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SPRINGFIELD WOMAN MISSING

Missing woman found dead in Va. park

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) - Police in Fairfax County say a missing 62-year-old woman from Springfield has been found dead in a park, but they do not suspect foul play.

Television station WUSA-TV reports Mary Gibson went to walk her dog around 4 p.m. Friday but did not return.

Police found her body around 9:30 a.m. Saturday in a wooded area in Pohick Stream Valley Park, about half a mile away from her home.

Gibson's cause and manner of death are being investigated.

SILVER LINE-EXPRESS BUS

New bus service goes from silver line to Dulles

WASHINGTON (AP) - A new express bus service will take passengers between the just-opened stations on the silver line and Washington Dulles International Airport.

Transportation officials say the new express bus service opened Saturday, the same day as the first five stations on the silver line.

Passengers who get off at the silver line's Wiehle-Reston East station can take the bus service to the airport. Transportation officials say buses will operate every 20 minutes and every 15-minutes during the weekday morning and afternoon rush. Officials say the fare will be $5 each way, which can be paid with cash or credit card.

Before Saturday, customers could ride the orange line to the West Falls Church station and take the Washington Flyer Coach service to Dulles for $10. The new service replaces that option.

SILVER LINE

Metro opens first phase of silver line

RESTON, Va. (AP) - The silver line is open.

The long-awaited addition to the Metro system opened Saturday. Cheers went up as the crowded first train departed the Reston station around noon.

The $2.9 billion first phase of the silver line includes five stations. The 11.7 miles of new track stretches from Reston through Tysons Corner and connects with the orange line at the East Falls Church station.

Work is just beginning on the project's next phase, which will carry the silver line to Dulles International Airport and beyond, at an additional cost of $2.7 billion.

The silver line is the first new line to be added to the Metro system since the 1991 opening of the green line's first stations. The system now has six lines: red, orange, yellow, green, blue and silver.

SENATE DEBATE

Warner, Gillespie to have Senate first debate

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) - Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Warner and Republican challenger Ed Gillespie are trading jabs for the first time in person.

Warner accused Gillespie at a Saturday debate of being a "partisan warrior" who would contribute to congressional gridlock.

Gillespie said Warner has been a "blank check" for the Obama administration, which has helped weaken the state's economy.

The debate is being held at the exclusive Greenbrier hotel resort in West Virginia and is moderated by Judy Woodruff, co-anchor for PBS NewsHour. The event is hosted by the Virginia Bar Association.

Several polls have put Warner, a former Virginia governor, well ahead of Gillespie, a former Republican National Committee chairman.

REDSKINS-KEEPING YOUNG

Keeping Young: Gruden will make room for fullback

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Jay Gruden says he'll make room for a fullback in the Washington Redskins offense.

Gruden didn't use the fullback much during his three seasons as offensive coordinator with the Cincinnati Bengals.

But Gruden says he didn't have a fullback such as Darrel Young, who is starting his fifth year with the Redskins.

The Redskins have plenty of offensive talent, including Robert Griffin III, DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon and Alfred Morris, so Young's touches will be limited.

Nevertheless, Gruden said at training camp this week that Young will be a "major part" of the offense.

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