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.

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.

A Seat at the Prosecution Table

Va. Widower Is Given Role in German Case A Fairfax County man whose wife died aboard hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 when it crashed into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, will be permitted to join in Germany's prosecution of an alleged member of the Hamburg cell that led the attacks, a German court decided.

Stephen Push of Great Falls was granted the status of co-plaintiff, which will give him the same rights in court as German prosecutors and allow him, and potentially the families of other victims, access to secret evidence including intelligence material. The ruling was in reference to the trial of Mounir Motassadeq, 28, the first person to stand trial anywhere in the world for alleged direct complicity in the attacks. Push and his German legal counsel will have status equal to but independent of the German prosecutors.

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.

Across the Region

Sigmund Surrenders; U-Md. Stabbing

* Prescott Sigmund, 35, the fugitive 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 "America's Most Wanted." Sigmund was using an assumed name and had been working as a desk clerk in a Missoula motel.

* Two men who witnesses and police said crashed an off-campus party near the University of Maryland were charged in the fatal stabbing of 20-year-old university sophomore Brandon J. Malstrom.

-- Victoria Benning

Interstate estates: Beaufort Park in McLean is part of a trend of putting high-end homes -- with noise-muffling features -- hard by major highways.