Legislature Called to Special Session

Error Allows Workers to Demand Weekends Off

Virginia Gov. Mark R. Warner (D) has called a rare special session of the General Assembly to fix legislation that mistakenly granted the state's private employees the right to time off on weekends.

The state's 140 lawmakers will return to Richmond on Thursday. During the session, which probably will last only a few hours, lawmakers will revoke a law that requires employers to grant non-managerial workers a weekend day off or be subject to fines and a requirement to triple workers' pay.

Loudoun Allows 500-Unit Development

Land Owned by Former Chairman Myers

Loudoun County's six Republican supervisors approved a 500-unit housing development on the farm of former county board chairman Dale Polen Myers.

Myers was the top campaign strategist for two of the supervisors and was a key architect of the GOP's success last November.

The 163-acre farm is being developed by U.S. Home Corp. of Silver Spring. The county assessed the property at $2.9 million.

Fugitive Molester Back From Guatemala

Man Fled After Being Charged in Arlington

A convicted child molester who fled to Guatemala after being arrested in Arlington County on charges of molesting a teenager was denied bond at a hearing Tuesday in Arlington Circuit Court.

Thomas R. Koucky, 41, had previously been released after posting $3,000 bond. He was found in Guatemala and returned to Arlington.

Koucky is charged with molesting a teenager, now 17, for several years. He was convicted in Florida in 1990 of soliciting a 13-year-old for prostitution and in Frederick in 1994 of soliciting a 16-year-old.

Saudi Academy Scraps Loudoun Plans

Institute Will Instead Expand in Fairfax

The Islamic Saudi Academy, a private school in Northern Virginia financed by the Saudi government, has abandoned plans to build a 3,500-student campus in Loudoun County.

Academy officials, who did not explain the decision, said they will sell the 101.3-acre Ashburn site. County officials will buy the land for $13.5 million and use it as a site for public schools.

The academy, which has two campuses in Fairfax County, has more than 1,000 students.

Fairfax Reviews Jefferson Admissions

Diversity a Concern at Elite Magnet School

The Fairfax County School Board is considering a proposal to increase diversity at the elite Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology by giving less weight to applicants' test scores.

Last month, a panel of admissions experts recommended that the school do away with the cutoff score on the admissions test and consider teacher recommendations, extracurricular activities and essays.

Nearly 3,000 students apply every year, and 800 semifinalists are selected based on a multiple-choice test of math and verbal skills. Last year's student body was about 1 percent black and 2 percent Hispanic.

A public hearing on the proposal is set for July 21. The board expects to vote on the policy in September.

Retirement Fund Director Put on Leave

Arlington Finds Problems in Expense Reports

The administrator of Arlington County's retirement fund was placed on indefinite leave Thursday after an audit found "irregularities" in his expense reports, including unauthorized trips to Delaware and a $200 charge for a spa in Arizona, officials said.

The trustees of the $1.1 billion fund placed Executive Director Bruce O. Kallos on paid leave after an audit found that Kallos had used the board's American Express card improperly. He required staff to attach receipts for expenses but did not do so himself.

Kallos said most of his expenses were approved by the fund's treasurer, and for seven years the American Express bill was a sufficient receipt.

Soaked: It rained on the Independence Day Parade, but this family took flooding on Constitution Avenue in stride.