- The Washington Times - Monday, July 21, 2008


Deaths on bus ruled accidental

The District’s chief medical examiner has ruled the deaths of two men injured on an open-top shuttle bus was accidental.

The men died of blunt head trauma caused by an accident, said a medical examiner’s office spokeswoman.

Joshua Stoll, 24, of Sterling, died shortly after the July 11 accident. Michael Feiock, 35, of Centreville, died at a hospital the next day.

The men were either standing on the upper deck of the bus or standing on upper-deck seats when their heads struck the bottom of the 11th Street overpass, authorities said. The bus was en route to a Washington Nationals game.

Police are still investigating the incident.

Gun company salutes Heller

Smith & Wesson is manufacturing a commemorative revolver in honor of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling that backed the right of individuals to own guns for self-defense.

The Springfield, Mass.-based gun maker announced Monday it would present engraved Model 442 revolvers to the six plaintiffs in the lawsuit that led to the high court’s June 26 decision striking down a handgun ban in the District.

The commemorative revolvers, made in partnership with the Second Amendment Foundation, will be sold in the fall, with a portion of sales going to the pro-gun legal group.

Smith & Wesson said the gun’s right-side plate will be engraved with the words “D.C. vs. Heller” on a scale of justice, which is tipped toward Heller.

“Second Amendment” and “The right to keep and bear arms” will appear below the scale.



Students honored for desegregation

Half a century after black schoolchildren and civil rights champions struggled to desegregate Virginia’s schools, statues honoring them desegregated the state Capitol grounds.

Thousands of people crowded Capitol Square in 95-degree heat Monday for the dedication of the civil rights monument alongside those of Confederate icons.

The Capitol, a few steps away, was once the seat of Confederate government.

Gov. Tim Kaine, a Democrat, called it a proud moment in Virginia’s tragic and triumphant history. Poet Nikki Giovanni hailed it as “a celebration of the road we have traveled.”

A bronze figure featured on the monument is that of the late Barbara Johns. As a girl, she led the 1951 student walkout at all-black Robert Russ Moton High School.



Teen gets life for rape, murder

A Baltimore teenager has been sentenced to life plus 25 years in prison for the rape and murder of a 4-year-old girl he was baby-sitting.

Ronald Hinton, 17, was sentenced Monday morning. He was convicted of the crimes in a trial in May.

Hinton was 15 at the time of the fatal assault of Ja’Niya Williams at an address in the 2900 block of Goodwood Road in June 2006.

He reported the girl had fallen, but authorities found her face down, unconscious and bleeding. The girl was sexually assaulted, beaten with a belt and bitten, investigators said.


Widow criticizes spokeswoman

The widow of a Baltimore man who died after a beating during a street robbery is calling for the removal of Margaret Burns as chief spokeswoman for State’s Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy.

Anna Sowers and dozens of supporters gathered Sunday for a rally at the Baltimore Farmer’s Market.

Mrs. Sowers says Miss Burns trivialized the death of her husband, Zach, during public comments about the investigation.

In the June issue of Exhibit A, a magazine about legal issues, Miss Burns said prosecutors think Mr. Sowers could have had a pre-existing condition that contributed to his death from traumatic brain injury.

Miss Burns said Mr. Sowers “looked like a sleeping baby” at the hospital after the assault.

Mrs. Jessamy did not respond to a request for comment after the rally.


Disabled celebrate chance to compete

Disabled athletes say being part of the country’s first law guaranteeing them the chance to compete alongside their peers may be a tricky process.

The students gathered Monday to celebrate the law’s passage with games of wheelchair basketball at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium. Gov. Martin O’Malley, a Democrat, attended the event and said he’s proud that Maryland is the first state in the U.S. to pass a such a law.

The law guarantees disabled students the right to race or play alongside students in mainstream athletics.

School systems have three years to implement the law. But they don’t have to let disabled students play mainstream athletics if that would endanger participants.

From wire dispatches and staff reports



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