Election results still in doubt but not McDonnell; Evans' challenger quits, say victim of 'intimidation campaign'; Nationals' Ramos kidnapped in Venezuela; Bowie Police: Girls Scouts robbed of cookie dough; Occupy Wall Streeters marching to D.C.; Thousands arrested in D.C. for expired tags, registration; Maryland residents filing civil rights case against new redistricting; D.C. juvenile justice agency settles with ex-employee.
Election results are still unofficial, but Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and other state Republican leaders declared victory Wednesday and made clear they will be in control — complete control — of the General Assembly come January. Mr. McDonnell, who has stressed bipartisanship during his first two years in office, said he would continue to work with Democrats but emphasized that the buck stopped with the GOP. Republicans immediately flexed their muscles by indicating that they would now put off congressional redistricting until next year, according to The Washington Times.
The D.C. Council's longest-serving member got a break in his effort to win a sixth term when his opponent dropped out of the race on Wednesday, citing a bizarre chain of events that included a man peering into the windows of her Georgetown home. Fiona Greig announced she will not challenge Jack Evans for the Democratic nomination to the Ward 2 seat he has held for 20 years, in part because of an "intimidation campaign" by the veteran legislator's team, The Times reports.
Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos was kidnapped near his home in Valencia, Venezuela, on Wednesday, a source close to Mr. Ramos' family confirmed to The Washington Times. Mr. Ramos, 24, was with his family at the time of the incident but was the only one taken. The source said the family had informed police and was awaiting a call from kidnappers., according to The Times.
Bowie police are searching for two men who stole money from Girl Scouts selling cookies outside an area store. According to authorities, a man approached the scouts outside of a Wal-Mart on Oct. 28. He inquired about the cost of the cookies, then grabbed the cash box and ran. A woman who witnessed the incident tried to chase the thief, but stopped when another man said he would catch him. Police said that a surveillance video shows the thief and the man who claimed he would catch him together. There was about $200 in the scouts' cash box, according to the Washington Post.
About two dozen Occupy Wall Street protesters, flanked by police scooters, started a two-week walk from New York to Washington on Wednesday. The activists left Manhattan's Zuccotti Park, marched past the World Trade Center site and boarded a ferry to New Jersey. The group planned to stay overnight at a private home in Elizabeth, N.J., and resume their walk on Thursday morning. They plan to walk through Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland and arrive in Washington by Nov. 23 — the deadline for a congressional committee to decide whether to keep President Barack Obama's extension of Bush-era tax cuts. Protesters say the cuts benefit only rich Americans, according to the Associated Press.
Police in Washington, D.C., have arrested nearly 3,500 drivers in the past two years whose tags had expired or who had failed to register their cars, but the vast majority weren't locked up, according to records provided to the Associated Press.
The records, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, list 3,497 arrests from Oct. 1, 2009, through Sept. 30, 2011. About 250 or so of the arrests during that time are classified as a "lock-up," though the records don't indicate how long someone spent behind bars. In most cases, the driver was released after getting a citation or agreed to pay a fine instead of appearing in court or standing trial. Some cases don't specify any outcome of the arrest.
The records list arrests made by the Metropolitan Police Department and other law enforcement agencies in D.C., under an unusual city law that permitted the police to arrest drivers operating cars with expired tags.
Nine Maryland residents will file a joint lawsuit in federal court Thursday charging the state with numerous civil rights violations that occurred as a result of last month's congressional redistricting, according to Radamese Cabrera, a spokesman for Fannie Lou Hamer — Political Action Committee — an African American voting rights group, according to the Maryland Reporter.
The District's juvenile justice agency agreed to pay about $130,000 to a disgruntled former employee who sued the city after he was passed over for the top job at a D.C. facility in Laurel that houses young offenders, according to papers from the D.C. Office of the Attorney General, The Times reports.
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