- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 24, 2009


Stimulus funds go to schools

D.C. officials said the city will receive $89.3 million in federal stimulus money, most of which will be applied to public education.

The city’s Office of the State Superintendent of Education already has applied for the money.



Student honored in college art show

When asked how long she’s been drawing, Keight Kramer laughed and said she began when she was “little-little.” But she didn’t get really serious until sixth or seventh grade.

“I’ve been drawing since I was 3 or 4 years old,” the 20-year-old said. “I still have stuff at home from when I was in preschool and kindergarten.”

Now she also has art hanging in Frederick Community College’s juried spring show. A second-year student, Miss Kramer won three awards in the exhibition. Her huge textured black, gray, blue and white portrait of wild-looking James Newell Osterberg Jr., also known as Iggy Pop, took first place in watercolor.

Two other portraits, a graphite drawing of actor Mickey Rourke playing Randy “the Ram” Robinson in “The Wrestler,” and a shape collage of former Smiths frontman Morrissey, took second in illustration and design, respectively.


Vandals hit elementary school

Prince George’s County police say swastikas were spray-painted on an elementary school.

Cpl. Mike Rodriguez said police were alerted to the vandalism around 9:30 a.m. Saturday. He said they found swastikas painted on the Yorktown Elementary School building and on an off-duty police officer’s cruiser parked behind the school.



Butterflies: handle with care

Packages marked “handle with care” began arriving at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden last week.

It’s hard to imagine more fragile contents than butterflies - actually chrysalides - in the pupa stage of their metamorphosis.

Exotic tropical species in all sizes and colors are flying in on someone else’s power to star in Lewis Ginter’s “Butterflies Live!” exhibit, opening soon.

The north wing of the garden’s conservatory will be aflutter with butterflies through mid-October.

“We’ll try to keep about 500 butterflies on the property, between what’s emerging and what’s on display,” said Tom Brinda, Lewis Ginter’s assistant executive director of horticulture and education.


Ship returns from deployment

One of the Military Sealift Command’s fleet replenishment oilers is back in Norfolk after a nine-month deployment.

Officials said the Laramie returned to Norfolk Naval Station on Saturday morning, bringing 81 mariners and three military members home.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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