THE DISTRICT HAS FILED A $1M SUIT AGAINST COUNCIL MEMBER HARRY THOMAS JR., accusing the Ward 5 Democrat of using grant money and charitable donations for personal golfing trips, hotel stays and a new sport utility vehicle, The Washington Times reports. At the same time, federal prosecutors confirmed for the first time that Mr. Thomas also is the focus of an ongoing criminal investigation by the U.S. attorney’s office for the District of Columbia.
SULAIMON BROWN, the D.C. politician whose allegations wreaked havoc on the Gray administration, before it ever got rolling, strode into city hall on Monday to finally give his on-the-record account about purported campaign payoffs and other electoral irregularities. Under court order, the former 2010 mayoral candidate, wearing sunglasses, said he had money orders to prove he was paid to stay in the race to badmouth incumbent Adrian M. Fenty. But he decline to proffer them, essentially losing all credibility to his claims, including that he also was promised a six-figure city job to stay in the race, according to The Washington Times.
ACTOR JEFF BRIDGES JOINS VA. GOV. BOB MCDONNELL today when the federal No Kid Hungry Campaign comes to the state. Only 18 percent of children who receive a free or reduced price lunch during the school year participate in summer meal programs, according to the campaign. The campaign seeks to raise awareness of the availability of state and federal food programs, according to The Richmond Times-Dispatch. “For young kids to go hungry is just a shame,” Mr. McDonnell, a Republican, said on TV this morning in an appearance with Bridges. “Virginia is one of the most prosperous states in the union and yet 219,000 Virginia kids are rated as food insecure and at risk of going hungry and that’s just a shame.” Bridges, the national campaign’s spokesman, began working on international hunger issues in the early 80s before shifting his focus to hunger in this country.
A D.C. POLICE OFFICER ACCUSED OF KILLING A WOMAN was held without bond Monday in Prince George’s County District Court. Richmond Diallo Binns Phillips, a Metropolitan Police Department officer, is accused of killing Wynatta Wright, 20, with whom he was scheduled to have a court-ordered paternity test and leaving her infant daughter to die inside a sweltering car, The Washington Times reports. A surveillance camera captured images of people who look like Officer Phillips and Ms. Wright talking for roughly seven hours in a park before the victim was later found fatally shot.
THE U.S. PARK POLICE says a man was shot overnight by an officer at Hains Point in southwest Washington. Police spokesman Sgt. David Schlosser says the officer was patrolling the park about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday when he saw a man sitting in a car with a gun in his hand, according to the Associated Press. The officer ordered the man to drop his gun several times, but the man ignored him. Sgt. Schlosser said the officer shot the man after he got out of the car. He says the man has been taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Hains Point has been closed while police conduct an investigation.
A COMPROMISE PLAN to redistrict the District’s political boundaries has emerged, City Paper reports. Ward 6 gets to keep Hill East, while the D.C. Jail heads to Ward 7. A vote expected today.
METRO NEEDS 55 more workers to keep keep all its escalators running.
MARYLAND GOV. MARTIN O’MALLEY has ordered an in-depth study of shale-gas drilling, WTOP reports. Environmental groups applaud the cautious approach.
AN ANNAPOLIS LOBBYING GROUP has been boasting about its participation in a gubernatorial trade mission, the Daily Record reports. “Alexander & Cleaver P.A. sent emails on May 28 and June 2 to clients publicizing lobbyist Hannah Powers traveling with the governor and more than 70 others on part of his trip to Asia.” O’Malley spokesman calls it “unfortunate” and says the lobbyist would have “little, if any” access to the governor.