- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 30, 2009


Police officer shot in Northeast

Authorities are investigating the shooting of a D.C. police officer.

About 1 a.m. Saturday, two D.C. police officers on patrol in the area of 17th Street and Gales Place Northeast approached a group of individuals when one of them fled, holding his waistband, officials said.

D.C. police Officer Michael Kasco approached the suspect after a brief foot chase and, with his handgun drawn, demanded that the man hit the ground. Authorities said the suspect charged at the 39-year-old officer Kasco and the two struggled over the officer’s gun. The gun discharged and struck Officer Kasco in the knee.

Police identified the suspect as 26-year-old Michael Grayton of the District, from whom, they said, they recovered PCP after his arrest.

Officer Kasco, a five-year veteran of the department, was admitted to a hospital with an injury that is not life-threatening.

Rhee says Fenty didn’t dodge rules

D.C. schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee says Mayor Adrian M. Fenty did not bypass any rules by enrolling his 9-year-old twin sons in a school outside of his neighborhood.

But in an interview with WTOP-FM, Mrs. Rhee declined to say whether the Fenty family entered a lottery like other families or whether the twins were placed ahead of others on a waiting list for Lafayette Elementary School in Chevy Chase.

Lafayette has a majority-white student population and higher standardized test scores than West Elementary school, which is closest to the mayor’s Crestwood neighborhood.

Mr. Fenty’s sons had attended a Montessori school through the third grade, before starting classes at Lafayette this week.

About half of the District’s public school students are enrolled in schools outside of their neighborhood.



Weekend marks state-fair start

Swifty the Swimming Pig is competing this weekend, the first of the Maryland State Fair, where the nation’s top chain-saw sculptors and cattle, horse and pony shows are also planned.

The Swifty Swine Racing and Swimming Pig Show is planned at several times throughout the weekend so people at the fair have plenty of chances to see pig stars, including Swifty.

Live thoroughbred horse racing is planned Saturday and Sunday with post times at 1 p.m.

On Sunday, several beef shows are scheduled to display shorthorn, Charolais, Hereford and Simmental breeds.

Other exhibits include kitchen craft cooking and home arts demonstrations.


N.Va. astronaut aboard shuttle

A Virginia man and the rest of the Space Shuttle Discovery crew are finally on their way to the International Space Station.

Discovery and seven astronauts blasted off seconds before midnight Friday, lighting up the sky for miles around. It was NASA’s third launch attempt. Tuesday’s try was called off by thunderstorms and Wednesday’s by fuel-valve trouble. Everything came together in NASA’s favor Friday night.

Patrick Forrester, of Springfield, is among the astronauts who will take part in Discovery’s 13-day mission.

Discovery is hauling up a full load of space station supplies, including a treadmill named for Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert. The comedian wanted a room named after him up at the orbiting outpost, but had to settle for exercise equipment as a consolation prize.

The shuttle should reach the space station Sunday night.

From wire reports and staff dispatches

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