- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 23, 2009


Mayor touts green summer jobs

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty has begun a summer jobs program that he says will lead to a greener, cleaner capital.

Mr. Fenty said 800 residents ranging in age from 14 to 21 will participate in this year’s Green Summer Job Corps. Employees will participate in projects across the city that focus on four areas: energy, watersheds, parks and trees.

President Obama’s special adviser for green jobs, Van Jones, praised the program for giving D.C. youths the skills to excel in green industries of the future.

The green jobs program began last summer and had about 400 participants. The city said the program and D.C.’s Conservation Corps are the largest green jobs training effort in the country.



Man sentenced to life in slaying

An El Salvador man was sentenced to life without parole in the slaying of a Hyattsville man during a robbery in Hyattsville in 2007.

Henry Angulo-Gil, 33, was convicted in February of felony first-degree murder in the death of Carlos Millan, 36, of Hyattsville.

Prosecutors said that on April 14, 2007, Angulo-Gil and an accomplice carjacked a vehicle, then approached Mr. Millan and tried to take a gold chain from his neck.

Mr. Millan resisted, and Angulo-Gil fatally shot him.


Developer admits to conspiracy

BALTIMORE | A developer who once dated Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon and was later charged in a probe of her finances pleaded guilty Monday to a lesser conspiracy count as part of plea agreement that requires his cooperation in other cases.

Just before his bribery trial was to begin, Ronald Lipscomb pleaded guilty to conspiracy to violate campaign finance law. In exchange for the plea and his cooperation, prosecutors agreed not to prosecute the bribery charge against the developer, who was accused of paying for a poll for City Council member Helen Holton in exchange for her help securing tax breaks.

State prosecutor Robert Rohrbaugh would not comment on Lipscomb’s cooperation or whether other charges will be filed, saying only that Lipscomb would testify at trial or before a grand jury if necessary.

Lipscomb’s attorney, Gerard Martin, said his client should have known paying for the poll violated the campaign finance law limit of $4,000 per person per candidate during each four-year campaign cycle. The attorney said he was confident prosecutors couldn’t prove their bribery case but the campaign violation would have come out in testimony.


Teacher charged with sex abuse

A 67-year-old violin teacher was charged with sexually abusing an 11-year-old student, Howard County police said.

Police said Ming Yueh Liang of Ellicott City has been charged with eight sex offenses and eight counts of second-degree assault. Police said Monday the victim and her mother told investigators that the teacher touched the child repeatedly during private lessons at his home. The mother said she was present during the lessons between March and May, but had an obstructed view of her daughter and the teacher.

Investigators are urging other students who may have been abused to contact police.


Former owner in talks to buy track

An attorney for the former owner of Rosecroft Raceway said the Greenbelt-area developer is in talks to buy the now-bankrupt harness racing track.

Gerald Evans, an attorney advising Mark Vogel in negotiations, says the president of Mark Vogel Cos. LLC has been meeting with representatives of the raceway and the thoroughbred industry for about two months to discuss a sale.

Mr. Vogel assumed $6 million in debt when he bought Rosecroft in 1987, according to news reports at the time. Rosecroft and Ocean Downs Racetrack, which Mr. Vogel also owned, lost about $1.2 million the next two years, and in 1991 the tracks went into bankruptcy.

Current owner Cloverleaf Enterprises Inc., which filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this month, purchased Rosecroft in 1995.



Underground fire displaces 250

About 250 mostly elderly residents were evacuated from their apartments early Monday after an underground transformer explosion and gas fire in the Seven Corners area of Fairfax County.

Lt. Willie Bailey of the fire department said it is not clear what caused the transformer to explode about 8 a.m. Monday at the Arlington County line. The fire was fed by a gas line. No injuries were reported.

Lt. Bailey said about 60 firefighters responded. The fire has been extinguished, but residents of a nearby apartment complex for the elderly and disabled are being taken to a school while an investigation continues.


State, two colleges to get $1.8 million

Virginia and two of its community colleges are getting nearly $1.8 million to expand remedial-education programs that aim to raise graduation rates of low-income and minority students.

The grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and MDC Inc., which were announced Monday, will help fund remedial-education programs at Danville Community College and Patrick Henry Community College. The grants are part of $16.5 million given to 15 colleges in five states to help boost academic skills for students who are unprepared when they enter community college.

The Gates Foundation aims to increase educational access for underprivileged students. MDC, based in Chapel Hill, N.C., is a nonprofit that helps to expand employment and educational opportunities in the South.

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