WEEK IN REVIEW

New look Metro unveiled new buses, which run on compressed natural gas, in the hope of improving service. The first 22 buses will hit streets next month.
New look Metro unveiled new buses, which run on compressed natural gas, in the hope of improving service. The first 22 buses will hit streets next month. (By Linda Davidson -- The Washington Post)

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Sunday, July 27, 2008

Purcellville Man Indicted in Death of SonFather Left 21-Month-Old in SUV for Nine Hours

A Loudoun County man who left his 21-month-old son inside a sport-utility vehicle and then found him dead more than nine hours later has been indicted by a Fairfax County grand jury on a manslaughter charge. Miles Harrison, 49, of Purcellville was taken into custody and released on bond.

Officers Still on Force After Legal Run-InsTroubles Raise Questions on Prince George's Jail

More than a dozen corrections officers at the Prince George's County jail have had run-ins with the law that include charges of theft, assault, domestic violence and drunken driving, and many of them were kept on the force, records show.

One 13-year veteran was convicted of second-degree assault after he beat a woman. Another was caught driving with a blood-alcohol level more than three times the legal limit. The same year, a judge had ordered that man to move out of his home after he allegedly threatened to kill his wife.

The officers' legal troubles raise more questions about the jail's management and the caliber and competence of those responsible for keeping order. The jail has been under intense scrutiny in recent weeks after the apparent strangulation of 19-year-old inmate Ronnie L. White.

Hornsby Convicted on Six CountsJury Deadlocks on 14 Counts, Clears Him on 2

Andre J. Hornsby, the former Prince George's County public schools chief whose first corruption trial ended in a hung jury last year, was convicted on six of the 22 federal charges brought against him in his retrial. The jury, which had been deliberating since July 15, acquitted Hornsby of two charges and deadlocked on the rest.

Currie Paid Over 5 Years by Grocery ChainSenator Received $207,000 That He Didn't Report

Maryland Sen. Ulysses Currie was paid more than $207,000 over five years by a grocery store chain, income he did not reveal on state financial disclosure forms, according to a court document unsealed by a federal judge Thursday.

The compensation figures are the first indication of the extent of the retired educator's financial relationship with Shoppers Food and Pharmacy and its parent company, Supervalu. Lanham-based Shoppers has confirmed that Currie (D-Prince George's) worked as a consultant for the company.

Six Shot in Northeast WashingtonD.C. Police Call Area on Lincoln Road Volatile

Six people were shot Friday night in a single incident near a section of the District that police have described as volatile.

Three were found wounded in the 1700 block of Lincoln Road NE, where all six were apparently attacked, police said. A fourth was found about a block away on North Capitol Street near Randolph Place. Two others drove themselves to a hospital, police said. No motive was known. At least two dozen shots were fired, police said.

Pay-Raise Plan May Put Teachers at RiskSome Could Go on Probation With D.C. Proposal

D.C. teachers interested in huge salary increases being proposed by Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee would not only have to relinquish their seniority but also risk dismissal by spending a year on probation. The plan is the centerpiece of Rhee's attempt to make the school system a national model for linking teacher pay to improved student achievement. She says increased teacher accountability is key to any effort to overhaul schools.

Group Demands D.C. Be Held in ContemptActivist Laments Holes in Child-Welfare Strategy

Children's Rights, the group behind a nearly 20-year-old class-action lawsuit that forced the District's child welfare system to be in receivership for six years, wants a federal judge to hold the city in contempt for failing children.

The request comes after Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) ousted the director of the city's Child and Family Services Agency following the deaths of six children in six months. A recent backlog has saddled most social workers with more than 30 cases each, compared with the national standard of 12.

Marcia Robinson Lowry, executive director of Children's Rights, said the city has not developed a 12-month plan to address the backlog and other issues, including adoptions and worker training.


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