- The Washington Times - Monday, January 12, 2009


Baby gorilla born at National Zoo

A western lowland gorilla was born over the weekend at the National Zoo, zoo officials said.

Officials said the gorilla was born Saturday and is the sixth offspring for a 26-year-old female named Mandara. The baby’s sex has yet to be determined.

The gorilla’s birth is the seventh successful one at the zoo since 1991.

Officials also said the baby gorilla’s species is native to tropical forests in West and Central Africa and is considered critically endangered.

Western lowland gorillas are a focus of a zoo effort to collaborate with other North American zoos. The goal is to develop a self-sustaining zoo gorilla population that will help ensure survival of the endangered species, officials said.

City tests mass notification

The D.C.’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency on Sunday morning tested a new mass-notification system.

The test, which could be heard on the Mall, was from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and included four generic voice messages and a tonal test.



1 dead, 5 injured in car shooting

A man died and a man and woman were injured by gunshots after a gunman fired from one car into another Saturday afternoon, according to the Prince George’s County Police Department. Six people were in the second vehicle, which was near Pennsylvania Avenue and Walters Lane.

Police said that minutes later, three other occupants were injured when the vehicle crashed near Silver Hill Road - roughly a mile from were the shooting began.


Man killed on icy road

A Westminster teen was killed early Sunday morning when he lost control of his sport utility vehicle on an icy road and ran into a telephone pole.

State police have identified the victims as Nicholas Byron, 17, and say the accident occurred shortly after 5 a.m., near Union Mills.

Sleet and rain fell Saturday night in Carroll County. And as the temperature dropped overnight, roads iced over and there were a number of traffic accidents.

Police also said the speed of the vehicle was a factor.


City looks at change to election cycle

Frederick officials will consider this week whether to move the date of the city election to coincide with the next U.S. presidential election.

The city election date set for this fall wouldn’t be affected.

But future city elections could be shifted to the presidential cycle. The first such election would be in 2012. If the change is made, the mayor and Board of Aldermen elected this fall would serve three-year terms.

City officials will talk at a workshop Wednesday about the possible change.



JMU eyes expansion, traffic controls

James Madison University has a new master plan that includes expanding roughly 4 million square feet.

About half of that space would be for educational and general purposes. About a third would be for auxiliary, student-support programs, and the remainder for athletics.

The university’s governing board approved the plan Friday. It’s just a guideline, and university President Linwood H. Rose said some projects could be decades in the making.

One of the proposals calls for demolishing the entire dormitory group in the center of campus and rebuilding it to include more green space. Another suggests an electronic gating system to reduce traffic and prevent motorists from using campus streets as a shortcut through town.


Boy, 4, dies in bus accident

A 4-year-old boy from Southampton County hit by a school bus died over the weekend.

The victim, Jameer Khamarie Woodley, was a prekindergarten student at Riverdale Elementary School near Courtland. The accident occurred Friday.

His mother, LaKisha Woodley, teaches first grade at the school.

She and husband Tim Woodley said the boy loved sports and knew how to operate the DVD player and VCR. Mr. Woodley described his son as “energetic.”

It’s not clear how the accident occurred. The school and the sheriff’s office released no details, and a dispatcher at the sheriff’s office said nobody was available to discuss the incident Sunday.


Man dies in police chase

A Newport News man was shot and killed by Portsmouth police after a chase through two cities.

A Norfolk Police Department spokesman said Kenji Lee Danzy, 30, died at a hospital after the Friday night shooting.

The spokesman also said Portsmouth police pursued a vehicle from Interstate 264 to a dead-end street in Norfolk. He said Portsmouth officers got out of their vehicles and approached Mr. Danzy. An officer was injured during an altercation, and other officers then fired at Mr. Danzy.

The officer’s injuries were not considered life-threatening.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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