The Washington Times - April 27, 2011, 08:49AM

VINCENT B. ORANGE WON THE AT-LARGE D.C. COUNCIL SEAT on Tuesday. Mr. Orange, a Democrat and former council member who failed in bids for mayor in 2006 and council chairman in 2010, took majorities in Wards 5, 7 and 8, according to The Washington Times. Mr. Orange drew more than 28 percent, or 12,216, of the votes, staving off Republican Patrick Mara at almost 26 percent, or 11,096 votes, and toppling Democratic incumbent Sekou Biddle at about 20 percent, or 8,842 votes, according to unofficial results Tuesday night.

A METROPOLITAN POLICE OFFICER fatally shot a man Tuesday afternoon after he pulled what appeared to be a gun from his waistband, police said. A law enforcement source tells The Washington Times the weapon was a BB gun. The department’s Gun Recovery Unit was on assignment at about 2:30 p.m. in the 2400 block of Elvans Road Southeast when the incident occurred. Shots were fired, and the man, who was reportedly 18 years old but who has not been identified by police, died at a hospital. Police recovered a weapon at the scene.


THE NATIONAL ZOO said Tuesday its annual Easter Monday events will continue despite several fights and a teen’s stabbing this year — but not without a major review that includes security improvements and plans to close gates to control overflow crowds, The Washington Times reports. The announcement was made as D.C. officials charged 16-year-old Washington resident Mshairi Alkebular in connection with the stabbing of another teen six times during two attacks.

CLAIMS BY SULAIMON BROWN, a former D.C. mayoral candidate, that he was paid and promised a job by the campaign of Mayor Vincent C. Gray, a Democrat, have prompted several outside probes. The D.C. Council also wants to hear Mr. Brown’s side of the story, but it hasn’t been able to find him to serve a subpoena for him to appear before the council to testify, according to WAMU-FM. The council has hired an outside firm. The next council hearing on Mr. Gray’s questionable hiring practices is Friday.

FAIRFAX COUNTY will not sue the Defense Department over the relocation of thousands of workers from Arlington to Alexandria, despite a report that shows the Army misled lawmakers about potential traffic gridlock around the new offices, according to The Washington Times.

VIRGINIA GOV. ROBERT F. MCDONNELL said Tuesday he supports allowing single gay people to adopt, but he continued his opposition to expanding the adoptive-parent pool to unmarried couples, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. In Virginia, single people can adopt, regardless of their sexual orientation, and married couples can adopt. Unmarried couples cannot adopt.

A state board last week struck language from proposed adoption regulations that would have barred private agencies from discriminating against prospective parents based on their sexual orientation. Mr. McDonnell, a Republican, said on WTOP radio he supports the law, which allows a single person — gay or straight — to adopt.