- The Washington Times - Monday, April 27, 2009

VIRGINIA

FORT LEE

Lagasse goes green with Army chow

Celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse stirred up a feast fit for an army as he taped an episode for his eco-friendly show “Emeril Green,” which emphasizes healthier, organic foods.

The chef wore battle camouflage and combat boots like his kitchen helpers, men and women in culinary programs at the Army Center of Excellence Subsistence at Fort Lee.

“Even in the fields, they are not just relying on Meals Ready to Eat, those MREs,” said Mr. Lagasse, during a break in the taping. “They really have people that they have trained here and other places who can really cook,” he said. “I think they have realized that food is definitely a morale booster.”

The Saturday menu at Fort Lee included jambalaya, chicken pot pie, corn and potato chowder, green beans, ham and mashed potato croquettes, fruit salad and bread pudding - some made with the cafeteria-size cans and packages of food typically found at military bases.

“You vibe off him,” said Pfc. Heather Wommack, one of the cooking assistants at the taping. “He’s very energetic.”

RICHMOND

Change of name for children’s fund

The board of directors of the worldwide relief organization Christian Children’s Fund voted has voted to change its name to ChildFund International. The change is part of a new strategy that aims to reflect the charity’s worldwide reach and its affiliation with the ChildFund Alliance, a coalition that includes 11 other international organizations that help children living in poverty.

Chief Executive Anne Lyman Goddard said Friday that the name change, which takes effect July 1, will standardize the ChildFund name globally among groups that work to connect donors to programs that help children.

The name change would provide better brand recognition for donors, especially overseas residents who are increasingly contacting Richmond-based Christian Children’s Fund to sponsor impoverished children in developing nations. Christian Children’s Fund’s income from international donors has increased over the past five years, Miss Goddard said. Of the $230 million raised last year, one-third came from international donors. The organization shed its religious teachings more than 30 years ago.

MARYLAND

BALTIMORE

Second arrest made in insurance slaying

Authorities said a second suspect has been arrested in the killing of a blind man who had six life insurance policies worth up to $1 million.

Baltimore police chief spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said 31-year-old James Omar Clea of Baltimore was arrested at 3 p.m. Saturday at a hotel in Orangeburg, S.C.

Mr. Guglielmi said Mr. Clea has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with Lemuel Wallace’s death and is awaiting extradition. Mr. Wallace was found Feb. 4 with gunshot wounds to the head and back in a Leakin Park bathroom.

Kevin Pushia, a pastor, has been charged with assault and murder in Mr. Wallace’s death.

Police say Mr. Pushia had taken out the life insurance policies on Mr. Wallace. Mr. Pushia was an ARC of Baltimore employee responsible for caring for Mr. Wallace.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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