News of interest to Loudoun and Fauquier counties that appeared in the daily Post July 25-31.


Ballpark Backers Lack Land

Business leaders hoping to bring baseball to Loudoun County have been adamant in their proposal to Major League officials: Baseball in Northern Virginia is so much more than a new home for the ailing Montreal Expos. It's a 450-acre lakefront "new town" with office buildings, hotels and thousands of residences that they say will forge a new prototype in ballpark development and baseball economics and will be a boon to team owners and the region. The problem is, the baseball backers don't own most of the land. Tax records and interviews with owners who control most of the property indicate that the developers have agreements to buy, at most, only about a third of it.


Last Nun Leaves Prep School

Sister Cecilia Liberatore, 59, was the last nun to work at Middleburg's Notre Dame Academy. Her recent departure is symbolic of the dramatic changes in recent years to one of Northern Virginia's first Catholic high schools.


Va. Asked to Intervene on Trail

Fairfax County asked state regulators to order Dominion Virginia Power Co. to suspend its aggressive tree-cutting along the Washington & Old Dominion trail while a task force of arborists and park officials negotiates a plan to limit the cutting to those trees that could fall on the high-voltage transmission lines above the trail in severe weather. The 45-mile trail from Shirlington to Purcellville is where Dominion's ramped-up tree-pruning program has left its most visible mark.


For Now, No Settling Suits

Loudoun County supervisors held a closed session to discuss legal challenges to county growth restrictions but decided, for now, against settling the lawsuits before them.


Atlantic Coast Posts Loss

Atlantic Coast Airlines Holdings Inc., the parent company of new low-cost carrier Independence Air, said it lost $27.1 million (60 cents a share) in the second quarter, largely because of start-up costs for Independence, which began service June 16. The Dulles company reported earnings of $45.7 million ($1.01) in the same period last year.


Learning the Ropes in Aldie

On the plains of Texas or Oklahoma, it would be commonplace to see riders practicing team roping, a rough-and-tumble sport that has its origins on ranches where such skills are needed to catch cattle for branding or doctoring. But in Aldie, Fareed Miran, who teaches the sport on his family farm, is something of an anomaly.


Woman Killed in Leesburg Wreck

A woman was killed in Leesburg in a car crash caused by a driver who had run a red light, Leesburg police said. Dana L. Andrews, 33, of Haymarket was driving west on the Route 15 bypass about 8:20 p.m. in a 2003 Toyota when she entered the intersection with Sycolin Road and struck a 1995 Chevrolet, police said. Andrews died at the scene, police said. David W. Brangard, 38, of Leesburg, the driver of the Chevrolet, suffered non-life-threatening injuries, according to Lt. Jeff Dube, a Leesburg police spokesman. Dube said Brangard had been involved in a fender-bender moments before the crash and apparently drove through the red light instead of stopping to speak to the other driver in that accident.