- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 4, 2009



Race to close streets in D.C., Arlington

Streets in Arlington and the District will be closed intermittently for Sunday’s Army Ten-Miler race, officials said.

The race begins at 8 a.m. Sunday in Arlington and crosses the Memorial Bridge in the District. The route crosses parts of the national Mall and downtown Washington before returning to Arlington.

On city streets, traffic will be delayed in areas that intersect with the race route until the runners pass.

Virginia Department of Transportation officials said the HOV lanes on Interstate 395 will remain open to all southbound drivers until 1 p.m. Sunday. The lanes will close to all traffic at 1 p.m. and will reopen to northbound drivers at 3 p.m.


Families, activists protest Afghan war

Military families and peace activists lined up more than 850 empty combat boots near the White House Saturday to protest the war in Afghanistan and honor those who have died.

The group Military Families Speak Out and the American Friends Service Committee began the demonstration at the Ellipse. They lined up boots representing 859 soldiers who have died since the war began in 2001, based on their latest casualty count.

Spokeswoman Stacy Hafley said the boots will be on display most of Sunday.

Larry Syverson of Richmond, whose son is serving in Afghanistan, said Americans are turning against the war. Rather than increasing troops, he said President Obama should bring the troops home.



Home wind turbines contested

Baltimore County has not attracted wind farms, but its residents could soon start installing their own home turbines.

Barry Antonelli has permission to build a 120-foot turbine on his 97-acre farm in the Phoenix area. But his plan is on hold as neighbors have lined up against it.

Now the county is considering revisions to its zoning code.

Neighbors who have protested Mr. Antonelli’s turbine said they have nothing against renewable energy. They said wind turbines spoil scenic views and make too much noise.

Leslie Reistrup, who lives near Mr. Antonelli, recently told a planning board subcommittee that she and her husband, John, would not have bought their house if they knew they would be faced with a wind turbine.

New zoning regulations could be presented early next month.


Students walk vs. domestic violence

More than 70 Mount St. Mary’s University students - most of them men - have walked in high heels to raise money and awareness against domestic violence.

The students participated in Thursday’s Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event to increase people’s knowledge about sexual assault and abuse within relationships.

Walk organizer Katherine Chronister said she hopes students realized this happens on campus. She said students need to know it’s OK to say something about it.

The money raised by students goes to Survivors Inc., of Gettysburg, Pa., to help victims of domestic violence.

The walk began a month of events on campus as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.


Business school to get new home

The Franklin P. Perdue School of Business at Salisbury University will soon have its own home.

The school is considered the largest college-level center for business education and economic development in the region, but for 20 years it has not had a facility to call its own.

But this week, university officials and members of the Perdue family marked the beginning of work on a $56 million project. The 112,800-square-foot, three-story building is scheduled to open in fall 2011.

Business administration is one of the largest academic majors on campus. The Perdue School offers seven bachelor’s degrees and a Master of Business Administration program.

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