- The Washington Times - Monday, September 8, 2008


Flea market returns to Georgetown

The Georgetown Flea Market returned Sunday after a two-year absence.

The market returns to Hardy Middle School’s parking lot after operating in Northern Virginia’s Clarendon area while the school was being renovated.

Fifty vendors gathered to sell their wares at the flea market, on 35th Street, just off of Wisconsin Avenue.

Founder Michael Sussman started the market 36 years ago and said being in Virginia just wasn’t the same.

A grand opening event is scheduled for Sept. 21.

Water main break closes M Street

A water main break Sunday morning closed a section of M Street Northwest - one of two major thoroughfares in Georgetown - through the early afternoon.

The break was in the 1200 block of 33rd Street Northwest, according to the District Department of Transportation.

The traffic problems on M Street were between Wisconsin Avenue Northwest and the Key Bridge, into Northern Virginia.

Hundreds walk for 9/11 victims

Hundreds of people took part in a walk Sunday morning to honor victims of the Sept. 11 attacks, just days before the seventh anniversary.

Participants walked from the National Cemetery to the Pentagon, where more than 180 people were killed in the terrorist attacks.

The event is known as the 4th annual Freedom Walk. Several family members of those who died in the attacks also attended.



Comptroller to talk about budget woes

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot is scheduled to speak Monday morning in Rockville and is expected to talk about his ideas on balancing the state budget.

Mr. Franchot, Democrat, will be the featured speaker at the September meeting of the board of directors of the Committee for Montgomery.

The comptroller’s office announced last month that Maryland general fund revenues were $73.5 million below forecasts for fiscal 2008.

Mr. Franchot said at the time that the office was still preparing next year’s revenue estimates but added it was safe to say the state was in for more bad news.


Police fire at driver who pulled knife

A Maryland Transportation Authority Police officer shot at a driver who pulled a knife early Sunday morning after a traffic stop near the Key Bridge, in Baltimore County.

Police said Sean Michael Mapp, 26, of Goldsboro, in Caroline County, was pulled over for speeding at about 12:30 a.m. on Interstate 695 northbound. Mr. Mapp drew the knife as officers tried to arrest him after a background check showed that he was wanted for a probation violation related to an armed robbery charged, police said.

The driver fled the scene on foot, and it was not immediately clear whether he was struck by the single shot fired by one of the officers who responded to the scene. The officers were not injured.

Police said a loaded handgun and what appeared to be marijuana were found in the vehicle, which had been reported stolen in Talbot County.


Hanna brought minimal damage

Officials across the region said Sunday that work crews were making repairs to the damage caused by Tropical Storm Hanna but that the wind and rain caused minimal damage.

Utility crews were trying to restore power to thousands of homes without electricity. At nine D.C. schools, employees were mopping up from minor flooding. And Pepco and the District Department of Transportation crews spent several hours removing downed limbs, branches and trees.

Among the hardest-hit regions was Northern Virginia, including Fairfax County’s Huntington neighborhood, where 50 people were evacuated from their homes. Red Cross volunteers spent Sunday distributing cleanup kits to those residents.

Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, Democrat, said Prince William County, where the Neabsco Creek swelled and covered Route 1, was the hardest-hit county in the state.

From staff reports and wire dispatches



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