- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 19, 2008


Nationals to pay city back rent

The Washington Nationals baseball team has agreed to pay the District back rent for use of the new Nationals Park stadium, according to a joint statement Saturday by city and stadium officials.

The officials said the agreement followed daily negotiations over several months.

The amount was estimated to be at least $3.5 million midway through the season, when team owners contend, in part, work on the taxpayer-funded stadium had not been completed.

The owners, the family of area developer Theodore N. Lerner, also reportedly disagreed about tax payments on tickets sales. The release stated only that all “outstanding issues” had been resolved but gave no further specifics.

The District paid roughly $611 million in taxpayer money to build the stadium in Southeast. The Lerners spent an estimated $450 million to buy the franchise from Major League Baseball and return baseball to the District.

Teen killed in Northwest

A Suitland teen was fatally shot Friday night in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood in Northwest, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.

Officers found the victim, Arthur Gale, 19, of Suitland, at about 10:30 p.m. behind a building in the 3200 block of Georgia Avenue Northwest. No arrests have been made.



Activist among ill ‘ghost’ protesters

A Baltimore peace group says activist Max Obuszewski is one of 10 defendants who will face trial Monday in D.C. Superior Court for staging an Iraq “ghost” protest in Congress.

During the March 12 protest, the 10 stood up in the U.S. Senate gallery wearing gauze over their heads and said they were ghosts from the Iraq war who died needlessly and demanded an end to funding of the war.

Mr. Obuszewski also is among those on whom the Maryland State Police recently acknowledged spying as part of their surveillance on antiwar and anti-death-penalty protesters. The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore group says the 10 face up to six months in jail and a $500 fine.


Man tries kidnap during carjacking

A man tried to kidnap a 7-year-old boy during a carjacking, but his grandmother pulled him out of the car just in time, according to Baltimore County Police.

The incident occurred at about 12:30 p.m. Thursday on Campbell Boulevard, near the White Marsh neighborhood.

Police say the grandmother had just helped the boy into her car, when a man approached and demanded the car and the child. The boy’s grandmother was able to pull the boy out of the car before the man drove off in her green 1997 Honda Civic with Maryland license plate number 1ANV62.



Woman named a CNN hero

A Norfolk television producer whose time in prison prompted her to start a program to tape greetings from inmates to their children is being honored as one of CNN’s Top 10 Heroes.

Carolyn LeCroy spent time in prison 12 years ago for a marijuana charge. She has said that during that time she saw many women who didn’t receive visits from their families, so when she got out she started the program that has provided 3,000 video messages since 1999.

As one of CNN’s Top 10 Heroes, Miss LeCroy will receive $25,000 and be honored during a tribute in Hollywood on Thanksgiving. The network then will announce its Hero of the Year, who will receive an additional $100,000. The winner will be chosen by the public in an online poll. Voting began Friday and runs through Nov. 19.


Two arrested in apartment deaths

Two men have been arrested in connection with the deaths of two men found inside an apartment earlier this month, according to the Richmond Police Department.

Police on Friday arrested Gregory Reavis, 19, a day after arresting Emmanuel Lewis Taylor, 23. The Richmond men were charged with conspiracy to commit murder in the deaths of Nathaniel Mayo, 52, and his brother, Willie H. Mayo, 55. Their bodies were found Oct. 3.


Judge drops suit in toll road issue

A judge has again dismissed a lawsuit challenging the state’s planned transfer of the Dulles Toll Road to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.

The authority plans to use toll revenues to help pay for the expansion of Metrorail to Dulles Airport. Two toll road users claim in their lawsuit that the state General Assembly cannot delegate revenue-collection powers to an unelected body. The judge said Friday the complaint lacks merit because tolls are not taxes nor revenue of the commonwealth. She had previously dismissed the lawsuit on the grounds that state transportation officials are shielded from such claims, but that ruling was overturned by the Virginia Supreme Court in June.

From wire dispatches and staff reports



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