Ad Company to Install 788 Bus Shelters
Clear Channel Outdoor and D.C. transportation officials said this week that the Phoenix-based advertising company will install 788 bus shelters throughout the District.
The installation is part of a contract that gives the company exclusive rights to advertising at the new shelters for the next 20 years.
Officials said the bus shelters will have up-to-the-minute bus-arrival information and will be linked to a Web-based monitoring system that will track operations and maintenance of the shelters.
If the D.C. Council and Congress approve the contract, the shelters will be in place by early 2009, according to the D.C. Department of Transportation.
Free Animal Treats for Poor Pet Owners
A pet-food giveaway for low-income owners of cats and dogs will be today and tomorrow at two locations in the District.
The event, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days, is sponsored by the Washington Animal Rescue League and Sam's Club.
Pet treats and 50-pound bags of dry food will be given to the first 100 low-income people who arrive each day. No proof of income is required.
Tomorrow's giveaway will be at the Friends of Fort Dupont Ice Arena, 3779 Ely Pl. SE. Tomorrow's giveaway will be at the animal rescue league, 71 Oglethorpe St. NW.
T.C. Williams Principal to Stay for Year
John Porter, the longtime principal of T.C. Williams High School who this year announced his retirement, will stay for another year, Alexandria School Superintendent Rebecca L. Perry announced yesterday.
Schools spokeswoman Amy Carlini said that though candidates to replace Porter are under consideration, the search will continue into the school year.
Porter, who had planned to take a position in the school district's central office, said he knew he might be asked to stay for an additional year if a replacement was not found in time.
"I'm more than happy to stay if I need to," he said yesterday. "The fit needs to be perfect."
$189,000 in Funds for Slavery Museum
The planned U.S. National Slavery Museum in Fredericksburg is set to receive a slice of federal transportation funding to help build a replica slave ship.
The $189,000 would help with the first phase of the 19th-century schooner, as well as with technology to make it an educational tool for museum-goers.
If President Bush signs the transportation spending bill, the funding will become available after the federal fiscal year begins Oct. 1.
Museum officials estimate that the ship and accompanying technology and exhibits will cost nearly $4 million. They plan to seek additional funding over the next two years.
Developer Sentenced in Fraud
A Maryland developer has been sentenced to four years and nine months in prison after being convicted of running a fraudulent real estate scheme.
The developer also has been ordered to pay more than $355,000 in restitution.
Wilbert Brodie of Mount Rainier was found guilty of conspiracy and wire fraud in January in a mortgage fraud operation in the Washington area.
Federal prosecutors said that over a 19-month period ending in July 1997, Brodie obtained more than $850,000 from mortgage companies.
Brodie bought nine distressed properties in the area and used inflated appraisals and other bogus tactics to get overvalued loans.
He then spent the money and defaulted on the loans.
Police Volunteer, 84, Fatally Hit by SUV
An 84-year-old police volunteer died yesterday from injuries she suffered when she was struck by an SUV backing out of a driveway.
The pedestrian, Toby Ehrlich Hayden of the 2600 block of Randolph Road in Wheaton, died yesterday afternoon, police said.
She had been a volunteer at the 4th District police station in Wheaton since 1991.
Hayden was headed to the station when she was hit.
Police said the driver, Emelitz Rivera, 39, apparently did not know that her 2001 Toyota Sequoia had hit someone as she backed out of her driveway in the 2400 block of Randolph Road, so she drove away.
A witness pulled alongside her vehicle to tell her that she had struck a pedestrian and needed to turn around.
She returned to the scene of the accident.
Police said the incident is under investigation.
No charges have been filed.
Fire Official Charged With False Alarm
A Prince George's County fire official has been charged with making a false alarm, the fire department said last night.
Fire Maj. Cornelius K. Jackson has been placed on administrative leave pending the disposition of the charge, which involved a June 7 incident, a fire department statement said.
A fire department spokesman declined to give details about the alleged false alarm.
"We've never disagreed that he is probably a slow learner and he is not of high intelligence, but that is not the same as mentally retarded."
-- York County, Va., prosecutor Eileen Addison -- who twice convinced other juries that Daryl Renard Atkins, 27, deserved the death penalty -- after a jury ruled Atkins is not mentally retarded and therefore can be executed. -- A1
Compiled from reports by staff writers Nia-Malika Henderson, D'Vera Cohn, Tara Bahrampour, Clarence Williams, Martin Weil and Fulvio Cativo and the Associated Press.