Schoolboy Sex Assault

15-Year-Old Called Leader A 15-year-old boy who was one of three high school students charged with sexually assaulting a woman in Bethesda is described in court documents as the leading assailant.

The documents allege that Andrew G. Klepper, a Walt Whitman High School sophomore, lured the 25-year-old woman to his home by offering her a job "as a model for adult video productions." He then allegedly forced her to undress at knifepoint, and she was sexually assaulted.

Father Convicted in Death

Sentencing Delayed in Va. Case A Manassas father of 13, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and child neglect after leaving his toddler daughter in a hot van, will wait at least two weeks until a jury recommends his sentence. The decision was delayed when one of the jurors was hospitalized.

Kevin C. Kelly, 46, could receive as much as 15 years in prison. His youngest child, 21-month-old Frances, died when she was left in the van for seven hours May 29.

Audit Faults United Way

Group Wrongly Kept $1.5 Million A new audit of the local United Way's handling of federal employee donations shows that the group kept about $1.3 million it should have distributed to charities, took an unexplained $3 million short-term loan from the contributions and ran up more than $120,000 in questionable or unsupported expenses.

The report, released Wednesday by federal auditors, recommends that United Way of the National Capital Area pay more than $1.5 million to charities it shortchanged.

Getting Political

N.Va. Businesses Form PACs Two of Northern Virginia's largest business organizations are forming political action committees, a signal, leaders said, that they intend to become more actively engaged in deciding who wins and loses in next year's state and local elections.

The Fairfax Chamber of Commerce will drop its long-standing practice of remaining neutral in General Assembly races and form a PAC to raise money and influence the outcome of political campaigns in favor of business, its chairman said. In addition, the Northern Virginia Technology Council will have the first fundraiser tomorrow for Tech-PAC, its recently formed political action committee aimed at electing legislators who support the agendas of technology company executives in the region.

Suspended at U-Va.

Two Fraternities Investigated Two University of Virginia fraternities have been suspended by the interfraternity council while under investigation for a Halloween party at which a few guests were photographed wearing blackface.

Photos from the Oct. 31 party hosted by Zeta Psi and Kappa Alpha -- two of the school's oldest fraternities -- circulated on the Internet for several weeks before they came to the attention of campus and fraternity officials Monday. Sources who saw the photos said they showed at least three students with their faces painted black or brown. One man was dressed as Uncle Sam; two other men were dressed as tennis champions Venus and Serena Williams.

Hospital Stays Open

Judge Rules on Southeast A federal bankruptcy judge cleared the way for Greater Southeast Community Hospital to pay its 1,200 workers and continue to provide the city's only hospital services east of the Anacostia River until Tuesday while its parent company seeks new financing.

Up for the Count, Again

Calvert Tries to Settle Race Calvert County election officials will conduct a recount tomorrow to settle one of the races for county commissioner.

Republican Jerry Clark led Democrat Grace Mary Brady by 36 votes in the first count of the 26,661 ballots cast Nov. 5 for commissioner. It's the first Calvert recount in memory.

Skipping the Easy A's

More Take Tougher Courses More Montgomery County students enrolled in at least one honors or Advanced Placement course in high school, and a higher percentage of students last year completed at least Algebra 1 or a higher-level math course, according to a school system report.

About 49 percent of eighth-grade students completed Algebra 1 or a higher-level math course, a 3.6 percent increase over the previous year, and nearly 75 percent of students in ninth grade completed the courses. The percentage of high school students in honors courses reached an all-time high, with a 64 percent participation rate.

Recording star: Linda Tripp, best known as Monica S. Lewinsky's ex-friend, is involved in a soon-to-open Middleburg shop, the Christmas Sleigh.Advice from the pros: High school football players listen at FedEx Field in Landover as current and former Redskins players offer tips on life.