Bid for Loudoun Hospital Is Rejected

Vote Ends Battle Between HCA and Inova

Loudoun County supervisors denied a request by health care company HCA Inc. to build a hospital north of Dulles International Airport.

The debate had pitted backers of a Loudoun hospital, founded in 1912 and recently merged with a nonprofit chain of Northern Virginia hospitals, against supporters of Nashville-based HCA, which has about 190 hospitals and $23.5 billion in revenue.

A vote blocked HCA's bid to build a hospital about five miles from Inova Loudoun Hospital.

Former Pr. William Sheriff Indicted

Democrat Accused of Stealing Money and Rifle

Former Prince William County sheriff E. Lee Stoffregen III has been indicted by a grand jury on embezzlement and grand larceny charges, police said.

Virginia State Police officials said Stoffregen, 53, a Democrat and two-term sheriff who lost his bid for reelection in 2003, is charged with stealing more than $1,000 from a sheriff's office bank account at the end of his second term. They also said that when Stoffregen left office in January 2004, he took one of 20 assault rifles that had been purchased after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Stoffregen's trial is scheduled for Dec. 19.

Parents Sue Over Crew Coach's Death

Suit Alleges Alexandria Group Overlooked Safety

The parents of John Steve Catilo, a college student and crew coach who drowned in the Potomac River last summer after falling out of a coach's launch, have sued the Alexandria Crew Boosters, the organization for which their son worked.

In a wrongful death lawsuit filed in D.C. Superior Court, Maria Aurora Catilo and Alejandro Catilo of Alexandria are seeking compensatory and punitive damages. The suit alleges, among other things, that the organization did not provide adequate safety training for its summer coaches and "blatantly disregarded" safety rules for boating on the Potomac.

According to the suit, John Catilo, 20, a University of Virginia premed student, fell overboard June 25, 2004, while trying to restart the motor on his launch.

Chief of Public Defender Panel Resigns

Offices Complained of Being Denied Resources

The executive director of Virginia's year-old Indigent Defense Commission has resigned amid complaints over the pace of reform.

Richard C. Goemann, a former Fairfax County public defender, was asked to resign by the commission Friday after a closed-door meeting, commission members said. He agreed to do so effective Aug. 15.

Some public defenders complained that resources were denied to struggling public defender offices in the field. Joanmarie I. Davoli, the Fairfax public defender, resigned last month, saying she could not get Goemann or his staff to help with the day-to-day grind of tracking cases or managing appeals.

N.Va. Medical School Campus Opens

Students Training at Inova Fairfax Hospital

Northern Virginia's first medical school campus opened at Inova Fairfax Hospital with 24 students. The campus, a joint venture of the Inova Health System in Fairfax County and Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, eventually will house 48 third- and fourth-year students training in pediatrics, neurology and other specialties.

Flexibility Sought Under 'No Child' Law

Legislators Say Rules Hurting Improvements

In a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, a bipartisan group of Virginia lawmakers said that the federal No Child Left Behind law has jeopardized schools' progress under Virginia's Standards of Learning testing and ask her to intervene.

If lawmakers do not see action, the General Assembly could consider withdrawing from the federal program, sacrificing federal funds, two of the lawmakers said in a conference call with reporters.

Taking Sides: Demonstrators carry signs outside a hearing on a proposed tax-supported site for day laborers in Herndon. Opponents say they are worried about the site's proximity to homes.