Streets Closed for Events
Activities in the District are closing city streets this weekend. Until 8 p.m. today, U street between 10th and 14th streets NW will be closed for the community's Futurefest.
The 200 block of 22nd Street NW will be closed until 9 tonight for the Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally. The rally is expected to affect traffic on streets near the downtown memorials and the Mall throughout today.
Special Meeting for School Board
The D.C. Board of Education will convene a special meeting Tuesday to act on its Leadership and Consensus Building Development Plan. The plan outlines strategies to guide the elected school board when it reassumes its oversight of the school system in June 2000.
The school board will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the fifth-floor board meeting room at 825 North Capitol St. NE.
Officer, Shooting Victim Identified
Prince George's County police yesterday identified an officer and the man she fatally shot Friday after he allegedly assaulted and bit her and then pinned her back to the hood of her patrol car.
Justin Avery Hurley, of the 6500 block of Kenova Street in Forestville, was transported to Prince George's Hospital Center and pronounced dead after suffering a gunshot wound to the groin.
Cpl. Trudy L. Dodd, a 17-year veteran of the force, was placed on routine administrative leave while the shooting is investigated. She sustained cuts and bruises on her face.
According to police, the shooting occurred about noon when Hurley attacked a woman jogging near Cipriano Road and Nightingale Drive in Lanham. He chased her to a house and then assaulted the elderly woman who lived there. When Dodd responded to the elderly woman's 911 call, police said, Hurley punched the officer in the face, bit her nose and tried to grab her firearm. Dodd shot Hurley once, police said.
Maryland Asks to Review Tripp Tapes
Maryland prosecutors have asked the federal judge overseeing a grand jury investigation of President Clinton for access to Linda Tripp's secret tape recordings of Monica Lewinsky.
State prosecutors filed the request with U.S. District Judge Norma Holloway Johnson, according to the (Baltimore) Sun.
A Maryland grand jury is considering whether Tripp, a Howard County resident, broke Maryland wiretap laws by recording about 20 hours of conversations with Lewinsky.
Tripp turned over the tapes to independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr, triggering the investigation into the former White House intern's affair with President Clinton. In return, she received a federal grant of immunity from prosecution.
State Prosecutor Stephen Montanarelli has tried unsuccessfully since July to obtain the tapes, which remain in Starr's custody.
Montanarelli must establish independently that Tripp made the tapes and knew that taping Lewinsky without her knowledge was illegal. Tripp has declined to acknowledge publicly whether she made them.
The maximum penalty for violating state wiretap laws is five years in prison and a $10,000 fine, but ignorance of the law is a valid defense.
Chincoteague Officials Lose Their Jobs
The mayor, town manager and police chief of Chincoteague lost their jobs for skipping most of a hurricane conference in Florida and running up big bar and restaurant tabs, at taxpayer expense, on a side trip to Key West.
Accomack County Circuit Judge Wescott Jacobs suspended Mayor Harry Stanley Thornton on Friday pending a trial on allegations that he misused town money on and before the trip. The island's Town Council voted to fire Police Chief Willis Dize and to accept the resignation of Town Manager Stewart Baker.
"We're a step closer to good government here," said Charles Kambarn, of Chincoteague, whose Freedom of Information Act request documented lavish spending on the Florida trip.
Several weeks ago, Thornton publicly admitted that the trio left the National Hurricane Conference in Orlando to visit a friend in Key West. Credit card receipts showed that they spent town money freely, picking up the check for group dinners and drinks. Their spending spree totaled about $3,000, including expenses for the conference they didn't attend.
Dize said he will fight the dismissal in court. "I think I probably deserve some punishment, but I think this is too far," he said.
Arlington School Officials Resign
The Arlington County schools, still trying to fill three principal vacancies, have lost two more elementary school leaders. Bridget Parsons, principal of Science Focus Elementary School in North Arlington, announced last week that she was resigning for personal reasons.
Rosemary Rice, principal of Drew Model Elementary School in South Arlington, also resigned Tuesday. Both said they would stay until the end of the school year in June.
1st Black Chief of Capitol Police
Col. George B. Mason Jr. was sworn in as Virginia's first black
Capitol Police chief at a statehouse once virtually off-limits to blacks in the former Confederate capital. The police force, which traces its origins to 1618, claims to be the nation's first.
"That's what makes this whole thing an even more historic event," said Mason, who mopped away tears with a handkerchief during Friday's ceremony in the Old House Chamber in Richmond, in the same room where Gen. Robert E. Lee accepted command of the Army of Northern Virginia.
The 72-member police force provides security at the Capitol and other state government properties.
Air Quality Alert for Today
Air quality is expected to be poor today in the Washington and Baltimore metropolitan areas, according to the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.
The council has issued a Code Red warning, signaling unhealthy air conditions. The council has offered several tips for coping with the situation such as refueling cars at dusk rather than in the middle of the day, forgoing gas-powered lawn equipment and avoiding midday exercise.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"It's a total zoo. It's like the bachelor party before the wedding."
--Melissa Clink, a bed-and-breakfast inn operator, on vacationers' Memorial Day rush to the beach.