- - Tuesday, March 22, 2011

DISTRICT

Boy released after cocaine incident

An elementary school student who brought cocaine to school and shared it with other students was to be reunited with his mother after a hearing Tuesday in D.C. Superior Court.

The boy had been in foster care since the incident last week.

Four elementary students at Thomson Elementary School in Northwest were taken to a hospital Thursday after they either sniffed or swallowed the drug brought by the boy. Officials said at the time they were fine but had sore throats.

It was the fifth time this school year that a student was reported with drugs at a school, according to a D.C. schools spokesman. At least twice the substance was marijuana.

Gray changes venue for D.C. address

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced Tuesday that he has plucked his State of the District address out of downtown in favor of a recently renovated high school in Northeast.

Mr. Gray said moving Monday’s address from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Mount Vernon Square in Northwest to the Eastern Senior High School auditorium stemmed from a “strong sentiment to go out into the community and make it more convenient for people to get to.”

Eastern is located at 1700 East Capitol Street NE, two blocks from the Stadium-Armory Metro Station on the Orange and Blue lines. The District held a previous budget hearing in the newly restored facility, and it left a strong impression, according to Mr. Gray.

“For those who were there, you had to be impressed with that building,” he said, calling it “the pride of Capitol Hill.”

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with guided tours of the new facility until 6:30 p.m. The program is scheduled to begin at 6:45 p.m.

Mr. Gray noted that the address will provide his first opportunity as mayor to assess “where we are and where we are headed.”

D.C. investigates council member, charity

The D.C. Office of Campaign Finance has initiated a preliminary investigation of D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr. over charges of financial misconduct related to his Team Thomas charity.

The charges, contained in a December complaint filed by D.C. Republican Party Chairman Robert Kabel, allege that Mr. Thomas, Ward 5 Democrat, “failed to disclose” the receipt of a motor vehicle from a company he is associated with, that he paid the company more than $10,000 in campaign funds, and that he did not disclose travel expenses associated with the charity.

A letter to Mr. Kabel from Office of Campaign Finance Director Cecily E. Collier-Montgomery dated Tuesday said officials are also looking into whether Mr. Thomas and his staff used government resources for other than official government business.

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