News of interest to Loudoun that appeared in the daily Post

June 13-19.


Gathering in a Spirit of Unity

With errant clangs from disoriented bell ringers and the soaring disharmony of a pickup choir that rarely meets, Sunday morning's service at a Middleburg church had a different sound. And that, parishioners said, was just the reason they had come. As they have done annually on Sundays for nearly 30 years, the Catholics, the Baptists, the Episcopalians, the Methodists and the Presbyterians bypassed the comfortable routines of their separate services and came together at Middleburg Baptist Church to recall and commemorate their shared pasts. Several of the Virginia congregations worshiped together in the early 19th century at the site in a communal space known as the Free Church.


Man Charged in Wife's Slaying

A 32-year-old man dismembered his wife, stuffed most of her body into a suitcase and tossed it into an apartment complex trash bin about five miles from their new Ashburn home, sheriff's officials said. Praveen Mandanapu, who works for a computer company in Herndon, was arrested early Thursday in Winchester and faces a murder charge in the slaying of his wife, Divya Mandanapu, 28, said Loudoun Sheriff Stephen O. Simpson. Simpson said investigators were trying to determine a motive.


Four Hurt in Rough Docking

Four people suffered minor injuries Thursday when a mobile lounge shuttling them from the terminal at Dulles International Airport to Concourse D had a rough docking. Tom Sullivan, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, said the cause of the accident was under investigation. The mobile lounge, which was carrying 24 passengers, was traveling "very slowly" and triggered a jolt when it did not fit into the docking station properly, Sullivan said. Three people asked to be taken to Reston Hospital for unknown injuries, he said. Those passengers may have been standing up during the incident, Sullivan said.