Editor's Note: Regarding "Ex-Girlfriend Is Allegedly Abducted," a Loudoun General District Court judge dismissed the charges against Bruno A. Villar-Revello on Feb. 8, 2008, finding that they lacked probable cause.
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-- Bill Brubaker
Student Takes Third in Science Contest
A Fairfax County teenager placed third yesterday in a national high school science competition sponsored by the Siemens Foundation, winning a $40,000 college scholarship.
Jacob Steinhardt, 18, a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, was honored for mathematical research that could lead to the design of faster computer networks.
Steinhardt hopes to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The top prize and a $100,000 scholarship went to a Bethlehem, Pa., student whose research on bone growth in zebra fish has implications for the treatment of bone injuries and disorders in humans.
-- Michael Alison Chandler
County Executive, Attorney to Get Raises
Fairfax County's top two government administrators will receive pay raises starting Jan. 5, the Board of Supervisors decided yesterday.
County Executive Anthony H. Griffin will receive a 4 percent increase, raising his annual salary to $232,086. He will also be allowed to forgo a county-provided vehicle and instead receive a car allowance of $675 a month.
County Attorney David P. Bobzien will receive a 4.5 percent salary increase, to $201,560 a year. Both men received annual evaluations in a closed session with board members yesterday.
County spokeswoman Merni Fitzgerald said the average performance-based pay increase for county employees this year is 4.6 percent.
-- Amy Gardner