The Washington Times - April 4, 2011, 08:03AM

SOME D.C. RESIDENTS IN WARD 7 have asked the city’s Office of Campaign Finance to investigate D.C. Council member Yvette Alexander’s use of constituent service funds to determine if she violated fundraising and conflict of interest laws, The Washington Times reports. A review by the paper in March showed that Ms. Alexander, who represents some of the city’s poorest households, spent less than 5 percent of the more than $120,000 she raised since 2007 to help constituents with urgent needs such as funeral expenses, rent and utilities.

A PAINTING AT THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART was attacked last week by a visitor, a rare and unusual incident that provoked considerable commotion, according to other museum visitors and gallery officials. A woman screaming, “This is evil,” tried to pull the painting off the wall at the popular Gauguin exhibit. Museum officials said no apparent damage was done to the 1899 painting during the incident Friday, according to The Washington Post.


METRO IS ALLOWING IT FIRST OUTSIDE BUSINESSES after years of efforts, bringing retail to riders and revenues to the transit agency, according to the Washington Examiner. Old Town Trolley Tours has started selling tickets to its sightseeing tours out of the Smithsonian Metro station. The firm doesn’t have ticket booths yet, but its hawkers are allowed to sell tickets inside both entrances. This is the agency’s first foray into adding retail to its stations, but officials say more is on the way. This summer Metro riders will be able to rent DVDs from vending machines at 10 stations.

A SHOOTING IN WASHINGTON LATE SUNDAY injured two people in the Fort Davis-Fairfax Village area of Southeast, authorities said. The two were found in the 3900 block of Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast, according to The Washington Post. The location is near the intersection with Alabama Avenue Southeast. The site is a neat, tree-lined street of two- and three-story apartments, a few blocks from the border between the District of Columbia and Prince George’s County. At the time the two were taken to a hospital, both were conscious and breathing, police said.

ALEXANDRIA BUSINESSES would pay commercial property taxes for the first time if a 2012 budget before the City Council is approved next month. Council members are considering a $553 million plan that raises general spending by 4.1 percent, The Washington Times reports. The plan includes proposals that would require city employees to contribute more to their retirement funds and would create a commercial property tax to be used exclusively to fund transportation projects.

A MAN WAS STRUCK AND KILLED ON I-66 over the weekend. The incident occurred about 3 p.m. Sunday when the man walked into the middle of the highway to vomit, then was struck by a taxi, police told WRC-TV (Channel 4). The accident happened near Route 7 in the Falls Church area. The victim was identified as Daniel Park, 23, of Herndon, Va. Police are still trying to interview witnesses.

THE MARYLAND GENERAL ASSEMBLY’s 2011 session closes April 11, and Gov. Martin O’Malley has yet to get the most ambitious parts of his legislative agenda out of a committee, the Baltimore Sun reports. It has been more than two months since Mr. O’Malley, a Democrat, rolled out his signature proposals — including legislation to limit septic systems, build an offshore wind farm and create a $100 million investment fund — to a legislature controlled by his party.