- The Washington Times - Monday, March 2, 2009


Metro starts eliminating jobs

Metro officials have delivered the first round of layoff notices to close a $29 million budget gap.

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Roughly 40 employees have been released, with dozens more layoffs planned in the coming months. The transit agency is expected to eliminate roughly 300 jobs, although officials say two-thirds are already vacant.

The cuts will reduce Metro’s staff from 10,151 to 9,859.

The layoffs are part of $81 million in administrative reductions. Plans to narrow the budget shortfall also include ending service along some bus routes that have multiple lines and closing some subway station entrances during off-peak hours.



Bar argument leads to multiple shooting

One person was killed and six others were injured in a shooting early Sunday morning outside the Sidelines bar, according to the Prince George’s County Police Department.

Officials say the shooting occurred at about 2 a.m. at the bar, on Capital Center Boulevard, in Largo.

They say a preliminary investigation shows that an argument between two groups inside the bar escalated and moved outside. At that point, police said, somebody fired shots at a group of people, then fled.

The person killed has been identified as Vincent Mastin, 35, of Bowie. The six others had non life-threatening gunshot wounds and were taken to a hospital.


Police investigate early morning crashes

The Montgomery County Police Department is investigating two weekend crashes in Germantown.

The incidents occurred early Saturday morning, killing one person and injured two.

The first occurred at about 1:45 a.m. when a car crossed a center line on Brink Road and collided with a truck traveling in the opposite direction. Police said the car’s 23-year-old driver died at the scene but have not released his name.

About 45 minutes later, a car veered off Darnestown Road and slammed into a utility pole.

Police have identified the driver as Christopher Florcyzk, 19, of Poolesville, and said he had minor injuries. Passenger Dale Carnahan, 18, was flown to a hospital in critical condition. Police said he was not wearing a seat belt.



UVa. endowment loses $14 million

The University of Virginia’s endowment pool lost $14 million in January, less than half the $30 million it lost in December.

University officials say the decrease in value is substantially lower than the $280 million loss reported in November.

According to reports from the University of Virginia Investment Management Co., the firm that handles the school’s investments, the endowment’s value is about $3.8 billion. That’s down from $5.1 billion at the end of June.

Nationwide, colleges and university endowments have lost billions since mid-2008.


William & Mary looking for mascot

The College of William and Mary is in the market for a mascot.

In 2006, the National Collegiate Athletic Association ruled that the use of the word “Tribe” was OK but decided that William and Mary’s feathered logo was demeaning to Native Americans and had to go.

Now a committee is establishing guidelines for the new mascot, and it’s seeking ideas from the public.

The committee stressed that the new mascot cannot violate NCAA rules and should not be similar to other mascots in the Colonial Athletic Association.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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