- The Washington Times - Monday, February 23, 2009


Stores pull potato products

Giant Food and Stop & Shop Supermarket said Sunday that they have pulled several potato products from their shelves that were subject to a voluntary recall because of possible bacterial contamination.

Giant Food and Stop & Shop say they have pulled 20-ounce bags of Simply Potatoes Shredded Hash Browns, Simply Potatoes Homestyle Slices and Simply Potatoes Red Potato Wedges.

The products were recalled by Northern Star, a subsidiary of food processor Michael Foods. The recalled items all have “use by” dates on their packages ranging from March 29 to April 3.

The products may be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes, a bacteria that can cause flulike symptoms and can be especially dangerous for pregnant women or those with weakened immune systems.

Neither company has reported any illness or injuries.

The companies say customers who have purchased these products should discard any unused portions and bring the receipts to their stores for a full refund.

Giant Food operates 182 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and the District.



GOP down, not out, supporters say

Maryland Republicans say the economy and budget problems are creating an opening despite recent election setbacks.

Former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., a Republican, says the party is stressing “meat and potatoes” issues that matter to voters. Mr. Ehrlich, who lost to Gov. Martin O’Malley, a Democrat, in the 2006 election says Democratic voters outnumber Republicans, but many are moderate to conservative and cross party lines when unhappy.

Mr. Ehrlich has not said whether he will challenge Mr. O’Malley in the 2010 election.

One Democrat agrees. Former Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan, who dropped out of the 2006 Democratic gubernatorial primary against Mr. O’Malley, thinks there will be a throw-the-bums-out mentality among voters and would be worried if he were an incumbent.



Oscar stars’ bags made in Virginia

Celebrities will use bags made by a Richmond company to carry their free swag from the Academy Awards.

During the days surrounding the Oscars, celebrities will have access to private rooms where jewelry, clothes, gadgets and luxury vacations are for the taking.

Those visiting the Secret Room Celebrity Gifting Suite in Beverly Hills will get bags called S.H.O.P. Totes made by Calypso Studios.

The bags are polyester bags that can hold up to 20 pounds and come in sets of three. Calypso markets them as an environmentally friendly alternative to using disposable plastic bags.

The letters in the name stand for Start Helping Our Planet.


Retired state judge dies at age 68

Retired Circuit Court Judge Lloyd Sullenberger has died.

Judge Sullenberger died of an apparent heart attack Feb. 18 at a Charlottesville hospital. He was 68.

Judge Sullenberger was a judge in the 16th Judicial Circuit from 1984 until 2000. The circuit encompasses Charlottesville and eight counties.

In 1985, Judge Sullenberger stayed the execution of Earl Washington Jr. days before he was scheduled to die. Washington had confessed to the 1982 rape and murder of a woman in Culpeper, but was later cleared by DNA evidence.

Judge Sullenberger was a native of Staunton and graduated from the University of Virginia, then joined the Coast Guard. He later received his law degree from William & Mary and practiced in Orange until becoming a judge.


More snow likely for southwest

The National Weather Service is calling for nasty winter weather to continue in southwestern Virginia and West Virginia.

The agency said a winter storm warning for elevations above 2,500 feet will remain in effect until 7 a.m. Monday. Snow showers are expected to bring 4 to 8 inches more snow by Monday morning along the western slopes of Tazewell County and Greenbrier County, W.Va., including the cities of Quinwood and Duo.

The weather service says lighter accumulations are expected in Lewisburg, Alderson and Ronceverte.


National Guard unit returns to U.S.

The Virginia National Guard’s 1710th Transportation Company, 329th Regional Support Group is back in the United States.

The Guard says roughly 180 members of the Richmond-based group returned Sunday after serving in Kuwait and Iraq since last May. The soldiers are at Camp Atterbury in Indiana to transition back to National Guard service before returning to Richmond.

In Iraq, the group was assigned to the 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion from Fort Polk, La.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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