Local digest: News briefs from around the D.C. area

February 27, 2014
THE DISTRICT
Hinckley to get
more freedom

Starting in March, President Ronald Reagan’s would-be assassin can spend as many as 17 days a month with his mother in Virginia and away from the District’s psychiatric hospital, a federal judge has decided.

An order by U.S. District Judge Paul L. Friedman sets guidelines for John W. Hinckley Jr.’s visits to Williamsburg, which had been limited to 10 days a month. It is part of a gradual expansion of Hinckley’s freedom that his attorney hopes will lead to a permanent relocation from St. Elizabeths Hospital, where he has been held since 1981.

— Peter Hermann

MARYLAND
Bus that hit elderly
man had green signal

The school bus that fatally struck a 91-year-old pedestrian, at a Montgomery County intersection Wednesday was following a green signal, police said Thursday. Elia Miranski, who was using a walker, apparently made it across most of U.S. 29 before being hit.

— Dan Morse

Dream Fund sought for immigrants

Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, a leading Democratic candidate for governor, on Thursday proposed a $4 million state fund to provide low-interest loans to help families of undocumented immigrants pay for higher education.

The Dream Fund would build upon a law — enacted in 2011 and upheld by voters in a 2012 referendum — that makes it possible for students from those families to qualify for in-state tuition rates at Maryland colleges and universities.

Eligibility rules would be similar to those for in-state tuition under the Dream Act. It would be open to students who have graduated from a Maryland high school and whose families have filed income tax returns for the previous three years. Students would have to enroll in a community college for two years before transferring to a four-year state institution.

— John Wagner

VIRGINIA
McAuliffe’s Cabinet picks approved

The House unanimously approved Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s Cabinet nominees Thursday, one day after a federal investigator said that one had not knowingly broken federal lobbying laws. The House voted unanimously for all 13 of the Democratic governor’s nominees, including Maurice Jones, a former deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as secretary of commerce and trade.

— Laura Vozzella

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