- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 14, 2011

INTERNET GAMBLING IN THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA might not happen as easily or swiftly as city officials say, according to The Washington Times.

D.C. Council member Michael A. Brown announced Tuesday — after a mandatory congressional review period of the legislation had expired — that the city was authorized to move forward in talks with vendors to become the first jurisdiction in the country to allow online gambling, including Internet poker. But on Wednesday, a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee spokesman said the real review is the congressional legislative process or through spending bills or riders that restrict federal funds based on the implementation of some laws, according to The Washington Times.

UPDATE: THE SUSPECT IN A FATAL SHOOTING at a Northern Virginia barber shop Wednesday afternoon has surrendered to authorities, according to the Fairfax County Police Department, The Washington Times reports this morning. Huang T. Nguyen, 44, of 7846 Heritage Drive in Annandale turned himself in at the Sully District police station at about 11 p.m.

THE UNIVERSITY OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA exercised scant oversight of its president’s business and travel expenses, an internal audit has found, allowing President Allen L. Sessoms to travel widely without developing a budget or seeking approvals required by his employment contract, according to The Washington Post.

Mr. Sessoms, who has led the District’s public university since September 2008, has come under fire in recent weeks for traveling on university funds. WTTG-TV (Channel 5) reported in February about several trips that generally involved first-class travel and luxury accommodations.

METRO’S BOARD OF DIRECTORS meets Thursday to hear a proposal to spend roughly $3.95 million to hire 30 more employees to process and review the growing backlog of contracts for capital projects. The proposal is just one of several issues the board is scheduled to discuss this morning at its regular meeting. Among the other issues will be whether to limit weekend rail and bus service to cut costs and to institute a proposed 5-cents-a-trip surcharge for Metrorail riders using Union Station, according to The Washington Times.

FORMER VIRGINIA SEN. GEORGE ALLEN, who is running for his old U.S. Senate seat, used President Obama’s speech on deficit reduction Wednesday as an opportunity to attack potential general election opponent Tim Kaine, who recently announced he will be a Democratic candidate for the seat, now held by Sen. Jim Webb.

“Unlike my opponent, I will not blindly support the president, especially when he calls for tax increases that will fuel Washington sending as it cripples the still struggling economy,” said Mr. Allen, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. “Checks and balances are desperately needed in Washington to ensure we all have a voice — and that it is finally heard,” he continued. “Only then can we be sure that Washington starts listening and stops defending and advocating for the status quo that has our country on the verge of bankruptcy.”

Mr. Allen and Mr. Kaine are former Virginia governors.