- The Washington Times - Monday, December 11, 2006

DISTRICT

Students can keep school vouchers

More than 300 students who use the federally funded school-voucher program won’t lose their eligibility because of their parents’ income gains. Congress passed legislation allowing students who enrolled in the program during its first two years to continue receiving the aid as long as their household income does not surpass 300 percent of the federal poverty level.

That means the students can still get up to $7,500 a year to attend a private or parochial school in the city even if their parents or guardians get pay raises or better-paying jobs. New enrollees in the program must meet a maximum household income requirement of $37,000 for a family of four.

About 1,800 D.C. students attend private or parochial schools with aid from the vou-cher program this school year.

10 sent to hospital after fumes fill building

A faulty furnace may have been the source of fumes that sent 10 persons to George Washington University Hospital yesterday evening.

Fire department personnel were called to a building in the 7500 block of 13th Street Northwest about 6:30 p.m. Firefighters discovered elevated readings of carbon monoxide, prompting an evacuation, spokesman Alan Etter said.

Those taken to the hospital included residents, firefighters and police officers who helped with the evacuation. Most were expected to be seen by doctors and released.

Investigators think the noxious odor reported by residents was separate from the elevated carbon-monoxide readings.

MARYLAND

EDGEWATER

Two from Texas died in plane crash

The two persons killed Saturday when their single-engine plane crashed near Lee Airport in Anne Arundel County were identified yesterday as Timothy Kramer, 49, of College Station, Texas, and Deborah Giant, 50, of Bryan, Texas.

Their single-engine Cessna crashed about 5:30 p.m. in a field a few hundred yards short of the runway, state police said.

This was the second fatal crash at the airport this year. In both cases, the plane hit trees near the runway while attempting to land.

The plane was registered to DDT Aero Inc. of College Station, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

A flight plan indicated the plane took off from Warren County Memorial Airport in McMinnville, Tenn., and intended to land at Lee Airport, an FAA spokeswoman said.

The plane kept radio contact as it approached Edgewater but never put out a distress call, officials said.

McHENRY

Volunteer firefighter dies in crash

A volunteer firefighter in Garrett County died Saturday responding to a fire call when his pickup truck plunged into a ravine along U.S. Route 219.

Edward Wilburn, 64, appar-ently had a medical emergency while driving, state police said.

Mr. Wilburn had retired from his job as a construction firm owner a week earlier. He had been with the Deep Creek Volunteer Fire Department since 1983, including a stint as fire chief.

VIRGINIA

NEWPORT NEWS

Resident wins again on ‘Jeopardy’

Christian Haines, 26, of Newport News, is now a two-time defending champion on the TV game show “Jeopardy” and will be back on television for the fourth time tonight.

Mr. Haines has won $66,200 in three days on the game show.

He posted his biggest prize total yet Friday night — $25,200 — though he didn’t get the final Jeopardy question right.

By then, his prize money total of more than $27,000 was more than twice what the other two contestants had combined.

He lost only $1,900 with his wrong answer.

Mr. Haines studied music at Dartmouth College but has recently taken some time off to work for U.S. Rep. Robert C. Scott, Virginia Democrat.

He has also worked as a part-time copy editor at the Daily Press newspaper.

LYNCHBURG

Thousands sign Freedom Tower beam

The signatures of Virginians are now imprinted on a steel beam that will soon head to New York for the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site.

They turned out in the cold Saturday to sign a 30-ton column of steel.

The steel was fabricated locally and will be part of the Freedom Tower, which will be built where the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center stood until 2001.

One day after New York Gov. George E. Pataki was among about 200 dignitaries and employees of Banker Steel to sign the beam, a steady stream turned out to make their mark, too, and to show that the horror of that day will not be forgotten.

“I think it just shows that we are still united as a country,” Mary Ann Nance said of the turnout, estimated as large as 13,000. “It lets [the terrorists] know we didn’t like what they did to us and we’re not going to let them beat us down.”

Diane Hall, there with her grandson, James Rankin, 2, called the September 11 attacks a travesty and added: “If anybody can do anything to let those people know that we care, then that’s what we ought to do.”

CHARLOTTESVILLE

Pilot dies in crash of single-engine plane

A pilot was killed yesterday when his single-engine plane experienced engine trouble and crashed while approaching Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport, authorities said.

The plane belonged to the Wingnuts Flying Club, based at Chesterfield County Airport, club president Jake Labello said. He declined to identify the pilot.

The six-seater Piper Lance left Chesterfield and had been cleared for landing when the pilot radioed the control tower about 1:30 p.m., Virginia State Police Sgt. David Cooper said.

“He said he was having prob-lems with the plane,” Sgt. Cooper said. “The engine was off.”

Authorities said the pilot tried to make an emergency landing, but he crashed into a woodland area and the plane burst into flames. Sgt. Cooper said the pilot died instantly.

There was no word on any passengers.

WILLIAMSBURG

Group hints at suit over cross removal

A legal advocacy group with ties to Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University is jumping into the dispute over whether the College of William & Mary should have removed the cross from its chapel.

A letter to college President Gene Nichol this month could be a precursor to a federal lawsuit, said Mathew Staver, dean of the law school at Liberty and lawyer with the Liberty Counsel.

Mr. Staver said last week that Mr. Nichol’s decision to remove the 2-foot-high century-old bronze cross violated the Constitution’s freedom-of-religion guarantees.

In October, Mr. Nichol ordered the cross to be kept in the chapel’s sacristy so the sanctuary would be more welcoming to all faiths.

The chapel is in the Wren Building, which is used for secular meetings.

SUFFOLK

Advocates have theory on bear-hunt bust

Animal rights advocates have their own theory why hunters weren’t able to come away with a single black bear during a two-day hunt at the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge.

The reason, they said, is that perhaps no bears were shot because there aren’t as many in the swamp as people think.

Wildlife biologists say there are more black bears in Virginia than at any time since the Civil War. There are about 5,000 to 6,000 bears statewide, with most in the Appalachian Mountains.

Biologists have said the Dismal Swamp hunt earlier this month would have no impact on the refuge’s bear population of between 250 and 350.

One state official called the animal rights activists’ claims “pure baloney.”

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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