Man sought in attack
on woman in Northeast

D.C. police are looking for a man who sexually assaulted a woman at gunpoint Saturday morning in Northeast Washington.

The attack happened about 11 a.m. while the woman was walking in the 700 block of Barnes Street NE, authorities said. Police said the man approached from behind, displayed a handgun and assaulted the woman near a residence. The victim did not know her attacker, police said.

— Patrick Svitek

Latino and Asian groups
back incumbent mayor

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) has collected the first endorsements of any Democratic organizations in the city, comfortably winning the backing of the D.C. Latino Caucus and the D.C. Asian American and Pacific Islanders Democratic Caucus, which both held votes on Saturday.

At a mayoral debate that accompanied Saturday’s voting, Gray received loud applause from immigrants when he noted that shortly after taking office he reaffirmed that D.C. police would not cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, leaving it to federal immigration officials to determine a resident’s legal status. Gray also drew applause when discussing his introduction last year of a successful measure to give undocumented immigrants driver’s licenses.

Council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) had won pluralities in straw polls held by Democrats in Wards 4 and 7, but she did not garner the supermajority required for an official endorsement from either. Combined, Latinos and Asians make up nearly 10 percent of the District’s population.

— Aaron C. Davis

Debate framework set
in governor’s race

The three major Democratic campaigns for governor of Maryland have reached agreement on the framework for debates in advance of the June 24 primary, they jointly announced Monday.

Under the agreement, there will be three debates for Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler and Del. Heather R. Mizeur (Montgomery); and one debate for their running mates.

The gubernatorial debates will take place during the weeks of May 5 and 19, and June 2, according to the campaigns. One will take place in the Washington media market, one in the Baltimore market and the third will be broadcast statewide.

The timing and location of the lieutenant governor debate are still to be determined, according to the joint statement.

— John Wagner

Dominion wins round
in gas terminal fight

Dominion Resources won an important legal victory last week when a court ruled in favor of its plan to export natural gas from the terminal at Cove Point in Lusby, Md.

The terminal was built for import, not export, and Dominion and Calvert County officials say that the massive, $3.8 billion renovation required to reverse the flow of gas at the site would benefit the state economically, employing thousands of people over several years.

Environmentalists and concerned residents worry that the project could increase global warming, decrease property values and harm the Chesapeake Bay.

In a lawsuit in federal court in Maryland, the Sierra Club had argued that an agreement the terminal’s original owner signed in 1972 with environmentalists precludes export at the site, but the Maryland Court of Special Appeals disagreed, affirming a lower court’s ruling.

Josh Tulkin, director of the Sierra Club chapter in the state, said that his group was “disappointed” and still considering options for appeal to Maryland’s highest court.

— Max Ehrenfreund