Warner Drafts $858 Million in Cuts
Budget Shortfall May Hit $2 Billion Virginia Gov. Mark R. Warner (D) announced Tuesday that he has ordered $858 million in emergency spending cuts, including layoffs of 1,837 state government workers, in an effort to begin closing a budget shortfall that could approach $2 billion over two years.
The unprecedented cuts include shutting Department of Motor Vehicles offices one day a week, forcing colleges to raise tuition or trim staff, reducing many community services by 10 percent and shortening hours at state-run liquor stores.
National United Way Toughens Rules
More Financial Disclosure Sought
National leaders of the United Way announced a number of accounting changes intended to prevent the kinds of financial improprieties uncovered at the charity's Washington operation in recent months. The new guidelines demand fuller financial disclosure from the organization's more than 1,400 affiliates.
Schwartz Convicted in Slaying
Jury Recommends 48 Years in Prison After five days of testimony and four hours of deliberation, a Loudoun County Circuit Court jury convicted Clara Jane Schwartz of orchestrating the murder of her father, biophysicist Robert M. Schwartz, who was stabbed to death last December in his Leesburg home. Clara Schwartz was found guilty of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and two counts of solicitation to commit murder. The jury recommended that Schwartz, 20, be sentenced to 48 years in prison. Judge Thomas Horne has scheduled sentencing for Jan. 21. Under Virginia law, he can reduce but not lengthen the jury's recommended sentence.
New Gun Restrictions Rejected
N.Va. Delegates Pushed Bill Northern Virginia lawmakers, citing the recent sniper attacks, proposed firearm restrictions at government buildings but were rebuffed by rural and Republican colleagues who oppose new gun controls. The Militia and Police Committee of the House of Delegates voted to defeat a proposal by Del. James F. Almand (D-Arlington) to ban all guns except police weapons in the state Capitol and General Assembly building.
Finalists Chosen for Pentagon Memorial
Work to Be Erected Where Plane Struck Six finalists have been selected in a competition to design a Sept. 11 memorial at the Pentagon. The designs, unveiled Thursday, were chosen by an 11-member panel from 1,126 submissions to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Trees, open skies, pools of water and etchings of each victim's name in polished stone or glass are among the components of the finalists' designs. The memorial will be erected near the west facade of the Pentagon, where the hijacked American Airlines plane struck.
Across the Region
Bay Health Unchanged; GWU Students Sue
* The health of the Chesapeake Bay has remained virtually unchanged for five years despite extensive restoration efforts, according to the annual State of the Bay report by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
* Lawyer and former Baltimore mayor Kurt L. Schmoke was named dean of the Howard University School of Law on Tuesday.
* Seven George Washington University students filed a federal lawsuit against District police alleging that they were unfairly swept up in last month's mass arrests during the World Bank and International Monetary Fund meetings.
-- Victoria Benning