- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 17, 2008



Shooting victim not from Morgan State

A Morgan State University spokesman said the initial identification of the victim in a fatal shooting near campus early Friday was not of an active Morgan student.

Morgan spokesman Clint Coleman said he thought the shooting was an “isolated incident,” and that university officials do not think the campus is unsafe.

Baltimore police said they have numerous witnesses to the attack, which occurred during a party at an off-campus apartment. Police said a man charged into the party and fatally shot a guest before fleeing through a window.

It was the second fatal attack near the campus this school year.



Auction to benefit VT memorial fund

A couple who own a Myrtle Beach, S.C., motorcycle shop plan to donate proceeds from a custom-built motorcycle to the Virginia Tech Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund.

Homer Wright and his fiancee, Deborah Raymond, said the motorcycle will be auctioned this October in Las Vegas. They’re hoping it will fetch at least a $100,000 donation to the fund, which is designed to help the families of those killed in last April’s massacre and also the people who were injured.

Mr. Wright said almost all the bike parts have been donated to his shop, Milwaukee Iron II, by companies nationwide.

The finished bike will be displayed at Virginia Tech for the first anniversary of the shootings, which left 33 persons dead, including the gunman.


$1 water charge to benefit UNICEF

Patrons at some Richmond restaurants will be paying a dollar for a glass of tap water to help underdeveloped nations provide clean water for their citizens.

Richmond is one of 14 U.S. cities that will participate in UNICEF’s Tap Project. The relief organization’s program will run from March 16-22.

UNICEF has worked with major advertising agencies in each of the cities. And the Richmond campaign aims to raise $100,000 for the agency, which works for children’s rights, development and protection.


Board to hear views on Nichol’s exit

Members of William & Mary’s Board of Visitors plan to visit campus this week to hear views and concerns about President Gene Nichol’s exit from the school.

Mr. Nichol resigned Tuesday after the board decided not to renew his contract in July.

He had been sharply criticized by some alumni, students and members of the General Assembly during his almost three years on the job at the college.

Rector Michael Powell said board members had received many calls and e-mails but wanted to come in person, for public and private meetings with students, faculty and staff.


Navy plans hearings on sonar training

Navy officials say they plan to hold public hearings on the environmental impact of its Atlantic Fleet sonar training.

The use of sonar has became a concern to many environmentalists, who worry about its effects on whales and other marine mammals.

Participants in the meetings will discuss the draft environmental impact statement, which evaluates the potential effects during training in the Navy’s current operating areas along the East Coast and Gulf of Mexico.

The first will be in Virginia Beach on March 4.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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