D.C. Publisher Plans Move to Crystal City
1,300 Jobs to Be Shifted to Arlington in 2007
BNA Inc., a publishing company, will move its headquarters and 1,300 employees from the District to Arlington County in 2007, Gov. Mark R. Warner (D) announced.
BNA, which publishes print and electronic reports on government agencies and public policy, will relocate from the District's West End neighborhood to Crystal City in the spring of that year.
Arlington officials applauded BNA's decision, which came amid anxiety over the Pentagon's plan to move 23,000 Northern Virginia defense jobs from inside the Capital Beltway.
Charges Against Principal Dismissed
Knowledge of Any Abuse Unproven, Judge Finds
A Fairfax County judge dismissed charges against a popular Reston elementary school principal who had been accused of failing to report suspected child abuse by an elderly volunteer.
District Judge Ian M. O'Flaherty ended the trial of Ricki Harvey, 55, principal at Dogwood Elementary, even before defense attorneys presented her side. He said the prosecutor had not proven that Harvey knew enough about possible abuse by Kenneth Bayer, 88, to require her to report it to authorities.
State Education Secretary Stepping Down
Official to Lead College Accreditation Group
Virginia Secretary of Education Belle S. Wheelan is leaving her post to lead an organization that accredits higher education institutions in several states.
Wheelan, 53, said she will depart July 22 to join the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association for Colleges and Schools. Peter Blake, deputy secretary of education, has been named to the position.
Florida Man Indicted in Fairfax Slaying
Suspect Also Accused of Stealing From Victim
A Fairfax County grand jury indicted a Florida man on charges of killing and then stealing from a 46-year-old computer systems specialist whose body was found in his Fairfax apartment.
Jason E. Lee, 23, is charged in the June 11 slaying of Richard Gluckstern, who was asphyxiated, and in the alleged theft of Gluckstern's Honda, his credit card and a computer owned by his employer.
Lee allegedly had some of Gluckstern's possessions when he was arrested in Belleview, Fla., on charges of violating probation.
Team Finishes Review of 160 DNA Cases
Audit Had Criticized Lab's Handling of Evidence
A team of scientists has completed its study of 160 criminal cases in which DNA evidence was examined by the state's Division of Forensic Science, according to a court clerk for the judge leading the review.
The analysis of the lab's work was recommended in an audit report released last month that was critical of the work of a senior analyst in the case of a Virginia man, Earl Washington Jr., who was sentenced to death for rape and murder but later pardoned.
The review did not involve the testing or retesting of DNA but sought to determine whether scientists who handled the evidence followed proper procedures. The completed reports of the review are not expected until the end of the summer, the clerk said.
State to Change Teacher Licensing Exam
Tests Will Focus on Educators' Content Areas
The state Board of Education replaced the basic skills test required in the licensing of teachers with a more rigorous exam focusing on an educator's content area. The result is that teachers will have to be more proficient in their subjects but those who do not teach math will no longer have to pass a math test.
The board also decided that teachers who have not passed the tests can spend only one year in the classroom on a provisional license, rather than three.
Teachers who hold a Virginia license or those with two years' experience and a license from another state will not be affected.