The Washington Times - July 29, 2011, 11:02AM

An organization headed by Democratic Party of Virginia Chairman Brian Moran is suing the Obama administration, David Sherfinski reports in The Washington Times. And it’s making some state Democrats uncomfortable. As acting head of the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU), his group is directly at odds with the Obama administration, which is trying to push new regulations on for-profit colleges.

Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. predicts a same-sex marriage bill will pass the General Assembly next year, The Washington Post reports. The reason? Gov. Martin O’Malley’s newly announced support of a bill that would legalize the unions? Nope. Mr. Miller says the successful petition drive to put the DREAM Act before Maryland voters “will make it easier for some wavering delegates to vote for it,” The Post says. And, the newspaper adds, Mr. Miller doesn’t think either same-sex marriage or the DREAM Act will survive a referendum.

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The night before a 61-year-old Northeast man was fatally beaten in his basement apartment, he was attacked and bound in a similar manner but did not report the incident to police, according to testimony in D.C. Superior Court on Thursday, Andrea Noble in The Washington Times reports. Three men accused in the brutal and bizarre killing last month of Glenn Scarborough — one of them the son of Scarborough’s longtime girlfriend who told police he killed Scarborough because the man raped his mother — were in court Thursday for a preliminary hearing, which is expected to continue for several days.

D.C. firefighters who have recently been on crime-deterring patrols in dangerous neighborhoods had their own station burglarized while responding to an emergency call, the Washington Examiner reports. The crew of Engine 33 in Southeast had their house ransacked, some uniforms and personal property stolen. “Also missing were keys, wallets and a camera, according to the police report. The ripped-off BMW was the personal car of a firefighter.”

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell may be looking in the third year of his term to pursue changes to K-12 and public pensions, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports. While it’s unclear what the K-12 changes could entail, “They could piggyback on McDonnell’s efforts in his first legislative session as governor to expand the number of public charter schools, virtual schools and college laboratory schools,” the newspaper reports. On pensions, Mr. McDonnell said publicly this week that the state needed to see “additional shared employee payments.”

Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier is enormously popular with residents in the District but not so much with some of her officers and some people in the press corps, Rend Smith notes in Washington City Paper. The chief is heading into the end of a five-year contract with a mixed record and a folksy style that has won her such popularity that other elected officials are reluctant to challenge her. In the meantime, some officers call her dictatorial and some reporters say she’s thin-skinned.

Another example of why officers think Chief Lanier is dictatorial is documented by Jeffrey Anderson in The Washington Times. Her policy of demoting command staff without cause or a hearing has been rebuked — again — in a recent ruling by the D.C. Office of Employee Appeals (OEA). The ruling is the latest rejection of the personnel practices of Chief Lanier, who critics say does not respect police due process rights and has officers and commanders alike upset about the process.

A local law professor and legal activist is challenging Catholic University’s much-touted plans to begin converting to all-male and all-female dorms starting this fall, saying the plan violates city statutes forbidding sex discrimination, The Washington Times reports. New Catholic University President John Garvey announced plans last month to implement a same-sex policy for the school’s 17 dorms, saying he hoped to decrease binge drinking and casual sexual hookups. The change will go into effect this fall for incoming freshmen.

Maryland Delegate Pat L. McDonough, a Baltimore County Republican who helped lead a successful petition drive against the state’s Dream Act, announced Thursday he will run for Congress or Senate next year, David Hill reports in The Washington Times.