Nursing Homes' Names Released

Settlements Were Mistakenly Called Confidential

The U.S. attorney for eastern Virginia released the names of seven nursing homes that have settled federal charges of providing substandard care, saying he was wrong when he called the deals confidential.

The earlier comment, which had been criticized by patient advocates, was the result of a former employee providing U.S. Attorney Paul J. McNulty with erroneous information about the status of the settlements, a spokesman for McNulty said.

Of the seven nursing homes that agreed to settlements between 2002 and 2004, three are in Northern Virginia: Woodbine Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center and Oak Meadow Nursing Center, both in Alexandria, and Leewood Healthcare Center in Annandale. The others are Beverly Healthcare of Fredericksburg, Chippenham Manor Nursing Home in Richmond (now known as Ruxton Health Care of Stratford Hills), Ashland Convalescent Center in Ashland and Warsaw Health Care Center in Warsaw.

Census Trends Shift in Close-In Suburbs

White Populations Growing; Minorities Slipping

The white populations of Alexandria, Arlington and the District have grown this decade even as the region's outer counties have become more diverse, according to new census estimates.

The city and the close-in Virginia suburbs had higher percentages of non-Hispanic white residents in 2004 than in 2000, a reversal of past trends, the estimates say. Minority groups grew more slowly than in the past or shrank.

In the three jurisdictions, whites became a larger share of the population by a rate that ranked in the top 10 among the nation's jurisdictions, according to Brookings Institution demographer William H. Frey. Whites accounted for 30 percent of the D.C. population, up from 28 percent in 2000, and their numbers rose 3 percentage points in Arlington, to 64 percent, and Alexandria, to 58 percent.

Man Accused of Immigration Fraud

Officials Had Suspected Link to Bin Laden

A Northern Virginia man who allegedly delivered a satellite-phone battery to Afghanistan for Osama bin Laden's use in 1998 is now facing charges of immigration and mortgage loan fraud, according to recently unsealed court documents.

Tarik Hamdi, 43, a naturalized U.S. citizen who had been living in Herndon, is believed to be out of the country and has not been arrested, according to a spokesman with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement division of the Homeland Security Department.

The charges against Hamdi focus on a series of alleged omissions in Hamdi's naturalization papers, as well as information he submitted on mortgage-loan applications.

Engineers Shave Cost of Metro Extension

Tunnel Through Tysons Corner Shortened

Managers of the project to extend Metrorail through Tysons Corner said they have revised their drawings and cut estimated construction costs by 25 percent.

Engineers said they reduced the estimated cost of the 11-mile Metrorail extension from $2.4 billion to $1.8 billion by shortening a proposed tunnel through Tysons Corner, altering the "architecturally significant" design of the columns supporting the elevated portions of the track and revising the design of stations. Neither the extent of the line nor the number and position of stations has changed.

United Way Campaign Rebounds

Scandal in 2001 Affected Donations

The local United Way's most recent fundraising drive raised $39 million, increasing for the first time since a scandal hit it nearly four years ago.

Donations from the area's private sector climbed 10 percent to $21.8 million in the campaign, which ran from July 2004 to July. Donations that came via the Combined Federal Campaign, a separate fundraising effort among federal employees, fell 7.8 percent to $17.3 million.

D.C. Thoroughfare Closed: A backhoe hauled by a truck hit the Eastern Avenue bridge, sending concrete falling to the road. The backhoe had been improperly loaded.