- The Washington Times - Saturday, November 4, 2006

DISTRICT

Man shot dead in Northeast

A man was fatally shot in Northeast late Friday, the Metropolitan Police Department said.

A police spokesman said the incident occurred at about 9 p.m. at an apartment building in the 4000 block of Gault Place Northeast.

The man, whose identify was not immediately determined, was shot several times in the body and head in the hallway of the building. No motive was released. No suspect was identified.

MARYLAND

BALTIMORE

Basilica reopens after restoration

The restored Basilica of the Assumption was reopened to the public yesterday.

Cardinal William Keeler presided over the ceremony and was joined by a man portraying John Carroll, the country’s first Catholic bishop.

The 200-year-old basilica is the first Roman Catholic cathedral in the United States. It was closed for two years for a $234 million restoration.

Cardinal Keeler, stressing the importance of the building, said the basilica is to the United States what St. Peter’s is to the Vatican.

The basilica’s spotless columns were festooned with red, white and blue banners and two U.S. flags during the patriotic ceremony. Opera singer Beverly Williams led the parish choir in renditions of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” “America the Beautiful” and “God Bless America.”

BALTIMORE

Party gunfire wounds student

The Baltimore City Police Department says the Morgan State University student who claimed he was shot by a passing bicyclist was really shot at a Halloween party.

Police arrested Michael Hinkle, 20, of Landover, in connection with the shooting of Dasheem Washington, 19, of Brooklyn, N.Y. Mr. Hinkle was arrested Thursday and faces assault and weapons charges.

Police say Mr. Hinkle admitted he accidentally shot Mr. Washington while firing into the air in celebration during a party Halloween night.

BALTIMORE

Agency must open meetings to public

Maryland’s highest court has ruled the agency overseeing Baltimore’s economic development must open its meetings and paperwork for public review.

The Court of Appeals wrote Friday that the Baltimore Development Corporation has previously been able to “cloak the business of the citizens of the city of Baltimore behind the veil of a supposedly private corporation.”

The court dismissed city arguments that the agency’s closed-door meetings are legal and crucial to the agency’s work.

The decision focuses only on the city’s development agency, a nonprofit corporation, but its impact could prove far-reaching, potentially opening dozens of quasi-public agencies that are technically separate from government but perform public functions.

Most of them, like the development corporation, have operated behind closed doors for years.

VIRGINIA

RICHMOND

Tremors blamed on mine collapse

The U.S. Geological Survey says tremors from what was thought to be a minor earthquake Thursday in Southwest Virginia were more likely the result of a collapse at an abandoned mine.

Geophysicist John Bellini of the National Earthquake Information Center in Colorado said if the tremors had been related to an earthquake, thousands of people would have called and the vibrations would have been felt as far away as the District.

He said seismologists took a closer look when those results did not occur. They concluded it was far more likely to have been a mining event such as a blast or more likely a ceiling collapse in one of the region’s many mines.

However, the state had no reports of the collapse of a working mine nor reports of unusual mining activity in the area.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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