Williams to Offer Plan for Bonuses
D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams is scheduled to present a plan to the D.C. Council today to pay for more than $9 million in bonuses to unionized city employees, officials said yesterday.
One of the options under consideration is a reallocation of money in the budget, sources said, but that would mean that the $1,700 bonus checks would not be ready by Wednesday's deadline.
The mayor could ask the council to advance some of the money for the bonuses by tapping tobacco settlement funds. In this way, about 6,000 workers could have bonuses by Christmas.
Last week, the council ruled out use of tobacco settlement funds for the bonuses, but Williams has since been calling council members to ask them to reconsider, sources said.
"I think the mayor is trying hard to find a source of money for the bonuses," council member Charlene Drew Jarvis (D-Ward 4) said yesterday. "I hope we can reach an agreement" at today's meeting.
The bonuses are required under the city's current contract with the unions, which says that if the District budget has a surplus, the city has to compensate workers for giving up pay raises during the financial crisis.
Winning Powerball Ticket Sold in NW
A liquor store in the District sold a Powerball lottery ticket Saturday night that is now worth $24.5 million, officials said yesterday. It was the ninth time someone who purchased a ticket in Washington has won the multi-state lottery.
D.C. Lottery spokeswoman Athena Ware said the ticket was bought at S&S Liquors in the 6900 block of Fourth Street NW at 6:54 p.m., about four hours before the winning numbers were drawn in Des Moines. The store is across from the Takoma Metro stop.
The winner, who has not been identified, could claim the cash prize as early as today. Ware said the liquor store also would receive a bonus check of $100,000 for selling the ticket.
The winning numbers were 6-10-31-47-48, and the Powerball was 29.
Archdiocese to Help Finance SE Housing
Cardinal James A. Hickey, Roman Catholic archbishop of Washington, will join D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams and other local leaders tonight in announcing plans for construction of a $17 million housing development for moderate-income D.C. residents, church officials said.
The archdiocese is providing a $1 million interest-free loan to help build the project, an effort backed by the Washington Interfaith Network, a network of local churches.
The announcement will be made during a 7:30 p.m. ceremony at St. Luke Catholic Church at 4925 East Capitol St. SE. The 130-unit town house project, designed for families with incomes of $20,000 to $45,000, will be built on the site of the former Fort Dupont Dwellings, a public housing complex near the intersection of Ridge Road and Minnesota Avenue SE that was recently demolished. The D.C. Public Housing Authority donated the land for the complex.
Teen Dies in One-Car Crash in Pr. William
A 17-year-old driver was killed yesterday when she lost control of her car, ran off the road and struck a telephone pole in Haymarket, Prince William County police said.
Kathleen Marie Gustine, of the 4100 block of Crescent Hills Drive in Prince William, was driving a 1997 Ford Escort east in the 15500 block of Waterfall Road about 1:55 p.m. when the crash occurred, police said. She was pronounced dead at Prince William Hospital.
Police said the crash was under investigation.
Wrong-Way Driver Crashes, Kills 3
Three people were killed Saturday evening in a car crash near Harrisonburg, after a driver headed the wrong way on Route 42 hit an oncoming car, police said.
Gordon Lee James, 31, of Fulks Run in Rockingham County, was driving his Ford minivan south in the northbound lane when he crashed into a Subaru Justy about three miles north of Harrisonburg, police said.
Inside the Subaru were Oscar Vasquez, 40, of Linville, and Aurora Orellana-Fuentes, 50, and her husband, Carlos Orellana, 54, of Harrisonburg. The three were killed instantly, said Lucy Caldwell, a state police spokeswoman.
James suffered several broken bones and was taken to Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg.
Troopers suspect that alcohol was a factor in the fatal accident, Caldwell said, despite dozens of sobriety checkpoints set up across Virginia over the weekend. Several witnesses told police that they had spotted James driving the wrong way on Route 42 nearly 10 minutes before the crash.
ATF Breaks Ground on Lab Building
The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms broke ground last week on a $65 million building in Beltsville to house three high-tech research and investigative laboratories.
The National Laboratory Center, scheduled to open in September 2001, will replace a smaller ATF complex in Rockville. The center will include a forensic science lab for investigating explosions and examining firearms; an alcohol and tobacco lab; and a fire research lab where investigators will be able to re-create fire scenes as big as a two-story town house.
About 112 ATF employees are expected to work at the labs, near the intersection of Route 1 and Ammendale Road.
Crash Injures Girl, Fire Official
An assistant volunteer fire chief of the College Park Volunteer Fire Co. and a 13-year-old girl were injured yesterday when the firefighter's sport utility vehicle collided with the minivan in which the girl was a passenger, Prince George's County fire and police officials reported.
The accident happened about 9:50 a.m. at Kenilworth Avenue and Old Calvert Road, according to Capt. Chauncey Bowers, of the Prince George's County fire department.
Bowers said the fire official had his vehicle's warning lights and sirens on as he was responding to an emergency call in the 6000 block of Westchester Park Drive. The names of the fire official and the girl were not released. Prince George's County police are investigating the incident.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: "You always want to make sure you have some connections. -- Woodbridge pawnshop owner Jeffrey Rizer, on why he has rounded up nearly $5,000 from other pawnshop owners for the campaign coffers of Prince William County Sheriff E. Lee Stoffregen III.