'McGruff' assailant back on duty
Shawn Brim, the Metro employee who punched an off-duty police officer dressed as McGruff the Crime Dog, is back on the job as a bus operator, Metro said.
Metro spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said she received notice Thursday that Brim was back on the job. On Feb. 28, 2009, Brim pulled his bus over near Spring Road and 14th Street NW in the District, disembarked and punched the head an off-duty police officer dressed as McGruff, who educates children about crime prevention.
Metro fired Brim on March 6, 2009. "We terminated him for violating workplace rules," Farbstein said earlier this month. Brim was found guilty of simple assault in D.C. Superior Court and received a 15-day suspended sentence and six months of probation.
An arbitrator recently decided that Brim's actions, although illegal and inappropriate, were not undertaken with malicious intent. The arbitrator reduced Brim's penalty to a 30-day suspension and awarded him back pay for the rest of the time.
Metro said Brim underwent retraining before reporting to duty.
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Club sues over Fillmore deal
The owner of the District's 9:30 club is suing to prevent Maryland from giving Montgomery County $4 million to help pay for a Live Nation venue in downtown Silver Spring, saying government officials are hiding the project's real costs.
Live Nation, a major force in the music business with artists such as U2, Madonna and the Eagles, plans to hold rock-style concerts for about 2,000 standing patrons at the Colesville Road venue. Ground is expected to be broken later in the year on what will be known as Fillmore Silver Spring.