- The Washington Times - Monday, August 10, 2009


Cooling centers open during heat wave

City officials announced that four cooling centers will be open from noon to 6 p.m. during the predicted three-day heat wave, which began Sunday. Forecasters have predicted a high of 100 degrees Monday.

Locations of the city cooling centers:

• One Judiciary Square, 441 Fourth St. NW, 202/727-0103.

• Frank D. Reeves Center, 2000 14th St. NW, 202/727-0103.

• King Office Building, 3720 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE, 202/645-0300.

• 920 Rhode Island Ave. NE, 202/543-5298.

In Baltimore, the city’s housing department has opened six cooling centers, while the Commission on Aging and Retirement Education has five centers opened. City officials said Recreation and Parks centers are also open to those looking to escape the heat.

Going to bat for the anthem

National Symphony Orchestra violinist Glenn Donnellan, 39, made his major league debut Saturday, playing the national anthem on a baseball bat before the game between the Washington Nationals and Arizona Diamondbacks.

He used an electric violin that he handcrafted from a regulation bat — a Derek Jeter model that he bought at a local sporting goods store.

The dedicated musician and baseball fan was primed to put his two loves together and wore a Nationals jersey.

Normally restless fans cheered as the “The Star-Spangled Banner” reached its crescendo, and players applauded his work. Mr. Donnellan exited stage right — behind the plate.

Don’t count on bat music Aug. 23, but don’t count on any peanuts, either. Or Cracker Jacks.

The Washington Nationals are hosting peanut-free baseball for the afternoon game against the Milwaukee Brewers weekend for fans with allergies. People with a party suite ticket to the game will be allowed to bring in food that suits their dietary needs. The only food and drinks in each suite will be those brought in by the guests, and each suite will be thoroughly cleaned beforehand.

Fans with peanut allergies can buy a ticket for $30.



Chief of pediatrics dies from injuries

Family members say Dr. Jose Alvarado, the chief of pediatrics at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, has died of injuries from a car accident last week. He was a doctor in Salisbury since 1988.

State police said Dr. Alvarado’s sports car rear-ended a disabled tractor-trailer on Route 50 near Pittsville on Wednesday afternoon. Dr. Alvarado’s family issued a statement saying he died Saturday at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.


County teacher faces more charges

A grand jury has indicted a Frederick County high school teacher accused of videotaping students changing their clothes on additional charges.

In June, 25-year-old Adam Windsor of Hagerstown was indicted on four charges, including child sex abuse. Mr. Windsor, a theater and band teacher at Ballenger Creek Middle School reportedly used a cell phone to videotape two girls, ages 13 and 14, as they changed in a dressing room.

But the county’s state’s attorney says investigators discovered additional footage of three more girls, ages 12 and 13. On Friday, Mr. Windsor was indicted on charges related to the extra footage, bringing the total charges against him to 10.

His jury trial is scheduled to begin Nov. 18.


Attention phillumenists: It’s convention time

People looking to meet their match could get lucky among the international matchbook cover collectors gathering this week for an annual convention in Hagerstown.

The Rathkamp Matchcover Society says nearly 300 collectors from the United States, Canada, England and Australia are expected at the event, which runs Monday through Saturday.

The society, named for a Rhode Island collector who died in 1940, claims to be the world’s oldest and largest organization focusing on matchbook covers.

Matchbook collectors are known as phillumenists, which means “lovers of light.”



Nokesville pilot dies in crash

State police say one person is dead and another injured after an ultralight aircraft crashed into Lake Anna on Sunday afternoon.

The agency said Edward Toth, 46, of Nokesville in Fauquier County, was killed and a 17-year-old passenger suffered serious injuries. The plane apparently lost power and plummeted into the lake, where it was submerged, police said.

Police said the passenger was being treated at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg.

Richmond’s WTVR Channel 6 reported that the plane was kept in a hangar in Tappahanock. “The plane was taken out on a leisure trip today around Lake Anna,” WTVR reported. “The plane took off, lost altitude and stalled crashing into Lake Anna. The accident happened 100 yards off of Carrs Bridge Road” in Louisa County.


Police investigate principal’s death

Chesapeake police are investigating the death of a longtime Virginia high school principal.

Deep Creek High School spokesman Tom Cupitt said principal Nathan T. Hardee was found dead at his home Sunday morning.

A cause of death was not released, and Chesapeake police said they’re investigating.

Mr. Hardee had been principal at the school for 37 years. During his tenure, enrollment grew to more than 2,000, before dropping to 1,300.


Medical school tests swine flu vaccine

Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk is one of the sites nationwide testing the swine flu vaccine that is being developed by pharmaceutical company Sanofi-Aventis.

There are 15 adults 18 and older participating in the trial at the medical school. As part of the testing, participants get their first injection and then return 21 days later to receive a second dose and blood tests.

Volunteers will be told at the end of the study whether they received the vaccine or a placebo, and those receiving the placebo will be given the real vaccine.

According to preliminary research, the vaccine is shown to be safe. The testing is meant to confirm safety and the effective dosage. Volunteers for the study will be under close medical supervision throughout the trial.

From wire dispatches and staff reports



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