- The Washington Times - Saturday, May 27, 2006


Chesapeake Bay now on stamps

The U.S. Postal Service yesterday released a stamp featuring the Chesapeake Bay. The stamp is part of a series commemorating natural and man-made wonders of the country.

The stamp features a blue heron flying in the sunset and the words “largest estuary,” which is why the Bay was included in the 40-stamp series, called “Wonders of America.” The series also includes stamps honoring the Appalachians as the nation’s oldest mountains and Yosemite Falls for being the tallest waterfall.



Mouse infestation closes Giant store

A Giant Food store was closed Friday because of a mouse infestation, then reopened yesterday after exterminators came to fix the problem.

A company spokesman said the city’s health department closed the store and inspectors returned after midnight to say it could be reopened. A health department official said mouse infestation was found throughout the store and fly infestation was found in the bakery area. The official also said the city received two complaints and that mouse droppings and dead mice were found in the store, in the Rotunda shopping center in North Baltimore, near Johns Hopkins University.


Police investigating two homicides

The Prince George’s County Police Department said two homicides in Suitland occurred less than two miles apart yesterday.

Police said the body of a woman, said to be in her early 20s, was found on a cemetery’s grounds at about 5:45 a.m., then about 30 minutes later the body of a man was found next to a building at nearby Suitland High School. Police are trying to determine whether the crimes are related.

No identification was found on either victim, and the causes of the deaths were not released.


Teachers resign in cheating scandal

Two Carroll County fourth-grade teachers accused of cheating on state standardized tests have resigned.

County schools Superintendent Charles I. Ecker said yesterday the teachers quit while school officials were considering their punishment.

Mr. Ecker did not say whether school officials were considering firing the teachers but that state schools Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick was asked to revoke their teaching certificates.

The teachers were removed from their classrooms in March after officials found that copies of questions from a state achievement test had been passed around to pupils and other teachers before the exam.


Man struck by subway train

A man was seriously injured yesterday morning after he jumped onto subway tracks and was hit by a train.

The incident occurred at about 7:30 a.m. at the Penn North station in Northwest Baltimore.

A city fire department spokesman said witnesses saw the man jump onto the tracks. The conductor slowed the train but could not stop it from hitting the man and dragging him about 150 feet.

The man was taken to Shock Trauma in Baltimore with serious head injuries. Metro service was restored several hours later.



State OKs pier for NASCAR wedding

Virginia officials have approved a request to build a 175-foot pier for the July 27 wedding of NASCAR driver Kurt Busch, provided the $24,500 structure overlooking the Chesapeake Bay is removed after the ceremony.

The conditional permit was granted to Dan Hoffler, a Virginia Beach real estate developer and Mr. Busch’s friend.

Mr. Busch is marrying Eva Bryan, a former Old Dominion University student whose parents live in Chesapeake. They met on a blind date in July 2003. The wedding is to take place at Mr. Hoffler’s 125-acre Point Farm estate, just south of Eastville. Mr. Hoffler also will build a temporary platform in sandy dunes to accommodate about 300 guests and others who will be ferried from the main pier on Point Farm to attend the private event.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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