- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 5, 2007


Students protest Rove’s visit

Not everyone appeared to be happy with White House adviser Karl Rove’s appearance at American University on Tuesday night.

Mr. Rove went to the campus to speak to the American University College Republicans. The group’s Web site billed the Republican strategist’s appearance as a discussion of electoral politics and the importance of college Republicans in winning elections.

According to a university representative, as Mr. Rove tried to leave a building on campus, he was confronted by more than a dozen protesters. Some reportedly started throwing things at Mr. Rove and his car. Others tried to block his vehicle.

American University security guards moved in and carried the protesters away so Mr. Rove could leave. Campus police describe the protest as peaceful, and there were no arrests.

Mayor names EMS task force

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty yesterday announced the members of a task force on emergency medical services as part of the District’s settlement with the family of slain journalist David E. Rosenbaum.

The 13 members of the task force include Mr. Fenty, Fire Chief-designate Dennis L. Rubin, several council members, city officials and members of the Rosenbaum family among others. The panel is charged with studying the city’s fire and EMS services and issuing recommendations for improving the agency within six months of the settlement date.

The task force’s first meeting is scheduled for April 17.

Mr. Rosenbaum, 63, was walking in his Northwest neighborhood on Jan. 6, 2006, when he was beaten and robbed by two men. He died two days later.

A report by the city’s inspector general cited an “unacceptable chain of failure” in the emergency response.

Mr. Rosenbaum’s family agreed last month to drop their $20 million lawsuit against the District in exchange for the creation of a task force to examine ways to improve the city’s emergency medical services.


Last WWI sailor laid to rest

The last living U.S. sailor to have served in World War I has died and was buried yesterday, the Navy said. He was 105.

Lloyd Brown, born Oct. 7, 1901, lied about his age to join the Navy at age 16 in 1918.

He was assigned to the USS New Hampshire, commissioned in 1908. Mr. Brown far outlasted the ship, which was scrapped in 1923.

He died at a veterans’ hospital in Charlotte Hall, Md.

Two years ago, Mr. Brown explained why he was so eager to join the Navy: “All the young men were going in the service. They were making the headlines, the boys that enlisted.

“And all the girls liked someone in uniform,” he told the Baltimore Sun in 2005.

There are four known survivors of the Great War, three from the U.S. Army and a third from the Canadian Army.



Teacher enters plea in teen rape case

A middle school teacher who left the Baltimore County school system amid questions about his relationship with a 13-year-old student has been convicted of committing a sex offense against the girl.

Timothy N. Gounaris, 50, will be fired from his current job as a teacher in Baltimore, a city school system spokeswoman said. The city had hired Gounaris after the county reported suspicions about his relationship with the student to police.

Gounaris entered an Alford plea Tuesday to a charge of third-degree sex offense, which is not an admission of guilt but an acknowledgment that the state has enough evidence for a conviction. Prosecutors dropped five other charges, including a charge of second-degree rape and perverted practice.

Baltimore County Circuit Judge Robert Cahill Jr. said Gounaris would be sentenced in about two months.

Gounaris will have to register as a sex offender and pay restitution for the girl’s medical expenses.


Glitch blamed for inflated bills

A computer software glitch is being blamed for the mailing of 220 erroneous sewer and water bills in Hagerstown.

City officials said the bills were sent to owners of multifamily or commercial properties on the city’s south side.

Instead of the usual quarterly fee for the Chesapeake Bay restoration fund, the bills charged a fee that was 180 times higher.

City workers caught the mistake before more erroneous bills were mailed.


Three killed in plane crash

Three persons were killed after a small plane crashed in a field near U.S. 50 in southern Talbot County yesterday morning, authorities said.

Preliminary reports indicated that three persons were on board the plane and all three died, said Paul Schlamm, a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board.

The plane, a dual-engine Piper PA-30, was heading from White Plains, N.Y., to Pinehurst, N.C., authorities said. It was registered in Greenwich, Conn.

Air traffic controllers at Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Southern Maryland, about 35 miles southwest of the crash scene, had the plane on radar screens at 9:36 a.m. when they saw it descend rapidly, said John Romer, a base spokesman. Radio contact was also lost at that time.

The base notified authorities, who found debris scattered over a wide area at the muddy scene about six miles north of the Cambridge-Dorchester Airport.

The plane didn’t strike any buildings and there was no fire, said Greg Shipley, a Maryland State Police spokesman.

Snap Johnson, an employee at Cambridge-Dorchester Airport, said a thunderstorm rolled through the area at the same time the plane went down.


Mother-to-be arrested in Web sex ad case

A seven-months-pregnant woman has been accused of soliciting money for sex in an advertisement on a popular Web site — with her husband acting as her pimp.

Diana Cornwell, 34, and her husband, Jesse, 32, each face prostitution charges, Anne Arundel County police said.

“She advertised that she was pregnant and married,” and she did so with her husband’s knowledge, said Cpl. Sara Schriver, a police spokeswoman. “I have not heard of this before.”

According to police, Mrs. Cornwell posted an ad on craigslist.org, an Internet classified ad service, in which she offered sex for $300. An undercover officer made an appointment, and Mr. Cornwell greeted the officer at the door of their Pasadena home. Mr. Cornwell knew the officer was there for sex with his wife, police said.

It was not clear how long the ad had been posted on the site. Mrs. Cornwell had not been arrested previously.

Mrs. Cornwell was charged with prostitution, scheduling an act of prostitution and operating a house of prostitution. Her husband was charged with the latter two offenses.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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