- The Washington Times - Saturday, October 21, 2006



Resignation stuns historical society

Officials with the Maryland Historical Society say the resignation of W. Eric Emerson as executive director caught staff and board members off guard.

Mr. Emerson quit last week, less than four months after taking the job, saying it was for family reasons.

Henry Stansbury, president of the society’s board of directors, said Mr. Emerson wants to remain in Charleston, S.C., where he headed the South Carolina Historical Society before being appointed in July to the Maryland position.

Mr. Stansbury said Mr. Emerson was going back and forth on weekends to see his family and never really moved to Maryland.

The board has yet to decide how or when to begin searching for a new director.


Rapper may be charged in concert melee

Morgan State University is considering whether to pursue criminal charges against rapper Lil’ Wayne.

Police said either Lil’ Wayne or a member of his entourage threw money into a crowd during a performance Thursday night. The resulting melee resulted in three young women being injured.

University officials said Lil’ Wayne won’t be invited back to the campus. A spokesman says the act was as dangerous as yelling “fire” in a crowded theater.

Two women, both 20, had leg injuries and were taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital. One was identified by school officials as Carlissa Dixon, a junior. A third was injured, but refused medical treatment.

Lil’ Wayne was arrested in August on drug-possession charges in Atlanta.


Second crash victim is identified

Relatives and business associates have identified the second person killed in a plane crash Thursday in Odenton as Bobbi Getz, of Pittsburgh.

She died in the crash with Daniel Lee Eberhardt, of Downers Grove, Ill.

Mr. Eberhardt, 57, was chief executive officer and founder of MRC Polymers, a plastics recycling company in Illinois, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Family members say Mr. Eberhardt and Miss Getz, 56, were high school sweethearts who reunited four years ago and shared a love of flying.

Mr. Eberhardt was a pilot with about 14 years of experience.

A National Transportation Safety Board investigator said Friday that no distress signal was sent from the Piper Malibu PA46, which crashed after taking off from Tipton Airport, which borders Fort Meade and the Patuxent National Wildlife Refuge. The pilot radioed that the plane was heading back to the airport shortly after takeoff. The identity of the pilot was unclear. A preliminary investigation didn’t indicate any structural or mechanical problems with the plane.



Washington & Lee’s president inaugurated

Washington & Lee University yesterday inaugurated Ken Ruscio as its president.

Mr. Ruscio, 52, is the university’s 26th president. Before his appointment, he served four years as dean of the University of Richmond’s Jepson School for Leadership Studies.

At his inauguration, Mr. Ruscio said he wants to make Washington & Lee combine rigorous intellectual questioning with respect for all.

Mr. Ruscio got his undergraduate degree in politics at Washington & Lee in 1976, then earned his master’s and doctorate degrees at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs in 1978 and 1983.

The bulk of his career has been spent at Washington & Lee, where he was a professor of politics, assistant dean of the Williams School of Commerce, Economics and Politics and dean of freshmen.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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