- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 23, 2009



Students hurt in bus crash

A school bus accident in Montgomery County left some middle school students injured.

A Montgomery County Fire and Rescue spokesman said a bus collided with a car about 3 p.m. Wednesday at Regency Drive and Tuckerman Lane in Potomac.

Spokesman Pete Piringer said 40 seventh-graders were returning to St. Andrew’s Episcopal School after a field trip.

Mr. Piringer said the students walked a few blocks from the crash site back to campus and were evaluated for injuries. He said 16 students complained of injuries and two students were taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

Mr. Piringer said the other students were released to their parents and that the cause of the accident is being investigated.


Teen charged in mother’s death

Anne Arundel County police arrested a Glen Burnie teen Tuesday on first-degree murder charges in his mother’s death.

Police said a Severn woman received a letter Tuesday afternoon from William Skiratko, 17, saying he killed his mother, 45-year-old Elizabeth Anne Skiratko, and was suicidal. Officers went to the Skiratkos’ home in the 7900 block of Nolpark Court and found Mrs. Skiratko’s body in a bedroom and her son in the living room.

Police said Mrs. Skiratko had trauma to her upper body, although they didn’t say how she was killed.


Winter racing wagers fall 26 percent

Maryland racing officials say total wagering at Laurel Park fell 26 percent this season - almost three times the average drop nationwide.

The Maryland Jockey Club said there were 58 live racing days at Laurel Park but only $219.8 million in wagers. That’s a drop of $56 million during the season, which extended from Jan. 1 to April 11, from the same time last year.

Equibase Co. LLC said U.S. wagering during roughly the same period dropped 9.4 percent from 2008.


Children’s museum designs unveiled

Designs have been unveiled for a new National Children’s Museum near the District.

The design revealed Wednesday by Connecticut architect Cesar Pelli depicts a four-story museum with a glass atrium at the National Harbor development in Prince George’s County. It calls for reflective roof panels and a wall of living plants.

Designers plan to include a wind turbine and rooftop garden among other features.

Museum officials must raise more than $180 million to complete the project. The museum was formerly known as the Capital Children’s Museum and was located at a convent in Northeast. It’s been without a home for five years.

The museum is scheduled to open in 2013 on land donated by developer Milton Peterson. Maryland has contributed $7 million to the project.


Council likely to sell Nats suite tickets

Some D.C. Council members want to end baseball ticket perks for city lawmakers.

Four council members introduced a proposal Tuesday that would auction off season passes to Nationals Park for council members and Mayor Adrian M. Fenty. Council members said the funds would help raise about $500,000 for city services.

Council members said Mr. Fenty is holding onto tickets that belong to them.

In an agreement between the city and the Washington Nationals, 19 tickets in Suite 61 at Nationals Park are given to council members, who may then choose to distribute the passes to constituents. The mayor is allotted 67 tickets.

Council member Kwame Brown and his co-sponsors also intend to auction off parking passes for the mayor’s and council’s suites.

Tribes’ bill clears committee

A bill providing federal recognition for six Virginia Indian tribes has cleared a committee and looks to be headed to the House floor.

The House Natural Resources Committee passed on a voice vote Wednesday legislation that would provide federal recognition to the Chickahominy, Chickahominy Eastern Division, the Upper Mattaponi, the Rappahannock, the Monacan and the Nansemond tribes.

Gaining the status would allow the tribes to compete for educational funds and other grants and benefits open to federally recognized tribes. The office of Rep. James P. Moran, Virginia Democrat and author of the bill, said the House is expected to consider the measure in the coming weeks.

“Four hundred years is a long time to wait, but today’s decision moves our effort ever closer to ending this historic injustice,” Mr. Moran said.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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