State Transportation Official Resigns
Action Prompted by Bay Bridge Paving Problems
Thomas L. Osborne, executive secretary of the Maryland Transportation Authority, resigned in response to recent problems with the paving of a section of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. The paving problems are expected to be costly and delay traffic for months.
Osborne stated in a news release that he believed a change in leadership would ensure public confidence in a consultant's review to determine whether fault lies with the state, the project's engineer or the construction company.
Baby Snakehead Alarms Scientists
Latest Finding Confirms Fish Are Breeding Locally
The latest northern snakehead fish found in the Potomac River system was just a baby, which scientists said offered proof that the Asian predator is breeding in area waters.
The discovery in Virginia presented biologists with a scenario that was considered a kind of ecological nightmare. The snakehead, they said, will be nearly impossible to eradicate and could drive out other Potomac wildlife, even threatening the river's plentiful bass population.
The northern snakehead, a native of China and Korea, is a voracious predator that first gained notoriety in the Washington area in 2002, when a pair were discovered in a Crofton pond.
Redskins Scolded by Pr. George's
Council Angered by Expansion at FedEx Field
After weeks of scrutiny, the Prince George's County Council reprimanded the Washington Redskins for expanding FedEx Field without the council's approval.
The council could have tried to force the Redskins to remove the 5,181 seats added before the season began, or it could have taken the team to court for allegedly violating zoning regulations, which require one on-site parking space for every four seats in the stadium. Instead, the council introduced legislation essentially telling the Redskins and owner Daniel Snyder to not do it again.
Worker at Youth Jail Faces Assault Charge
Court Urged to Order Changes or Close Facility
Underscoring growing concerns about the safety of children held at Maryland's new juvenile detention center in Baltimore, a worker there faces charges stemming from an alleged assault on a 15-year-old resident, court records show.
Roslyn DeShields, 40, is to answer charges of custodial child abuse and second-degree assault. A police affidavit alleges that she struck the boy "one time in the face with her hand." Last month, a public defender asked a judge to order improvements at the facility or close it.
Flu Shots Become Scarce Commodity
Possible Contamination Causes Sudden Shortage
Hundreds of vaccination clinics scheduled across the Washington region were canceled abruptly as public and private health officials struggled to respond to the nation's loss of 48 million doses of influenza vaccine.
The federal government announced that nearly half the country's flu shot supply would not be shipped because of possible contamination at a British manufacturing plant in Liverpool.
Around the Region
Possible Special Session; Crossing the Border
* Maryland political leaders want to convene a special session of the General Assembly to address escalating medical malpractice insurance rates, but they remain divided over how much to try to accomplish.
* The U.S. Marshals Service agreed to deputize 16 police officers from the District and Prince George's County so they can cross the city-county border to make arrests, a revival of a crime-fighting strategy first employed in the early 1990s.
* A dispute over Columbia's last large piece of undeveloped land is shaping up as a battle that may be less about competing plans and more about who controls Howard County. The Rouse Co. wants to build 1.2 million square feet of commercial space on a 63-acre site next to Merriweather Post Pavilion.