News of particular interest to Loudoun and Fauquier counties that appeared in the daily Post Sept. 25-Oct.1.
Billionaire Weds in Style
Sheila Crump Johnson, co-founder of the BET cable network, married Arlington Circuit Court judge William T. Newman Jr. at Salamander Farm, her Middleburg estate, in front of 700 guests, including Gov. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) and NBC Today show co-anchor Katie Couric. The wedding, which included a 400-pound cake and 60,000 flowers, was estimated to cost in the high six figures.
Loudoun Lures Teachers
Low salaries and high property values in West Virginia have led many teachers to commute over the state line to work in Loudoun County, where teachers can make nearly twice as much in some cases. Records show that 36 of the county's 741 hires this year came from the Mountain State.
Stress at the Animal Shelter
Several Loudoun animal shelters have started workshops to help employees cope with the stress of euthanizing animals. Psychologists say workers can develop debilitating symptoms such as nightmares, depression, suicidal thoughts and fears of going to hell.
Flyi Cuts Dulles Flights
In its latest effort to cut costs and stave off bankruptcy, Flyi Inc., the parent of Dulles-based Independence Air, says it will cut the number of flights it operates in and out of Washington Dulles International Airport to 230 by November, down from 600 last winter. The airline will also drop all service to the West Coast by Dec. 1.
Online Solicitation Charge
A Leesburg man was charged with trying to solicit sex from a minor over the Internet, Loudoun County authorities said. Sheriff spokesman Kraig Troxell said that Michael T. Diraimondo, 30, is accused of using an online chat room to try to lure a juvenile girl to have sex with him last summer. Diraimondo was released on $15,000 bond.
Flyi to Trim 600 Jobs
Flyi Inc. announced it will lay off 600 of its 3,400 full-time and part-time employees by late fall. Most of the cuts will be at Dulles International Airport and the company's headquarters nearby, said a company spokesman. The carrier has about 2,900 workers in the Dulles area.