- The Washington Times - Monday, April 30, 2007



3 university students wounded in attacks

Two University of Maryland Eastern Shore students were shot and a third was stabbed at off-campus apartment complexes Friday, Princess Anne police said.

Johnny Jasper Britt III, 20, was found shot in the doorway of an apartment at the Talon Square North apartment complex, police said. He was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center and admitted to the intensive care unit in stable condition.

Marcus Ormsby, 19, was shot at the same apartment complex and was later found by police at the hospital, police said. He was treated and was expected to be released.

Neither shooting victim provided information about who shot him.

A third man, Adeyemi Durity, 20, was stabbed at the Arden’s Run apartment complex, which is next to Talon Square, and taken to the same hospital, where investigators found him, police said. He was admitted to the ICU in stable condition.

None of the three was listed as a patient at the hospital yesterday.

The incidents occurred with-in a short time of each other, but it was not known whether they were related, police said.


Moratorium lifted on ‘Ghost Fleet’

The U.S. Maritime Administration has lifted a moratorium on the disposal of ships in the James River, clearing the way for more of the rusting ships in the “Ghost Fleet” to be removed.

The agency had put a temporary freeze on ship disposal last month while state agencies nationwide disputed how the ship hulls are cleaned. The environmental dispute is holding up disposal work in California and Texas, but Virginia officials have let the work proceed.

Since last year, the Coast Guard has required that ship hulls be brushed to remove marine growth that may have accumulated before they are towed to foreign waters. Some complained the process could remove lead paint or decayed metals that end up in the water.

Although California officials have said state permits may be required for such work, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality said no permits are needed in the state. The move prompted the maritime agency to lift the moratorium in Virginia.

“I am announcing today that the Maritime Administration is ending its suspension on ship disposal in the James River Reserve Fleet at Fort Eustis, Virginia,” Maritime Adminis-trator Sean T. Connaughton wrote in a letter to U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Davis, Virginia Republican.

Mr. Connaughton is the former chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors.

Three ships slated to be removed from the fleet before the moratorium can leave Virginia as early as mid-May. . Additional ships could leave later this year.

About 45 ships remain in the fleet anchored off Fort Eustis.

Although the state Department of Environmental Quality approved of the disposal work proceeding, it asked the maritime agency to clean the ship hulls in dry-dock facilities instead of in open waters.


Rabies cases up 14 percent in ‘07

The state Department of Health says reports of rabies are on the rise in Virginia, with confirmed cases up by 14 percent this year.

So far this year, about 200 reports of rabid animals — domestic and wild — have been reported in Virginia. At this point in 2006, 175 rabid animals had been reported.

Rabies is a potentially lethal disease that attacks the nervous system. It is spread mainly by saliva from infected animals that enters the body through bites or through the mouth or eyes.

Although the disease can be treated through serum injections, untreated cases can prove fatal.

The last confirmed human death by rabies in the state was in 2003 and resulted from a raccoon bite in Northern Virginia.

Charges pending in journalist’s death

Police in the Philippines say they are preparing possible homicide or murder charges against a woodcarver who confessed to killing a Peace Corps volunteer from Fairfax.

Juan Duntugan admitted killing Julia Campbell in a confession on Philippine television, hours before he surrendered to police Friday.

Miss Campbell, 40, had worked as a freelance journalist for the New York Times and other organizations.

She was killed while on a scenic hike earlier this month. Duntugan said in his televised confession that he had dropped a bundle of clothes when Miss Campbell bumped him from behind. He said he wasn’t sure who or what she was, and he got a rock and hit her on the head.

He said he will accept what-ever punishment is imposed.



Old train station no longer endangered

The National Park Service has finished a $2 million project to fix up a crumbling train station at Harpers Ferry.

The 1890s-style wooden building once was listed as one of the 10 most endangered train stations in the country. But with the work that ended with a ceremony Saturday, it should be good to go for quite some time.

Park Service officials say they lifted the building up to replace its crumbling foundation with concrete. And they reused about 75 percent of its original wood.

The station now features exhibits and modern necessities. From wire dispatches and staff reports

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