January 17
THE DISTRICT
Gun rights advocate gets probation

A D.C. Superior Court judge on Friday placed Adam Kokesh, the Fairfax County gun rights advocate, on two years of probation in connection with an Independence Day incident in which he videotaped himself loading a shotgun in Freedom Plaza.

Kokesh, 31, spent nearly four months in the D.C. jail after his arrest. He was released in November after he pleaded guilty to carrying a rifle or shotgun, possession of an unregistered firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition.

At his sentencing Friday, Kokesh spoke of his right to protest, but apologized for his actions.

“I protest because I believe it is everyone's right,” he said, standing next to his attorney. “I made an error in judgment. I am here because I take responsibility. I will be happy to refrain from civil disobedience.”

Judge Patricia A. Broderick said she sentenced Kokesh to a year in jail, but suspended that time because he had adhered to her orders since his release. She also credited the time he spent in jail.

— Keith L. Alexander

Police identify slaying victim as D.C. man

The man found shot to death Thursday in the 1500 block of Gallatin Place NE was identified by D.C. police Friday as Kevin Lanard James of Northwest Washington.

He was found around 7:40 p.m. in a car.

— Keith L. Alexander

Pedestrian killed
by garbage truck

A pedestrian was struck by a trash truck and killed early Friday in the heart of downtown Washington, police said.

The pedestrian was crossing 13th Street NW in a crosswalk about 4:30 a.m. when struck by the truck, which was turning left from I Street, police said.

— Martin Weil

MARYLAND
Hopkins president gets 5-year extension

Johns Hopkins University said Fridaythat its board of trustees has approved a five-year contract extension for university President Ronald J. Daniels. Daniels has held the post since 2009.

— Nick Anderson

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