- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Several Prince George’s County leaders are expected Tuesday to endorse Derrick Leon Davis in the race to replace former County Council member Leslie Johnson, a Davis spokesman said Monday. County Executive Rushern L. Baker, a Democrat, and Prince George’s State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks, a Democrat, are scheduled to endorse Mr. Davis for the vacant District 6 council seat at an event Tuesday morning in Capitol Heights, said campaign spokesman Sasha Desrouleaux, according to The Washington Times.

Maryland Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot made clear before taking office in 2007 that he would expand the job description beyond collecting taxes, paying the state’s bills and auditing its agencies, and he is living every bit up to that promise. Mr. Franchot, a Democrat, has been vocal on policy and legislation throughout his tenure. The former Montgomery County delegate is widely expected to run for governor in 2014, and potential candidates already are lining up to take his place as comptroller, reports David Hill of The Washington Times.

The return tonight of Washington Nationals Stephen Strasburg has yet to reach the level of excitement created when the pitching ace made his debut last year but he is indeed on the minds — and jerseys — of baseball fans. Strasburg, the No. 1 overall pick in the rookie draft who had major elbow surgery last September, makes his scheduled 2011 major league return at 7:05 p.m. at Nationals Park against the Los Angeles Dodgers, writes Tom Howell Jr. of The Washington Times.

Virginia Democratic Rep. Bobby Scott says he is staying out of next year’s U.S. Senate race. The 10-term representative instead endorsed former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine at Mr. Scott’s annual Democratic Labor Day Picnic in Newport News on Monday, introducing him as Virginia’s next U.S. senator.

Scott had hinted at a possible run for the seat Sen. Jim Webb will vacate with his retirement after only one term, saying he’d make up his mind this summer. He waited until the traditional end-of-summer holiday to announce his decision, according to the Associated Press.

In 2004, then-Virginia Governor Mark Warner, a Democrat, got a historic $1.4 billion, tax-increase package through the General Assembly with the help of such moderate Republican legislators as then-Sens. John H. Chichester and Ken Stolle, reports David Sherfinski of The Washington Times. Yet such partisanship appears to be waning at least for now as moderate Republicans are leaving the Assembly’s upper chamber.

A band teacher for Fairfax County public schools has been charged with the online solicitation of a child under 15, the Fairfax County Police Department said Monday.

Michael K. Cook, 43, of Centreville, was arrested Wednesday, police said. He works at Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax. The child was not a student at the school nor under Mr. Cook’s supervision, who also works with the Robinson’s marching band during football season, according the school’s website. Mr. Cook has reportedly been placed on unpaid administrative leave, according to The Washington Times.

The Metro map’s original artist, who is redrawing it, wants to spice it up with a cherry blossom-colored Dulles line. Metro officials aren’t so sure — and it’s not the only challenge they’re facing, according to the Washington Post.

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling are on the same page when it comes to who should be Henrico County’s next commonwealth’s attorney, but not so much on the gubernatorial race in 2013, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

After both endorsed outgoing Del. Bill Janis, R-Henrico, on Friday in his run as an independent for Henrico’s top prosecutor, Mr. Bolling and Mr. Cuccinelli sent mixed messages on the prospect of facing off for the GOP nod in 2013. Boarding an elevator at the General Assembly Building, Mr. Cuccinelli was asked if he might challenge Mr. Bolling for the nomination.

“There’s a chance,” he replied.

The Maryland Terrapins defeated the University of Miami last night 32-24, issuing in a new ear for the football program under new head coach Randy Edsall. But the bigger story for the home opener on national TV appeared to be the Terps new uniforms, which created a Twitter flurry of largely unfavorable reviews.

The Terps came out for warm-ups wearing red pants. But just before the game began, the players raced out of the tunnel in white pants and white jerseys. The biggest surprise may have been the new gold, black, red and white helmets. The team had staged a fashion show last month to unveil the uniforms. At that time, there were only two helmets displayed. The one used Monday night was apparently held back,d according to the Baltimore Sun.