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Saturday, February 10, 2007

POLITICS

2 Former Warner Aides Move On to New Jobs

Two aides to former Virginia governor Mark R. Warner (D) have found new jobs after his announcement in October that he would not seek the Democratic presidential nomination.

Ellen Qualls, who was Warner's top press aide, will be a senior adviser for strategic planning to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), the speaker's office announced. Mary "Mame" Reiley, once Warner's political action committee director, has set up a political consulting firm and will advise Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D).

Qualls, a graduate of the University of Virginia, was Warner's director of communications and press secretary during his four-year term. She was a senior communications adviser to Forward Together, a political action committee that Warner formed as he considered running for president.

Reiley, a veteran Democratic operative, ran Warner's state PAC, One Virginia. She also was one of Warner's senior political advisers for Forward Together. Reiley's new firm, The Reiley Group, is also helping to raise money for the Race for the Cure in Washington and for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

-- Michael D. Shear

HIGHER EDUCATION

Philip Morris Gives $25 Million to U-Va.

The University of Virginia said yesterday that it will receive a $25 million gift from Philip Morris USA. Some of it will pay for research into smoking-related diseases.

About $5 million will go to the McIntire School of Commerce, and $20 million will go to the U-Va. School of Medicine for research and other purposes, including efforts to prevent young people from smoking. There are plans for research on addiction and diseases such as lung cancer.

-- Susan Kinzie

STATE LANDMARKS

17th-Century Town Put on Historic Register

Bermuda Hundred -- the 17th-century Chesterfield County village that was the first incorporated town in English America -- has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service.

The Virginia Company settled Bermuda Hundred in 1613, using "hundred" in the town's name because 100 families were under its jurisdiction. It was once home to Pocahontas and her English husband, John Rolfe.

-- Associated Press

WEATHER

Temperature at National Rises Above Freezing

The temperature rose above freezing yesterday at Reagan National Airport for the first time since Sunday. It reached 34 degrees at 3:59 p.m., the National Weather Service said.

Since Sunday, the temperature had dipped as low as 10 degrees at the airport. The forecast includes the possibility of snow early next week.

-- Martin Weil

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