Husband Charged in Dismemberment

Ashburn Woman's Body Found in Suitcase

A Loudoun man was charged with murder in the grisly death of his wife. Her dismembered body was found stuffed in a suitcase lying in a dumpster.

Police arrested Praveen Mandanapu, 32, in Winchester and charged him in the slaying of his wife, Divya Mandanapu, 28, Loudoun authorities said.

Perry's School Contract Shortened

Superintendent Convicted of Drunken Driving

After heated debate, the Alexandria School Board voted to amend Superintendent Rebecca L. Perry's contract, shortening it by one year after her conviction this month on a drunken driving charge.

The new contract ends in June 2005 instead of June 2006 and requires her to enroll in an alcohol counseling program. It also increases her salary by the same percentage as the average for other employees of the city's school district.

The board held a closed session to consider the contract before taking its vote in public. After her arrest in April, the board suspended Perry for a week with pay while it investigated the charge and ultimately voted 7 to 1 to let her keep her job on several conditions.

5 Left in Hunt for Fairfax Chief's Job

4 of Candidates Are on Police Force

A panel of police and community leaders guided by Fairfax County Executive Anthony H. Griffin has narrowed the search for a new police chief to five candidates, four internal: Lt. Col. Suzanne G. Devlin, acting chief; Lt. Col. Charles K. Peters; Lt. Col. David M. Rohrer; and Maj. Tyrone R. Morrow, sources said.

The 17-member panel also interviewed Donald A. Flynn, an assistant director of the U.S. Secret Service who used to work for the Fairfax force, at the request of the Board of Supervisors and union officials.

The supervisors are to interview finalists this week.

The last chief, J. Thomas Manger, left in January to take the top police job in Montgomery County.

Jefferson Foundation Lands $15 Million

International Center to Be Named for Developer

Arlington developer Robert H. Smith and his wife, Clarice, donated $15 million to the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, which owns and operates Monticello, the home of the nation's third president.

Smith is chairman of Charles E. Smith Commercial Realty and Charles E. Smith Residential Cos., which created Crystal City.

The money will go mostly to fund and expand the work of the foundation's international center, which has been renamed the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies.

Business Scores Vex Some Legislators

Statewide Group Weighs Tax Stance in Ratings

Some Republican state delegates were chafing at the poor grades they got in the annual ratings compiled by a statewide business group called the Virginia Foundation for Research and Economic Education.

They accused the group of favoring liberals and Democrats.

In the report, legislators who voted in favor of the $1.5 billion tax increase over two years that the General Assembly finally passed got high marks for being pro-business; votes against the tax increases were described as anti-business.

Across the Region

Higher Metro Fares; Battlefield Wetlands

* A divided Metro board on Thursday voted to raise parking fees and bus and rail fares beginning next Sunday. The minimum rail fare will rise to $1.35; local bus fares will increase to $1.25. The cost of parking at Metro lots each day will rise by 75 cents, and monthly reserved parking will be $45.

* Thanks to the Smithsonian Institution, the Manassas National Battlefield has a $1.5 million reconstructed wetlands area that authentically recreates conditions during the Civil War. It replaces wetlands destroyed to build the new air and space museum.

Injured pandas: District resident Judi Byers inspects Cro-Magnon Panda on Connecticut Avenue NW. At least seven statues have been vandalized citywide.