News of particular interest to Loudoun and Fauquier counties that appeared in the daily Post Nov. 20-26.


A Few Rooms Too Many

In exurbs such as Loudoun and Prince William counties, new homeowners are finding that they've bought more rooms than they can use. Some homeowners like the spaciousness, but others find the numerous rooms an excess.


Church Severs Ties to Its Parent

A small South Riding church has become the first to formally sever ties with the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia over the national church's elevation of an openly gay bishop in 2003. The pastor of the South Riding Church said "dissonance" between Episcopalian beliefs and the actions of church elders led the congregation to quit the diocese and join the Anglican Church of Uganda.


Girl Scouts Celebrate Eid

Five Girl Scout troops from the All Dulles Area Muslim Society in Sterling hosted a celebration marking the end of Ramadan for family members and friends. The party for Eid al-Fitr and other activities was designed to help demystify Islam and bridge the gap between Muslim and mainstream American cultures for children and their parents.


Bank Robbery Case Dropped

Yielding to the request of federal officials, Loudoun County prosecutors agreed to drop their case against the woman accused of robbing four banks in Loudoun, Fairfax and Prince William counties while talking on her cell phone. Loudoun's action will allow the cases to be tried together. Candice C. Martinez, 19, and her boyfriend and alleged accomplice, Dave C. Williams, 19, will face federal charges in an Alexandria court.


AOL Posts Blog Ads

Dulles-based America Online Inc. has started posting ads on AOL Journals, six months after promising subscribers that it would keep the feature ad-free. Earlier this year, the company began turning to online advertising to offset shrinking subscriptions.