- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 12, 2009


ACORN fires 2 after video emerges

The group ACORN has fired two workers who were seen on hidden-camera footage giving loan advice to a man posing as a law school student and a woman pretending to be his prostitute girlfriend.

Fox News Channel aired parts of the video and posted it online Friday. It shows a man and woman at the group’s Washington office, asking for help in buying a house for her prostitution business. The employees advise her to tell banks that she’s a consultant with her own company. They also tell the supposed law student he could buy the house, but to avoid going there because of his political ambitions.

In a statement, ACORN’s president of housing and executive director say there will be an internal review. On Thursday, two ACORN workers in Baltimore were fired after a similar incident.



O’Malley participates in day of service

Gov. Martin O’Malley helped build homes on a national day of service to honor those killed in the Sept. 11 terrorism attacks eight years ago.

Mr. O’Malley joined volunteers with Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake in Baltimore on Friday.

The organization is building nine houses in nine days throughout the month of September.

Mr. O’Malley and volunteers from his staff helped install insulation in the homes and worked on other construction projects.


Safety advocate killed in crash

A man who was part of a group that lobbied for safety on Route 32 in Howard County has been killed in an traffic accident on that road.

It happened Thursday about 5:25 p.m.

Howard County police said 49-year-old Brian Emery of Sykesville was stopped on northbound Route 32, waiting to make a left turn, when his car was hit from behind by a van driven by 55-year-old Thomas Donald Cory of Marriottsville.

Mr. Emery’s car was pushed across the double yellow line and hit by a truck driven by 40-year-old Robert Wyscarver of Ellicott City.

Mr. Emery was pronounced dead at the scene.


Ram statues stolen from lab entrance

Police in Dorchester County are searching for one of two ram statues that graced the entrance of a former DuPont estate until vandals made off with the pair in an early morning heist.

The concrete statues were taken Thursday from the entrance of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science’s Horn Point Laboratory in Cambridge, where faculty and students have established a reward fund for information leading to the ram’s return.

The theft was discovered when a local resident called the sheriff’s office to say one was found damaged in the middle of a road several miles from the laboratory.

The 450-pound statues depict Don Pedro, a famous ram E.I. DuPont imported from Spain. The ram helped formed a herd which provided wool for a company mill.


Traffic to shift near MD-355

The Maryland State Highway Administration is shifting traffic from southbound MD-355 to the bridge over Randolph and Montrose roads.

The shift, taking place Friday night through Saturday this weekend, is timed as the project enters its final phase.

Traffic has been on southbound Rockville Pike’s temporary detour road. But starting Friday at 8 p.m. and ending Saturday at 5 p.m., drivers will travel on the new MD-355 bridge over Randolph and Montrose roads.

The traffic shift will repeat Friday Sept. 18 and Saturday Sept. 19, except on the northbound side. That will require drivers to take East Jefferson Street to Executive Boulevard before merging on to northbound MD-355.


Man sentenced in bankruptcy fraud

A Takoma Park man was sentenced Friday to more than six years in prison for his role in a scheme to defraud homeowners and mortgage lenders.

Michael K. Lewis, 57, also agreed to a forfeiture judgment of more than $2 million.

According to a plea agreement, Lewis aired TV ads which claimed that people could improve their credit, save their homes from foreclosure and get assistance with bankruptcy.

Prosecutors said the goal of Lewis and his conspirators was to steal the homeowners’ equity in their property by inducing the homeowners to sell their property and converting sale proceeds to the use of the conspirators.



Cities, counties get millions to fight terror

Nine Virginia cities and counties are sharing more than $7 million in federal grants to combat terrorism.

The grants announced Friday by Gov. Tim Kaine will provide bomb squad equipment and training to enhance the ability of local police and fire departments to deter and respond to terrorist and criminal acts.

Mr. Kaine said the grants will help support key terrorism prevention projects throughout Virginia.

Grants are being awarded to the cities of Bristol, Newport News, Norfolk, Richmond and Virginia Beach, and Arlington, Fairfax, Henrico and Loudoun counties.

Funding for the State Homeland Security Program grants comes from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.


Child diagnosed with flu virus dies

Public health officials in Virginia are reporting the death of a Hampton Roads child who was diagnosed with the H1N1 influenza virus.

If confirmed by additional tests, the death would be the fourth in Virginia from the so-called swine flu.

The Virginia Department of Health said Friday the child who was diagnosed with the flu had an underlying health condition that put her at greater risk of complications from the flu.

No further details were released on the child because of privacy concerns.

U.S. government officials said the highest concentration of flu cases is in the Southeast and a few other states.

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