- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 12, 2009


Bill Clinton inducted by black fraternity

A historically black fraternity founded at Howard University has voted to induct former President Bill Clinton as an honorary member.

Phi Beta Sigma President Paul Griffin Jr. said Friday that Mr. Clinton is the first U.S. president to be inducted into a historically black fraternity.

The fraternity voted Tuesday for Mr. Clinton’s induction at its 95th Anniversary Conclave in New Orleans.

Stevie Wonder, Al Roker, the Rev. Al Sharpton and jazz musician Ramsey Lewis are also honorary members of Phi Beta Sigma.

The fraternity was founded in 1914.



Woman’s body found in freezer

Anne Arundel County police are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found in a freezer.

Authorities said they responded on Friday evening to a Glen Burnie home on reports of a death. There, they found the body of Doris Cooke, 83.

Police said that Mrs. Cooke had various medical conditions and had been bedridden for years. They were told that she died several weeks ago and that her family placed her remains in the freezer.


City may host own ‘Grand Prix’

A Baltimore group is in negotiations with the city and the IndyCar Series about staging an annual street race near the Inner Harbor.

Baltimore Racing Development, a limited liability company, is proposing five years of what it calls a “Baltimore Grand Prix,” beginning in the late summer or early fall of 2011.

The proposed race course could follow parts of Pratt, Light, Conway, Camden and Russell streets near the Maryland Science Center and Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Organizers and state and city officials said the four-day event with other activities could rival the Preakness in its economic impact and national exposure.



‘Hugging saint’ to visit on tour

Thousands of people, including many from the Washington area’s sizable Indian community, are expected to trek to Northern Virginia through Monday to receive blessings from the woman known as “the hugging saint.”

Mata Amritanandamayi — better known as Amma — will be doling out hugs and blessings to those who come to see her Sunday and Monday in Tysons Corner. The stop is part of a 10-city U.S. tour.

Amma’s followers believe her hugs have healing properties. She estimates she has given more than 25 million hugs over the course of her life.


Lawyer convicted in child support case

A Fairfax lawyer has been convicted of failing to pay about a half-million dollars in child support in New Hampshire over the last seven years.

Peter Mitrano, 57, was charged with not paying support that was ordered in 2002 by a judge.

He will be sentenced in October and faces up to two years in jail.

From wire dispatches and staff reports.

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