- The Washington Times - Monday, February 12, 2007


Norton, Kennedy back medal for Brooke

Former Sen. Edward W. Brooke III was presented the keys to the city yesterday, and there is an effort to give the retired Massachusetts Republican and D.C. native a Congressional Gold Medal.

Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, D.C. Democrat; Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat; and other members of the House and Senate announced plans yesterday to seek the honor for Mr. Brooke.

Mr. Brooke, 87, was born in the District. He attended Dunbar High School and graduated from Howard University before joining the Army and serving in Europe during World War II.

In 1966, he became the first black person elected to the Senate by popular vote and served two terms. President Bush presented him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004.

He now lives in Miami.



Woman’s death ruled a homicide

Alexandria police think the death of a woman Saturday morning was a homicide.

The body of a woman thought to be in her early 20s was found in a trash bin behind an apartment building in the 5300 block of Holmes Run Parkway.

The woman still has not been identified, and no one has been arrested.

An autopsy determined the cause of death to be blunt force trauma.

The slaying was the second homicide this year in Alexandria.


Inova Fairfax to pay urologists for care

Inova Fairfax Hospital has reached an agreement with 22 urologists who will now get fees for treating poor patients in the hospital’s emergency room.

The money is being offered under an agreement hospital officials say averted a possible showdown with the specialists. The hospital is negotiating similar deals with physicians from other medical specialties.

An Inova Fairfax spokesman said the arrangement is among steps being taken to make sure that necessary care is available.

With more specialists performing procedures at outpatient surgical centers, it has become more difficult for hospitals to rely on specialists to staff emergency rooms without compensation.

Ear, nose and throat specialists also want the compensation issue addressed.


Road improvements under way at airport

A project is under way at Washington Dulles International Airport that aims to ease congestion for motorists coming and going from the airport.

New ramps and secondary roads are being constructed in the area as part of a $56 million project that will allow vehicles to merge more easily.

An inbound road is being added from both the northbound and southbound directions of Route 28 with direct access to economy parking lots, airport officials said.

An outbound road is being added from the main terminal so local traffic will be able exit directly onto the Dulles Greenway, Route 28 or the Dulles Toll Road without having to merge with traffic traveling to the District on the Dulles Access Road.


Sailors help replenish U.S. Antarctica base

Seventy sailors from a Williamsburg-based unit have deployed to Antarctica, helping make sure researchers there have the supplies they need to live and work on the icy continent for the next year.

As part of Operation Deep Freeze, the sailors unloaded 29,000 tons of equipment, food and other cargo from the container ship American Tern onto a pier built on ice at McMurdo Station — the main U.S. base in Antarctica. The sailors also are loading cargo destined for the United States, including ice-core samples to provide scientists studying global warming.

Every year, about 3,000 scientists and others depend on one cargo ship and one fuel tanker for almost all of their sustenance.



Man fatally beaten; wife charged in death

A Cambridge man is dead and his wife has been charged in the fatal beating, police said.

Tina Travers, 40, is charged with first- and second-degree murder in the death of her husband, William Travers, 55.

Cambridge police and paramedics were called Friday to a home in the 800 block of Locust Street for a report of an unresponsive person. When they arrived, they found Mr. Travers suffering from severe head trauma. He died Saturday evening at University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

Cambridge police said Mrs. Travers had punched and kicked him in the head and neck.

She is being held in the Dorchester County Detention Center.


Man pleads guilty to sex-abuse cases

A Carroll County man pleaded guilty yesterday in two cases involving sexual abuse of young girls.

A court clerk told WTTR-AM that Dean Trout, 52, of Keymar, pleaded guilty yesterday to sexual abuse of a minor in an incident that occurred in May. He also pleaded guilty to a sexual assault charge in the abuse of a girl in 1975. The latter case was one of three dating to the 1970s and ‘80s that were reported by the victims after the 2006 case was made public.

In exchange for his guilty pleas, four other charges were dropped.


O’Malley says safety top prison priority

Prison safety won’t be compromised to pay for inmate programs, Gov. Martin O’Malley said during a prison visit yesterday.

Mr. O’Malley, a Democrat, said that while he favors expanding prerelease and drug-treatment programs his administration won’t expand them at the expense of prison security — something critics say occurred under Mr. O’Malley’s predecessor, Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., a Republican.

“I think what we need to change is the mind-set that the only way to fund programs in our correctional institutions is to shortchange the public safety and the corrections staffing side of the equation,” said Mr. O’Malley, flanked by correctional officers and his top public-safety appointees at the medium-security Maryland Correctional Training Center (MCTC).

The governor won praise from correctional officers for proposing 155 new officer positions statewide as part of a nearly 4 percent budget increase for the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. The new jobs, at a cost of $6.7 million, are part of a prison spending plan that includes $6.1 million for other security measures and $32.6 million for a new cell block at MCTC to replace 384 inmate beds now housed in 30-year-old Quonset huts.

Mr. O’Malley cited the slayings last year of correctional officers Jeffery Wroten and David McGuinn as evidence that prison security enhancement is overdue.

“I know that all of you put your lives on the line every single day for the safety of the people of Maryland and you deserve a government that works — a government that invests in your safety and the safety of the inmates,” he said.


Officer kills man during suspect search

An officer fatally shot a man yesterday morning while looking for a suspect in a weekend homicide, Baltimore County police said.

Police armed with a search warrant went to a home in the 7200 block of Eastern Avenue about 5 a.m. A man living there reached for a gun and refused officers’ demands to stop, police said. A tactical officer fired several rounds, striking the man at least once. He died at the scene.

Meanwhile, the murder suspect was found inside the house and was arrested. Another suspect in the killing was arrested Sunday night near Dundalk.

The suspects were wanted in the death of Joseph Hoffman, 51. He was found dead Saturday afternoon at his home in the 200 block of South Woodwell Road. An autopsy revealed that he died from blunt force trauma.


Biodefense lab plans pass review hurdle

The Army has completed an environmental review of plans for a new biodefense laboratory at Fort Detrick and will proceed with the project.

The Department of the Army announced the decision Wednesday, Fort Detrick officials said.

The new U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases would replace an existing facility that is the center of military research on the world’s deadliest organisms.

Opponents have threatened a lawsuit because they say the environmental review doesn’t fully address the implications of terrorist attacks.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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