Friday, October 31, 2008


Senator to Wrap Up Campaign Here Monday

Sen. Barack Obama, the Democratic presidential nominee, announced last night that the final event of his campaign will take place in Northern Virginia.

Obama plans to hold a large rally Monday night in or near Manassas Park, though an exact location has yet to be determined.

Obama's decision to end his 20-month campaign in Virginia is another sign that he views the state as a crucial battleground. A Democratic presidential nominee has not carried the state since 1964. Obama has made 10 stops in Virginia since June.

-- Tim Craig


Free Mobile Phone Service Available

A government program that subsidizes phone service for low-income people is available in Virginia.

TracFone Wireless, a provider of prepaid mobile phones, will provide free mobile-phone service for as long as a year to Virginia families who earn less than 135 percent of the federal poverty level. For a four-person household, for example, the threshold would be an annual income of $28,620.

The SafeLink Wireless program includes a mobile phone, access to emergency services and 68 minutes of calling time a month, which can be carried over. Phone users may purchase additional minutes.

The Universal Service Fund charge on monthly phone bills finances the program.

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