- The Washington Times - Monday, September 21, 2009


Teen arrested in Friday slaying

Metropolitan Police said they arrested a 17-year-old male as a suspect in a slaying Friday night in Southwest Washington.

The 17-year-old was charged with murder in the slaying of Derrick Marshall, 20. Police are withholding his name because he’s a juvenile.

Police found Mr. Marshall suffering from a gunshot wound Friday night at the corner of South Capitol and Forrester streets Southwest. Mr. Marshall was taken to a hospital, where he died.

Wax museum offers admission discounts

Madame Tussauds wax museum will offer a $5 discount on admission to visitors who show their Metro SmarTrip cards.

The museum at 1025 F. St. NW is urging area residents to reduce their carbon footprints by bicycling, taking mass transit or walking instead of driving a car.



Trans fats curbed in city restaurants

A partial ban on trans fats in foods sold at Baltimore restaurants took effect Sunday.

Interim Health Commissioner Olivia Farrow said businesses are no longer permitted to prepare or cook foods with ingredients that have more than half a gram of trans fats per serving.

The Health Department said it has resources available for city businesses and restaurants that need help complying with the new law.

The Baltimore City Council approved a bill in March 2008 that prohibits the sale of any prepared food containing partially hydrogenated vegetable oil.


Will she? Won’t she?

Zina Pierre, the first black woman to win the Democratic nomination for Annapolis mayor, has decided to stay in the race after her campaign announced Friday that she was dropping out for personal reasons.

Miss Pierre said Saturday that she had received numerous calls and e-mails from residents offering support. She said she would stay in the race to continue to fight for those supporters.

Miss Pierre, 44, a political consultant, won the Democratic nomination Tuesday, putting her on track to become the first black mayor of Annapolis. Her campaign announced her withdrawal Friday amid questions about her personal financial problems - including a foreclosed home and state liens for unpaid income taxes.


Furloughs proposed for city employees

The city’s spending board will be asked to approve a plan this week that includes shutting down the city government five days between October and June.

City officials said the furlough plan will include firefighters and police officers, but union leaders are resisting any plan that takes their members off the streets, saying furloughs would endanger the public.

The city needs to close a $60 million gap in its $2.3 billion budget.

The five-day furlough would apply to all of the more than 10,000 city workers who make $50,000 or less. The nearly 6,000 workers who make $50,000 to $100,000 would be furloughed eight days. Mayor Sheila Dixon and others who make more than $100,000 would take 10 days.

Trash collection and police and fire protection would continue on days when city government is closed.


Cleanup continues from water main

Baltimore city public works crews were back in Dundalk on Sunday, working to repair a 72-inch water main that broke Friday afternoon.

Residents, meanwhile, spent another day cleaning up their homes. About 100 homes were flooded, and several hundred people lost power.

Director of Public Works David Scott said it will take several weeks to get Broening Highway repaired and opened to traffic. The water-main break washed away part of the highway.

Mr. Scott said work to dig out around the pipe was finished, clearing the way for repairs and repatching to begin on the water main.

Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith said some scam artists have been knocking on doors in Dundalk, saying they’re doing cleanup work on the county’s orders. Mr. Smith said the county hasn’t sent anyone to do such work.



Coast Guard looking for missing couple

Crews from the Coast Guard were searching Sunday for two people from Chesapeake overdue from a boating trip on the Elizabeth River.

The Coast Guard has identified the two as Kenneth Johnnie Guithues and Billie Jo Harris.

A family member reported that the two may have departed in an 18-foot Sea King boat Friday at 10 p.m. from the Jordan boat ramp in Chesapeake.

Petty Officer 1st Class Brooke Milstead said people going on boat trips should remember to file float plans with family members. The information is crucial, he said, in case rescue crews need to search for boaters.


State grant promotes recycling plastic bags

City officials are launching a campaign Monday to promote reusable bags and plastic-bag recycling to make the area more environmentally friendly.

Officials are asking residents to bring their plastic bags for recycling at three locations in exchange for a free reusable bag. Plastic bags can be recycled Monday at the Braddock Road Metro station, Market Square in Old Town and Colasanto Park.

The city will air a public-service announcement and work with local businesses to increase plastic-bag recycling. The initiative is funded by a state grant.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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