The Washington Times - August 31, 2011, 08:34AM

Attorneys for the woman charged in the killing of a co-worker at a Bethesda yoga store failed Tuesday to persuade a judge to delay the trial so they could learn more about their client’s “major mental illness,” including whether concussions she may have suffered as a collegiate soccer player were a factor, according to The Washington Times.

The D.C. attorney general has charged the nonprofit group Miracle Hands and its director, reformed gangster Cornell Jones, for misappropriating more than $300,000 from the city’s HIV/AIDS program to open a strip club. The complaint, filed in D.C. Superior Court, seeks $1 million in damages, reports The Washington Times.


Stakeholders involved in planning the Metro system’s rail line to Washington Dulles International Airport and Loudoun County say they are closer to an agreement on how to build and finance the second phase of the multibillion-dollar project, according to The Washington Post.

The working group of about a dozen representatives from the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, Metro, Fairfax and Loudoun counties, and the Virginia Department of Transportation met Tuesday with U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood at his headquarters for an hour to discuss details of the second phase of the rail line that will stretch from Reston Town Center to Dulles Airport and Ashburn. Representatives declined to discuss specifics about the meeting. They would say only that progress had been made.

Maryland and Virginia’s governors continue to assess the damage inflicted on their states by Hurricane Irene. Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, a Democrat, toured the hard-hit central and southern regions of the state. Mr. O’Malley remarked Tuesday at the number of huge trees downed and said roughly 70 percent of the power has been restored to Maryland residents. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, a Republican, said that the assessments likely won’t be complete until Friday but that the damage will be in the millions. He said power has been restored to roughly 75 percent of Virginians, according to The Washington Times.

The D.C. region’s housing market slowed in June, showing signs that Washington’s booming home prices are now exposed to the same economic strains the rest of the country has weathered, the Washington Examiner reports.

Maryland needs to be more business friendly than Virginia to create more jobs and stabilize the state’s economy, a panel of business leaders told the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee on Tuesday. The hearing, scheduled to discuss corporate taxes and job creation, zeroed in on how Maryland needs to become a better place to do business than neighboring Virginia, which panelists said is the state’s only real competition in terms of getting businesses and creating jobs, according to the Maryland Reporter.

Virginia has reached an agreement with a Pennsylvania company to provide vending machines and other services at 42 rest areas while guaranteeing the state roughly $2 million annually. Last year, Gov. Bob McDonnell, a Republican, directed the state to reopen 19 rest areas shuttered by the previous administration to save money. He since has sought ways to defray rest-stop expenses through sponsorships and other arrangements, according to the Virginian-Pilot.