- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 28, 2009


Back to normal on the Red Line

Metro officials said service on its Red Line trains returned to normal Saturday after a fatal collision Monday.

Trains will be restricted to a maximum speed of 35 mph on the Red Line all day, and they will move even more slowly between the Fort Totten and Takoma stations, where the collision occurred.

Officials said Red Line trains will operate every 12 minutes from the Shady Grove station to Glenmont.

Folklife concert honors director

The Smithsonian Institution planned a special concert Saturday night to honor Diana Parker, who retired after more than 30 years with the organization. She has been the director of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

The 7 p.m. concert on the Welsh Dragon stage at the festival on the Mall featured the acoustic blues duo of Phil Wiggins and Corey Harris and the Cajun band BeauSoleil. Mr. Wiggins and several members of BeauSoleil are longtime friends of Miss Parker’s. The Smithsonian said they represent some of the work she has overseen and inspired during her career.



Police identify victim of storm

Montgomery County police have identified the adult who was killed after a part of a large tree fell onto a minivan Friday.

Police said Saturday that Kelly Murray, 40, of Chevy Chase and a 7-year-old girl died in the incident about 7:20 p.m. in windy and rainy weather on southbound Connecticut Avenue near East-West Highway.

Six girls ranging in age from 10 months to 11 years were also in the van at the time. Police say all were transported to hospitals with injuries that were not considered life-threatening.


Teachers accused of child sex abuse

The Frederick County state’s attorney office said two high school teachers have been charged with sexually abusing students.

Authorities said Robert Rich, 47, of Hagerstown, a science teacher at Catoctin High School, had an inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old female student. A grand jury on Friday indicted him on one count of child sex abuse on school property, among other charges.

Authorities also accuse Adam Windsor, 25, a theater and band teacher at Ballenger Creek Middle School, of using a cell phone to videotape 13- and 14-year-old girls changing clothes. Mr. Windsor, also of Hagerstown, was indicted on two counts of child sex abuse, among other charges.



Ferry service tried from Eastern Shore

Ferry service between the Eastern Shore town of Onancock and Tangier Island has resumed on a trial basis, connecting tourists to the island as well as island residents to the mainland to conduct their business.

A ferry connected the towns for about two decades until it stopped in December 2007. The trial service started in early May.

Officials said that if the towns can generate enough traffic, and if the government can pay some of the cost, the ferry will remain past late September.


League fights to wear stickers

The Virginia Citizens Defense League is used to fighting for the right to carry guns, but now it’s defending the right to wear stickers about carrying guns, the Richmond Times Dispatch reported Saturday.

The group said officials at the Richmond Coliseum recently attempted to stop members from handing out blaze-orange “Guns Save Lives” stickers before an appearance by radio and television talk-show host Glenn Beck, the newspaper said.

“It’s bad enough they’re trying to trample the Second Amendment. Then you come and attack the First,” said league President Philip Van Cleave.

From wire dispatches and staff reports.

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