- The Washington Times - Saturday, May 31, 2008


Cardinal marks 50th year

A former archbishop of Washington is celebrating his 50th year as a priest.

The Archdiocese of Washington says 77-year-old Cardinal Theodore McCarrick will mark his anniversary with a Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception here this evening.

Cardinal McCarrick served as archbishop of Washington from 2001 to 2006, and was a dean at the Catholic University of America.

Crane safety object of probe

The D.C. government is conducting emergency crane inspections after a construction crane collapsed in New York, killing two workers.

Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs spokesman Michael Rupert said all construction companies and developers in the District are being asked to call the agency immediately to schedule precautionary inspections. Officials say there are about 40 cranes currently operating in the city.



Prison sought for child deaths

State prosecutors are seeking life in prison without parole for a Rockville man charged with drowning his three children at a hotel.

Prosecutors filed a formal notice in Baltimore Circuit Court.

Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office spokesman Joseph Sviatko said prosecutors haven’t ruled out seeking the death penalty against Mark Castillo.

The 41-year-old man pleaded not criminally responsible this month to killing his three children in March after a custody dispute with his estranged wife. He is charged with drowning 6-year-old Anthony, 4-year-old Austin and 2-year-old Athena.


State questions deal with fraud convict

State officials said they are reviewing more than $1 million in spending related to a consulting contract with a firm headed by a businessman who pleaded guilty this month to a fraud scheme.

Alan Fabian, 43, pleaded guilty in federal court to mail fraud and filing false tax returns. Prosecutors said the Cockeysville businessman defrauded banks and businesses of at least $32 million from 2001 to 2004.

State officials say they are reviewing a state contract that was approved during the administration of Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., a Republican. The contract authorized spending on “strategic budget consulting services and software” from CMAT International of Baltimore, starting in 2005.



Pneumonia kills ‘Lorenzo’ at 30

Lorenzo Odone, whose parents’ battle to save him from a neurological disease was told in the 1992 movie “Lorenzo’s Oil,” has died at age 30.

Mr. Odone’s father said his son died yesterday morning at their home in Fairfax after coming down with aspiration pneumonia in recent days.

When Mr. Odone was diagnosed at age 6 with Adrenoleukodystrophy, doctors told his parents the disease that causes the neurological system to break down would lead to their son’s death in two years.

Efforts by his parents, Augusto and Michaela, to find treatments was recounted in the movie starring Susan Sarandon and Nick Nolte.

A 2005 study showed that a treatment made from olive and rapeseed oils and patented by Augusto Odone can prevent onset of symptoms.


Gas no cheaper by half gallon

Don’t let that low price on some gas pumps fool you.

Gov. Tim Kaine, a Democrat, has granted a temporary waiver allowing about 840 retailers in the state 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 full price above $3.99.

The state requires that pumps reflect the full price per gallon, but recent demand for kits to update analog pumps has created a backlog. To qualify for the waiver, retailers must pursue upgrades and post signs notifying customers that the price advertised will be doubled.

The waiver period runs from yesterday through Sept. 30 unless Mr. Kaine changes.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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