- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 17, 2008


$2 million given to Eastern Market

The District received a $2 million grant Tuesday toward the renovation of the Eastern Market, which was badly damaged by an April 2007 fire.

The money, from the Economic Development Administration, will be used to upgrade the market’s ventilation and sprinkler systems.

Patty Sheetz, director of the venture capital group’s legislative and intergovernmental affairs, said the money “will insure that Eastern Market will have a long future as an economic and social center in the District.”

The April 30, 2007, fire ravaged the South Hall of the market, on Capitol Hill, destroying all 14 businesses inside. The damage is estimated at $20 million to $30 million.

All but one of the vendors have relocated to the temporary East Hall, across Seventh Street Southeast.

Renovations to the original building are scheduled to be finished in 2009.

Eastern Market was originally completed in 1873 by designer Adolph Cluss. It is the only public market in the District to retain its original function.



Environmental groups endorse Kratovil

Four environmental groups have endorsed Frank Kratovil, a Democrat campaigning for a House seat in the 1st Congressional District.

Mr. Kratovil is running against state Sen. Andrew P. Harris, Baltimore and Harford counties Republican, for the seat occupied by Rep. Wayne T. Gilchrest, a Republican environmentalist whom Mr. Harris defeated in a primary. Mr. Gilchrest recently crossed party lines to endorse Mr. Kratovil.

Brad Heavner, the state director of Environment Maryland, said Mr. Harris “is consistently anti-solar power, anti-energy efficiency and pro-dirty power.” Also endorsing Mr. Kratovil on Monday were the League of Conservation Voters, the Sierra Club and Clean Water Action.

Mr. Harris’ campaign said the senator supports tax credits for alternative energy and favors opening new areas to oil and gas exploration.

The 1st District comprises the entire Eastern Shore and parts of four other counties.


County accused of impairing union

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees says the Allegany County commissioners engaged in union-breaking tactics when they created a county police force to take over road patrols from the local sheriff’s office.

The grievance is the latest development in a feud between the commissioners and Sheriff David Goad.

After years of arguing over overtime costs, the commissioners last month created a Bureau of Police and hired 14 of Sheriff Goad’s former deputies to staff it.

AFSCME doesn’t represent the new county police officers. The union says the county violated its contract requiring sheriff’s deputies to patrol the roads.

Board of Commissioners President James Stakem has said the county police officers are welcome to join a union.


Man charged with pit bull punch

Frederick County authorities have arrested a man on charges of punching a pit bull puppy, fracturing its skull and blinding the animal.

Troy D. Goines of Frederick was arrested last week and charged with felony and misdemeanor animal cruelty. He was being held on $20,000 bail.

According to charging documents, Mr. Goines punched the dog in Discovery, a Walkersville subdivision, on Aug. 2. The dog’s owner agreed to have it euthanized after its condition deteriorated. Trial is set for Nov. 6 in District Court.


Woman claims $24 million jackpot

A Baltimore woman has claimed the $24 million Mega Millions jackpot from last week’s drawing.

The 49-year-old woman wants to stay anonymous, lottery officials said. She and her daughter brought a locked safe with the winning ticket to the Maryland lottery office on Monday.

The woman had purchased five $1 Quick Pick tickets on Sept. 9. She let the lottery computer pick her numbers. She then purchased a second group of $1 tickets, which contained the winning combination.

Lottery officials said the winner chose the $15 million cash payout option, which is worth a little more than $10 million after taxes.



Felons to be told of DNA evidence

Virginia is set to begin mailing letters to notify felons that old biological evidence exists in their cases.

A Virginia Department of Forensic Science spokesman said about 400 letters will be mailed Wednesday.

In 2005, the department began sifting through more than 500,000 case files from 1973 through 1988 after five men were cleared of rape charges from biological evidence preserved in their files. Nearly 1,000 defendants were found to have old DNA evidence in their files.

In March, the General Assembly ordered that they be notified that the evidence was available for retesting.

Also on Tuesday, the Department of Justice announced that it had approved a $4.5 million grant to help the department finish the review.


$30 million to fund women’s scholarships

Philanthropist Doris Buffett has given $30 million to the Women’s Independence Scholarship Program.

The Wilmington, N.C.-based program provides scholarships to survivors of domestic violence.

Executive Director Nancy Soward said Mrs. Buffett’s gift will help the program continue its work for about 10 years.

Miss Soward said the program, established in 1999, has helped 900 women across the country graduate from school.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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