GMU Proposes Loudoun County Campus

Connection to Developer Raises Questions

George Mason University announced a proposal to build a 123-acre campus in Loudoun County.

The site near Dulles International Airport would be donated by Greenvest LC, a politically connected company that is seeking permission to build the largest development in Loudoun history. Greenvest wants to build 15,000 homes around the proposed campus in a sparsely populated area, and some officials and environmentalists said Greenvest's offer to GMU was a strategic move meant to improve the prospects of its own project.

The university said the Loudoun campus, which would open in 2009, would offer undergraduate classes, including general education courses intended for freshmen and sophomores, and graduate programs in health, teacher training, technology and management and public administration.

Marshal's Statement Shown in Court

Defendant Says He 'Lost It' and Shot His Wife

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.

In a videotaped statement shown in court, John W. Ludwig, 51, said his wife, Karen M. Ludwig, 38, belittled his "manhood" as they quarreled in the master bedroom of their Ashburn home.

He said he pushed her onto their bed and went for his gun.

Ludwig, a 17-year employee of the U.S. Marshals Service, was charged July 6 with first-degree murder in the slaying of his wife.

At a preliminary hearing Wednesday, Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Judge Avelina S. Jacob sent the case to a grand jury, which is scheduled to meet Oct. 11. She denied Ludwig bond.

Man Charged in Slaying of Fairfax Lawyer

Victim Found in Burning Car in SE Washington

A 46-year-old man was arrested Wednesday in the District and charged in Fairfax County in the slaying of a former lawyer for the Securities and Exchange Commission.

D.C. police arrested Dana E. Moro, 46, of no fixed address, in the slaying of Eric N. Miller, 45, of Fairfax. Miller's body was found in the trunk of a burning Ford Taurus in the 900 block of Third Street SE on Aug. 31. He had apparently been fatally beaten in the head, the D.C. medical examiner's office ruled.

Detectives were able to determine the location of the homicide: a room at the Alexandria Motel, on Route 1 in the Alexandria area of Fairfax.

Police believe Miller was killed Aug. 29, two days before his body was found.

Officials declined to say how police identified where and when Miller was slain. They also declined to discuss a motive in the killing, other than to say that Moro and Miller had had an argument.

Miller lived just south of Alexandria in Fairfax County with his wife and two sons. He grew up in Alexandria, the son of A. Melvin Miller, a former civil rights lawyer who later chaired the city's Housing Authority and School Board.

Across the Region

Improving Buses; Paying Tolls Electronically

* Metro officials outlined plans for $830 million in improvements to the bus system during the next five years -- money to buy new vehicles, overhaul middle-aged ones and create a real-time information system that will tell passengers when the next bus will arrive.

* Sales of electronic transponders used to pay highway tolls and the number of people using them are up sharply in the Washington region and along the East Coast this year. The jump in the number of users in Virginia, which joined the E-ZPass network in October, has been most pronounced. In October, 118,000 E-ZPass transactions were recorded in Virginia. By June, that number had jumped to 646,000. Drivers in Virginia also are able to pay tolls electronically with Smart Tags, and during the same period, the number using them rose by nearly 1 million.

Helping Hands D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) and Lydia Mease were among those who went to the D.C. Armory to offer support to Hurricane Katrina evacuees, including Saundrea Fenasci, 7, foreground.