Free Immunizations at D.C. General
Children's Hospital and the D.C. Department of Health will offer free immunizations tomorrow, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the D.C. General campus, Ambulatory Care Center Building, 1900 Massachusetts Ave. SE.
The 11th annual "It's Wise to Immunize" event is one of the few free immunization opportunities remaining before the start of the school year. It will include children's activities, insurance sign-up, music, food and health information.
Georgetown Park DMV Closed Today
The D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles' Georgetown Service Center at 3222 M Street NW in the Georgetown Park shopping mall will be closed today for a records audit. It will return to regular service hours, weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Monday.
Lottery Board to Cut 23 Positions
The District's Office of the Chief Financial Officer said yesterday that it plans to eliminate nearly one-fourth of the 100 jobs at the D.C. lottery board.
A spokeswoman for the office, Clarice Nassif Ransom, said that all employees who want to stay at the D.C. Lottery and Charitable Games Control Board must reapply for the remaining 77 positions. The director and deputy director positions at the lottery board will not be affected, Ransom said.
Ransom said that the job cuts are part of an overall restructuring of departmental operations under the financial officer's office that has resulted in a reduction of 106 positions at nine agencies over the past two years. She noted that lottery employees who lose their jobs will receive severance pay and will be offered career counseling and other employment services to help them find other work.
U.S. Attorney's Office Names Two Chiefs
Two career prosecutors will be taking on two top jobs in the U.S. attorney's office for the District, U.S. Attorney Kenneth L. Wainstein announced yesterday.
Steve Bunnell, who had been chief of the office's fraud and public corruption division, will serve as head of the office's criminal division and replace the departed chief, Dan Seikaly. Bunnell, who has headed the fraud and public corruption division since its creation in April 2002, was formerly counsel to the assistant attorney general for the criminal division and a trial attorney in the Justice Department's public integrity section.
John Roth, who had headed the Department of Justice's asset forfeiture and money laundering section, will become chief for fraud and public corruption. At Justice, Roth had focused on the complex international schemes used by professional money launderers to exploit vulnerabilities within U.S. financial institutions.
After the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Roth assisted the FBI in the investigation of the financial transactions of the 19 hijackers and helped to develop a portion of the Patriot Act. He also joined the 9/11 commission to head up its inquiry into international terrorist financing.
Howard Schools Official Not Running
The vice chairman of the Howard County school board, James P. O'Donnell, has withdrawn his bid for reelection in November.
O'Donnell said he believes many county residents have lost faith in the board, which has faced recent controversies including lawsuits accusing its members of holding closed-door meetings in violation of state law. The board also has dealt with grade-tampering allegations leveled against two school system administrators.
"You can always blame things on others," O'Donnell said. "But I think ultimately the board is responsible. I think it's good to hold yourself accountable."
O'Donnell removed his name from the ballot Tuesday, a decision first reported yesterday by the Baltimore Sun. He had been appointed to the school board in 2001 after the resignation of another board member. O'Donnell's decision leaves three candidates in the race for two seats on the school board.
University System Considers Land Sales
The University System of Maryland's financial crunch has prompted college presidents to begin compiling preliminary lists of off-campus properties that could be developed or sold for cash.
University System presidents have begun reviewing lands that could be targeted, including Horn Point Laboratory on the Eastern Shore -- a sprawling 840-acre campus of research labs, offices and nature trails on the Choptank River.
University officials emphasize that the move to draft an inventory of surplus land is preliminary and that no land so far is on the auction block. The recommendation, from Chancellor William E. Kirwan, is to be considered by the finance committee of the system's board of regents at a meeting Monday.
Plan Could Bring NASCAR to Cumberland
National-level stock car racing could come to Cumberland, Md., under a racetrack proposal backed by Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R), state economic development officials said.
Racetrack developer Joe Mattioli presented plans Wednesday to the Allegany County Commissioners for a $24 million upgrade of a dirt-track speedway at the Allegany County Fairgrounds. Mattioli owns the Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania and the South Boston Speedway in Virginia.
The Cumberland facilities would be improved in three phases, with a goal of eventually bringing NASCAR Nextel Cup races to the track, said Matt Hogan, director of sports marketing at the state Department of Business and Economic Development.
VRE to Use Dog Searches on Trains
Officials for Virginia Railway Express announced yesterday that teams of dogs will be used to randomly search trains while they are en route to their destinations.
Officials said that their rail cars are generally checked before they begin daily operations but that the dogs would allow them to board trains and check them while they are carrying passengers. Officials said the dogs would randomly inspect one or more of the cars before getting off and that passengers should expect delays of a few minutes.
Rail officials said the heightened security was not based on a specific threat. Train operators across the country have looked for new ways to secure passengers since March 11, when nearly 200 people were killed and nearly 2,000 more were injured by a terrorist attack on a Madrid commuter line.
"I can't make heads or tails out of it. You can't know who's telling the truth."
-- Keith Weeks, 72, a Korean War veteran at Arlington VFW Post 3150, talking about the controversy over Sen. John Kerry's military record. -- B1
Compiled from reports by staff writers Karlyn Barker, Serge F. Kovaleski, Carol D. Leonnig, Ylan Q. Mui and Steven Ginsberg and the Associated Press.