- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 3, 2009


False alarm near White House

The road blocks Monday morning around the White House were the result of authorities following a report of a suspicious vehicle.

A Secret Service spokesman said the vehicle, at H Street and Madison Place Northwest, was parked where parking is prohibited but turned out not to be a threat. Authorities blocked off the surrounding streets for about an hour.



11 displaced in town house fire

A house fire Sunday night seriously injured a man and displaced 11 other people, Prince George’s County officials said.

The fire started at about 8:15 p.m. in the 11200 Block of Westport Drive.

A county fire department spokesman said the injured man was trapped in the basement before escaping. He was in serious condition with first- and second-degree burns on his upper body.

The intense fire initially kept firefighters from entering the home and crews were evacuated after a partial collapse.

The fire also damaged two adjacent town houses, making them uninhabitable.

Damage is estimated at $500,000.


Parents seek clues in daughter’s death

The parents of a teen found dead in a Baltimore housing project are offering a $10,000 reward and sending a mobile billboard to drive around where her body was discovered.

The remains of Annie McCann, 16, of Fairfax, were found in November. She apparently ran away from home on Halloween.

The campaign also features direct mail and stationary billboards. Daniel and Mary Jane McCann hope someone who saw their daughter can provide some clues.

The medical examiner ruled Annie McCann died from ingesting Bactine, an over-the-counter drug she had used because she recently had her ears pierced. The cause of death is listed as “undetermined.” But her parents aren’t satisfied with what they call an “equivocal and ambiguous finding.”


Measure to tighten energy regulation

Gov. Martin O’Malley, a Democrat, is backing a measure to give Maryland regulators the authority to determine when new energy generation is needed in the state.

The governor is describing the policy as shift away from failed deregulation policies.

The legislation would allow the Public Service Commission to force utilities to build new power plants if it determines the company is not developing a generating site because of private economic interests.

Mr. O’Malley said fully undoing Maryland’s 1999 decision on deregulation would be impossible as buying back energy plants from private utilities would be far too expensive.


$10 million overpaid for medication

Maryland auditors say benefit officials cost the state $10.8 million when they failed to ensure the state received the proper discounts and rebates for prescription drug purchases in 2005 and 2006.

The audit faults a former pharmacy benefit manager for the mistakes and urges the state to recover overpayments.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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