D.C. Outer Suburbs Surging

Loudoun, Stafford Lead in Growth

Loudoun and Stafford were among the fastest-growing counties in the nation last year, according to Census Bureau figures that underscore the rapid expansion of the Washington region's far-flung suburbs.

Though the rate of increase slowed slightly last year, the metropolitan area continues to grow at a pace that puts it on track to exceed in this decade its 16 percent increase in the 1990s, according to the census estimates.

Moose Is Target of Backlash

Union Officer Cites Remarks on Right Leaders

The president of the Montgomery County police union said there has been an angry backlash against Chief Charles A. Moose's plans for a book and movie about last fall's sniper manhunt, and outrage at what some saw as an attempt to equate his ethics skirmish to the great civil rights struggles of the 20th century.

During a news conference on Monday, Moose's wife, Sandy, said that the police chief's challenge to Montgomery County's ethics laws made him "no less of a man than Dr. [Martin Luther] King, Nelson Mandela and any other great person that stood for a principle."

Bids Made for Potential Stadium Sites

Two Offers for Baseball Authority Rejected

A real estate firm working for the Virginia Baseball Stadium Authority has approached the owners of three potential sites for a stadium in Northern Virginia, offering to buy controlling interests in the properties.

In two cases, the initial offers by Dallas-based Lincoln Property Co. were rejected; in the third case, conversations are in the early stages, sources said.

The contacts come as officials from Virginia, the District and Portland, Ore., wait to see where Major League Baseball will relocate the Montreal Expos. Baseball officials say they hope to make a decision in July.

Fees at Two Colleges to Top $10,000

Old Dominion, Mary Washington Plan Increases

A year of schooling for an in-state student living on campus will top $10,000 for the first time this fall at two state-supported Virginia colleges as a result of recently approved rate increases.

The governing boards of Old Dominion University in Norfolk and Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg approved fall increases for tuition and fees. Old Dominion will increase tuition and fees by 15 percent to nearly $5,000 a year for in-state students. A 2.5 percent increase in room and board brings the total annual cost for in-state students up to $10,408.

Mary Washington's Board of Visitors approved a 5.5 percent increase in tuition and fees for in-state students and a 6.9 percent increase for out-of-state students. In-state students will pay $10,166 a year, including tuition, fees, and room and board, and out-of-state students will pay $17,914, an increase of $964.

United Way Bypassed

New Group to Run Federal Campaign

For the first time in 25 years, the United Way will not run the Washington area's Combined Federal Campaign, the annual charitable fundraising drive among 180,000 federal employees. A panel of federal employees that oversees the campaign said it had awarded the contract to an Alexandria organization, Global Impact.

The competition to run the federal campaign intensified this year after the embattled United Way of the National Capital Area bowed out to focus on rebuilding its organization.

Malvo to Be Disciplined

Threat to Deputy in Letter Alleged

Sniper suspect Lee Boyd Malvo is facing disciplinary action at the Fairfax County jail after allegedly writing a letter to another inmate saying that a sheriff's deputy should be "fatally injured," jail officials said.

Malvo, 18, is being held at the Fairfax jail on capital murder charges in the shooting of Linda Franklin, 47, outside a Home Depot store in the Seven Corners area on Oct. 14. Malvo and John Allen Muhammad, 42, are charged in all 10 of the sniper killings in the Washington area in October.

Political lure: Steve Beale, left, Larry Rogers and Ernest Harrell take turns basting shad at the 55th annual Shad Planking in Wakefield. Potential candidates and activists attended.

Washington protest: A demonstrator joined anti-globalization rallies last Sunday for the meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.