Saturday, August 23, 2008

DISTRICT

Body found in garage near White House

The body of an unidentified male was found Friday morning in an elevator shaft in a downtown parking garage.

The body was discovered at about 5 a.m. on the 1700 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, as workers were opening the garage for the day.

A D.C. fire and EMS spokesman said the elevator is really just a platform that moves garage employees between floors. He also said investigators are unsure whether the man fell two stories into the shaft or was crushed by the platform. The man was not wearing a garage uniform. Police are investigating.



MARYLAND

ROCKVILLE

Va. man sought in fatal crash

State police are looking for a Fairfax man in connection with a fatal hit-and-run accident in Montgomery County that killed a 10-year-old girl.

The crash happened late Thursday night in the southbound lanes of Interstate 270.

Police say Michael Eaton, 32, was the driver of speeding sport utility vehicle that hit a slower SUV in the rear. Police say Mr. Eaton traveled a short distance, abandoned his vehicle and ran away.

Police identified the dead girl as Jasmine Warr, of Twinsburg, Ohio. She was a back-seat passenger in the vehicle that was struck. Three other people in the vehicle were injured, including driver William Warr, 53, and passenger Angela Warr, 45 - both of Twinsburg - and Cortavia Harris, 11.

BALTIMORE

‘Wire’ actress held on drug charge

An actress who appeared on the HBO series “The Wire” has been arrested on minor drug charges.

Court records show Felicia “Snoop” Pearson, who played a killer of the same name on the TV series, was charged after police went to her home in Baltimore to pick her up for refusing to cooperate as a witness in a murder trial.

She was arrested Wednesday after police served a warrant that would allow them to detain her, if needed, until the Sept. 16 trial of Steven Lashley. Court documents state Miss Pearson is accused of having two cigars containing suspected marijuana and loose plant material. She was charged with one count of drug possession. Authorities say Miss Pearson witnessed Mr. Lashley stab three men, killing one, during an argument in 2005.

VIRGINIA

ALEXANDRIA

Bus without driver rolls into building

Metro is investigating why a bus rolled into an apartment building in Alexandria after its driver had gotten out to fix malfunctioning doors.

Nobody was hurt in the accident, which occurred at about 6 p.m. Thursday. Officials say the driver had emptied the bus of passengers and turned off the engine because he could not close the back doors.

The bus rolled several blocks on Duke Street during the evening rush and crossed the median before running down a 20-foot embankment and crashing into a seven-story apartment building.

Jerry Conner, a software developer whose apartment was hit, was not home at the time. Mr. Conner said he returned home to find a bus in his dining room.

WALLOPS ISLAND

NASA destroys rocket after failed launch

NASA destroyed an unmanned experimental rocket Friday carrying a pair of research satellites when it veered off course shortly after liftoff from an island off the Virginia coast.

There were no injuries or confirmed reports of property damage. But NASA warned that debris from the explosion could be hazardous. NASA officials think most of the wreckage fell into the Atlantic Ocean off the Virginia coast.

Officials said the rocket was destroyed by remote control 27 seconds into the flight to avoid endangering the public. It was 11,000 to 12,000 feet high when it exploded. Officials don’t know why it veered off course.

The rocket was made by Minneapolis-based ATK, which manufactures the solid-rocket boosters for NASA’s space shuttles and is working with the space agency on its new moon rockets.

CHARLOTTESVILLE

UVa. makes magazine’s rankings

The University of Virginia has held its spot at No. 23 in U.S. News & World Report magazine’s annual rankings. For the fifth year in a row, the school finished second in the public college rankings, trailing only the University of California at Berkeley.

The College of William & Mary ranked 32nd overall and sixth among public colleges, and Virginia Tech ranked 71st and 30th, respectively.

The magazine uses such factors as SAT scores, peer reputation, selectivity and alumni giving when formulating its rankings. The rankings edition of magazine hits newsstands Monday, but the list is available on its Web site.

Harvard University reclaimed the top spot after 12 years. Princeton dropped to second and Yale is third.

From staff reports and wire dispatches

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