News of particular interest to Loudoun and Fauquier counties that appeared in the daily Post Oct. 30-Nov. 5.
Quake Aid to Pakistan
The region's Pakistani community is attempting for the second time to send goods from Sterling to survivors of last month's earthquake in Pakistan that killed 50,000 people. The first shipment of tents, sleeping bags and medical supplies was turned away from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport because the airport was overwhelmed with relief cargo. This time, goods are to leave on ships from the Port of Baltimore.
Safety Drives Voters
As the Nov. 8 election approaches, residents of exurbs such as Lansdowne's Precinct 813 say they are greatly concerned with personal safety. Analysts say the challenge for political candidates is to address such threats as terrorism, gangs and violent criminals, which these potential voters view as directly affecting their safety.
AOL Co-Founder Resigns
Steve Case, co-founder of America Online Inc., resigned as a director of Time Warner Inc. days after the company's board was informed of ongoing talks with Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp. about the possible sale of a minority stake in the Dulles-based company. In a statement, Case said he resigned to focus on Revolution LLC, his holding company for health care and leisure travel firms.
Football Team Investigated
A high-ranking high school football team is under investigation because one of its players may have violated residency rules. Jared Green, the son of former Washington Redskins player Darrell Green, is listed as residing in Ashburn in Loudoun County, but he attends Oakton High School in Fairfax County. If Oakton (6-2) is found to have played an ineligible student, the Cougars could be forced to forfeit every victory in which he participated.
Black vs. Poisson
Virginia House District 32 in Loudoun County has been one of the state's most reliably Republican regions, but the race between Del. Richard H. "Dick" Black (R-Loudoun) and Democrat David E. Poisson has been particularly hard to handicap. The district, which extends through parts of Sterling and Ashburn, has seen a 13 percent increase in registered voters in the last two years.
Jail Suicide Attempt
An Ashburn man accused of killing his wife, stuffing her body in a suitcase and leaving it in a trash bin attempted suicide in a Leesburg jail cell, authorities said. Praveen Mandanapu was hospitalized after ingesting antipsychotic pills and was transferred to a mental health facility. His trial, which was scheduled to begin tomorrow, has been postponed while competency evaluations are conducted.