Panel Endorses Plan for HOT Lanes
Express Toll Access Would Stretch 56 Miles
An advisory panel of regional transportation officials recommended that Virginia team up with a private firm to build express toll lanes on a 56-mile stretch of Interstates 95 and 395.
The lanes would stretch from the 14th Street bridge to Spotsylvania County. There would be three lanes in the northern half and two in the southern half.
The high-occupancy toll lanes would be free for carpools of three or more people, but others could pay to use them. Tolls would increase with the amount of traffic to keep the lanes from jamming.
The panel chose a $1 billion proposal led by Fluor Virginia Inc. Fluor also has an agreement with the state to build HOT lanes on 14 miles of the Capital Beltway.
Elections Board Hears Complaint
Democrats Say GOP Broke Finance Laws
The state Board of Elections held a hearing regarding complaints from the Democratic Party of Virginia that two national Republican organizations broke campaign finance laws by withholding names of donors and failing to properly register with the state.
The board voted to refer the complaints to the Richmond commonwealth's attorney's office, saying that it has no independent authority to investigate whether the organizations broke the law.
If no criminal charges are filed by the commonwealth's attorney, the state board may then assess civil penalties, if warranted, a board official said.
The Democrats contend that the District-based Republican State Leadership Committee should be required to disclose the names of donors whose contributions are being spent on ads for Del. Robert F. McDonnell of Virginia Beach, the GOP candidate for attorney general.
Democrats allege that because the national organization is not bound to disclose individual donors until next year, it is serving as a "pass-through" for a wealthy McDonnell supporter attempting to circumvent Virginia election laws.
Man Charged in Police Shooting
One Officer Hit in Leg; Suspect Also Shot
A man who fired two handguns at two Fairfax County police officers last weekend, wounding one of them, has been charged with two counts of attempted capital murder, police said.
Several officers returned fire, striking Joseph D. Oliver, 56, once in the upper body, according to a police affidavit filed in Fairfax Circuit Court. The wounded officer was shot in the leg. It was not clear who fired the first shot outside Oliver's apartment building in the Kingstowne area of Fairfax, and a police spokesman would not comment on the specifics of the shooting.
Oliver, of the 6000 block of Palladium Court, was reported missing by his father Oct. 11 and had told family members that he wanted to commit suicide, according to a search warrant affidavit. Officers encountered Oliver about 2 p.m. Saturday and negotiated with him for two hours, police said.
Across the Region
DUI Law Eased; Flu Shots in Question
* D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D) signed emergency legislation to relax the city's drunken driving law, which allowed drivers to be prosecuted for minimal amounts of alcohol in the bloodstream.
* Many flu shot clinics across the Washington region are being delayed or canceled because of lagging vaccine deliveries. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that nearly 90 million doses are still anticipated from four companies, up from about 61 million and two companies last year, and that more than half of those are in the pipeline.
* Sundiata Basir, 34, a former D.C. government worker who has the AIDS virus, was sentenced to a 21-year prison term for luring women and teenage girls into sexual relationships without telling them of the risks. Four women and girls later discovered that they had the virus, prosecutors said.