- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 22, 2006


Protests quiet, small near World Bank

The Metropolitan Police Department reported no problems or arrests of protesters yesterday near the headquarters of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

The banks are holding their spring meetings, which at times have drawn unruly crowds. No permits have been issued for marches or large demonstrations, but a series of small protests and demonstrations were planned for this weekend. Police turned on a network of surveillance cameras and have some streets closed until tonight.

Eighteenth, 19th and 20th streets will be closed from G Street to Pennsylvania Avenue. Trucks will not be allowed on Pennsylvania Avenue from 17th to 23rd streets.



Jobless rate reaches six-year low

The federal government reports that Maryland’s unemployment rate fell to its lowest level in six years.

The rate was 3.4 percent last month, compared with 3.5 percent in February. Maryland’s rate hasn’t been this low since April 2000, when it was also 3.4 percent. The national unemployment rate is 4.7 percent.

Maryland has gained 43,500 jobs since March 2005, giving it 2.87 million jobs.

Federal spending has been driving the state’s economy and creating jobs, giving Maryland nearly three times the rate of federal employees, compared with the national average.



Coal cars derail; no one injured

Several freight cars carrying coal derailed yesterday from a bridge near downtown Richmond, police said.

The derailment occurred at about 6:45 a.m. when a section of bridge collapsed. No injuries were reported.

The incident occurred in the city’s Shockoe Bottom district, near the James River floodwall.

CSX Corp., which owns the track, did not return a phone message.


Tuition to increase by 9.2 percent

The College of William and Mary is increasing tuition by more than 9 percent for in-state undergraduates for the 2006-07 school year.

Virginia residents will pay $8,490 in tuition and fees this fall, an increase of 9.2 percent from $7,770 in 2005-06. Out-of-state students will pay $25,048 in tuition and fees, 8 percent more than in this academic year.

Tuition and fees plus room and board will increase by 9 percent from last year, to $15,422, for in-state students. The total bill for out-of-state undergraduates will increase by 8.2 percent, to $31,980.

The additional revenues will help increase faculty and staff salaries, enhance academic programs and improve buildings, said Samuel E. Jones, the school’s vice president for finance.

He also said the school is increasing its student financial aid by $1.4 million for 2006-07, to about $14.5 million.

From wire dispatches and staff reports



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