- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 10, 2009


NE woman killed in N.Y. break-in

Nancy McKinley, the wife of longtime State Department official Brunson McKinley, was stabbed to death on a weekend visit to the town of Bellport, on Long Island, N.Y., authorities said.

An attacker purportedly broke into the house during a burglary at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Mr. McKinley served as a U.S. ambassador to Haiti and was the U.S. humanitarian coordinator in Bosnia and Herzegovina from 1995 to 1998. He is now co-chairman of the Geneva-based Association for International Mobility. Mrs. McKinley was a librarian at the National Presbyterian School, in the District.

The suspect has been identified as Robert Schiavo, 22. He was ordered held without bail after pleading not guilty to the charge. However, police said he confessed to the crime after his arrest. His court-appointed attorney did not return a telephone call seeking comment.



ACLU: Cops had files on 20 groups

The American Civil Liberties Union says it has obtained records showing the Maryland State Police kept files on at least 20 groups it considered potential security threats.

The list is longer than the previously disclosed one of roughly a dozen. It includes the antiwar group Women in Black and the American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker organization.

Sixteen of the groups allowed the ACLU to release the files it obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests. Those documents are on the ACLU of Maryland Web site. Police have acknowledged spying on groups and 53 people it wrongly classified as terrorists over a 14-month period in 2005 and 2006. The agency says it opened files on others but halted surveillance once it determined they posed no threat.


Panel eyes medevac certification

A panel of lawmakers recommended Monday that Maryland’s medevac program receive funding to comply with tighter federal regulations that are applied to commercial programs and to phase in the cost of supplying an extra pilot.

The panel also is recommending that the state police pursue a level of certification that requires two paramedics to fly on a helicopter, if money is available in fiscal 2011. The change would cost an estimated $2.3 million a year. Now, only one paramedic participates in a single medevac flight.

The group was convened last month to review Maryland’s emergency medical services system, as the General Assembly examines ways to improve the state’s medevac system after a fatal crash killed four people in September.



Hogan won’t seek re-election

Delegate Clarke N. Hogan, Halifax Republican, said Monday that he will not seek re-election.

Mr. Hogan is the sixth House member to announce his retirement this year. All 100 seats are up for re-election in November.

Mr. Hogan represents the 60th District, which includes all of Halifax and Charlotte counties and parts of Nottoway and Prince Edward counties.

He says he is stepping down to focus on his business - Ontario Hardwood in Keysville.

Mr. Hogan is a member of the House Appropriations Committee and a budget conferee. He said he has not ruled out running again once the economy picks up.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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