- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 10, 2009


Kennedy Shriver portrait installed

The National Portrait Gallery is installing a painting of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the sister of President John F. Kennedy, who founded the Special Olympics and champions the rights of the mentally disabled.

This is the first portrait commissioned by the museum of an individual who has not served as president or first lady. It will be installed Saturday during a ceremony with Mrs. Shriver and her family.

The painting by David Lenz, the father of a Special Olympics athlete, depicts Mrs. Shriver, 87, on the sand near her Cape Cod home with five other individuals. Four of them are Special Olympics athletes and one is part of the Best Buddies program, which Mrs. Shriver helps to lead.

Mr. Lenz was selected after winning the museum’s Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition with a painting of his son.



Governor to test phone jamming

Gov. Martin O’Malley plans to ask federal regulators to allow Maryland to hold a cell phone jamming demonstration at a state prison.

The goal is to show the effectiveness of stopping inmate cell phone use, which has been a safety threat in prisons around the nation.

The Federal Communications Commission can give federal agencies permission to jam cell phone signals. But the Communications Act of 1934 doesn’t allow state and local agencies to use the technology, which prevents cell tower transmissions from reaching the phone.

Authorities say inmates use cell phones to get around security, further gang activity and conduct criminal activity from behind bars.


Educators endorse Black Guerrilla book

Baltimore educators are defending their endorsement of a self-improvement handbook written by an imprisoned man who purportedly is a Black Guerrilla Family gang member.

The educators whose comments appear on the book’s jacket include Andrey L. Bundley, who ran unsuccessfully twice for mayor.

The book was written by Eric Brown, a purported leader of the Black Guerrilla Family. Mr. Brown was one of 24 people indicted last month in federal court on drug and weapons charges.



Grant funds train principals

Virginia Commonwealth University has received a federal grant for a novel approach to training new secondary school principals.

Participants will use a computer program that allows them to deal with a variety of problems in realistic but virtual settings. Charol Shakeshaft, the project director, says similar computer-based simulation has been used in business training, but apparently this is the first time it’s been used in education leadership.

The training will include classroom sessions, 300 hours of in-school internships and mentoring.


NASA scrubs rocket launch

NASA has again scrubbed the launch of a rocket from Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

Previous attempts to launch the rocket from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility had been scrubbed every day since Monday because of bad weather. This time the launch was aborted with the countdown clock at just over 2 minutes because of a technical problem.

The rocket will eventually carry several satellites, including one designed to detect hidden enemy weapons.

Scientists say the 880-pound satellite atop the $60 million spacecraft will offer better images and deliver them more quickly than other satellites.

Military officials say that once the satellite is launched, it could be ready for battlefield use in a year or two.

From wire dispatches and staff reports



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