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Museum shooter’s care cost $55,000

Medical care for the 89-year-old man accused in June’s fatal shooting at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum has cost the D.C. Department of Corrections just over $55,000.

James von Brunn, a white supremacist, was shot once behind the right ear by a museum guard after Mr. von Brunn entered the museum and allegedly shot another guard. Mr. Von Brunn did not appear in court for months because of his injuries.

The cost of his medical care, $55,050, was released by the department in response to a Freedom of Information request by the Associated Press.

Mr. von Brunn is currently undergoing testing at the Federal Medical Center in Butner, N.C., to determine whether he is competent to stand trial.

Metro system testing new, brighter lighting

Metro is spending $38,000 on a pilot program to address a common complaint among its rail passengers: It’s stations are too dark.

The transit agency is testing a new bank of lights on the mezzanine level at one entrance of the Judiciary Square station. Officials said they chose that location because it’s one of the darker mezzanines in the rail system.

The new light fixtures were chosen for energy efficiency and ease of maintenance. Metro may soon install them at the Dupont Circle, Metro Center and Foggy Bottom stations.

When Metro was built, architects designed soft, indirect lighting to show off the stations’ vaulted arches. But riders have long complained that it is too dark to read in the stations and sometimes hard to see where to go.



Kaine to attend groundbreaking

Gov. Tim Kaine will be on hand for the groundbreaking Tuesday of a new psychiatric hospital that continues a long Virginia tradition.

A new $125 million, 246-bed Western State Hospital is being built in Staunton by a Fairfax construction firm.

Western State Hospital first opened in 1828, although the campus currently in use opened in 1950.

At its height, the hospital had roughly 3,300 patients. Today about 245 patients are treated there.

The General Assembly has committed $110 million to the project, with the rest coming from the City of Staunton. The new facility is being built on a site adjacent to the current hospital.

The new facility is scheduled to open in 2013.



Man found fatally shot

Harford County Sheriff’s deputies said Thursday a man was found fatally shot near a home in Edgewood.

Authorities said the death of Brandon Jerome Sanders, 25, was a homicide. His body was found Friday morning in an open space near a home.

Deputies said neighbors heard shots between 11 p.m. and midnight Thursday, but no one called 911. They said the crime does not appear to be random.

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