A Winter Walkie Pamela Brooke takes her dogs Sugar, left, and Lad out to play in the snow along the Potomac River in Washington. The area's first snowstorm of the season occurred last week.
A Winter Walkie Pamela Brooke takes her dogs Sugar, left, and Lad out to play in the snow along the Potomac River in Washington. The area's first snowstorm of the season occurred last week. (By Nikki Kahn -- The Washington Post)
Sunday, January 28, 2007

Loudoun Leads Va. in Population Growth100,000 More Live in County Than in 2000

Loudoun County has added more than 100,000 people since 2000, increasing its population by 59 percent and leading a surge in which Virginia has grown by a half-million people since the decade began, according to a University of Virginia study.

The state's growth has been concentrated in Northern Virginia, where Prince William County has added 88,000 people and Fairfax County, the state's largest jurisdiction, nearly 47,000. The next fastest-growing counties -- Stafford, Spotsylvania and Culpeper -- are on the edges of the expanding region. Overall, the state's population has grown by 560,000 since 2000, to 7.6 million.

Celebration of Juneteenth ProposedState Slavery Apology Unneeded, Delegate Said

The Virginia lawmaker who caused an uproar this month by questioning the need for a state apology for slavery proposed a measure to commemorate the freeing of the last U.S. slaves in June 1865.

Del. Frank D. Hargrove Sr. (R-Hanover County) inflamed the House of Delegates by saying that blacks should "get over" slavery and that apologizing for slavery was no more necessary than asking Jews to apologize for "killing Christ." He offered the resolution in part to reach out to those he offended, he said.

Black lawmakers said they are happy to support Hargrove's resolution to celebrate Juneteenth, but not if it is meant to replace theirs, which calls for Virginia to apologize for its role in slavery. The resolution is intended to coincide with the celebration of the 400th anniversary of the English settlement of Jamestown, where slaves first arrived in 1619.

Fairfax Board Fights 'No Child' LawOfficials Exempt Immigrant Students From Test

The Fairfax County School Board defied the U.S. Department of Education -- and challenged the No Child Left Behind Act -- by declining to force thousands of immigrant students to take a federally mandated test because local educators think it is unfair.

Fairfax school officials said they will continue to test how well those students are learning to read, speak and write English and will report those results. But this year they will not, as the federal government requires, give the students reading exams that cover the same grade-level material as tests taken by peers who are native-English speakers.

Man, 96, Left in Van Over Cold NightResident of Home Is Treated for Hypothermia

A 96-year-old nursing home resident spent 18 hours in a parked church van in Old Town Alexandria as temperatures dipped below freezing.

Alexandria police said Prostler Samuels was found by a church employee Monday morning, shivering in the pressed suit and coat he had worn to Alfred Street Baptist Church on Sunday morning. Samuels was taken to Inova Alexandria Hospital, where he was being treated for hypothermia.

Police are investigating the incident as a neglect case and are looking into the actions of Woodbine Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center. They also are investigating how a church employee left someone in a wheelchair in a church van from 2:30 p.m. Sunday to 9 a.m. Monday.

Plan for Tysons Metro Tunnel DetailedProposal Would Be Affordable, Supporters Say

A group of Northern Virginia business leaders and residents presented detailed plans they said prove that a Metro tunnel through Tysons Corner could be built for an affordable price, raising the pressure on Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) and federal officials who decided that the underground route isn't realistic.

The debate over the design of the $4 billion rail extension from West Falls Church to Dulles International Airport has roiled Northern Virginia for the past year, with supporters of a tunnel arguing that it would cause much less disruption during construction than an elevated track and do more for transforming Tysons into a walkable downtown for Fairfax County. Kaine spokesman Kevin Hall said the governor's staff would look at the new report but did not expect that to change the decision.

Across the RegionD.C. Voting Rights in House Expand Slightly

ยท The new Democratic-controlled House gave Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) the right to vote on amendments to bills on the House floor, a privilege that legislators acknowledged is largely symbolic. The action restores a right that Norton and four other non-state representatives received in 1993. It was taken away two years later when Republicans won control of the House.

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