PRO ATHLETES SUCH AS CAPS STAR ALEX OVECHKIN, who earns money in the District of Columbia but lives outside its boundaries, would have to start paying city taxes, according to a bill introduced Tuesday in the D.C. Council. The practice is common across the country yet controversial. And it could generate as much as $5 million a year for the city, The Washington Times reports.
A MAN WHO JUMPED OFF THE CHESAPEAKE BAY BRIDGE has so far survived the fall, according to The Washington Times. The man, identified as John Anthony Pietropaoli III, plummeted roughly 180 feet and was helped by people in a nearby boat. Mr. Pietropaoli, 21, of Owings, Md., and two other people went over the bridge Monday. Harry Blauvelt, 70, of Chester, Md., died after he was knocked over in a vehicle accident. And John David Stringfellow, 38, of Salisbury, Md., died when he apparently jumped from the western span at the 4.3-mile-long bridge's highest point, officials said.
FORMER MARYLAND GOV. WILLIAM DONALD SCHAEFER, who died Monday at 89, will lie in state at the State House in Annapolis on Monday. The public is invited from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. His body then will be taken past several Baltimore sites that are part of his legacy, including Oriole Park at Camden Yards, M&T Bank Stadium and Inner Harbor. The former Baltimore mayor's body will then be taken to Baltimore's City Hall to lie in state in the rotunda. The public is invited to pay their respects Monday from 6 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Funeral services will take place Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Old St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 233 N. Charles St. in downtown Baltimore. Mr. Schaefer will be interred at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens in Timonium following the funeral services, according to the Maryland Governor's Office.
An account of the final days of Mr. Schaefer's life, as he struggled with pneumonia, included a rush among his still-loyal inner circle to make final arrangements and many calls and visits from old friends, according to a poignant article in the Baltimore Sun.
THE FINAL PHASE OF THE INTERCOUNTY CONNECTOR can be built now that Maryland officials have struck a deal with a Prince George's County developer to acquire necessary land. Gov. Martin O'Malley announced Tuesday that the state has obtained 240 acres of land from developers of Konterra, a planned 2,200-acre mixed-use development in Laurel. The sides were stuck in negotiations since 2007, preventing work on the 18.8-mile, $2.6 billion toll highway's easternmost section, a nearly two-mile stretch from Interstate 95 to U.S. Route 1 in Laurel. Construction on the ICC, from Montgomery to Prince George's counties, is expected to be completed by 2014, according to The Washington Times.
FORMER VIRGINIA GOP PARTY CHAIR JEFF FREDERICK is re-entering politics as an anti-establishment conservative two years after he was ousted by his Republican colleagues. Dogged by accusations of mismanaging party finances before his ouster in April 2009, he now plans to run a political action committee to fund like-minded candidates, according to The Washington Times. Mr. Frederick has reinvigorated a leadership PAC he created in 2004, saying the upcoming elections are too important for him to sit on the sidelines without helping to elect small-government conservatives.
VIRGINIA ATTORNEY GENERAL KENNETH T. CUCCINELLI says the Supreme Court's missing a soft deadline for deciding whether to consider his petition against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act might be a good sign. The high court was expected to discuss the petition last week and issue a decision Monday on whether it would hear the case directly. In an email to supporters, Mr. Cuccinelli, a Republican, said the delay could mean one or more of the justices want more time to consider the matter. "There appears at least to be interest in the petition at the court, which is itself encouraging," he wrote, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
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