- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 19, 2008


Nationals to pay city back rent

The Washington Nationals baseball team has agreed to pay the District back rent for use of the new Nationals Park stadium, according to a joint statement Saturday by city and stadium officials.

The officials said the agreement followed daily negotiations over several months.

The amount was estimated to be at least $3.5 million midway through the season, when team owners contend, in part, work on the taxpayer-funded stadium had not been completed.

The owners, the family of area developer Theodore N. Lerner, also reportedly disagreed about tax payments on tickets sales. The release stated only that all “outstanding issues” had been resolved but gave no further specifics.

The District paid roughly $611 million in taxpayer money to build the stadium in Southeast. The Lerners spent an estimated $450 million to buy the franchise from Major League Baseball and return baseball to the District.

Teen killed in Northwest

A Suitland teen was fatally shot Friday night in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood in Northwest, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.

Officers found the victim, Arthur Gale, 19, of Suitland, at about 10:30 p.m. behind a building in the 3200 block of Georgia Avenue Northwest. No arrests have been made.



Activist among ill ‘ghost’ protesters

A Baltimore peace group says activist Max Obuszewski is one of 10 defendants who will face trial Monday in D.C. Superior Court for staging an Iraq “ghost” protest in Congress.

During the March 12 protest, the 10 stood up in the U.S. Senate gallery wearing gauze over their heads and said they were ghosts from the Iraq war who died needlessly and demanded an end to funding of the war.

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