Howard County Plans Expanded Deer Hunt
Howard County authorities say a large hunt is necessary in the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area to control a growing population of deer.
County officials say they will expand the hunting in the 1,000-acre area, which has 350 deer but can sustain only about 40.
Animal advocates are opposed to more hunting, favoring the use of birth control.
A Howard County Deer Task Force study, released last week, says deer have caused more than 1,000 traffic accidents and nearly $6 million in damage annually to residential and agricultural county property.
Lobbyists Are Ordered to Pay Ex-Partner
A Prince George's County Circuit Court judge has ruled that two top Annapolis lobbyists, Gerard E. Evans and John R. Stierhoff, and their former partner, Joel Rozner, must pay Charles A. Dukes Jr. about $75,000 due him from the breakup of the law and lobbying firm the four owned until its dissolution two years ago.
Dukes, a prominent Republican lawyer in Prince George's, had sued his former partners in 1997, seeking more than $2 million. The case went to trial last year and offered a window on the world of lobbying in the state capital.
Evans, who is the subject of an FBI inquiry into lobbying in Annapolis, called the court ruling a victory for him because Dukes is receiving far less money than he sought. Dukes's attorney could not be reached for comment.
Pr. George's Man Killed in Accident
A Fort Washington man was killed Sunday when his sport utility vehicle went out of control on Indian Head Highway, Prince George's County police said yesterday.
Wilfredo Amaya, 23, of the 1700 block of Rhodesia Avenue, was driving north near Palmer Road in Fort Washington about 12:10 p.m. when his 1991 Toyota 4-Runner struck a curb, spun into the southbound lanes and rolled over three times, police said. Amaya, who was thrown from his vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police said that they were investigating the cause of the crash but that speed did not appear to be a factor.
Bacteria Not Found in Hospital Water
The Legionnaires' disease bacteria was not found during the latest round of water tests at a Harford County hospital where three of four deaths from the disease were linked to the medical center's water system.
Although Harford Memorial Hospital's system was flushed with superheated water July 3, tests still showed the presence of the bacteria, prompting hospital officials to disinfect the system with highly chlorinated water. The water system has been continuously super-chlorinated since July 15, and the latest tests found no evidence of the bacteria, the hospital said yesterday.
Hospital officials also said no cases of the disease involving exposure to the hospital's water supply since July 3 have been reported.
Year-Round School Opens Doors Again
Students at Fairfax County's Timber Lane Elementary returned to class yesterday, a month earlier than their peers elsewhere. And, as the region's first year-round school begins its second year, school officials said they are already seeing benefits from the modified schedule.
Principal Donna Lewis said reading and language scores have improved since the school switched to the modified schedule last August. Parent satisfaction with the program is also high.
Timber Lane is the first public school in the region to hold year-round classes. Students attend classes for nine weeks, followed by three-week breaks in October, January and April. Students may also attend two-week intersessions for extra schooling during the breaks, and more than 80 percent chose to do so.
Williams Plans to Counter Neo-Nazi Rally
Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D) plans to speak at a peace rally at the Lincoln Memorial on Saturday to counter a neo-Nazi march scheduled the same day.
The American Nationalist Party, a South Carolina-based group that believes minorities, immigrants and Jews are taking over America, has received permits from D.C. police and the National Park Service to march from James Monroe Park, at 20th and I streets NW, along Pennsylvania Avenue to Lafayette Square.
The group plans to end the "anti-government protest," scheduled for 3 to 6 p.m., with a rally on the sidewalk in front of the White House.
Williams said in a statement that he will speak at a counter-rally at 2 p.m. Saturday. A coalition of community and civil rights organizations, including the NAACP, the American Jewish Committee and the Latino Civil Rights Center, is sponsoring the peaceful "vigil against hate," said Cheryl Kravitz, executive director of the National Conference for Community and Justice of the national capital area, one of the sponsors.
NLRB Judge Rules Against Arena Builders
An administrative law judge for the National Labor Relations Board has found that two subcontractors used unfair labor practices in building MCI Center in 1996 and 1997.
Williams Steel Erection Co. Inc., of Merrifield, and L.R. Willson & Sons, of Gambrills, discriminated against union members applying for jobs and threatened workers with dismissal if they joined a union, according to the ruling.
The judge ordered the companies to reimburse 10 ironworkers, including one D.C. resident, for any wages they may have lost from not being hired.
The companies deny that they violated labor regulations, and they have appealed to a full labor relations board panel, said Marianne Pastor, a vice president of Williams's parent company. "We believe we have behaved legally," she said.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"If you want to have a mud-slinging contest with New York City, that's your business, but it won't happen here."
-- U.S. District Judge James R. Spencer, dismissing Virginia's attempt to draw New York City into a lawsuit over Virginia's restrictions on imported trash.