The Washington Times - March 21, 2011, 08:29AM

No. Virginians healthiest in state

Fairfax places number one for healthiest Virginian counties, while the western Buchanan County is the unhealthiest. That’s according to a joint report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute that rates counties within the 50 states on health factors and outcomes.

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Fairfax and Buchanan’s rankings reflect regional characteristics, in which residents of the northern areas of Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun tend to be slimmer, more physically active, have less high blood pressure and less emotional distress than residents in southern and western Virginia, reported the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Disparity between northern and southern Virginia also shows up in the 2010 edition of America’s Health Rankings, a project of the United Health Foundation, the American Public Health Association and the Partnership for Prevention.
Mortality rates vary widely depending on where Virginians live, even though the state ranks 22nd on overall health. Rates of early death, diabetes and heart disease in northern Virginia are closer to the state ranked most healthy, Vermont, while indicators in southern Virginia look more like Mississippi, the state ranked last.

Case Dismissed

Excerpts from real cases recently dismissed from U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia

Case: Antonio Colbert v. Victims of Crime

Date Filed: Feb. 8, 2011

“Plaintiff alleges that he has ‘been the victim of unscrewpolous [sic] crimes commited [sic] committed by this city (Cincinnati, Ohio).’ Compl. at 2. For example, he alleges that the ‘city put [him] in jail for whatever story they could make up just to stamp out any promise [he] had of being a successful athelete [sic], and in the process, defamed [his] character.’ Id. He demands that ‘[t]he President of the United States be made aware of this injustice, because it isn’t hard to figure out this federally funded organization’s prejudice.’ Id. Plaintiff demands damages of $50 million.”

Morning Roundup: March 22

Shocking details in Lululemon case; Police: D.C. teen death an accident; Gray talks with Napolitano; Lawmakers talk U.Md. megacampus; Virginia over budget on snow removal; McDonnell speeds up E-Verify.

THE LULULEMON EMPLOYEE charged with killing a co-worker was denied bail in a court appearance Monday that included details about the victim’s “shocking” and “catastrophic” injuries, The Washington Times reports.

The alleged motive is that victim Jayna Murray discovered that the woman charged, Britanny Norwood, was stealing merchandise. WJLA (Channel 7) has an exclusive interview with a former Lululemon employee who says then-colleagues said Ms. Norwood stole from a company store in the District before being transferred to the Bethesda Row store, site of the March 11 murder. The Washington Post reports a teammate on Ms. Norwood’s college soccer team says Ms. Norwood stole.

THE SHOOTING DEATH OF A D.C. TEEN on Sunday appears to have been an accident. D.C. detectives say the 15-year-old girl charged in the case said she removed the clip, playfully pointed the gun at 18-year-old-victim Gary Gorden and pulled the trigger, the Washington Post reports. The incident occurred in a Southeast apartment.

D.C. MAYOR VINCENT C. GRAY holds his weekly press conference today at 10:30 a.m. in the John A. Wilson Building, then meets in the afternoon with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

THE MARYLAND GENERAL ASSEMBLY is moving ahead with a plan to merge the University System of Maryland’s Baltimore and College Park campuses. A Senate budget panel voted Monday to ask university officials to consider such a plan, which was proposed by Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., a Democrat, according to the Baltimore Sun.

VIRGINIA’S DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION has spent nearly $70 million more than it budgeted for snow removal this winter, though there was far less snow than last year, according to the Washington Examiner.

VIRGINIA GOV. ROBERT F. MCDONNELL said Monday he will move up by 18 months the deadline for state agencies to start checking the legal status of state employees. The deadline for state agencies to start using the E-Verify system was to be the end of next year, but Mr. McDonnell said the program instead will begin on June 1, The Washington Times reports.