Babysitter Charged in Tot's Death
Suspect Free on Bond in Two-Year-Old Case
Nearly two years after 3-month-old Dominic J. Naples III suddenly suffered seizures, lapsed into a coma and died, Fairfax County authorities have charged his home day-care provider with felony murder and child neglect, alleging that the infant was shaken to death.
Sharon M. Sundloff, 39, whose day-care license is suspended, pleaded not guilty to both charges.
No Media Cameras for Malvo Trial
Judge Cites Possibility of Prejudice
The trial of sniper suspect Lee Boyd Malvo will not be broadcast publicly or photographed, Fairfax County Circuit Court Judge Jane Marum Roush ruled Monday. The judge will allow a closed-circuit video feed to be shown at police headquarters next to the courthouse, for the benefit of reporters and other members of the public who cannot fit into the courtroom when the trial begins.
The major broadcast and cable television networks had asked the court for permission to broadcast the trial, either wholly or in part. The Washington Post and other print media outlets had sought permission to use still cameras, arguing that the public had a right to watch an open trial held in a public courthouse. But Roush, Commonwealth's Attorney Robert F. Horan Jr. and the defense attorneys were concerned about the impact televising the trial would have on potential jurors in other trials the sniper suspects may face.
Maury Teachers Asked to Reapply
Alexandria School Seeks to Improve Rating
Alexandria School Superintendent Rebecca L. Perry has asked all the teachers at Maury Elementary School to reapply for their jobs as part of an effort to raise the school's standardized test scores and win it full accreditation.
Maury was the only Alexandria school to be "accredited with warning" after last year's state Standards of Learning exams. Under Perry's plan, the school's 22 teachers and 12 instructional assistants will each be interviewed by curriculum specialists and a principal (not Maury's) to determine whether they should stay. Teachers who stay on at the school will receive a $3,000 bonus and will have additional duties, such as providing after-school tutoring. If the school meets accreditation standards in two years, teachers will receive another $3,000 bonus.
Loudoun's York to Drop GOP Label
Chairman Seeks Reelection as Independent
Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Chairman Scott K. York (R-At Large), a key architect of the county's controversial slow-growth policy, announced plans to leave the Republican Party and run for reelection in November as an independent.
Zebra Mussels Found in Va.
Creatures Threaten Local Aquatic Life
Virginia environmental officials have discovered the region's first colony of zebra mussels, in the waters of an abandoned quarry in Prince William County. The dime-size mussels, native to the waters of Russia and Ukraine, spread quickly and wreak havoc by killing off marine life and clogging drinking water intake valves. Officials want to stop the destructive invasive creatures before they reach the Chesapeake Bay.
Across the Region
FBI Stretched Thin; Charities Get New Rating
* The FBI's emphasis on terrorism has prompted the agency to scale back investigations of other once high-priority crimes throughout the Washington region, according to law enforcement officials and investigators.
* Large national charities that solicit donations from the public could earn a Better Business Bureau endorsement under a program announced Monday. The new plan would bestow a seal of approval on nonprofits that meet a series of standards.