- The Washington Times - Saturday, October 17, 2009



President Obama and former President Bill Clinton will campaign with Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate R. Creigh Deeds over the next two weeks.

A Deeds campaign spokesman said Mr. Clinton will campaign with Mr. Deeds Tuesday in Northern Virginia, most likely in Arlington or Alexandria. Mr. Obama will be in Virginia with Mr. Deeds on Oct. 27, but no other details are available.

Mr. Obama was the first Democratic presidential candidate to win in Virginia in 44 years. He campaigned with Mr. Deeds earlier this summer.

Mr. Deeds also is having a fundraiser Friday night in McLean with former Vice President Al Gore.

Mr. Deeds is running against Republican Robert F. McDonnell, Virginia’s former attorney general.


U.S. attorney choice sworn in

The Western District of Virginia has a new U.S. attorney.

Chief U.S. District Court Judge James P. Jones administered the oath of office Friday to Timothy Heaphy.

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday confirmed Mr. Heaphy’s nomination by President Obama.

He has served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Western District and in Washington, D.C., and had worked in private practice since 2006.

Mr. Heaphy is a graduate of the University of Virginia Law School.


Voting plan could be added to defense bill

A plan to give D.C. residents a voting member of Congress could be attached to a defense funding bill.

House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland was questioned Thursday on the House floor about rumors of attaching the voting provision to the bill. He didn’t say whether that would happen but did reiterate his support for the measure.

“I will continue to fight as hard as I can to try to figure out how I can bring that bill to the floor,” he said.

The plan would give the District’s nonvoting delegate, Eleanor Holmes Norton, voting power in the House. To offset Mrs. Norton’s vote, an addition for Democrats, the provision would also add a voting member of the House for Republican-leaning Utah, which narrowly missed out on adding a representative after the last census.



Woman sentenced in mortgage fraud

A Bethesda woman was sentenced Friday to two years in prison for her role in mortgage fraud tied to 25 properties in Maryland, the District and Virginia worth millions.

Sabrina Weinberg, 44, also faces a restitution order for at least $2.5 million.

Prosecutors say Weinberg and others paid straw buyers $10,000 per property from 2006 to 2008 to buy houses.


Baltimore cancels Thanksgiving parade

Baltimore city officials say they are canceling the annual Thanksgiving parade due to declining attendance.

The parade had been scheduled this year for the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

City officials also announced Friday a new holiday tradition, the inaugural Santa House Lighting at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater. The lighting will take place on the day the parade had been scheduled: Nov. 21 at 4:30 p.m.


Man sentenced in child porn case

A Maryland man was sentenced Friday to 45 years in prison after Canadian and U.S. authorities spotted unusual eyeglasses and an American beer in a child pornography photo.

Federal prosecutors said Joseph Vieson, 43, of Annapolis was sentenced in federal court in Baltimore on child pornography charges. He pleaded guilty and must also pay restitution of $30,403.

A Canadian police officer found child pornography photos in May 2007 and notified U.S. authorities after he recognized beer only sold in eight American states. Then a Maine police officer saw one of the victims wore unusual eyeglasses that were tracked to Maryland with ophthalmologists’ help.

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