Metro to Tysons Corner, Dulles
Fairfax Board Backs $3.2 Billion Plan The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors endorsed a $3.2 billion plan to extend Metrorail to Tysons Corner and Dulles International Airport, giving political and financial momentum to the largest transit project in the region and one of the biggest in the country.
Eight of 11 proposed stations, along a 24-mile extension of the Orange Line between West Falls Church and Route 772, would be built in Fairfax. Fairfax officials have pledged $500 million to the rail line. The county's support is viewed as key to approval from two panels that will formally vote on the plan this year -- Virginia's Commonwealth Transportation Board and Metro's board of directors. Loudoun County officials endorsed the proposal this summer.
Couple's Death Ruled Homicide
Slayings Are Leesburg's First in 3 Years A Leesburg couple found dead in their nightclothes in their condominium on Monday were slain, making them the first homicide victims in the Loudoun town in three years, police said.
Francis Beland, 75, and Lillian Beland, 71, were found by firefighters in the master bedroom of their apartment. Neighbors had reported a smell of smoke coming from the apartment. According to the state medical examiner, Francis Beland died of stab wounds to the chest. The office has not yet determined a cause of death for Lillian Beland. Police say robbery may have been the motive.
Cutting Into Mental Health Services
State Reductions Threaten Fairfax Program Mental health services for the uninsured are the latest victims of Gov. Mark R. Warner's budget cuts.
Because of budget cutbacks, a Fairfax County program that provides hospital treatment to uninsured people with severe mental illness is threatened, and some local officials and activists worry that growing numbers of dangerously psychotic people could be left on the streets.
The cuts, which mean a reduction of the inpatient psychiatric treatment program at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital, stem from a decision by Warner (D) to cut funding this year for mental illness, retardation and substance abuse programs by 10 percent statewide. As a result, the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board has proposed cutting the 26-year-old program by $85,000 this fiscal year, eliminating one of its two beds for indigent psychiatric patients and denying service to about 40 patients a year.
Two More Weeks of Class Time
Longer Alexandria School Year Proposed Alexandria students could find themselves in class for an additional 10 days next year under a plan that Superintendent Rebecca L. Perry is promoting as a way to help students learn.
An extra two weeks before Labor Day would give Alexandria students valuable time with their teachers and could help raise test scores, Perry said. All children could benefit from more time in school, but it could especially help poor children, who often are helped by more class time, she said. Perry concedes, however, that the city may not be able to afford the plan, which would cost the system about $2 million in teachers' salaries, transportation and operating expenses.
Across the Region
Unclean Cafeterias; Fundraising Faulted
* Health inspectors found unclean conditions at 14 District school cafeterias over the past two months, including one junior high cafeteria where inspectors found rodent and roach infestations caused by poor maintenance and faulty procedures by cafeteria workers. The most serious violations were found at Shaw Junior High School, and Superintendent Paul L. Vance placed Shaw Principal Gregory Thomas, along with four food service employees and the head custodian at the school, on administrative leave with pay.
* D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D) and 11 former and current aides violated city personnel rules when they raised $1.5 million for political and civic events using government resources and time, the D.C. Office of Campaign Finance said Tuesday.
-- Victoria Benning