Sunday, August 2, 2009


New GI Bill makes debut

The Department of Veterans Affairs will begin distributing tuition payments for colleges and universities participating in a new program for service members.

Introduced by Sen. Jim Webb, Virginia Democrat, and enacted last year, the Post-9/11 GI Bill debuted Saturday. The program gives eligible veterans, service members, reservists and National Guard members a chance to receive a free undergraduate education at an in-state public college or university.

Officials say the program provides the most extensive educational assistance since the original GI Bill was passed in 1944.


Police officer shoots man

BALTIMORE | A Baltimore police spokesman said a man was in critical condition after being shot by an officer.

Spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the incident occurred at about 4:30 a.m. Saturday when a police officer on patrol responded to an alarm coming from a convenience store in the 4700 block of Garrison Boulevard.

When officers entered the store, Mr. Guglielmi said, a masked man lunged at them with a screwdriver and an officer fired one defensive shot, hitting the man.

The suspect was being treated at a local hospital.

Mr. Guglielmi said the 34-year-old officer involved in the shooting joined the department 16 years ago. He has been placed on administrative leave while the incident is investigated.


Kaine’s office releases logs

RICHMOND | Gov. Tim Kaine’s office has released more travel logs for the governor, who is also chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

According to the records released Friday, Mr. Kaine spent four of the previous 10 days out of state. The trips included visits to the Midwest and the West Coast.

Kaine press secretary Gordon Hickey said the travel included duties as DNC chairman and as Virginia’s chief executive.

Mr. Kaine’s travels have loomed as an issue because he is juggling his public post as governor and his partisan appointment as DNC chairman.

According to earlier records obtained after an Associated Press request, Mr. Kaine took 14 trips as Democratic National Committee chairman during the first six months of 2009.

University OK with lawmaker

NORFOLK | Old Dominion University officials say the school’s contract with an influential state legislator poses no conflict of interest.

Delegate Phillip Hamilton is being paid $40,000 annually to coordinate the Center for Teacher Quality and Educational Leadership. Mr. Hamilton sponsored a budget amendment in 2007 to provide startup funding for the center, which has received $500,000 a year in state money since then.

University spokeswoman Jennifer Mullen said university President John Broderick consulted with other school officials and believes the arrangement is appropriate because Mr. Hamilton, a longtime educator, was hired because of his qualifications.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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