- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 29, 2007


Streets to be closed for downtown race

The D.C. Department of Transportation is advising motorists that several downtown streets will be closed today for the Nation’s Triathlon.

The race, which includes swimming, bicycling and running components, is scheduled to start at 8 a.m. on the Georgetown waterfront and conclude at about 10 a.m. at Pennsylvania Avenue and 12th Street in Northwest.

The 1.5-kilometer swim takes place on the Potomac River near Thompson’s Boat House on Rock Creek Parkway.

The 40-kilometer biking and 10-kilometer running portions will take place along the Rock Creek Parkway, East and West Potomac Park and downtown.

Pennsylvania Avenue in Northwest is scheduled to be closed between 12th and 13th streets from 3 a.m. to 6 p.m. and between Seventh and 14th Streets from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Constitution Avenue in Northwest will be closed between Seventh and 17th streets from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ninth through 14th streets between E Street Northwest and Constitution Avenue will be closed from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty is scheduled to compete in the race, which organizers say is expected to draw about 1,200 participants.



Bus strikes, kills pedestrian in street

Fairfax County Police yesterday were investigating an accident in Vienna that left a woman dead after a school bus hit her.

Police said they were called to the intersection of Gosnell Road and Old Courthouse Road at about 8:15 a.m.

Elsi Noemi Alvarado-Rivera, 30, of 926 South Buchanan St. in Arlington, was attempting to cross Gosnell Road while traffic was stopped for a red light. She crossed the first three lanes of traffic and as she neared the fourth lane, a left-turn lane, the green arrow signaled for traffic to proceed.

A Fairfax County school bus operated by a 26-year-old Chantilly-area man was in the left-turn lane. The driver of the bus, which did not have any children on it at the time of the accident, did not see Miss Rivera and proceeded forward.

Police said Miss Rivera attempted to run in front of the bus to reach the median but was struck.

Miss Rivera was pronounced dead at the scene. The bus driver was transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital for observation.

Miss Rivera was not crossing the street in a crosswalk.


Ex-appointee claims a misunderstanding

The president of a Muslim civil rights organization who resigned from the Virginia Commission on Immigration says his ouster is the result of right-wing efforts to smear Muslims.

Esam Omeish, a Northern Virginia surgeon, resigned Thursday after Gov. Tim Kaine expressed concern about video excerpts of Dr. Omeish’s speeches. In one last year, he denounced the “Israeli war machine,” and in 2000 endorsed “the jihad way” in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Dr. Omeish acknowledged some of his language could be misinterpreted, but he stood by the comments and said they reflect his organization’s long-standing positions.

He said the reference to jihad came in a speech before September 11 and referred to the Islamic concept of struggle rather than holy war.



Student checked for tuberculosis

Baltimore County health officials say a Towson University student is being evaluated to determine if the student has tuberculosis.

The student has been isolated off campus and won’t attend classes while testing and treatments continue.

County Health Officer Pierre Vigilance said officials are working closely with the university and the student.

Mr. Vigilance said a person needs an extended amount of time in close contact with the bacteria to be infected.

Tuberculosis is a disease that affects the lungs. Symptoms include coughing, chest pain and weakness or tiredness.


Senate OKs airport funding

The U.S. Senate has passed funding to support Hagerstown Regional Airport’s air service through November 15.

Service at the airport was scheduled to end tomorrow because three years of federal subsidies are stopping. That meant Air Midwest would no longer be offering regional service for Western Maryland passengers.

But Sens. Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, Maryland Democrats, say the short-term funding will extend scheduled air service through Nov. 15.

The two sponsored legislation in August to keep Air Midwest at the airport until 2008 or until another carrier was found.

Mr. Cardin said this will allow officials time to work on a long-term solution. Both senators said air service was an important part of Western Maryland’s economy.


State releases Bay traffic study

A recent Maryland Transportation Authority study shows not enough people would use a transit-only system across the Chesapeake Bay to make it cost-effective.

The Bay Bridge Transit Study, released yesterday, says only about 3,000 people would use the transit system by 2030. The study says that’s only a 1.1 percent reduction in vehicles.

The study also concluded less than 1,000 people would use the service during weekday morning rush hours. That would only reduce westbound traffic by 4.3 percent.

Transportation Secretary John Porcari said the study shows that a comprehensive approach involving more than transit changes is required to reduce Eastern Shore traffic.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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