Mixing Bowl Detour Starts Tonight
Motorists traveling from the inner loop of the Capital Beltway to Route 644 in Virginia will have to take a detour from 8 tonight until 10 a.m. tomorrow for work on the Mixing Bowl project.
Drivers on the inner loop will be detoured to Interstate 395 north, which they will follow to Edsall Road, where they will be directed to I-395 south and back to the inner loop. Virginia highway officials warned that the exit for the detour is nearly a mile before the usual exit, so motorists should move to the right lane well in advance.
Officials also said that only one lane of the inner loop will be open through the construction site.
Hopkins Official to Lead Randolph-Macon
Robert R. Lindgren, a vice president at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, will be the new president of Randolph-Macon College, the school in Ashland, Va., announced yesterday.
Lindgren has been vice president for development and alumni relations at the Johns Hopkins Institutions since 1994; he is leading an almost-completed $2 billion fundraising campaign.
Randolph-Macon President Roger Martin will retire in 2006 after nine years leading the 1,100-student private liberal arts and sciences college. Lindgren is expected to begin in February.
Teachers Honored for Urging Achievement
Two D.C. public school teachers have received $25,000 awards from the Milken Family Foundation for boosting student achievement.
Rasheki Kuykendall, who teaches at Roots Public Charter School, was cited for motivating students to enroll in science, spelling and geography competitions and for mentoring through a weekend activities club, the Black Madonnas and Young Lions.
Sarah Bax, a math teacher at Hardy Middle School, was honored for creating an after-school program that encourages girls interested in math and computers and a program that improves student behavior and study habits.
Both teachers received their prizes at schoolwide assemblies this week and did not know beforehand that they would be honored.
Bear Hunt Ends With 40 Animals Killed
Maryland's second bear season in a half-century ended on its fourth day, Thursday, after hunters had killed 40 black bears, a Department of Natural Resources official said.
Paul Peditto, head of the department's wildlife and heritage agency, said that he had set a quota of up to 55 bears, but he feared that another day of hunting, on a Friday with good weather, would exceed the quota, he said.
Meanwhile, Department of Natural Resources police charged a Carroll County man with exceeding the one-bear bag limit.
Michael Wayne Major, 41, of New Windsor told authorities that one of his shots might have hit two bears. Police issued a citation and seized one of the bears.
Gaithersburg Man Dies in Crash
A 41-year-old Gaithersburg man was killed yesterday when he lost control of his truck and slammed into a tree, Montgomery County police said.
Authorities said Freddie Alexander McKoy was driving west on Apple Ridge Road just before 4 p.m. when his 2000 Chevy Silverado crossed the double line near Darlington Drive and struck a tree on the east side of Apple Ridge. McKoy, of the 9800 block of Brookridge Court, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Group to Study Gaithersburg Day Labor
The Gaithersburg City Council announced yesterday that it will create a task force to discuss the possibility of opening a day-laborer center.
The task force will consist of 11 city residents and business owners. Another two members will come from a church or nonprofit organization.
Members will be nominated by Mayor Sidney A. Katz and confirmed by the council. The deadline for applying is Nov. 16.
The decision to create a task force came after the city dropped plans to open a day-laborer center on North Frederick Avenue. The county had agreed to lease the center -- which would have given laborers a supervised place to look for work -- if the city renovated the facility. Residents, however, complained that they had been shut out of discussions.
The task force will have until April 1 to explore options for dealing with the dozens of day laborers who congregate in the parking lot next to Grace United Methodist Church on North Frederick Avenue each morning.
Hybrids to Get Discount in Baltimore
Baltimore soon will offer discounts at city parking garages to drivers of hybrid vehicles, Mayor Martin O'Malley announced yesterday.
O'Malley, a Democratic candidate for governor of Maryland, said drivers with monthly accounts could receive discounts of up to 50 percent in recognition of their more fuel-efficient vehicles. The program will be limited to 200 vehicles, city officials said.
VDOT Gets Bids to Run Dulles Toll Road
The Virginia Department of Transportation announced yesterday that it received four private-sector bids to maintain and operate the Dulles Toll Road.
The groups are Dulles Express LLC, which includes Franklin L. Haney Co. LLC, Louis Berger Group, Cofiroute USA, Infrastructure Corp. of America, TransCore, Merrill Lynch and McGuireWoods Consulting; Virginia Mobility Associates LLC, which includes Urban Engineers Inc.; Dulles SmartLink, which includes Transurban, Goldman Sachs & Co., Fluor Virginia Inc. and VMS Inc.; and Cintra, which includes Cintra US Corp., Ferrovial Agroman S.A. and Hatch Mott MacDonald LLC.
The four offers will compete against one submitted in July by the Dulles Corridor Mobility Consortium, which includes former Democratic governor Gerald L. Baliles, Clark Construction Group, Shirley Contracting Co., Dewberry and Autostrade.
State officials said they will form an advisory panel of public and private transportation experts to sift through the proposals and recommend which, if any, they should pursue.
"It's been a long road from that bus seat to the Capitol Rotunda in Washington. This is a great memorial to the courage of one person."
-- Richard Baker, the chief Senate historian, on the decision to have the body of Rosa Parks lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda. -- A1
Compiled from reports by staff writers Steven Ginsberg, Susan Kinzie, Nancy Trejos, John Wagner, Clarence Williams and Nelson Hernandez.