News of interest to Loudoun and Fauquier counties that appeared in the daily Post Aug. 28-Sept. 3.


A Rich Partnership

The Loudoun Academy of Science is being nurtured by a $1 million annual donation from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, which is building a $500 million research campus in the county. The money will equip the academy's labs with college-level gear, and the institute's nationally renowned scientists will serve as mentors and research guides for students.


Fauquier Hamlet Damaged in Storm

While National Weather Service officials surveyed damage from a storm Tuesday in a Fauquier County hamlet, trying to determine whether a tornado was responsible, Pete Johnson saw the answer in a pile of rubble 20 feet from his home.


Private Firm Buys Greenway

An Australian company that owns highways around the world has purchased the privately owned Dulles Greenway, adding a major player to the Washington market at a time when officials are considering privatizing many of the region's roads. Macquarie Infrastructure Group said it paid $533 million to acquire 86.7 percent of the Greenway from Toll Road Investors Partnership II, the limited partnership that controls the road. Macquarie officials said they are negotiating with Kellogg, Brown & Root for the remaining 13 percent of the road.


Family Making a New Home

Ruth Schwartz's home sits on one of the highest bits of ground in the New Orleans area and came through Hurricane Katrina with just a little wind damage. But with no electricity or water and a chaotic situation at home, Schwartz, who has been staying with a sister in Leesburg, has decided that her family might be refugees in the Washington area for months or longer. So yesterday, she went to the nearest Loudoun County elementary school to see about registering her 10-year-old son, Simon.


Officials Confirm Tornado

Officials said a tornado did touch down in northern Fauquier County on Tuesday night, reaching a maximum intensity of F1, or moderate, on the Fujita scale, the system used to measure a twister's strength. The tornado, which hit just before 9 p.m., was about 300 yards wide, officials with the National Weather Service said, and was on the ground about five miles. It damaged 16 homes and destroyed many trees in Ada, a community about 55 miles west of Washington. An estimate of the damage was not yet available.


HCA Taking Hospital Fight to Court

The debate over whether to build a second hospital in Loudoun is going to court. HCA Inc., which would operate Broadlands Regional Medical Center, has filed a lawsuit challenging the Loudoun County supervisors' 6 to 3 vote last month denying its application for a 164-bed hospital in Ashburn. Opponents say a hospital on the 57-acre site would increase traffic and noise and create safety problems. Supporters have said the county needs another medical facility in addition to Inova Loudoun Hospital.


Deputies Turned Away in Louisiana

Twenty-two Loudoun sheriff's deputies and six medical personnel returned home from the New Orleans area after Louisiana officials told them they lacked proper authorization and a Federal Emergency Management Agency tracking number.