The Washington Times - April 25, 2011, 08:33AM

THE FAREWELL CEREMONIES for William Donald Schaefer, the longtime Baltimore mayor and two-term Maryland governor, begin Monday. The events start this morning with Mr. Schafer lying in state inside the Maryland State House Rotunda in Annapolis. Mr. Schaefer died March 18. He was 89.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY will announce its new superintendent of schools Monday at a board of education meeting in Rockville. The new hire will replace outgoing Superintendent of Schools Jerry D. Weast, who is set to retire June 30 after serving 12 years. Mr. Weast’s replacement will be hired on a conditional basis and contingent on a final contract agreement. The new hire also must receive final approval from State Superintendent of Schools Nancy S. Grasmick, who also is retiring this year, according to the Montgomery County Gazette newspaper.

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VIRGINIA LAWMAKERS return to Richmond on Monday after a two-week recess to decide whether the General Assembly or the courts will determine how to carve up Virginia’s legislative districts. They return after GOP Gov. Robert F. McDonnell vetoed their redistricting bills. He was especially critical of the map endorsed by the Democrat-controlled Senate, which he said produced rambling, serpentine configurations and sliced up too many communities, according to the Associated Press.

D.C. COMMUTERS who use New York Avenue Northeast can expect delays of as long as 30 minutes starting Monday as crews begin a major bridge-renovation project. Repairs to the New York Avenue bridge, about 400 yards east of Florida Avenue Northeast, are expected to take two years. Work begins on the westbound side, then is scheduled to switch to the eastbound side in 10 month. Still, traffic in both directions will be squeezed from three lanes into two lanes.

THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA holds a special election Tuesday for the open seat of D.C. Council member Kwame Brown, who last fall was elected council chairman. A field of nine candidates is running for the at-large seat, The Washington Times reports. The top contenders include relative newcomer Sekou Biddle, whom the D.C. Democratic State Committee appointed to the seat in January. Another is former Democratic council member Vincent B. Orange, who has been absent from D.C. politics since a failed 2006 mayoral bid and his unsuccessful attempt last year to become council chairman. The other candidates are Republican Patrick Mara; Democrats Bryan Weaver, Joshua Lopez, Tom Brown and Dorothy Douglas; independent Arkan Haile; and Alan Page of the Statehood Green Party.

A D.C. MAN was killed overnight in the Northwest neighborhood of Adams Morgan, according to the Metropolitan Police Department. The incident occurred about 1:55 a.m. Monday in the 2300 block of Ontario Road Northwest. The unidentified male was found dead with injuries to his head and body. Police said the death is being investigated as a homicide.

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY police also are investigating an overnight homicide. An unidentified man was found shot to death about 1 a.m. in the 700 block of Cady Drive in For Washington, Md., according to WUSA9.com.

A POWER OUTAGE in Prince George’s County on Sunday that left about 6,800 Upper Marlboro residents without electricity was caused by a large snake stuck in a circuit breaker, according to WRC-TV (Channel 4). The outage lasted from about 10:45 a.m. until 2 p.m.