Tuesday, December 18, 2007

9:30 CLUB

Musician's Death Called Accidental Overdose

Casey Calvert, a guitarist in the pop-punk group Hawthorne Heights, died in the District last month from a drug overdose, the D.C. medical examiner's office ruled yesterday.

Calvert, 25, was found on his band's tour bus near the 9:30 club in Northwest Washington on Nov. 24 before he was to perform a concert. His death was an accident caused by the combined effects of opiates and the antidepressant citalopram and the anti-anxiety medication clonozepam, according to the medical examiner's office.

The night before Calvert died, Hawthorne Heights had played a show in Detroit. Calvert was discovered on the tour bus about 2:30 p.m. and pronounced dead at the scene.

-- Allison Klein


City Plans to Offer Early Retirement Program

District government officials announced plans yesterday to offer city employees an early retirement program that would grant them up to $25,000 to leave their jobs by the end of next year.

The plan would require D.C. Council approval.

About 5,100 employees -- nearly one in six city workers -- were hired 20 or more years ago and will be eligible for the program, city officials said.

However, the program, which will be paid for by the money saved on salaries not paid to the early retirees, will be offered only if each city agency can afford it.

City officials said they expected 20 percent of those eligible to participate.

-- David Nakamura

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