- The Washington Times - Monday, June 2, 2008


Metro train strikes woman on tracks

A woman was struck Sunday by a Metro train at the Smithsonian station but suffered only minor abrasions.

A D.C. fire department spokesman said the woman was lying between the rails of the tracks as the train went over her.

The station was closed for more than an hour.

The incident occurred just after 2:30 p.m. at the station on the Mall. .



Crime stats show origins of guns

New federal crime statistics from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives find that 44 percent of the guns used in Maryland crimes were brought in from over the state line.

Experts attribute the percentage to Maryland’s tough gun control laws. But the laws do not stop the illegal gun trade, which presents huge law-enforcement challenges. Gun traffickers tend to run small operations, and the people who buy and sell guns on the black market are often sophisticated and hard to catch.


Outage causes sewer overflow

More than 1 million gallons of wastewater overflowed from a Prince pumping station before power was restored Sunday.

Severe thunderstorms Saturday knocked out power to the Broad Creek pumping station, in Fort Washington. The untreated, diluted wastewater went into Broad Creek.

Another outage occurred early Sunday as Potomac Electric Power Co. crews were working at the site, prompting another sewer overflow. It was not clear how many gallons seeped out.

John C. White, a spokesman for the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, said there were no health concerns, but signs were up warning people to stay out of the affected waters for 30 days.



Older gas pumps still in use

Gov. Tim Kaine granted a temporary waiver allowing about 840 retailers in Virginia with older, analog display pumps to list the price of a half-gallon of gasoline on pumps that are not mechanically able to register a price above $3.99.

Virginia requires that pumps reflect the full price per gallon, but recent demand for kits to update or retrofit analog pumps in the face of skyrocketing gas prices has created a backlog.

The waiver period runs until Sept. 30 unless Mr. Kaine changes it by executive order.


Tech grad researches a familiar topic

A Virginia Tech graduate won’t have to speculate on what it is like to be impoverished as she researches political science and public policy during a five-year fellowship at the University of Michigan.

Carolyn Barnes, 20, knows firsthand.

She spent much of her childhood wearing secondhand clothes and receiving public assistance. Now, her life is like a normal 20-somethings and she wants to give back.

Miss Barnes leaves this month to begin the fellowship that will give her a doctorate in political science and public policy. Her goal is to become an expert in social welfare policy.

She says her family kept her grounded and hopes her success will now pay off.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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