Golf, DMV rivalry, police with guns and money

Good morning. We hope you’re enjoying this glorious run of weather. Nothing lasts forever, but today should be a winner (and perfect baseball weather for the Nats to start a winning streak).



Volunteer Foster Jordan works on a sand trap on the 17th hole as he and others prepare the golf course for the 2011 U.S. Open Championship at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda. Congressional Country Club last hosted the U.S. Open Championship in 1997. (Matt McClain/For The Washington Post)

This just in: a D.C. cop has been charged with stealing $43,000 from an elderly woman she was supposed to be helping. Meanwhile, a man with a history of mental health issues, armed with a sharpened screwdriver, stabbed a police officer in the arm yesterday and was later shot to death in the fourth fatal shooting of the year by D.C. police.

Interesting, because the new city budget anticipates $135 million more in revenue than last year, and if it doesn’t materialize, Police Chief Cathy Lanier says it could mean trouble for police staffing needs.

It’s the first full day of a new life for 20 new Americans who pledged allegiance yesterday to the U.S. and became citizens. In a less-solemn ceremony, advocates of the effort to get D.C. a full vote in the U.S. House of Representatives celebrated Flag Day by showing off their city flag tattoos (temporary and permanent) in a rally in Dupont Circle.

School news and blues: Do you think that grade school promotion ceremonies are getting a little out of hand? What waits for them in middle school is academic pressure and, possibly, a principal hanging out on the roof if they learn to keep the peace. If they go to Catholic University, they won’t find it easy to cohabit with the opposite sex; the school is turning its coed dorms into single-sex housing.

Vienna Presbyterian Church has forced out its executive director, following recent revelations about a former youth director who allegedly abused teenage girls there.

Here’s a little inter-DMV rivalry: Prince George’s County is studying how to lure the Washington Redskins headquarters from Ashburn. Seems to me all NoVa has to do is get the aliens from Fairfax City’s UFOs on their side; those guys always win in the sci-fi movies.

We’ll let you know if aliens are invading or other local news, all day and all night at PostLocal. Don’t be afraid to drop by.

Patricia Sullivan covers government, politics and other regional issues in Arlington County and Alexandria. She worked in Illinois, Florida, Montana and California before joining the Post in November 2001.

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