The following stories have been hand-selected by the Assignment Desk at News4:
Fairfax Man Accused of Running Pakistani Front
Washington Post : "The head of a Washington nonprofit group was arrested Tuesday for allegedly running a front organization on behalf of elements of the Pakistani government, including its spy agency, for more than two decades in an effort to influence U.S. lawmakers and other top officials. Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai, 62, a U.S. citizen and resident of Fairfax, was charged in federal court in Virginia with participating in a long-term conspiracy to act as an agent of the Pakistani government without disclosing his affiliation. Zaheer Ahmad, 63, a U.S. citizen and resident of Pakistan, was also charged, but remains at large. He was accused of trying to recruit “straw donors” who would provide money that was actually traced back to the Pakistani government."
Driver Leaves Path of Destruction
Fredericksburg.com: "A Stafford man was charged this morning after his Mercedes barreled into numerous parked cars at the Mine Road commuter lot off of State Route 610 (Garrisonville Road). Two people were injured in the crash. “Speed appears to be a factor,” said 1st Sgt. Les Tyler with the Virginia State Police, which handled the crash investigation. He said there were no other details about crash. At about 5:40 a.m., the 2007 Mercedes Benz driven by Michael Phillip Daniel first grazed the front bumper of an empty 2003 Honda and continued on, hitting four other parked vehicles. Next in line was a 1996 Mazda pickup. Stafford resident Eric Richard Lantz, 20, was in the truck. He was treated at Mary Washington Hospital and released. The Mercedes then hit three more unoccupied vehicles: a 1995 Chevrolet Tahoe, a 2007 four-door Ford and a 2003 Hyundai Elantra."
Lockheed Offers Buyouts to 6,500
Washington Business Journal: "Bethesda-based Lockheed Martin Corp. will offer voluntary buyouts to 6,500 corporate and enterprise business services employees in its latest move to reduce expenses. The buyouts are being offered to about 2,000 Lockheed employees in the Washington area, including 1,500 at the company's Bethesda headquarters. Eligible employees have until Aug. 1 to take the buyouts, said spokeswoman Jennifer Whitlow. After seeing how many employees take the voluntary layoff packages, the company will decide if further cuts are needed, she said."
Snakehead Found in Anne Arundel Co.
HometownAnnapolis.com: "They're back. A northern snakehead fish - a toothy invader that can live out of water - has been spotted in Anne Arundel County. It was found by a team from the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, which was out on the headwaters of the Rhode River on Thursday, conducting a routine survey for fish. As team members pulled a seine net through the water, they found a 23-inch, mature female snakehead. "Every once in a while, there will be something different that comes up," said Gregory Ruiz, director of the Smithsonian's Marine Invasions Research Lab. "But this is the first snakehead we've caught in the Rhode River."