News of interest to Loudoun and Fauquier counties that appeared in the daily Post Aug. 29-Sept. 4.


Will Richmond Go to Bat?

As Major League Baseball steps up negotiations with Northern Virginia over relocating the Montreal Expos, a key question has yet to be answered: Will the Virginia General Assembly back the bonds needed to pay for a $360 million stadium near Dulles International Airport?


Early Start to School

Scores of school buses took to the fog-shrouded roads of Fauquier County on Monday morning, marking the start of another school year in the only Northern Virginia district to begin classes before Labor Day. Fauquier's early start is a result of its vast and varied topography and its miles of unpaved roads -- all of which make schools more likely to close when it snows. Virginia districts that regularly take at least eight snow days a year are allowed to begin classes before Labor Day, as fast-growing Loudoun County has done until this year.


Creative Bargaining

A Northern Virginia developer has made Loudoun County an unusual offer: Approve a request to build 15,000 homes and condominiums near Dulles International Airport, and we'll charge the new homeowners a separate tax to pay for needed roads and we'll build the county six schools. The proposal submitted by Greenvest is one of what planners expected would be at least a dozen similar requests made by Wednesday's filing deadline for such growth-plan changes. If approved, these proposals would dramatically alter the face of Loudoun, already the nation's fastest-growing county.


Building Proposals Pour In

A flurry of proposals for new development delivered to Loudoun County planners calls for adding tens of thousands of homes to county building plans, on sites from the rural west to land near Dulles International Airport. By Wednesday's submission deadline, the county had received 21 such proposals -- an unprecedented rush that indicated a coordinated effort to roll back Loudoun's strict growth controls. The plans came in under a seldom-used process that allows landowners to seek changes in the countywide development blueprint if circumstances have changed significantly or if they think they have a creative idea that would augment the county's land-use vision.


Gang Member Charged in Killing

A 23-year-old member of Northern Virginia's most violent street gang has been arrested on murder and weapons charges in connection with the slaying of a fellow gang member in Prince William County last month, police said. Fredy Escobar, a member of Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, was arrested at his Loudoun County home, where he was hiding in a storage room, police said.