- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 11, 2009



Hearing set on proposed energy sale

The State Corporation Commission has set a hearing for next year to consider Allegheny Energy’s proposed sale of its Virginia distribution business to a pair of electric cooperatives.

The hearing is scheduled for March 2 in the SCC’s courtroom in Richmond. Allegheny has said it would net about $340 million from the sale to Fredericksburg, Va.-based Rappahannock Electric Cooperative and Mount Crawford, Va.-based Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative.

Allegheny has about 102,000 customers in Northern Virginia. The company wants to focus on Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland and its generating plants.


Metro closes stations, reroutes trains for holiday

Metro riders should expect big delays on parts of the rail system over the three-day weekend.

The Waterfront-SEU and Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter stations will be closed until Tuesday morning. The Green Line also will be closed at the L’Enfant Plaza station.

To help people get around those stations, Metro is rerouting its Yellow Line.

From Sunday to Monday, it will follow the Blue Line route between the Pentagon and Stadium-Armory stations, with a stop at L’Enfant Plaza.

Shuttle buses also will be available. The Yellow Line will be closed between Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter and Fort Totten, and the Green Line will be closed between the Navy Yard and Gallery Place-Chinatown stations.



Silo to dispense home-heating corn

A suburban Washington community is now home to something more often seen on midwestern farms - a corn silo.

The Mount Rainier Urban Grain Bin officially opened Saturday for people looking to heat their homes with corn kernels.

The 20-foot tall, 9-foot wide silo holds 20 tons of dry, shelled feed corn, which proponents say saves money, reduces carbon emissions and supports local farmers.

The Save Our Sky Home-Heating Cooperative says the corn is not genetically modified, and is organically fertilized and grown using a low or no-till farming method that minimizes soil erosion.


Slain guard’s daughters lead memorial walk

The daughters of a slain Maryland correctional officer have organized a walk to benefit the families of slain police officers.

Jeffrey Wroten could always make his daughters, 14-year-old Katherine and 12-year-old Kelsie, laugh while imitating characters from TV and movies. He also encouraged them to read and help others.

The walk to honor Wroten, who was shot to death while guarding inmate Brandon Morris in a hospital in 2006, takes place Saturday and Sunday. The 25-mile route takes walkers from Virginia through Maryland and into West Virginia along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park. The funds raised will go to Concerns of Police Survivors to help the families left behind after law enforcement officers are slain.


UMd. students research school’s ties to slavery

A group of undergraduates who researched the University of Maryland’s early ties to slavery are recommending the school issue a statement of regret.

The students, led by history professor Ira Berlin, examined the issue at the urging of the school’s president, C.D. Mote Jr., after he declined to apologize for the university’s past use of slave labor. Black faculty members had asked for the apology.

The students found no smoking gun that proved slaves built any part of the university. But at least 16 of the university’s original 24 trustees owned slaves, and Mr. Berlin said the time and place makes it almost certain that slaves were used. Mr. Mote said Friday that he would review the recommendations but has no plans for a statement of regret because all institutions at that time were influenced by slavery.

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