Va. Executes Kasi for CIA Attack
U.S. Worries About Retaliation Mir Aimal Kasi was executed by injection Thursday night, nearly a decade after he opened fire outside CIA headquarters, killing two people and wounding three others in a protest of U.S. policy toward Muslims.
Kasi, 38, who fled to Pakistan and Afghanistan after the killings and eluded the FBI and intelligence officials for 4 1/2 years, was pronounced dead at 9:07 p.m. at the Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt, Va.
Kasi's death -- Virginia's fourth execution this year -- marked the end of one of the state's highest-profile capital cases. FBI and CIA officials never found evidence that Kasi was linked to a terrorist organization. But the U.S. State Department has warned that Kasi's death could result in retaliation against Americans abroad.
Bombing Suspect Surrenders
Fugitive Turns Himself In in Montana Prescott Sigmund, 35, of Potomac, charged in the July 12 pipe bomb explosion in the District that critically injured his half brother, surrendered to police in Montana after seeing his case aired on Fox's "America's Most Wanted" television show. Authorities said Sigmund was using an assumed name and had been working as a desk clerk in a Missoula motel.
Schools to Cover Condoms
Montgomery Approves Pilot Program Montgomery County's school board voted 5 to 1 Tuesday to allow the demonstration of proper condom use and discussions of homosexuality and nontraditional lifestyles as part of a pilot program next fall for some high school health classes. Montgomery joins four other public school systems -- Baltimore and Howard and Prince George's counties in Maryland, and the District of Columbia -- offering to demonstrate condom use.
Less Help From Richmond
Warner Tells Counties to Lower Expectations Virginia Gov. Mark R. Warner (D) told local elected officials to expect a sharp decline in support from the state. And local officials promised to launch a public relations battle to blame the state for fewer county services and higher local taxes.
Warner, speaking at the annual meeting of the Virginia Association of Counties, told county supervisors that he and state lawmakers will slash an additional $1 billion from the state's budget when the General Assembly convenes in January. Warner said localities will need to reexamine services and programs that have traditionally been supported by both state and local money, such as mental health services, libraries and programs for the elderly.
Bringing In the Business
Study Says Tax Incentives Pay Off Virginia programs that provide financial incentives to draw companies to the state and keep them in it are cost-effective and worth continuing even in tough budget times, according to a legislative committee report released Tuesday.
The committee studied two years -- 1997 and 1998 -- at the height of the Internet economic boom. It found that the state paid more than $30 million in incentives to business during that time. And it found that amount was recovered in higher income taxes in three to five years.
Howard Prosecutor Considering Case Howard County's newly elected state's attorney, Timothy F. McCrone, a Democrat, soon will have to decide whether to seek the death penalty for a Columbia banker accused in the strangulation deaths of his two young daughters last June. During the campaign, McCrone, an Ellicott City lawyer, said he thought the death penalty would be appropriate in some cases.
Stopping Students' 'Summer Slide'
Montgomery Program Seen as a Help A study of 4,000 children who attended Montgomery County's new summer school program found that the intensive instruction helped prevent what researchers call "summer slide."
Rather than forgetting key academic concepts over the summer break, children who participated faithfully in the four-week program posted gains on math and reading tests, the study found. The tests were given before and after the summer classes.
The summer program, held in July and August, was for children entering kindergarten and first, second and third grades. Three-fourths of the participants were from poor families or spoke little English.