Fairfax priest reportedly never paid restitution for cross burning; Loudoun schools open today with new middle school

Northern Virginia’s daily dose of local and national news for Thursday, Aug. 24.

The Disocese of Arlington priest who wrote about his past affiliations with the Ku Klux Klan came forward after a journalist contacted his parish inquiring if he was the same man who was arrested in the 1970s for burning a cross in a black couple’s front yard. That couple said Fr. William Aitcheson never apologized or paid court-ordered restitution.
(The Washington Post)

Loudoun County Public Schools start the new academic year today with the addition of the newly opened Brambleton Middle School in Ashburn. Loudoun is now the third-largest school system in the state.
(The Washington Post)

The Republican Party of Virginia is drawing backlash after tweeting that the Democratic candidate for Virginia governor, Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, “turned his back on his own family’s heritage in demanding monument removal.” Northam’s ancestors once owned slaves.
(The Washington Post)

The Charlottesville City Council voted to cover Confederate monuments with black fabric following the fatal white supremacist rally. One of the white nationalist protesters at the rally has turned himself in to police and has been charged with malicious bodily injury by means of a caustic substance and illegal use of tear gas.
(Loudoun Times-Mirror, The Washington Post)

Old Dominion University will launch a new $200 million fundraising campaign in the fall. The majority of money will go toward scholarships, research and faculty.