Displaced Kidney Donor Finds Home
The federal government stepped in yesterday to help an Alexandria woman who had become homeless after donating a kidney to a 7-year-old boy.
Officials with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development arranged for Marian Neal, 40, to sign a one-year, renewable lease to live in the James Creek Complex in Southwest Washington. She will pay $56 a month in rent, based on federal guidelines, for the furnished, one-bedroom town house in the 239-unit public housing development.
"It's obviously an injustice--a woman gives of herself, literally and from pure generosity, and at the end of the day, she has no place to recuperate," said HUD Secretary Andrew M. Cuomo. He said he learned about Neal through media reports and asked his staff to find her a home.
Last December, Neal gave a kidney to a neighbor's grandson who was born with renal disease and had been on dialysis for four years. Neal moved to a homeless shelter Aug. 30. She had been living at a friend's apartment in an Alexandria public housing complex but was told she had to leave because guests could stay there no more than a month.
Perdue Eyes Tract for Fertilizer Plant
Perdue Farms Inc. is considering a Dorchester County-owned parcel of land on the Eastern Shore as the site for a plant that would process 120,000 tons of poultry waste a year into fertilizer pellets.
The Dorchester County Commission revealed a proposal to build the plant on a 300-acre tract that is also the site of the county landfill, but a Perdue spokesman said the company has not yet decided where to build.
"The Dorchester County site is one of several locations in both Delaware and Maryland under consideration. However, a final site has yet to be selected," Richard Auletta, Perdue spokesman, said Wednesday.
From 25 to 35 tractor-trailer loads of poultry waste would be delivered daily to the plant, which would employ 16 to 18 full-time workers, said county commission President Tom Flowers.
Carroll County Wants to Buy Junkyard
A tiny Carroll County town may soon get some help restoring land now used for what neighbors call a bothersome, hazardous junkyard.
Residents of Detour, a low-lying village at the edge of the county, say debris from the junkyard washes into town during storms, bringing tires, oil, antifreeze, fuel and sometimes entire vehicles floating down the streets.
"During one flood, 1,000 to 1,500 tires went all the way to the Monocacy River," recalled Donald Dayhoff, 70, a lifelong resident who says he is Detour's oldest citizen.
Calling the junkyard "the worst environmental problem in Carroll County," county commissioners recently asked the state for support to buy the three acres and put the land to another use.
County officials are negotiating with the junkyard's owner and hope to work out an agreement in a few weeks.
Clinton to Spend Labor Day in State
President Clinton is scheduled to make a Labor Day foray to Virginia on Monday, combining an official visit to promote a $25 billion school construction program with a political appearance in Hampton Roads, the White House said.
Clinton will deliver his traditional back-to-school message at Coleman Place Elementary School in Norfolk, where he will join Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley, leaders of the AFL-CIO and American Federation of Teachers, Sen. Charles S. Robb (D-Va.) and Rep. Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (D-Va.).
The president will also attend Scott's annual picnic in Newport News. All 140 state General Assembly seats are up for election this November, and Virginia is one of only two states with legislative races this fall.
Shenandoah Park Smoggier Than Ever
Ozone levels in Shenandoah National Park violated the federal health standard on 14 days this summer, according to environmentalists.
That makes the park one of the smoggiest places in the state and the second-smoggiest site in the national park system behind Great Smoky Mountains National Park, they said.
Coordinators of the Virginia Clean Air Now campaign, the Southern Environmental Law Center and the Izaak Walton League of America said most of the dirty air comes from old coal-burning plants in Virginia and elsewhere.
For park visitors, this means tougher breathing and poor views. Visitors could once see the Washington Monument, 90 miles away, but visibility has decreased to an average of about 20 miles, the groups said.
Man Dies After Fall From Roof
An Arlington man died when he slipped and fell from the roof of a home he was helping build Thursday in the Great Falls area, Fairfax County police said yesterday.
Joel Vargas Mendoza, 24, of 1408 South 28th St., was working on the roof of a home in the 1200 block of Colvin Meadows Lane, just north of Leesburg Pike, when he fell and landed on a board on the ground about 4:15 p.m. Police said he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Fairfax police and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating the death.
Police Get Personal Watercraft for Patrols
D.C. police officers piloting two personal watercraft will patrol the city's waterways to further safety and boating law enforcement.
The Sea-Doo craft were loaned to the police harbor branch this week by Bombardier Recreation Products company.
Police expect waterways to be busy this weekend with celebrants enjoying the last official holiday of the summer.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"During good times, like now, we get much better clothing. People are out buying new clothes, then rushing home to clean their closets to make room."
Larry Ulrich, who picks up donations for