- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 24, 2009

DISTRICT

Barry is moved, ‘progressing well’

D.C. Council member Marion Barry has been moved from intensive care to a room at Howard University Hospital, doctors said Monday.

Dr. Clive Callender, the surgeon who led the team that transplanted a kidney into Mr. Barry, said the Ward 8 Democrat could be released from the hospital by Thursday.

He also said Mr. Barry’s kidney donor, Kim Dickens, 47, is “progressing well” and could be released Tuesday.

Barry spokeswoman Natalie Williams said Miss Dickens visited Mr. Barry on Sunday. Mr. Barry’s visitors are otherwise restricted to 24 people, who include other council members, staff workers, family and clergy.

Hill streets shut for Obama speech

D.C. and federal officials will close most of the streets on Capitol Hill on Tuesday when President Obama addresses a joint session of Congress.

The closings will begin at 7:30 p.m. and last until the speech is over. The Capitol Square also will be restricted to authorized pedestrians, beginning at 6 p.m.

MARYLAND

ANNAPOLIS

Bill may reimburse for inauguration

A congressional bill would pay $20 million to Maryland and Virginia for costs incurred during President Obama’s inauguration.

Maryland Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, Rep. Steny H. Hoyer and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley made the announcement Monday.

The money is in a portion of the 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act, which soon will be considered by the House.

Maryland officials say that how the money will be allocated between the two states has yet to be determined. They estimate Maryland spent more than $11 million to provide security measures during Mr. Obama’s train ride through the state, which included a stop in Baltimore.

Part of the bill also includes $35 million to reimburse the District for inaugural costs.

FREDERICK

Man gives 75 dogs to shelter

A Thurmont man turned over 75 dogs that a St. Mary’s County couple asked him to care for temporarily, Frederick County animal control officials said.

County Animal Control Director Harold Domer said the man tried to get the couple to help him care for the dogs, but they never returned his calls and he looked for help elsewhere.

Mr. Domer said animal-control staff picked up 29 puppies and 46 dogs of various breeds from the man’s home this weekend.

The shelter has made arrangements to care for the dogs and find places for them to live. Some have been placed as far away as Ocean City and Loudoun County, Va.

EDGEWATER

Drive-through clerk faces drug charges

Anne Arundel County police said a Lothian man working at a McDonald’s was dealing drugs out of the drive-through.

Police arrested Donald Brice, 27, on Friday in the parking lot of a McDonald’s in the 100 block of Mitchells Chance Road.

Police said Mr. Brice sold marijuana to undercover detectives who were investigating him.

In the past month, police received tips that Mr. Brice was dealing drugs out of the drive-through window.

After ordering food, police said, the undercover detectives also bought marijuana from Mr. Brice at the cashier’s window. Mr. Brice is facing drug-dealing and possession charges.

LANDOVER

Man killed in traffic dispute

A man was fatally shot during a weekend argument with another motorist over a U-turn, the Prince George’s County Police Department said Monday.

Police said Keith E. Brown, 35, was driving east on Central Avenue shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday, when he made a U-turn in front of a vehicle that was heading west.

A police spokesman said an argument ensued when the drivers stopped at Brightseat Road and Central Avenue. A shot was fired from one vehicle, and Mr. Brown was hit in the upper body.

Officials said Mr. Brown was riding with his wife, Lakeisha Brown, and two others. Nobody else was injured and the westbound vehicle left before police arrived.

VIRGINIA

RICHMOND

Deadline extended for tuition program

The Virginia College Savings Plan on Monday extended the deadline to lock in the cost of future tuition and fees at public colleges in the state.

The new deadline is March 15. The original three-month enrollment period was to end this month.

The extension reflects increased demand for the Virginia Prepaid Education Program - up nearly 15 percent from last year.

The plan allows parents and others to purchase credits at current rates to cover a child’s tuition and fees at any state-supported university or community college.

The money is pooled in long-term investments with the goal of matching or exceeding how much tuition costs when the child is ready to go to college.

FAIRFAX

Counties consider budget proposals

Fairfax County Executive Anthony H. Griffin on Monday proposed a budget containing more than $100 million in spending cuts and a 12-cent property tax increase to help close the county’s $650 million shortfall.

Mr. Griffin’s $3.3 billion budget for fiscal 2010 includes the elimination of 524 regular county positions and expenditure reductions of $106.4 million. The cuts scale back things such as library hours and include the closure of some county facilities.

Mr. Griffin also proposed an increase in the state’s real estate tax to $1.04 per $100 of assessed value, but officials said the increase will hold average taxes paid by residential property owners “relatively flat.”

Officials will hold public hearings on the spending plan at the Fairfax County Government Center on March 30, March 31 and April 1.

RICHMOND

Report foresees deepening poverty

A report by the Commonwealth Institute states that Virginia’s poverty level could increase by as much as 218,000 people if national unemployment reaches 9 percent.

The Federal Reserve is predicting that unemployment could hit that level this week.

If that happens, the Commonwealth Institute said, the number of Virginians living in poverty will increase by 159,000 to 218,000. If unemployment hits 8 percent, it’s estimated that the poverty figure will increase by at least 122,000 and as much as 169,000.

Nearly 700,000 Virginians live in poverty, the institute said.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

LOAD COMMENTS ()

 

Click to Read More

Click to Hide