- The Washington Times - Monday, June 9, 2008


Heat advisory lasts until tonight

Forecasters have issued a heat advisory through Monday night as the result of a strong high-pressure system across the western Atlantic.

The system is expected to last through early next week and bring hot and humid weather. Temperatures are forecast in the 90s on Monday with the heat index over 100.

The Council of Governments is expecting to issue a Code Orange smog alert, which means the air quality could become unhealthy for children and adults who have breathing difficulties outdoors and for those who have respiratory and heart ailments. They also should limit outdoor activities during peak hours.

The humidity has created challenges for Pepco and Dominion Power crews working to restore power to those who have been without it since last week’s storms.


Race for Cure raises nearly $5 million

The Susan G. Komen National Race for the Cure on Saturday attracted several thousand participants and raised nearly $5 million, organizers said.

The money, raised by participants and sponsors, will go to breast-cancer research, education and treatment in the area.

Heat and humidity during the 5K walk/race around the Mall resulted in 32 participants being treated for heat-related illnesses, said a D.C. fire department official. He also said two people went to the hospital briefly.

More than 45,000 people registered for the event. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and actress Cynthia Nixon also showed up to voice their support.



Lawmaker seeks assault database

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, a Democrat, is proposing legislation to have a sexual-assault database for the U.S. Naval Academy and other military colleges.

The proposal follows a government report that found such assaults were inconsistently reported. The legislation would require the Defense Department to create the database along with standards for reporting sexual assaults. Academies currently submit annual reports using their own standards.

The legislation was introduced as amendments to the defense authorization bill that passed the House last month. The Senate has yet to pass a version of the bill.


Police identify shooting victim

Montgomery County officials have identified a man who died in a confrontation with police in Silver Spring.

Police say Hector Jose Marinero, 25, of Gaithersburg, was killed Friday evening. Police say two officers entered an apartment on University Boulevard East to investigate a possible weapons offense and found him with a gun.

Authorities say two shots were fired in a bedroom, but it’s not clear whether police officers shot the man or whether he shot himself.

Police officers performed CPR on Mr. Marinero, who died at a nearby hospital. The officers have been identified as Officers Nathan Kane and Cory Brodzinski. Officials say an autopsy is planned.


Woman saved in Bay after falling off boat

A woman who fell overboard in stormy weather on the Chesapeake Bay over the weekend was rescued after spending more than an hour in the water.

An Anne Arundel County fire department official said the woman, 26, was recovered Saturday night. She was treated by paramedics who found her conscious and alert, but took her to a hospital.

Firefighters were summoned at 9:25 p.m. when a boater said the woman, who was not wearing a life vest, was thrown from the 27-foot sailboat near Gibson Island. Winds were reported up to 60 mph.

The officials said a fireboat from the department found the victim. The woman’s name was not immediately released.



Teen missing in Rappahannock

Divers are searching for the body of a 17-year-old boy who authorities said drowned Sunday in the Rappahannock River, in Falmouth, about 50 miles south of the District.

A Stafford County fire official said the boy was attending a picnic with a church group from Hyattsville.

He said the boy was wading or swimming, when witnesses saw him go under the water at about 2:30 p.m.

Authorities have not released the boy’s identity.


Lorton man killed in driveway

Fairfax County police say a Lorton man was fatally shot in his driveway over the weekend.

The incident occurred late Saturday night, and the victim has been identified as Faridullah Abbasi, 23. Police say Mr. Abbasi was confronted and shot by an unidentified person at his home on Paper Birch Drive. Neighbors called police after hearing gunshots and seeing Mr. Abbasi lying on his driveway.

He died at a local hospital. Authorities are asking for leads in the case. No other details about the suspect have been released.

Police say it’s the ninth homicide in Fairfax County this year.


Motorist deaths high for June

State police report a high number of motorist deaths so far this June.

As of Saturday, the agency reported 10 people - nine men and a woman - had been killed on the state’s roads in the previous week.

Roanoke resident Adrian John Boguniecki, 23, was the most recent victim. Police say he died after stepping into traffic Friday and being struck by the passenger-side mirror of a passing truck.

State Police say five of the deaths occurred Thursday, including a Delaware man who was a passenger in a sport utility vehicle hit by a falling tree in Fairfax County.

So far, 337 people have been killed on Virginia roads this year, compared with 405 at this time in 2007.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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