- The Washington Times - Friday, October 27, 2006



Gansler’s name remains on ballot

A judge has refused to strike Douglas F. Gansler’s name from the ballot as the Democratic candidate for attorney general.

Circuit Court Judge Ronald A. Silkworth ruled that the Montgomery County state’s attorney meets the constitutional requirement of practicing law in Maryland for at least 10 years.

The ruling rejected a suit brought by Nikos Liddy. The Prince George’s County man argued that Mr. Gansler did not meet the requirement because until he was elected state’s attorney eight years ago, he practiced law in the District, where Mr. Gansler was a federal prosecutor and a private lawyer.

Judge Silkworth said the fact that Mr. Gansler had been a member of the Maryland Bar for 17 years was “a crucial factor to the determination that Mr. Gansler is eligible to run for office.”


Man admits plan to bomb clinic

A Prince George’s County man who planned to attack an abortion clinic with a pipe bomb and shoot doctors there pleaded guilty yesterday to several federal charges.

According to a statement of facts, Robert Weiler Jr., 25, admitted that he constructed the pipe bomb and planned to “shoot doctors who provided abortions” at a clinic in Greenbelt.

The plea agreement calls for Weiler to serve a five-year sentence for his guilty pleas on two firearms charges and a charge of attempting to destroy or damage a reproductive health clinic.

Weiler called authorities from a rest stop to confess to the plan and told authorities that he built a pipe bomb, stole a handgun from a friend and planned to bomb the clinic, authorities said.



Bridge work not to blame for flooding

A report on the causes of rampant flooding in the Huntington area of Fairfax County last summer said that the swelling waters were not caused by construction at the nearby Woodrow Wilson Bridge.

The study, conducted by the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project, said the floods that damaged hundreds of homes in the Huntington and Arlington Terrace neighborhoods were caused by a combination of record-breaking rainfall hitting homes that were in a potential flooding area.

Area residents had said the flooding from Cameron Run likely was caused by the bridge’s construction and a sunken barge lodged nearby.


Three localities must add voting machines

The State Board of Elections has ordered three Virginia localities with flawed voting machines to add machines in case the equipment causes confusion on Election Day.

Alexandria, Charlottesville and Falls Church have touch-screen machines that don’t spell out the full names of several candidates on the summary page.

Among them is U.S. Senate candidate James H. Webb Jr., a Democrat. His last name is not completed on the page.

The full names of the candidates appear on the ballot where voters make their choices but shortened names show up on a summary page.

The vendor could fix the problem, but there’s no time to certify the machines before the Nov. 7 elections.


Wife, in-laws charged with trying to kill cop

Police have charged the wife, mother-in-law and brother-in-law of a Virginia Beach police officer with trying to kill the officer as he slept in his bed.

The officer fought off his attackers in the pre-dawn darkness yesterday. After turning on a lamp, he realized the intruders were his wife, mother-in-law and brother-in-law.

Police spokeswoman Rene Ball said the officer held off the three at gunpoint until his fellow officers arrived.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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