- The Washington Times - Saturday, October 14, 2006


Spotlight blamed for Folger fire

Investigators said yesterday a two-alarm fire at the Folger Shakespeare Library on Capitol Hill began when a spotlight ignited some costumes.

A D.C. fire department spokesman said the fire inside the East Capitol Street building started at about 10 a.m.

An electrician had been trying to hang a large spotlight on a stage in the building’s main theater when it came in contact with the costumes.

No injuries were reported. The damage was estimated at $25,000.

The library has one of the world’s largest collections of Shakespeare materials and major collections of other rare Renaissance works.



Security concerns follow school violence

Baltimore school officials are considering installing metal detectors after an outbreak of violence and other gun-related problems last week.

State Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick said she would support having metal detectors in the city’s most dangerous schools, especially if parents want them, according to the Baltimore Sun. However, critics say such a fix would be shortsighted, expensive and ineffective.

City school officials said they would discuss the issue, but would not rush out to buy the devices.

They also said a metal detector would not have prevented a shooting Friday outside Frederick Douglass High School. The 14-year-old boy who was shot in the back is in fair condition.

On Thursday, an 8-year-old boy brought a revolver into his third-grade class at Grove Park Elementary School. Another boy went over to see the gun in his desk and accidentally pulled the trigger. Nobody was injured.

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