- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 30, 2011

WASHINGTON NATIONALS fans clinging to the promise of watching a home game in their modern riverfront stadium, then perhaps spilling into the neighborhood for dinner, drinks or shopping, will have to wait for at least one more season. Upon arriving Thursday for the fourth Opening Day in the stadium, they will find the surrounding Southeast neighborhood much as they did during the first three seasons, The Washington Times reports in a front-page story that includes comments from Ted Leonsis, owner of the Washington Capitals and Washington Wizards. Also, check out The Times’ special section on the Nationals.

THE NUMBER OF D.C. POLICE OFFICERS getting six-figure salaries has risen sharply in the past four years, even as the number of sworn officers patrolling city streets has fallen to a level Chief Cathy L. Lanier called troubling, according to the Washington Examiner. The police department is paying 81 members at least $110,000 annually, for a near 30 percent increase of six-figure earners since 2007, when the department had 63. Chief Lanier has headed the force since January 2007.

VIRGINIA GOV. ROBERT F. MCDONNELL, a Republican, was waiting until the last possible minute — midnight Tuesday — to unveil his amendments to the state budget and his actions on controversial bills on insurance for children with autism and medical malpractice awards. McDonnell spokesman Tucker Martin said the governor’s office expects to release the information Wednesday morning, though the governor would act on the bills, as he was required to by law, by midnight. Mr. Martin said the governor was still reviewing bills on Tuesday, The Washington Post reports.

VIRGINIA LAWMAKERS began a partisan legislative version of “Survivor” on Tuesday with redistricting plans that leave four Republican state senators fighting for two seats, and leave three House of Delegates Democrats homeless, according to the Associated Press. Just six days before the start of the General Assembly’s constitutionally mandated decennial special session to redraw legislative and congressional boundaries, the House’s majority Republicans and the Senate’s Democratic majority finally filed their plans Tuesday. Neither plan became public until evening, just two days ahead of the first of eight public hearings set from Thursday until lawmakers return to Richmond on Monday.


FORMER VIRGINIA GOV. TIM KAINE, still undecided on whether he will run for the Senate seat of retiring Democratic Sen. Jim Webb, got a nudge Tuesday night from President Obama. “Since he happened to be a really great governor of the commonwealth of Virginia, I suspect that, should he choose to [run], he would also be an outstanding senator,” Mr. Obama said, after Mr. Kaine introduced him to an gathering of 50 party donors at the Red Rooster restaurant in New York’s Harlem neighborhood. Mr. Kaine, now chairman of the Democratic National Committee, has said he likes his job but will do as the president asks.

METRO’S UPCOMING DULLES METRORAIL LINE has resulted in the need for eight new Fairfax County stops. The county’s Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved names for those stations: Tysons-McLean, Tysons I&II, Tysons Central, Tysons-Spring Hill Road, Reston-Wiehle Avenue, Reston Town Center, Herndon-Reston West and Herndon-Dulles East, according to WUSA9.com. The approved names now have to go before the Metro board for final approval.

AN ANTI-ABORTION GROUP is protesting outside an abortion clinic in Germantown, Md. “The once-quiet neighborhood has become an abortion battleground, with opposing sides moving in across the street from each other,” Washington_DC-118889514.html” href=”http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Abortion_Battleground_in_Germantown_Neighborhood_Washington_DC-118889514.html”>WRC-TV (Channel 4) reports. The clinic performs late-term abortions, according to the report.

MARYLAND LEGISLATORS are nearing a final vote on granting in-state college tuition for many illegal immigrants, making the state one of several across the United States to take up local versions of the federal DREAM Act, which failed in Congress, The Washington Times reports.