Off-Campus Housing Inspected
Student Death in Rowhouse Fire Prompts Action
The death of Georgetown University senior Daniel Rigby, 21, in a rowhouse fire last Sunday morning has touched off an effort to inspect off-campus student housing across the city. The fire was caused by faulty electrical wiring to Rigby's basement room, where bars were welded to the window frames and exit doors were blocked. Inspectors checked numerous student rentals in Georgetown, closing units in nine rental properties and displacing dozens of students. George Washington University asked the D.C. inspectors to examine off-campus buildings housing university their students.
Flooding at Metro Station
Worker Suspended; Two Others Reprimanded
One Metro worker will be suspended without pay for a day, and two others will get letters of reprimand for ignoring two alarms Wednesday that indicated that fire sprinklers were filling the Mount Vernon Square Station with water. The sprinklers sent water gushing into the station for more than four hours. When the station manager arrived at work Thursday morning to open the station, he found ankle-deep water in the mezzanine. It took two hours to mop up the water.
RFK Stadium Renovation
City Taking Bids for Temporary Baseball Home
The District government is soliciting bids for the estimated $13 million renovation of Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium. D.C. officials are planning to fix up the stadium so that the former Montreal Expos can play there until the city can build a new baseball stadium on the Anacostia waterfront east of South Capitol Street. The D.C. Council has yet to take up the deal, but the city wants to move fast so RFK Stadium will be ready for play April 15.
Alerts Take Toll at Capitol
Officers Getting Longer Shifts, Less Time Off
Police officers and federal agents say that the constant terror alerts and long hours with no end in sight are taking a toll. More than 70 Capitol Police officers called in sick Columbus Day weekend, the most ever. Officers say alerts have meant weeks of 12-hour shifts, little vacation and fewer days off.
Hinkley Seeks Long Visits
Assailant Wants Days at a Time Unsupervised
Presidential assailant John W. Hinckley Jr. has asked a federal court to allow him to leave St. Elizabeths Hospital for several days at a time without staff supervision to visit his elderly parents in Williamsburg. Hinckley has been confined to the psychiatric hospital since being found not guilty by reason of insanity in the 1981 shootings of President Ronald Reagan and three others. Hinckley, 49, was permitted to leave the hospital without staff supervision for the first time last year. Doctors say his mental illness is in remission.
Across the Region
Metro Police Training; Wallaby Captured
* Metro Transit Police have hired a New York state-based firm to instruct officers in a technique called "verbal judo" as a tactic for peacefully defusing confrontations with passengers. The training is a response to several highly publicized cases in which transit police have handcuffed and arrested passengers after confrontations over food and cell phone use.
* Prince George's County police have recorded an average of 12 slayings a month this year, putting the suburb on pace for an annual homicide total not seen since the mid-1990s.
* A wallaby, one of Anne Arundel County's most wanted fugitives for days, was captured in Severn.
* Montgomery County's Health Department began accepting names for a lottery to give away 800 flu shots.
* The National Oyster Shucking Championship was once again the climax of the St. Mary's County Oyster Festival, a two-day celebration of the sea that began in 1967. The contestants were judged not only on how fast they could pry open two dozen oysters, but also on presentation.