff two days later.

The board voted last week to dismiss Ladner and also asked him to reimburse the university $125,000 and report an additional $398,000 in taxable income for three years that auditors investigated.


Mall Stabbing Gang-Related, Police Say

A 15-year-old Springfield boy was stabbed at Springfield Mall on Saturday, apparently after a confrontation in the mall, and Fairfax County police said yesterday that they believe the incident was gang-related.

The youth was standing at one of the mall entrances about 8:45 p.m. when he was approached by about 10 young men, Officer Bud Walker said. The group surrounded the teenager, and he was stabbed once in the upper body, Walker said. He was flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital with serious injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening, police said.

Police believe the attackers were Latino gang members, though they declined to specify which gang. Walker said investigators were not certain that the victim was a gang member, but he said that the victim knew his attackers and that "it was not a random attack."

Car Goes Into Creek, Killing McLean Man

A McLean man was killed early Saturday when he apparently lost control of his car while going around a curve, Fairfax County police said yesterday.

Michael Greenway, 20, of the 7800 block of Montvale Way was driving a 2005 Volkswagen Jetta north on Kirby Road about 5:15 a.m., police said. As he passed Claiborne Drive, police said, the Jetta went off the road and landed in a creek.

Greenway was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators did not know whether speed or alcohol was involved, and the investigation is continuing.

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