- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 18, 2009



Apartment fire sends 9 to hospital

Several people were injured Saturday after a three-alarm fire broke out at an apartment building in Greenbelt.

Firefighters were called to the Emporium Apartment Building on Cherrywood Terrace at about 9 a.m. Saturday. Prince George’s County Fire Department spokesman Mark Brady said firefighters rescued six people who were trapped inside.

He said a man and a woman were in critical condition with severe burns to their upper chests and respiratory tracts. Two other adults and two children were taken to a hospital with minor injuries after jumping from the three-story building to escape. Another woman and her young son were also taken to the hospital with injuries.

A firefighter was taken to a hospital for burns to his ears.

Mr. Brady said the fire started on the second or third floor of the building and spread to the roof.


Student dies after hit-and-run

A student struck in a hit-and-run accident has died, Johns Hopkins University said.

The school said in a press release that junior Miriam Frankl died early Saturday. She was involved in a hit-and-run accident on Friday. Authorities said she was struck by a white Ford F-250 truck with the Maryland license plate 94W412.

Miss Frankl, 20, was a member of the Alpha Phi sorority and was a molecular and cell biology student.

Anyone with any information about the vehicle that struck Miss Frankl or the vehicle’s owner was asked to call investigators at 410/396-2606.



Schools face budget shortfall, deep cuts

Fairfax County public schools could face dramatic cuts, including school closings and increased class sizes, to fill a $176 million budget shortfall.

School officials are releasing an early list of potential cuts to warn that this could be the most dramatic reduction in more than 20 years. Superintendent Jack Dale will present a formal budget proposal in January.

Staff members are expected to present their suggested cuts Monday to the school board.

The current schools budget is $18 million less than last year’s, while enrollment has grown by 5,000 students.

Other school systems also are facing budget troubles as enrollments rise. Arlington County officials are facing a $50 million shortfall. Prince William and Loudoun counties also face higher enrollments.


UVa. honors two with Jefferson Award

The University of Virginia honored two more people with the Thomas Jefferson Award.

The school on Friday gave its highest honor to the university’s president, John Casteen III, and the chairman of the Department of Microbiology, J. Thomas Parsons. They are the 57th and 58th recipients of the award.

Mr. Parsons’ award recognizes “excellence in scholarship,” and it is the first time the prize has been presented specifically for that purpose.

Mr. Casteen was awarded for his long-term service to the university. He became president in 1990 and plans to step down in August.

The awards were given as part of Fall Convocation, which recognized 401 third-year University of Virginia students who earned intermediate honors.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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