Chichester, Warner Differ on Surplus

Transportation Proposal Already Faces Obstacle

The head of the Virginia Senate's Finance Committee said that the state should not spend part of its extra revenue on transportation projects, putting him at odds with Gov. Mark R. Warner, who made the proposal .

Sen. John H. Chichester (R-Stafford) suggested instead that surplus money might be earmarked for education. Warner (D) had said earlier in the week that Virginia's strong economy will produce as much as $900 million more in revenue than projected, creating an opportunity for a one-time expenditure on transportation initiatives.

Chichester, who was instrumental in the legislative drive to increase spending on other services this year, said he will present his own transportation package for the 2005 General Assembly.

Bill on Red-Light Cameras Dies

Safety Panel Opposes Extending Experiment

Bills that would have allowed some Virginia communities to keep red-light cameras at intersections died in a House of Delegates committee, jeopardizing the state's decade-long experiment with the technology.

Patrons of the bills that would have allowed the cameras beyond the July 1, 2005, expiration decided to let their bills expire in the face of continued opposition from the Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee.

Perry's Contract Extended Until 2008

Arrest Plagued Alexandria Schools Chief

After eight months of controversy over the future of Alexandria School Superintendent Rebecca L. Perry, the School Board voted to renew her contract through June 2008.

Perry's contract was shortened by one year after she was arrested on a drunken driving charge last spring. Dissenting were Kenneth L. Foran and Gwendolyn H. Lewis.

Alexandria Teen Charged in Fatal Crash

Rower Was Killed When SUV Flipped Over

A 17-year-old Alexandria girl has been charged with reckless driving in an Oct. 17 crash that killed a T.C. Williams High School student.

The teenager was driving six members of the school's crew team to a regatta at the Occoquan Reservoir when the crash occurred on Interstate 95 in Fairfax County, police said. The driver had started to change lanes, then realized another vehicle was in the adjacent lane and swerved back, losing control of the Cadillac Escalade, police said.

The SUV rolled several times, killing front-seat passenger Laura Lynam, 17, police said.

Ex-Caregiver Who Fell Asleep Jailed

Alexandria Woman Pled Guilty to Neglect

A former caregiver at a Sunrise Senior Living facility in Alexandria who fell asleep on the job has been sentenced to 45 days in jail after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of neglecting an incapacitated resident.

Elizabeth Thorpe-Saffa, 54, of Alexandria was sentenced in Alexandria General District Court to 180 days in jail, with all but 45 days suspended. Judge E. Robert Giammittorio ordered her to begin serving her sentence Nov. 30.

Across the Region

Checkpoints at Capitol; Metro's Service Pledge

* U.S. Capitol Police reinstated 14 traffic checkpoints and announced that police posts will be deployed intermittently around Capitol Hill to deter potential terrorists. Officials said there was no new intelligence information driving the changes.

* The leaders of the Metro system promised to give customers better service, outlining a plan to improve the performance of station managers, train operators and the people who run the transit agency. Metro will appoint managers to take charge of train lines and will post their names, pictures and contact information in stations and on trains.

Bus crash: A tour bus crashed into a bridge on George Washington Parkway, injuring nine Boston area students.