Friday, December 14, 2007


Officer on Bike Intentionally Hit By Limousine, Officials Say

A D.C. police officer patrolling by mountain bike in Northeast Washington was seriously injured yesterday when the driver of a stolen limousine tried to run down the officer and a partner, authorities said. The driver abandoned the vehicle nearby and remained at large last night.

The officer, who suffered a broken ankle and facial fractures, was being treated at Washington Hospital Center last night. Police did not release the name of the officer, a six-year veteran.

The incident occurred about 4:40 p.m., after the two officers had stopped to talk to youths in an alley in the 4200 block of Ord Street. The driver of the black Cadillac DTS limousine pulled up behind the officers, gunned the car's engine and barreled toward them, authorities said.

"It just charged toward them at a high rate of speed," said Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier.

The injured officer pushed his partner out of harm's way.

The limousine, which was reported stolen last week from Woodley Park, near the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, was found last night in the 4400 block of Quarles Street NE. The license plates on the vehicle were not registered to the limousine, authorities said.

-- Allison Klein and Elissa Silverman


Health Instruction Set; Abstinence Is Stressed

The D.C. State Board of Education unanimously approved systemwide learning standards in health and physical education last night, including a grade-specific outline for sex education that emphasizes abstinence.

Officials hailed the passage as historic, saying it was the first time that the city's public schools have delineated what students are expected to know in such areas as nutrition, mental health and contraception.

The standards apply to students in public schools and charter schools.

In fifth grade, for example, students will be expected to know about HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases and understand why abstinence is the most fail-proof method to prevent pregnancy.

"We consider these standards to be abstinence-based but yet a comprehensive sex education," said Deborah A. Gist, the state superintendent.

-- Elissa Silverman

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