- The Washington Times - Friday, March 30, 2007


Agreement reached for Metro extension

Virginia transportation officials have reached an agreement with the consortium building a Metrorail extension to Washington Dulles International Airport.

Officials said the $1.6 billion agreement for the first phase of the project is low enough to keep it eligible for federal funds.

The deal with Dulles Transit Partners doesn’t include the cost of rail cars, land, relocating utilities, management costs, streetscaping and other elements.

The project’s first phase would extend Metrorail from the East Falls Church station to Reston, stopping in the busy Tysons Corner area.

Negotiations for the final price dragged on longer than anticipated. Earlier this month, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which is overseeing the project, had threatened to end talks if a deal wasn’t reached by April 5.

Construction on the project could begin early next year.



Judge allows clubs to open for weekend

A Prince George’s County judge ruled late yesterday that five nightclubs closed in a crackdown on violence will be allowed to remain open through the weekend.

County officials locked the doors of nine clubs Thursday, saying they were responsible for a large number of police calls for violent crimes. But Circuit Judge Thomas P. Smith granted an injunction to five clubs, ruling that the county was not specific enough in its order to close the clubs and did not tell the club owners what they could do to become safe.

The clubs that will be allowed to continue operating are Millennium, Cuzco Restaurant and Tick Tock Restaurant and Bar in Hyattsville, the Crossroads Entertainment Complex in Bladensburg and LePearl in Capitol Heights.

The judge will hold a hearing Monday on the merits of the case.


Police arrest man in drive-by shooting

Prince George’s County police yesterday arrested a man in connection with the killing of a Lanham woman killed in her house by a stray bullet.

Police arrested Robert Tyrone Stamp, 21, of the 9900 block of Good Luck Road and charged him with first-degree murder in connection with the killing of Theodora Summers, who was fatally shot on March 16 in the 6700 block of 96th Avenue.

Police said she was hit by a stray bullet from a drive-by shooting that also injured a 24-year-old man outside Miss Summers’ residence. Officers discovered Miss Summers’ body after a relative told police she had missed work.

Mr. Stamp is being held without bond.



Washington’s distillery reopens on estate

George Washington’s distillery near Mount Vernon is up and running after a nearly 200-year hiatus.

The distillery was reconstructed at a cost of more than $2 million.

Washington’s farm manager began distilling whiskey in 1797, in the final months of Washington’s presidency. By 1799, Washington was producing 11,000 gallons of whiskey a year.

Washington soon died, however, and business fell off. Within a decade, the building fell into disrepair and in 1814, it burned to the ground.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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