- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 19, 2009


Metro subcontractor dies in accident

A subcontractor working at Metro’s Bladensburg Bus Garage died Tuesday, and a preliminary investigation indicates he was fatally shocked.

The transit agency said the employee of M&M; Welding and Fabricators Inc. was installing wiring for a new air compressor at the garage in Northeast Washington.

Metro said first aid was administered to the man by Metro employees at the garage about 8:40 a.m. He was transported to Washington Hospital Center, where he died.

Teenage girl shot in Southeast

A teenage girl was shot Tuesday in a home in Southeast Washington, police say.

Police spokesman Officer Kenny Bryson said the girl, who is about 13 or 14, was inside a home in the 1800 block of Frederick Douglass Place when shots entered the home early Tuesday. Officer Bryson said the girl was treated and released from a hospital.



O’Malley working on budget cuts

Gov. Martin O’Malley said Tuesday he’s working with the Board of Public Works to come up with an equitable balance of cuts in state aid to local governments.

Mr. O’Malley spoke about the reductions on WTOP radio.

Local aid formulas affect county budgets differently depending on their levels of income and their size, and Mr. O’Malley said he wants to work with the board to make sure the cuts are shared in a fair way.

The roughly $250 million in cuts will be brought to the board on Aug. 26. Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp and Comptroller Peter Franchot are the other members of the board, along with the governor.



Deeds, McDonnell get endorsements

Democrat R. Creigh Deeds and Republican Robert F. McDonnell on Tuesday picked up endorsements in their race for governor.

Mr. Deeds won the backing of the Legislative Black Caucus.

The support of the black members of the Virginia House and Senate comes after Black Entertainment Television co-founder and Democratic megadonor Sheila Johnson endorsed Mr. McDonnell last month.

That and comments by former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder, the nation’s first elected black governor, had generated questions about Mr. Deeds’ backing among blacks. State Sen. Henry L. Marsh III, Richmond Democrat, said Mr. Deeds can bank on black voters’ support in November.

Mr. McDonnell got the Virginia Association of Realtors’ endorsement. Of the $1.6 million in contributions the group has made to candidates the past four years, 62 percent went to Republicans.


Doctor says Cho file contained forms, note

A former counseling director says the mental health records of Virginia Tech’s student gunman, which he says he took inadvertently, contained triage forms, an attached note and an e-mail.

Dr. Robert C. Miller said in a court document that the records for Seung-hui Cho and several other Cook Counseling Center clients were in a manila folder in his office.

Dr. Miller has said he mistakenly packed the folder with personal items as he was clearing out his Blacksburg office in early 2006 to transfer to another job.


Metro to expand wireless network

More transit riders will soon be able to use their cell phones underground in Metro stations.

On Tuesday, Metro announced that construction is under way on a new wireless network that will begin providing mobile phone and Internet access by Oct. 16. It will serve customers of four cell phone providers: Verizon Wireless, Sprint Nextel, AT&T; and T-Mobile.

From wire dispatches and staff reports.

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