WILLIAM DONALD SCHAEFER, the voluble and flamboyant former mayor and governor who towered over Maryland politics for four decades, died Monday night at his home at the Charlestown retirement community outside Baltimore. He was 89, The Washington Times reports.
REP. FRANK R. WOLF, Virginia Republican, has joined the mounting opposition to building the more expensive of two proposed Dulles Metrorail stations, saying Monday that he hoped the 13-member board that made the choice will reconsider the cheaper option, according to The Washington Times.
A COASTAL FLOOD WARNING remains in effect until noon Tuesday for the District of Columbia, Arlington, Alexandria and Falls Church. The tide will be highest between 9:27 and 10 a.m. The water already has crested at Little Falls, WTOP Radio reports. WJLA-TV (Channel 7) says the Potomac River near Georgetown and Alexandria is 2 to 4 feet above normal. On Monday, emergency crews evacuated restaurants and businesses along the Georgetown waterfront after the waters rose. The flooding occurred because a property management company allegedly failed to open flood gates.
THREE PEOPLE WENT OVER THE CHESAPEAKE BAY BRIDGE on Monday. One was killed after being thrown into the Bay when a truck ran into his car, and another died in what might have been a suicide, according to the Baltimore Sun. A third person survived a 180-foot fall from the westbound span. All three victims were plucked from the water. Police would not comment on whether two of the incidents were suicides but said the victims’ vehicles were found abandoned on the bridge in both cases.
A D.C. YOUTH CORRECTIONS OFFICER was beaten severely during an escape at the city’s secure youth facility in Prince George’s County on Sunday night. The incident has shocked even veteran corrections officials, who said the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services failed to heed warnings that staffing levels were inadequate, according to The Washington Times.
THE VIRGINIA DEATH TOLL FROM WEEKEND STORMS has reached six, the result of tornadoes and flash flooding, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. State officials said three people died and scores suffered injuries in hard-hit Gloucester County, where a tornado cut through a 12-mile swath, uprooting trees and destroying homes. Gov. Robert F. McDonnell, a Republican, has declare a state of emergency so local officials can access commonwealth resources in the cleanup and recovery efforts.
GEORGE W. HUGUELY V, a former University of Virginia lacrosse player, was indicted Monday by a grand jury on six charges, including first-degree murder, in the May 3 death of his former girlfriend, Yeardley Love. The grand jury said the 23-year-old Mr. Huguely, of Chevy Chase, should stand trial in the death of Love, 22, who was a UVa. lacrosse player from Cockeysville, Md. The trial is scheduled to begin Feb. 6 in Charlottesville, The Washington Post reports.
THE MARYLAND STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION will hire a search firm to help find a new state superintendent of schools to replace retiring Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick. The board has not yet settled on a firm or date to conclude the search, WRC-TV (Channel 4) reports. Ms. Grasmick, 72, is the nation’s longest-serving appointed state superintendent, having held the position of Maryland superintendent of schools since 1991. Ms. Grasmick will retire on June 30, with another year left on her contract.
D.C. COUNCIL CHAIRMAN KWAME R. BROWN was a no-show Monday at a hearing seeking answers from his 2008 re-election campaign as to why it failed to report numerous transactions and maintain proper records. Instead, Dawn Cromer, the campaign treasurer, and attorney Frederick D. Cooke Jr. met with officials of the Office of Campaign Finance for 90 minutes behind closed doors at the Frank D. Reeves Municipal Center on U Street Northwest, according to The Washington Times.
CONGRESS SLASHED FUNDING for Washington arts groups in the budget agreement for fiscal 2011. The National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs program was cut from $9.5 million to $7 million, affecting such groups as the Phillips Collection and Studio Theater, according to The Washington Post. The NCACA grants local groups unrestricted funding in place of state appropriations. The program was started in 1985 to fill that gap since the District of Columbia is not a state.