- The Washington Times - Monday, June 15, 2009


Historic courthouse to be rededicated

After a full restoration, the District’s nearly 200-year-old historic courthouse is open for business.

Officials plan to hold an event Wednesday to rededicate the building, which is the new home of the D.C. Court of Appeals, the city’s highest court.

As one of the oldest public buildings in Washington, the courthouse at 451 Indiana Ave. NW is also the site of major historical events. President Lincoln reportedly signed the D.C. Emancipation Act in 1862 there.

The National Park Service recently named the courthouse an essential part of the Underground Railroad’s Network to Freedom because trials were held there in 1848 for the owner of a boat on which dozens of slaves wanted to be transported to freedom.

Police investigate weekend homicides

D.C. police are investigating three weekend homicides.

Police said 54-year-old Nathaniel Hall of Southeast was stabbed to death Saturday evening. Officials have charged Bernard Gayles, 39, with murder in that case.

In a separate incident, police said Demarcus Brown, 25, was found dead in Southeast with multiple gunshot wounds early Sunday.

Another man, Dallas Williams, 23, of Northwest was fatally shot in Northeast early Sunday. Mr. Williams died in a hospital.

Children get break at city restaurants

Families with young children are getting the chance at fine dining as upscale Washington restaurants open their doors during Kids’ Restaurant Week.

The city’s tourism bureau, Destination DC, said 16 restaurants are participating in the program that began Saturday with events at Eastern Market. During the week, the restaurants are offering special discounts and fixed-priced menus from 5 to 7 p.m.

Children age 11 and younger pay their age, while those age 12 and older pay $29. Organizers say they want people to celebrate the joy of eating out as families.

The program will run through Sunday.



JHU urges stimulus for summer learning

Johns Hopkins University’s National Center for Summer Learning is urging state and local school officials to use federal economic-stimulus funding for summer learning programs for low-income children.

Center director Ron Fairchild said the programs help children avoid falling behind academically. Mr. Fairchild said if budget problems force school districts to cut summer programs, more children will fall behind.

The center said a recent Johns Hopkins study found that 65 percent of the achievement gap in reading between low-income and high-income ninth-graders is because of unequal summer learning experiences during elementary school. And that makes a difference in whether students decide to drop out or go on to college.


Tasered inmate dies in hospital

Harford County authorities are investigating the death of an inmate at the county detention center.

The county sheriff’s office said Dwight Madison, 48, was arrested Thursday on trespassing charges in Bel Air. Officials said he became uncooperative Friday when deputies tried to fingerprint him, fighting with two correctional deputies and one civilian employee.

Officials said Mr. Madison grabbed and choked one of the deputies. A third deputy came, and authorities warned the inmate that they had a Taser gun. When he continued to be combative, officials said they deployed the Taser, striking Mr. Madison in the upper leg. He fell, striking his head on the floor.

Mr. Madison died Saturday at a hospital. One of the deputies was treated for minor injuries.


Man injured in fall into empty tank

Baltimore County authorities said a man was seriously injured Saturday after falling into an empty, 45-foot-high water tank.

The county fire department said teams worked to rescue the man who fell while crews were sandblasting the tank at Pleasant Hill Road. A helicopter was sent to aid in the rescue.



Suspect in slaying to be extradited

Authorities have arrested a teenager in Maryland wanted in connection with a slaying last week in Northern Virginia.

Fairfax County police say U.S. marshals found 18-year-old Tyree Harvey, who has no fixed address, in Prince George’s County on Sunday. They said he would be extradited to Fairfax County to face murder and attempted-robbery charges in the death of 54-year-old William Bowie, who also had no fixed address.

Mr. Bowie was found dead on a sidewalk Wednesday in the 9100 block of Richmond Highway. Police said he died from a gunshot wound to his upper body.


New trail opens in Leesylvania Park

The latest segment of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, a planned network of more than 800 miles of trails, has opened in the 540-acre Leesylvania State Park.

Five years in the making, the 2-mile path winds through a hilly, wooded area close to a subdivision and connects the northern end of the state park to the southeast corner of the Metz Wetlands Bank.

Ken Benson, manager of the park, said the new trail “means kids can walk down to the park and a healthier community all around.”

The trails in the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail run along a corridor between the Allegheny Highlands near Pittsburgh and the mouth of the Potomac River in Point Lookout, Md.

The trail was made possible by a $10,000 grant from the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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