- The Washington Times - Friday, September 11, 2009


Metro says worker hit by train

A Metro employee was hospitalized Thursday after being struck by a train.

The transit agency said a 44-year-old communications technician was hit by a six-car train early Thursday between the Braddock Road and Reagan National Airport stations. His injuries were thought to be serious.

The man has been a Metro employee for nearly 13 years.

The incident caused delays in both directions of the blue and yellow lines.

Man pleads guilty to stealing stamps

A D.C. postal employee pleaded guilty Thursday to stealing tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of stamps.

Reginald Mallett, 51, of Clinton, pleaded guilty to misappropriation of postal funds. He will be sentenced on Dec. 17.

Federal prosecutors said that between February and September 2008, Mallet was recorded on surveillance video taking uncanceled stamps from safes at the Washington Square Post Office. Authorities say he stole $58,518 worth of stamps.

EPA releases Bay-cleanup report

Expanded regulation of factory-farmed animals and municipal stormwater runoff and requirements that increases in pollution be offset by reductions from other sources are among the recommendations in draft reports from federal agencies on restoring the Chesapeake Bay.

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson said details on items such as how many more animal feeding operations would be regulated have not been decided.

The EPA head said in a conference call announcing the release of the reports on Thursday that they will be used to develop a bay restoration strategy scheduled for release Nov. 9. The strategy was mandated by an executive order issued earlier this year by President Obama.



Candidates discuss business agenda

Virginia’s candidates for governor on Thursday made their pitch to Northern Virginia’s business community.

Democrat R. Creigh Deeds and Republican Robert F. McDonnell touted their business platforms at a luncheon forum of corporate executives in McLean.

Mr. Deeds promised to enact tax credits for any business that creates a new job. He faced questions about congressional legislation to limit pollution and boost union enrollment and distanced himself from positions held by the liberal wing of his party.

Mr. McDonnell touted his endorsements from business groups and his transportation plan, which relies on borrowing, re-allocating state funds and selling state liquor stores.

Both candidates return to McLean next week for a formal debate.


Judge won’t void incest conviction

A judge on Thursday declined to throw out the incest conviction of a former top lieutenant to Martin Luther King, who died while his appeal was pending.

The Rev. James L. Bevel died at the age of 72 in December, months after a Loudoun County jury convicted him of having sex with his then-teenage daughter more than a decade before.

Bevel’s attorney, Bonnie Hoffman, asked the court to dismiss the case in what is known as an abatement. The idea behind abatement is that a conviction is not final until the appeals process is complete. It’s an accepted concept in federal court and in many states, but in Virginia law is unclear.

In denying Ms. Hoffman’s motion, Judge Burke McCahill said erasing the conviction would be unfair to the victim, who testified at Thursday’s hearing.



Woman stabbed during robbery

A 23-year-old woman was stabbed during a robbery in Silver Spring, police said.

The woman was in stable condition Thursday in a hospital, authorities said.

Police said the woman was walking on East-West Highway about 11:05 p.m. on Wednesday when a man approached and demanded her purse. After getting the purse, the man stabbed her in the lower body and fled on the highway.


O’Malley says health costs growing

Gov. Martin O’Malley said Thursday if health care costs continue to grow as they have in recent years without reforms, the result will be “unsustainable.”

Mr. O’Malley, a Democrat, took part in a conference call with Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to discuss President Obama’s health care address.

Mr. O’Malley said Mr. Obama did “exactly what needed to be done, especially at this critical juncture in this debate.”

In Maryland, state spending on health care has increased at an annual rate of almost 7 percent from fiscal years 2004 through 2009. If that continues over the next five years, Mr. O’Malley said the state will spend $12.8 billion on health care in fiscal 2014.


State gets $30m for transportation

Maryland will be able to use $30 million in saved federal economic recovery money for additional transportation projects.

Gov. Martin O’Malley’s administration said competition for state contracts caused the savings.

About $17 million will be used to fix up the Mondawmin Transit Center in Baltimore and the Maryland Transit Administration’s aging bus maintenance facilities. Some of the money also will be used on electrical systems used to operate the Baltimore Light Rail system.

The other $13 million will go toward highway safety, resurfacing, drainage and bridge improvements in the state.

The administration said the projects are consistent with federal rules that contract savings are to be directed to economically struggling parts of the state.

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