Prince George's Seniors on Waiting List
Prince George's County seniors who cannot afford in-home care remain on long waiting lists for the county's Senior Care Program, a new study says.
Nearly 200 seniors are waiting to get into the program, which provides day care, personal care items and medication to help county residents 65 and older stay in their homes. The waiting lists have existed for several years.
The $570,000 program serves about 160 Prince George's seniors.
The more severe cases are moved into the program as quickly as possible, said Patricia Lusk, of the county's health department. There will be more allowed in the program this year because the state has boosted the program by $80,000.
Shelter to Be Named for Krahnke
A Montgomery County shelter for victims of domestic violence scheduled to open this fall will be named for County Council member Betty Ann Krahnke, who has made the issue a personal cause as head of the public safety committee.
County Executive Douglas M. Duncan (D) announced this spring that he intended to name the new $3.6 million domestic violence center after Krahnke (R-Potomac-Bethesda). The Montgomery County Council affirmed that decision yesterday by unanimous vote.
The 18-bedroom Betty Ann Krahnke Center will have the capacity to serve 48 domestic violence victims and will replace the existing center, which is half the size. The new center is planned for the mid-county area; the address is being kept confidential to protect those who will be using it.
Panel Sought to Probe Police Misconduct
D.C. Council member Harold Brazil (D-At Large) is urging Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D) to establish an independent citizens complaint review board to investigate complaints of police misconduct.
Brazil, chairman of the council's judiciary committee, said the council approved a bill that took effect in March directing the mayor's office to create a board.
"The main problem is that no one from the mayor's office has been put squarely in charge of getting the [board] up and running," Brazil said. "When everyone is responsible, then no one person is truly accountable."
The District's now-defunct citizen complaint review board handled thousands of complaints against police officers, but hundreds of those complaints languished for years and officials disbanded it.
Norton Wants Prison Site Near City
D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) said yesterday that she wants the federal Bureau of Prisons to find a site near the city to house 1,200 sentenced felons.
In a letter to Deputy Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., Norton said the D.C. Zoning Commission's unanimous decision Monday to reject plans to build a private prison on 42 acres of parkland in far Southwest Washington should send a message to officials to look elsewhere for a location.
"I have respected your procedures in allowing the local jurisdiction to work its will, and I now ask that you respect as final the decision of the local zoning commission, the mayor and the council member from the affected ward," she said.
Ads Seek Tougher Horseshoe Crab Rules
The National Audubon Society began an ad campaign yesterday urging Gov. James S. Gilmore III (R) to toughen rules against the overfishing of horseshoe crabs, a key part of the diet of many birds along Virginia's shores.
The ad, airing on two Richmond radio stations for the next several weeks, features sounds of birds and crashing waves as a narrator warns that the horseshoe crab population is "being decimated by greedy commercial fishermen here in Virginia." The spot also notes that Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey have adopted stricter limits.
Aides to Gilmore said the governor has no plans to intervene in the issue.
Fishing limits generally are set by the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, which adopted its first-ever restrictions on the horseshoe crab catch this spring.
Fairfax Woman Dies in Crash
A Fairfax County woman was killed in a one-car accident Monday afternoon when the car she was driving overturned along Fairfax County Parkway.
Police said Shu Hui Du, 50, of the 5500 block of Chestermill Drive in the Centreville area, was driving a 1998 Mercedes sedan north on the parkway about 2 p.m. Monday.
Investigators said they believe that when Shu changed lanes just south of Braddock Road, the car went out of control, crossed the median, overturned and came to rest on the shoulder of the southbound lanes.
Shu was pronounced dead at the scene. Her sister, Hisa Tu Liu, 62, was taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Both women were wearing seat belts, and police say they do not think speed or alcohol were factors in the crash. The cause of the accident was under investigation.
Illness Reported Along Appalachian Trail
At least 36 Appalachian Trail hikers have reported battling several days of nausea, vomiting and diarrhea after passing through a section of the trail in Virginia.
Molly Rutledge, medical director for the Alleghany and Roanoke health district, said the hikers, passing through the Catawba area north of Roanoke, may have picked up a virus by sharing contaminated food or by drawing water from the same source.
Water has been scarce on parts of the trail in recent weeks because of dry conditions, and wells at two nearby stores were found to contain pollutants.
Rutledge said hikers who get sick need to wait out the illness and drink plenty of liquids to avoid dehydration. "It runs its course, and then goes away," she said.
Officials said signs would be posted along the trail to warn hikers of the problem.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"I was afraid they wouldn't be able to study for their exams if they knew."
--George Poteet who, with his wife, Celia, delayed cashing a $31 million lottery ticket for nearly three weeks and kept the news of their winnings from their teenage sons until classes ended this week.