- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 8, 2011

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s deputy chief of staff has resigned barely a week after she arrived at City Hall, another setback for Mr. Gray, who is trying to end the series of scandals that have beset him and his administration over the first eight months. Andi Pringle, who has lived in Montgomery County for the past 18 months, submitted a letter of resignation late Wednesday, citing the “distraction” created by revelations she voted in September’s D.C. primary despite living in Maryland, The Washington Times reports.

Maryland legislators were warned Wednesday that upcoming Capitol Hill budget negotiations could result in less federal transportation money, which would force them to offset the losses through state-level cuts, layoffs or tax increases. That message was delivered Wednesday to the General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Federal Relations, whose members were told Maryland soon could be forced to make difficult decisions on how and whether they will fund certain road and transit projects, David Hill of The Washington Times reports.

A new online reporting tool will allow people to submit reports of suspicious activity around the District of Columbia and photos or videos of the activities directly to the Metropolitan Police Department, officials announced Wednesday, The Washington Times reports. The iWatch DC program provides another way for police to gather tips about suspicious activities in the area and analyze the reports for potential trends or suspected terrorist activity, Chief Cathy L. Lanier said.

Virginia would be granted a majority of the seats on the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority’s board of directors as part of the fiscal 2012 transportation, housing and urban development funding bill released Wednesday by the House Appropriations Committee, The Washington Times reports. The language was inserted by Rep. Frank R. Wolf, Virginia Republican, who in May introduced legislation that would increase the number of members on the board from 13 to 17, and the number of Virginia members from five to nine.


The remnants of Tropical Storm Lee, which has brought rain into the region since Monday, is causing flooding and road and building closures. The National Weather Service has issue a flood warning for the region, and the rain is expected to continue into the weekend. Rain totals range from about 8 to 10 inches. Among the hardest-hit areas are Anne Arundel, Charles, Howard and Prince George’s counties. Charles County schools are closed. Prince George’s officials this morning announced 13 county roads and nine state roads closed. In addition, the county’s Administration Building and courthouse in Upper Marlboro are closed today because of flooding, The Washington Times reports.

Virginia has taken a step in the right direction by creating a fund designed to help counteract impacts from federal budget cuts, according to Moody’s Investors Service, one of the nation’s top credit-rating agencies. GOP Gov. Bob McDonnell in August proposed starting the Federal Action Contingency Trust Fund and seeding it with $30 million. The move “would be credit positive for the state,” Lisa Heller, a vice president-senior analyst for Moody’s, wrote in the firm’s Weekly Credit Outlook, reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Maryland lawmakers are calling for a deeper look into Baltimore Gas & Electric’s response to Hurricane Irene, which left hundreds of thousands of customers without electricity — and ratepayers and public officials fuming about the utility’s restoration efforts. State Sen. Thomas M. Middleton, the Senate Finance Committee chairman, said Wednesday that he planned to hold a briefing with the state’s utilities on their response to recent storms, including Irene and this week’s heavy rains from the remains of Tropical Storm Lee. In addition, Democratic state Sen. James Brochin called this week on the General Assembly’s Baltimore County delegation to hold a hearing during the special legislative session in October, according to the Baltimore Sun.