The Washington Times - September 29, 2011, 08:47AM

D.C. police Chief Cathy L. Lanier has stood her ground on discretionary demotions of high-ranking officials who do not toe her line, but one casualty of her rigid approach to discipline is not taking his punishment quietly. Attorneys for veteran Metropolitan Police Department Capt. Hilton Burton will argue in the a D.C. appeals court today that he was summarily demoted in violation of his due-process rights and that Chief Lanier is responsible for “a police department afraid to enforce the written law for fear of retaliation by the hierarchy,” writes Jeffrey Anderson of The Washington Times.

Court dates are set for a state delegate from Prince George’s County accused of stealing campaign money to pay for her wedding and the salary of an attorney at her law firm, according to the office of the state prosecutor. Delegate Tiffany T. Alston, a Democrat elected in November, is scheduled for arraignment in Anne Arundel Circuit Court on Oct. 12. Her trial is scheduled for January. She is accused of using campaign funds for personal use on several occasions in September and December 2010, according to The Times.


The four-member team of high-climbing engineers is scheduled to resume their inspection today of the 555-foot-tall Washington Monument, rappelling down the landmark’s exterior to find earthquake damage, in an operation challenged by persistent thunderstorms, The Times reports.

Violent crime decreased by as much as 23 percent from last year in five Prince George’s County neighborhoods targeted for extra patrols over the summer, police said Wednesday. The positive results come in the course of a year that began with a spike in deadly violence that has kept the county above its homicide totals for last year and on pace to record as many killings as the District of Columbia, with which it shares a border,  The Times reports.

The Washington Nationals finished below .500 again this year, but a hot streak at the end of the season improved TV ratings and season-ticket sales and has team executives anticipating a bigger splash in 2012. “I think it’s more than numbers. It’s more than ticket sales,” said Nationals Chief Operations Officer Andrew Feffer. “People feel something special toward this team and the future, and they’re feeling like it’s real,” The Times reports.

Democrats are accusing George Allen, the leading Republican candidate for a U.S. Senate seat from Virginia, and his staff of removing their tracker from or asking him to leave at least 10 public campaign events, according to The Washington Post. Trackers, outfitted with video cameras and computers, have been a staple of modern campaigns for years. Mr. Allen was notoriously recorded on video calling a young Indian-American tracker “macaca” during his failed 2006 re-election bid against Democratic Sen. Jim Webb. An Allen spokesman says there’s “nothing unusual” about a campaign or organization asking a Democrat staffer to leave, “whether they are a tracker or not.”

Afghanistan war veteran and George Washington University graduate student Patrick Casey has died as a result of injuries he sustain Friday after midnight in a confrontation on M Street Northwest. His parents say Mr. Casey, 33, was trying to mediate the confrontation between friends and group of people harassing them and others in a fast-food restaurant. He was punched, then fell to the sidewalk and hit his head. Mr. Casey was declared dead Tuesday, according to The Washington Post.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the party’s House fundraising arm, has for months been focused almost exclusively on just one Maryland GOP congressman, Rep. Andy Harris. But on Wednesday the group added a new target, 10-term Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett. In a press release, the group tried to link Mr. Bartlett with Rep. Paul Ryan, House Budget Committee chairman, questioning whether he would support a health care plan Mr. Ryan unveiled this week, according to the Baltimore Sun.

The group tends to send out the same release to dozens of districts — only changing the name of the target. But it is a possible indication the DCCC has started looking at the seat as competitive, in part because the Democrat-controlled Maryland General Assembly will attempt to alter his district next month.