Curtailing Teenagers' Privacy
Legislation Would Require Parental Notification
The House of Delegates voted to require public health officials, doctors and counselors to notify parents whenever teenagers seek treatment for depression, contemplation of suicide, pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases. If the measure becomes law, teenagers will no longer have an expectation of privacy when they seek medical treatment.
Smallpox Effort Widens
Area Health Workers Immunized in Charlottesville
Six people in Charlottesville became the first local health care workers in the region to be inoculated with the smallpox vaccine under a program to prepare frontline medical staff for a possible biological attack.
The vaccine was given to five employees of health departments in Charlottesville and surrounding areas and one employee of the hospital at the University of Virginia. The workers' names were not released but the public health care workers were described as a doctor, three nurses and an environmental health specialist.
Still One-and-Done in Richmond
Proposal to Allow Governors to Serve Two Terms Killed
The Republican-controlled House of Delegates rejected Gov. Mark R. Warner's proposal to allow future governors two consecutive terms.
Warner (D) and a bipartisan coalition of business and political leaders had argued that Virginia's unique system of one-term governors limits accountability and visionary thinking. But skeptics said Warner's move was an executive power grab that would disrupt the state's constitutional checks and balances. The succession measure was killed by a vote of 51 to 49.
Arlington Democratic Hopeful
Voters Tap First Latino Nominee for County Board
Arlington voters chose Walter Tejada to be the Democratic nominee in a March 11 special election to fill the seat of deceased County Board chairman Charles Monroe (D). Tejada, 45, a consultant and community activist, is the first Latino to compete for a County Board seat. He will face Mike W. Clancy, 45, who was nominated by Republicans last month.
Opponents of Loudoun Plan File More Than 150 Lawsuits
Opponents of Loudoun County's extensive effort to slow growth filed more than 150 lawsuits against the county Wednesday, marking the beginning of one of the broadest legal challenges to local government in Virginia history. The lawsuits were filed by builders, developers, landowners and investors.
County officials, who anticipated legal challenges to their slow-growth plan, said that they plan to add $6 million to the legal defense fund they established in 2000 after a slate of eight supervisors was elected on promises to stop sprawl.
Shenandoah Park Slayings
Ashcroft Authorizes Prosecutors to Seek Death Penalty
U.S. Attorney General John D. Ashcroft has authorized federal prosecutors to pursue the death penalty against a Maryland man who is charged in the 1996 slayings of two women at a Shenandoah National Park campsite.
Darrell D. Rice, 35, of Columbia is charged with capital murder in the deaths of Julianne M. Williams and Laura S. "Lollie" Winans. The women went missing after entering the park in May 1996 and were found about a week later near Skyline Drive, their throats slashed and their hands bound.