- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 13, 2008


Metro: Inaugural at risk in loan flap

A bank’s attempt to immediately collect $43 million from Metro could have a “devastating” impact on the transit agency during the presidential inauguration, the agency’s chief financial officer testified Wednesday in federal court.

Belgian bank KBC Group is requesting the money in the aftermath of the credit downgrade of American International Group Inc., which had guaranteed a financing deal KBC made with Metro in 2002.

The transit agency is asking U.S. District Judge Rosemary M. Collyer to grant an injunction against KBC while it presses the Treasury Department or the Federal Reserve to back the deal.

Without an injunction, KBC’s demands could prompt other banks to collect on similar deals, Metro Chief Financial Officer Carol Kissal testified. If that were to happen, the transit agency could face more than $360 million in payments.

Such a scenario, Ms. Kissal said, would cripple Metro financially at the worst possible time - as it gears up for tens of thousands of passengers expected for the Jan. 20 inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama.

“It could be devastating to that event,” she said. “It’s almost like the perfect storm we had not anticipated.”


Fenty wants rules on police cameras

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty’s administration has proposed standards governing the operation of the District’s consolidated network of about 5,200 surveillance cameras.

The regulations bar using the cameras to infringe upon First Amendment rights, to target people by race or ethnicity, or for tracking a person’s movements, according to the Washington Examiner

Under the rules, most video recordings would have to be erased after 10 business days. Court orders would be required to monitor audio.

The cameras are monitored at the District’s Unified Communications Center. The network includes cameras at schools, government buildings, housing projects and jail cells. The purpose of the cameras is to spot and respond to emergencies in the city.

If approved, the regulations would take effect in January.

Public school option for Obamas

D.C. officials say they are discussing public school options with President-elect Barack Obama and his wife for their two young daughters.

In a statement Wednesday, the school system said Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee think every parent should decide where to send their children to school “based solely on what school is in the best interest of the child.”

The statement said city officials will support whatever decision the Obamas make.

On Monday, Michelle Obama visited at least two well-known private schools - Georgetown Day School and Sidwell Friends School. Chelsea Clinton attended Sidwell Friends.



Public television to air O’Malley live

Maryland Public Television will give the public a chance to ask a question of Gov. Martin O’Malley, a Democrat, on a live half-hour program.

The show will be called “Ask the Governor: Special Edition of Direct Connection” and will air once a month. The program will begin Nov. 24 and be hosted by the station’s Jeff Salkin.

The governor’s weekly electronic newsletter, One Maryland, this week will include an icon for people to submit questions. In December, the program will run regularly on the third Wednesday of each month.


Body of nude man found in parking lot

The body of a Waldorf man found Tuesday night at a Lowe’s store parking lot had several stab wounds, according to the Charles County Sheriff’s Office.

A store employee called police about 8:30 p.m. because he saw a naked man lying in the parking lot. When police arrived, officers found the body of Daniel Cordova, 28, who had been stabbed multiple times.

Detectives say there are several leads in the case.


Recycling worker crushed in his truck

A sanitation worker was crushed Wednesday morning by the municipal truck on which he worked, according to the Montgomery County Police Department.

The incident occurred about 8:30 a.m. and involved an unidentified Hispanic man caught in the recycling truck compactor that was operating in the Aspen Hill area, police said. The victim had reached into the compactor to clear it and the truck driver attempted to help the co-worker, Detective Patrick McNerney said.

Officials of the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health Act were called to determine whether unsafe work practices were a factor.

The death appeared to be an accident, a police spokeswoman said.


Impostor sentenced in armored car plot

A Dallastown, Pa., man has been sentenced to serve five years in prison for posing as an armored car driver and trying to steal deposits from stores in Baltimore County, according to court records.

Robert Flanagan, 38, was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to felony theft scheme. He had already been sentenced to 10 years in prison in September for using the same scheme to steal nearly $400,000 from a bank in Howard County.

Flanagan once worked for an armored car company and wore the uniform from his former job as he tried to pick up deposits from several stores and banks last year, prosecutors said.



McAuliffe taps aides in gubernatorial bid

Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat who filed papers Monday necessary to run for governor in 2009, secured the services of strategist Mike Henry.

Mr. Henry is working in an unpaid advisory capacity, McAuliffe spokesman Mo Elleithee said. Mr. Henry managed the victorious campaigns of Mark Warner for Senate this year and Tim Kaine for governor in 2005. He held a senior position with Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign until February. Mr. Elleithee is a former Clinton spokesman.

Jenny Nadicksbernd joins Mr. McAuliffe as a fundraiser. She served a similar role in Mr. Warner’s campaign and was finance director of Mr. Kaine’s political action committee, Moving Virginia Forward. Mr. McAuliffe plans to announce his intentions Jan. 7.


Kaine waves off post with DNC

If Barack Obama ally and Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine has a new role under a Democratic White House, it won’t be as the party’s national chairman.

Speculation arose in the past week that Mr. Kaine might be in line to head the Democratic National Committee after Howard Dean steps down.

Mr. Kaine said he was asked about his interest in the position. At a Wednesday news conference, he said he would rather be governor and won’t do both.

Mr. Kaine has said repeatedly he wants to finish his nonrenewable term. That would exclude a post requiring him to move to Washington and allow Republican Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling to serve out his final year.


More federal aid set for heat assistance

Virginia will have millions more in federal dollars this winter to assist low-income residents with their heating bills, Gov. Tim Kaine said.

The state will have $128 million to dispense under the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. That’s more than three times the $38 million Virginia got last year.

A family of four with monthly gross income of $2,297 or less or an individual earning $1,127 or less a month would qualify.

Applications have to be made to local social services agencies by Dec. 1.

Last year, the program aided 108,000 Virginia households.


Woman indicted in Navy goods sales

A former Navy woman has been indicted on federal charges of stealing night-vision goggles, radios, aviation helmets and other items from Norfolk Naval Station, then selling them on the Internet.

Jessica Jacob of Norfolk is charged with one count of theft of government property and 11 counts of wire fraud.

Court records and other public documents indicate that Miss Jacob was in the Navy from at least 2002 through 2006. The indictment states the thefts occurred in 2006 at Norfolk Naval Station.

Miss Jacob is accused of obtaining more than $1,600 from selling merchandise at cut-rate prices on eBay from February 2006 to January 2007, according to the indictment.

Miss Jacob did not yet have an attorney listed in court filings.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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