Local Digest

Tuesday, December 28, 2010


Metro open till 3 a.m. New Year's Eve, Day

On Friday, New Year's Eve, and Saturday, New Year's Day, Metrorail will be open from 7 a.m. to 3 a.m. The trains will operate at the same reduced frequency that is typical of Sunday service.

Metrobuses also will be operating on a Sunday schedule both days because ridership drops sharply on the holidays. Metro did not schedule any track work projects for the new year's weekend.

- Robert Thomson


Pr. George's Housing Dept. to be audited

To clean up a county agency under a cloud, Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker III said Monday that he has signed a $64,802 contract with the Virginia Tech Center for Housing Research to audit the Department of Housing and Community Development. The audit is expected to be completed by June.

"It is critically important to make sure that this department is performing efficiently and providing great service to the residents," Baker (D) said.

In the past two years, Prince George's officials have awarded about $7 million in federal funding to developers on six projects to build affordable housing. Some of that money from the HOME Investment Partnerships program is part of the corruption investigation that led to the arrests of former county executive Jack B. Johnson (D) and his wife, Leslie Johnson (D-Mitchellville), who is now a County Council member. According to court files, an unidentified developer who reportedly received a federal grant gave Jack Johnson $100,000 to secure the money.

This year, officials with the Johnson administration came under fire after housing officials returned $2 million to the federal government because it did not meet a five-year deadline to allocate the money. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development officials said the county had a history of poor performance with the HOME program.

- Hamil R. Harris

the district

Tickets to gala for Gray available

Tickets will be available starting Tuesday for the Black Tie Gala that will be held Sunday in connection with the inauguration of incoming mayor Vincent C. Gray, city officials said.

The event starts at 7 p.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, the officials said. The gala is free but tickets are required, an official said.

Tickets will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. from Tuesday to Thursday in Room 145 of the convention center.

All of the day's inaugural events are free, and none of the others requires tickets, officials said. The swearing-in ceremony for Gray (D) begins in Ballroom A/B at 10 a.m., they said.

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