- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 22, 2009


Smithsonian picks Purdue president

France A. Cordova, president of Purdue University, has been appointed to the board of regents that oversees the Smithsonian Institution.

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President Obama signed a resolution Monday appointing Mrs. Cordova, an astrophysicist and scholar, to the board.

Mrs. Cordova, 62, begins a six-year term immediately, joining the 17-member group as a citizen member. The board also includes six members of Congress, the chief justice of the United States and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.

Mrs. Cordova was chancellor at the University of California at Riverside, before becoming president of Purdue in 2007. From 1993 to 1996, she was chief scientist at NASA.



Man, 86, beaten, robbed at laundry

An 86-year-old man was beaten during a robbery Sunday, police said. He was treated at Dorchester General Hospital and released.

Milton Cromwell was working at the Cambridge Laundry on Washington Street about 12:15 a.m. Sunday when a group of men approached and attacked him.

The men stole Mr. Cromwell’s wallet and cash.


City cars sputtered from fuel mix

City officials think diesel fuel was inadvertently mixed with gasoline at a city filling station, causing dozens of police cars to sputter and die. So far, 68 vehicles have been disabled, all of them police cars.

The Department of General Services is awaiting lab tests to confirm what substance contaminated the gasoline, but department director Khalil Zaied said it was most likely diesel fuel.

Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said undercover vehicles and other cars are being used in place of those out of service and that patrol operations have not been not affected.

The city is draining fuel from the affected vehicles, replacing the fuel filters and cleaning the fuel injectors.


Man sentenced on heroin charge

Federal prosecutors said a man who made more than a dozen trips by train between Washington and New York City to get heroin to sell was sentenced Monday to more than 15 years in prison.

Ronnie Rogers, 54, of Oxon Hill had pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute and possessing with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin.

According to his plea, he negotiated with a heroin source in the Dominican Republic, then went to New York to get the drug from couriers.

He was arrested in September 2008 on a train from New York City to Washington. Prosecutors said he had 141.7 grams of heroin.



Seniors nearly nude for charity calendar

A group of senior citizens is selling a pin-up calendar to raise money for the Princess Anne Courthouse Volunteer Rescue Squad.

Nine men between ages 69 and 90 from the Atlantic Shores Retirement Community posed in July for the 2010 calendar.

The “Pin-Up Boys of Atlantic Shores” calendar features the models, wearing rolled-up shorts, as they simulate nudity with strategically placed props. Calendars will be available at local retailers or at www.atlanticshores.com.

Donna Reinhart-Bourgelas said the calendar was the idea of her father, Don Reinhart, who died of cancer in June.


Teacher charged after found with boy

Fairfax County police said a schoolteacher has been arrested on charges of contributing to the delinquency of a 15-year-old boy.

Police said they arrested Valerie Roesler, 27, of Alexandria on Sunday after finding her and the boy in a car parked on Gunston Hill Lane. Officials said the boy left his home without his parents knowing.

Miss Roesler is a Fairfax County teacher. The boy does not attend the school where she works. She also faces charges of public drunkenness.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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