Institute Seeks Scientists

Officials of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute want to hire as many as 50 biomedical research scientists by 2005 and has asked nearly 200 universities, medical schools and research institutes to recommend their best candidates.

The institute now employs 318 scientists who study a range of biological questions, including the causes of such diseases as Alzheimer's, diabetes and AIDS.

Separately, the institute said it would begin recruiting this fall for scientists for its Janelia Farm research campus scheduled to open in Ashburn in 2006.

10 Juveniles Arrested

Ten juveniles were arrested last weekend in "Operation Accountability," unannounced probation checks by the Loudoun County Juvenile Court Service Unit, the Sheriff's Office and the Leesburg police.

The arrests related to probation and parole violations, including positive tests for alcohol and marijuana use.

Two of the 10 juveniles were released into the county's supervised release program, four were placed at a youth shelter, two were held in detention and two were released to their parents.

Session for Principals

The Fauquier County Chamber of Commerce has invited the principals of all 17 public schools in that county to discuss their needs with local businesses at a breakfast from 8 to 9 a.m. Thursday at Airlie Center in Warrenton.

The breakfast is part of the Partners in Education program, which encourages businesses to offer mentoring, tutoring, on-site career days, internships, speakers and academic awards instead of monetary grants. For more information, call 540-347-4414 or e-mail

Phone Service Interrupted

Parts of Ashburn, Ashburn Village, Ashburn Farms, Beaumeade and Broadlands were without phone service for several hours late Wednesday afternoon after a fiber optic cable in the 20800 block of Ashburn Road was cut by a lawnmower. Service was restored by 6 a.m. Thursday, Loudoun County fire and rescue officials said.

Trash Pickup Changing

The Town of Purcellville said all residential trash and recycling will be picked up on Wednesdays by American Disposal Services Inc. starting June 2. The town's contract with Waste Management expires May 31.

Purcellville officials said that by having trash and recycling picked up the same day, the town will save money and reduce the time large trucks are on the road.

-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD