- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 15, 2006


Folger fire delays opening night

The damage from a fire Saturday morning at the Folger Shakespeare Library on Capitol Hill was contained to a third-floor, costume-storage area above the building’s theater.

However, water- and smoke-related damage to the Folger Theatre and elsewhere in the east wing closed the building and will postpone by about a week the first performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” which was scheduled for Thursday.

The rare-book collections and other exhibits in the building, in the 200 block of East Capitol Street Southeast, are scheduled to reopen early this week.

Investigators said an electrician had been working to hang a large spotlight on a stage when it came in contact with the costumes. Damage is estimated to be more than $25,000.

Man arrested at White House

The Secret Service has identified the man who climbed a White House fence Saturday night as Alexis Janicki, 24.

Mr. Janicki, of no address, jumped the fence at about 6:30 p.m. He was immediately apprehended by the Secret Service uniformed division and taken into custody, an agency spokeswoman said.

Mr. Janicki was charged with trespassing and possession of marijuana. He was turned over to the Metropolitan Police Department for processing.

President Bush was at Camp David at the time.



Vibrations problematic for new NIH lab

Scientist are concerned about too many internal vibrations inside the new National Institutes of Health building. They said the vibrations may keep them from using part of the Biomedical Research Center because the vibrations could hurt test results of sensitive research instruments, the Baltimore Sun reported.

The $250 million lab is being built on the Johns Hopkins Bayview campus for research programs on aging and drug abuse.

The building was supposed to be finished this fall, but the agency Web site says comple-tion has been delayed. Vibra-tions can be caused by anything from elevators, to a structure’s height, to people walking.


Community colleges seek record funding

Enrollment at Maryland’s community colleges has increased, resulting in demand for new programs and more classroom space.

H. Clay Whitlow, the exec-utive director of the Maryland Association of Community Colleges, said community colleges plan to ask for more than $123 million in state funds for fiscal 2008 — by far the most they have ever sought.

The state’s capital budget for fiscal 2007 includes $55 million for community colleges.

Last year, the state’s 16 community college systems enrolled just more than 119,000 for-credit students.

The Maryland Association of Community Colleges said the number of first-time freshmen jumped almost 23 percent from 1995 to 2005.



Stunt pilot dies after plane crash

A stunt pilot from Annapolis whose plane crashed during an air show died Saturday night at a hospital in Charlottesville, authorities said.

Nancy Lynn was performing snap rolls at the Culpeper Air Fest when her Extra 300L slammed into a grassy area on the north side of the runway and burst into flames.

Culpeper County Adminis-trator Frank Bossio, director of Culpeper Regional Airport, said the Airport Advisory Committee wanted Miss Lynn to come to the air show because of her 30 years of piloting experience, 20 of which involved aerobatics.

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