Fanfair in the Air The Thunderbirds, the Air Force aerial demonstration team, rehearse for dedication of the Air Force Memorial in Arlington.
Fanfair in the Air The Thunderbirds, the Air Force aerial demonstration team, rehearse for dedication of the Air Force Memorial in Arlington. (By Lucian Perkins -- The Washington Post)
Sunday, October 15, 2006

Warner Won't Run for PresidentFormer Governor Cites Family Concerns

Former Virginia governor Mark R. Warner unexpectedly announced that he will not seek the Democratic nomination for president in 2008, citing the personal toll a run for the White House would take on his family.

Warner's repeated trips to Iowa, New Hampshire and other states with early primaries were largely successful, as voters greeted him with interest. He had raised $9 million for his political action committee.

But he said he had decided that a presidential campaign would interfere with his family life as his eldest daughter starts to consider which college to attend. He said he did not want to put his "real life" on hold for the next two years.

Mosque Says Manager EmbezzledFalls Church Man Accused of Altering Checks

A prominent Washington mosque has sued its longtime business manager, accusing him of embezzling more than $300,000 and diverting the money to companies he owned or controlled.

The Islamic Center of Washington, D.C., says in the lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, that Farzad Darui of Falls Church altered the names of payees on checks intended for legitimate vendors and substituted the names of his companies. It says the scheme began about 2000 and continued until Darui was suspended last month.

Body of Missing College Student FoundVermont Police Are Treating Death as Homicide

The body of a missing college senior from Arlington was found off a rural road near the University of Vermont. Police said that the man with whom she was last seen was arrested on unrelated sex assault charges and was being questioned about her death.

Burlington Police Chief Thomas Tremblay said the body was tentatively identified as that of Michelle Gardner-Quinn, 21. The body was discovered 15 miles southeast of downtown Burlington, near a popular swimming hole.

Police said they are investigating her death as an apparent kidnapping and homicide.

Doctor Must Stay in Jail Until RetrialFormer N.Va. Physician Called Flight Risk

Former Northern Virginia pain-management doctor William E. Hurwitz, whose conviction on drug-trafficking charges was overturned, will not be released from prison until his retrial, a federal judge ruled.

U.S. District Judge Leonard D. Wexler said he was concerned that Hurwitz might flee after a federal jury in Alexandria convicted him in 2004 of running a drug conspiracy out of his McLean office and trafficking in narcotics.

In August, a federal appeals court overturned Hurwitz's conviction and granted him a new trial, which is scheduled for March.

Man Charged in Culpeper Bomb ThreatCall Caused Countywide Shutdown of Schools

A 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of calling in a vague bomb threat that shut down every school and day-care center in Culpeper County a week ago, and police linked him to previous telephone threats against authorities and a local motel.

Mark J. Robinson of Culpeper was charged with four counts of making bomb threats, two counts of threatening to kill or injure by telephone and one count of using obscene or vulgar language on the phone, in connection with the Oct. 4 bomb threat and earlier threats against the Culpeper Police Department and a Best Western motel.

Across the RegionMalvo Pleads Guilty; Metro Studies Escalators

· Sniper Lee Boyd Malvo formally took responsibility for his role in the October 2002 sniper shootings in Montgomery County, pleading guilty to six counts of first-degree murder.

· Metro is considering converting some escalators to stairs to save money on maintenance and repairs. The agency may get rid of escalators that are less than 30 feet tall and at locations with multiple escalators.

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