Metro Eyes New Links With Tysons, Dulles
Metro officials have announced that they will file an application with the federal government to begin engineering and environmental studies to build a Metrorail extension and operate bus rapid transit service to Tysons Corner and Dulles International Airport.
Transit officials said the application to the Federal Transit Administration will be filed in the next few days. The federal government has approved about $40 million to cover the cost of that work, said Richard A. White, Metro's general manager.
The transit project would be built in phases, with buses running on a dedicated "busway" from West Falls Church to Dulles by 2003. Subway service to Tysons would start by 2006 and to Dulles by 2010.
Delinquents Removed From Boot Camps
A state judge pulled 26 juvenile delinquents from military-style boot camps yesterday after hearing testimony from the youths about abuse from camp guards that included one teenager's account of being thrown through a window.
Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Martin P. Welch summoned the youths to hear from them about their treatment.
Eyewitness accounts of abuse by guards at a boot camp in Western Maryland chronicled in a series of articles in the Baltimore Sun this week has prompted investigations into the treatment of juvenile criminals at such camps.
Welch ordered that all 26 juveniles be placed in other secured facilities.
"The court can and does find that the leadership training program . . . is an inappropriate placement for each of the 26 respondents," Welch said, referring to the boot camps.
Man Who Killed Bear Won't Face Charges
State wildlife managers won't charge a Frederick County man for killing a black bear that was attacking his dog, a Department of Natural Resources spokesman said yesterday.
Killing bears is illegal in Maryland except to defend the lives of humans or domestic animals. It's punishable by a $1,500 fine.
"We interviewed the gentleman and consulted with the state's attorney and decided charges were not appropriate in this case," DNR spokesman John Surrick said.
The 165-pound female bear had entered a dog pen behind Harry Johnson's rural home near Jefferson on Oct. 22. It was fighting with his black Labrador retriever, probably over the dog's food, said DNR officials and Johnson's daughter, Margaret Millios.
Deadline Near for Voters Changing Parties
Maryland voters have until 9 p.m. Monday to change their political party affiliation if they intend to cast ballots in the 2000 presidential primary election, which will be held March 7.
State law forbids a registered voter from changing parties within 12 weeks of a primary. For more information or to receive a form to change voter registration information, contact the state Board of Elections at 1-800-222-VOTE or a county election board.
Housing Agency Hires New Orleans Official
Michael P. Kelly has been named chief executive officer of the D.C. Housing Authority as the agency's nearly five years of court-ordered receivership draws to a close.
Kelly, 47, executive director of the New Orleans Housing Authority, is expected to assume day-to-day operation of the city's 12,000-unit public housing agency Jan. 31.
Under receivership since May 1995, the D.C. Housing Authority has emerged from two decades of poor management, decaying buildings and consistently failing grades from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Today, officials say, most of the agency's approximately five dozen developments have been renovated or rebuilt, and the agency has received higher grades from HUD--a condition for ending the receivership.
"As we begin to end the receivership, I felt strongly . . . that it was time to put this chief executive officer in place. I believe that the agency will now be in the best hands to continue the forward motion we've achieved," said David I. Gilmore, the court-appointed public housing receiver who announced Kelly's hiring.
Director of Sports Commission to Retire
Jim Dalrymple, executive director of the D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission, will retire Dec. 31, administration sources said.
Dalrymple, who could not be reached for comment, wrote a letter to the commission's directors this week informing them of his plans. The board of directors will discuss procedures for selecting a successor when it meets Thursday.
The executive director oversees Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium and D.C. Armory and will be involved in any proposals for Major League Baseball to come to Washington. While the job may be considered a plum, the person who fills it also comes under great pressure from many sides.
U-Va. Business School Office in Reston
The University of Virginia's Darden Graduate School of Business Administration will open a satellite office in Reston to encourage entrepreneurship, a new program made possible by a $60 million gift to the school from communications executive Frank Batten Sr.
Batten, whose company, Landmark Communications Inc., owns the Virginian-Pilot newspaper in Norfolk and the Weather Channel, made the gift public yesterday. It represents the single biggest gift to a U.S. business school, school officials said. The money will be used to create the Batten Institute to promote entrepreneurship.
The Reston office initially will house three or four business school employees who will encourage cooperation between the school's faculty and students and executives of the many high-tech companies and start-up businesses in Northern Virginia.
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
"This is New Year's Eve times the Fourth of July times 10. We want to get people home on New Year's Eve or New Year's morning. That's the bottom line here. We'll do what we need to do. But there's no funding in the budget for this."
-- Metro spokesman Ray Feldmann, on the lack of federal funding for the national New Year's Eve celebration on the Mall.