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VIRGINIA BRIEFING

EPISCOPAL CHURCH SPLIT

Archbishop Angry About Minister Becoming Bishop

The head of the Anglican Communion is displeased, his spokesman says, that the leader of the Nigerian branch plans to make a bishop of a Fairfax City minister who left the Episcopal Church. Martyn Minns, rector at Truro Church, led about a dozen Virginia congregations last winter out of the U.S. church, part of the Anglican Communion, and into the Convocation of Anglicans in North America.

Nigerian Archbishop Peter Akinola will install Minns today as a missionary bishop for the convocation. "This is clearly not a development that the Archbishop would wish to encourage," said a spokesman for Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury.

-- Michelle Boorstein

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY

Fox Is Killed After Attacking Dogs and Chasing Child

A fox that appeared to be rabid was killed in Prince William County on Thursday after attacking four dogs and chasing a child, county police said. Police said a resident killed the fox with a baseball bat in the Springwood section of Lake Ridge. Anyone who saw the fox is asked to call 703-792-6500.

-- Theresa Vargas and Martin Weil


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