News of particular interest to Loudoun and Fauquier counties that appeared in the daily Post Oct. 9-15.


NeuStar on the Rise

The region's hottest initial public offering so far this year comes from the Sterling company NeuStar, which provides services to the communications business. Originally part of Lockheed Martin Corp., NeuStar provides the behind-the-scenes phone book that makes it possible for any phone in North America to link up with any other phone. The company's stock has gone up 41 percent in the nearly four months since it went public.


Man Dies in Motorcycle Accident

A Sterling man was killed when his motorcycle slid into a truck on Route 7. Richard C. Wilson, 39, was headed west near Countryside Boulevard when he apparently changed lanes to avoid one truck and slid into the rear tires of another, the sheriff's office said.


Aldie Teacher Faces Charges

The Humane Society is urging the Loudoun County public school system to suspend an elementary school teacher who faces a felony animal cruelty charge in West Virginia.

According to an account in the Journal in Martinsburg, W.Va., Larry K. Messner, a fifth-grade teacher at Pinebrook Elementary School in Aldie, was accused of pouring an unknown substance on the face and head of his neighbor's dog in July, burning the dog. Messner, who denies the accusation, was arraigned last week and released on $10,000 bond. A schools spokesman said that the case was under investigation and that Messner would not be suspended unless he was convicted.


FAA Upgrading Radar Tools

The Federal Aviation Administration said it was upgrading radar equipment to help prevent aircraft from temporarily disappearing from computer screens of air traffic controllers.

Controllers at the FAA's Washington Center in Leesburg have reported numerous instances in the past month in which a plane or several planes disappeared from radar screens for more than 30 seconds. FAA officials upgraded radar in The Plains that was responsible for some of the incidents and are working to upgrade systems at two other locations.