News of interest to Loudoun and Fauquier counties that appeared in the daily Post Sept. 4-10.


Market Improves for Landlords

The office market continues to improve for landlords in Loudoun County, as vacancy rates dropped to their lowest levels since early 2001. Vacancies fell to 11.2 percent in the second quarter, from 15.4 percent in the same period last year.


A High-Tech Teaching Tool

The interactive whiteboard is a new tool that teachers at Sterling Middle School will use this year. With its touch-sensitive screen hooked up to a projector and a desktop computer with Internet access, the 4-foot-wide screen is beginning to take the place of chalkboards, paper handouts and even textbooks. Its online lessons move, talk and invite students to use their hands as well as their minds.


GMU Plans Loudoun Campus

George Mason University announced plans to build a 123-acre campus in Loudoun County, a move that placed it at the center of one of the most contentious development battles in the region.


Australian Firm Vies for Toll Road

Macquarie Infrastructure Group, an Australian firm that owns highways around the world, has joined a group seeking to operate and maintain the Dulles Toll Road in return for toll revenue over the next several decades. Macquarie announced last week that it had bought the Dulles Greenway.


Video of Marshal Shown at Trial

A veteran U.S. marshal told investigators that he "lost it" when his wife struck his head and insulted him during a July 4 argument, enraging him to the point that he shot her to death, according to evidence presented in a Loudoun County courtroom.


Growth Pushes GMU to Loudoun

George Mason University's plan to build a campus in Loudoun County was born out of a tough Northern Virginia reality: There's not enough room in local colleges and universities for the region's booming population.