Gay Remarks Misunderstood, Pastor Says
A well-known minister who has come under fire for remarks about lesbians said yesterday that his comments were taken out of context.
The Rev. Willie F. Wilson, pastor of Union Temple Baptist Church in Southeast, also told his congregation during a morning service that his church has done more for the gay community than most other churches in the city.
"Ain't no church in Washington, D.C., unless it's a gay church, that has done more to reach out to the gay . . . community than Union Temple," he said.
Wilson was criticized for his comments made during a recorded sermon this month: "You got to be careful when you say you don't need no man. 'I can make it by myself.' Well, if you don't need a man, what's left?"
He cautioned that lesbianism is about "to take over our community. I'm talking about young girls. My son in high school last year tried to go to the prom. He said, 'Dad, I ain't got nobody to take to the prom because all the girls in my class are gay. Ain't but two of 'em straight, and both of them ugly.' "
He then discussed a gay sexual encounter in graphic and derogatory terms. His remarks were first reported by the Washington Blade.
Wilson, national executive director of the Millions More Movement to mark the 10th anniversary of the Million Man March in October, said his comments were misunderstood by those outside the church. "You know what I was talking about," said Wilson, a former mayoral candidate. "I was talking about a serious problem in our schools about our young girls. I was speaking to that issue."
Bouncer Stabbed Outside NW Nightclub
A bouncer at a Northwest nightclub was stabbed after an argument outside the establishment late Saturday, police said.
Police said the stabbing occurred about 10:30 p.m. when a bouncer led two unruly patrons out of JP's Nightclub, in the 2400 block of Wisconsin Avenue NW. The bouncer and men then began to argue, and the bouncer was stabbed with an unknown object, police said. The 26-year-old bouncer, whose name was withheld because he is considered a witness, was taken to Howard University Hospital, where he was treated for injuries that were non-life threatening.
FBI Car, Gun Stolen in Capitol Hill Area
An FBI car with a handgun inside was stolen last night in a residential area of Capitol Hill, D.C. police said. The black 1999 Jeep Cherokee with Virginia tags was reported stolen about 9:30 p.m., police said.
Victims of Loudoun Car Crash Identified
Two Maryland residents killed in a traffic accident last week in Loudoun County were identified yesterday as Robert H. Waters Jr. and Paula D. Penfield, Virginia State Police said.
Waters and Penfield, both of Germantown, were in a Chevrolet Impala on James Monroe Highway about 6:50 p.m. Friday when they were hit by a Ford Ranger pickup truck. Police said the driver of the pickup lost control and then crashed into the Impala about 500 feet south of Gap Road in Leesburg. No charges have been filed, police said.
Waters, 37, and Penfield, 46, were pronounced dead at the scene.
Person Found Fatally Shot in N. Bethesda
A person was shot in the head and killed late last night in the North Bethesda area, Montgomery County police said.
Police called to the scene said the person was in the intersection of Alta Vista Road and Wickett Terrace, near the Maplewood Alta Vista recreation center, when they arrived shortly after 11 p.m. The site is about a half-mile north of the National Institutes of Health campus. No other details were immediately available.
Drug Deal Leads to Shooting in Shop
An 18-year-old man was critically wounded during a shootout at a barbershop in a Columbia village center early yesterday, Howard County police said.
The shooting stemmed from a marijuana deal that went bad at Barber King salon at Long Reach Village Center, police said. The shop, in the 8700 block of Cloudleap Court, was closed at the time of the incident, police said.
Police said a 17-year-old and an 18-year-old entered the shop about 12:55 a.m. to buy marijuana from an employee of the shop, who was cutting his brother's hair at the time, police said. The employee, identified as Thomas Robertson, 24, of Hanover, took the two teenagers into a back room, police said.
But the teenagers didn't have enough money to buy the drugs, police said, so they padded their stack of cash with plain paper. One of the teenagers then pulled out a gun in an attempt to rob Robertson, and a struggle followed, police said. Robertson screamed for help as three shots were fired, police said. His brother, Jeffrey Robertson, 25, rushed into the room with his own handgun and opened fire, wounding one of the teenagers in the chest, police said.
The wounded teenager, Devon Dixon, 18, of Columbia, listed in critical condition at Prince George's Hospital Center, police said.
The other assailant, Peair Turner, was held at the scene by the two brothers, police said. Turner, also of Columbia, was charged as an adult with attempted second-degree murder, assault and robbery, police said.
Steele Has New View on All-White Club
In a change of course, Maryland's lieutenant governor says he understands the anger of blacks and other minorities toward the membership practices at the all-white Elkridge Club, and he told a radio station that the club should reconsider its policies.
Michael S. Steele (R), the state's first black lieutenant governor, spoke Saturday to WBAL-AM about the criticism surrounding a June 20 fundraiser that Republican Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. held at the exclusive Baltimore club.
"With Elkridge, the core issue there is the perception of discrimination is just as insidious as the reality of discrimination, so we need to tackle it on all fronts," Steele said. "There is a sensitivity with respect to this issue, particularly in the African American community, that cannot be lost."
"It's not unusual. I mean, it's on the high side. But we've seen cases with over 1,000 animals, cats and dogs together."
-- Gary Patronek, an epidemiologist specializing in animal-related public-health issues, commenting on 488 cats
found in the home of a Mount Vernon woman. -- B1
Compiled from reports by staff writers Cheryl W. Thompson, Del Quentin Wilber, Allan Lengel and the Associated Press.