- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 14, 2009


Parking-enforcement van crash hurts cabbie

A D.C. parking enforcement van and taxi cab collided in Northwest on Friday, authorities said.

The van was traveling eastbound on New York Avenue when it hit the taxi about 10 a.m., fire department spokesman Alan Etter said. Authorities rescued the cab driver, who was trapped in his car. The driver’s injuries could be serious, but are not life-threatening, Mr. Etter said.

Three people in the van suffered minor injuries and were taken to hospital for observation.



UMd. head backs goals on diversity

Public universities should set goals but not quotas for the enrollment of minority students, the chancellor of Maryland’s state university system said Friday.

Chancellor William E. Kirwan made the comments while releasing guidelines on how universities should consider race in recruitment, admissions, hiring and financial aid.

Federal court decisions striking down quotas have made colleges too timid in promoting diversity, Mr. Kirwan said. The guidelines were developed by the state attorney general’s office to help universities create diverse campuses while staying within the law.


Lawmakers seek review of shooting

Several state lawmakers from Baltimore are asking for an outside investigation into a police shooting that killed a man last week.

Shawn Cannady, 30, was shot in the chest by an officer after he drove a car toward police last Friday night in Northwest Baltimore. The car struck an officer, who suffered minor injuries, police said.

Mr. Cannady was pronounced dead Sunday night at Sinai Hospital.

The officer who shot Mr. Cannady has been involved in three police shootings in the past 18 months, said Delegate Curt Anderson, Baltimore Democrat. Police said they couldn’t comment on specifics, citing an active investigation.

Mr. Anderson said he hopes the FBI will investigate the incident. Delegate Samuel I. “Sandy” Rosenberg, Baltimore Democrat, said he also supports an investigation by outside authorities.


Police seek clues on missing girl

Baltimore County police are searching the area around a Middle River junkyard for clues in the disappearance of a Baltimore girl a week ago.

Police are searching in the 200 block of Earls Road in Middle River, county police spokesman Bill Toohey said Friday.

Mr. Toohey said county police are assisting Baltimore city police with the investigation.

A Baltimore city police spokesman said he did not have details yet about the missing girl and said he did not know what led police to this search.


County aims to boost recycling

The Frederick County government is taking steps to boost recycling amid debate over a proposed trash incinerator.

The county commissioners agreed Thursday to talk with Hood College and Mount St. Mary’s University about recycling on campus.

They also voted to seek recommendations from the county staff on banning electronics from the county landfill and expanding recycling to county parks.

The county and neighboring Carroll County are considering jointly constructing a $527 million incinerator near Frederick to conserve landfill space and generate electricity.


Mayor: Nasty blogs endangering city

In her final State of the City address, Salisbury Mayor Barrie Parsons Tilghman warned residents of what she sees as a great danger to the city: malicious bloggers.

Over the last five years, the presence of a small group of suspicious, mean-spirited people focused on the negative has grown, endangering the city’s vitality, Ms. Tilghman said in her address Thursday.

Some people are avoiding serving their city because it’s not worth chancing the scorn of bloggers, she said. But potential public servants need to stand up for the city, she said.

Her final day in office is April 19, but she said she plans to remain active in the city. She plans to give a less formal farewell address before leaving office, she said.


County sheriff on national panel

Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins is joining a national panel on immigration as a result of his outspoken support for local enforcement of immigration laws.

Mr. Jenkins said he is eager to begin work as a member of the National Sheriffs’ Association’s immigration subcommittee.

He testified at a congressional hearing earlier this month that his agency’s involvement in a program allowing local authorities to enforce federal immigration laws has been an overwhelming success.

In one year, his deputies identified 337 illegal immigrants - 309 of whom were put into deportation proceedings, he said.


Diabetic cop sues over firing

A former Ocean City police officer is suing the town, claiming he was wrongfully fired because of his requests for time to eat to maintain his blood sugar.

The suit filed this month in U.S. District Court charges that Pfc. David Catrino was fired because he left before his shift ended. Pfc. Catrino, who was diagnosed with diabetes in 2007, says he left early to eat after his requests to take a break were denied.

His attorney said the case revolves around whether Pfc. Catrino said “I quit,” a clear resignation, or “I ought to quit,” something said in frustration.

The suit asks that police reinstate Pfc. Catrino and pay him for lost wages.

A similar suit in Worcester County Circuit Court was dismissed last year but is tentatively scheduled for a hearing before the state Court of Special Appeals.



GOP congressmen want Frederick out

All five of Virginia’s Republican members of Congress joined the call for state party chairman Jeff Frederick’s exit.

The two-paragraph letter to Mr. Frederick dated Thursday urges him to step aside for the good of the party as it closes in on must-win state elections this fall.

It notes that three-fourths of the state Republican Central Committee’s 77 members have called for an April 4 meeting to oust him.

The letter asks Mr. Frederick not to force a lengthy fight over leadership of the state party and resign before it comes to a vote.

It was signed by Reps. Randy J. Forbes, Frank R. Wolf, Rob Wittman, Robert W. Goodlatte and the second-ranking Republican in the House, Eric Cantor.


Acquitted of assault, man wants to teach

A Chesterfield County teacher who was accused of pushing three middle school students against a wall has been acquitted of assault charges.

A judge returned that finding Thursday after the trial of Patrick H. Simmons, 29, of Powhatan. The judge said it was difficult to assess the conflicting testimony of several students about the Jan. 30 incident at Tomahawk Creek Middle School.

Mr. Simmons denied he pushed any of the students against the wall, as they testified, and said he separated students who were roughhousing during a fire drill.

He said the incident hasn’t soured him on teaching and he intends to return to the classroom. He is no longer employed at the school, officials in Chesterfield County said.


Ex-Rep. Goode could run again

Former U.S. Rep. Virgil H. Goode Jr. is leaving the door open for a return to Washington.

This week, the Republican who represented Virginia’s 5th District filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission.

Mr. Goode told the Danville Register & Bee the filing simply keeps his options open should he decide to make a bid for his old seat next year. He said he has not made a decision.

Last year, Democrat Tom Perriello defeated Mr. Goode in a nail-biter.

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