Pr. George’s board creates committees

The Prince George’s County Board of Education has created six committees to help carry out the work of the school board.

Committee formation comes more than a year after a board overhaul. The reconfigured board is an elected body that changed to a hybrid board with several appointed members, had a rough transition after County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) pushed for a school takeover.

The six committees focus on: academic achievement; chief executive officer and board evaluation; finance, audit and budget; parent and community engagement; policy, legal and legislative; and board development and governance.

A mix of appointed and elected members will head the panels, whose meetings will be public and probably monthly.

— Ovetta Wiggins

Thousands lose
power in storms

Thunderstorms pushed across parts of the region Tuesday night, knocking out power, toppling trees and filling the skies with spectacle, from rainbows to lightning bolts.

The storms — intense, fast-moving and confined to limited areas — produced more than half an inch of rain in spots and briefly cut off power to about 3,000 Pepco customers, most in Montgomery County.

Authorities were investigating whether a roof fire on Calphams Mill Court in the Leesburg, Va. area, was ignited by lightning. In several places, temperatures dropped swiftly from the 90s to the 70s.

— Martin Weil

Police rule man’s death a homicide

A Labor Day death in the Falls Church area has been ruled a homicide and detectives cannot rule out the possibility that it was a random act, a Fairfax County police spokesman said Monday.

Filaberto Felipe Paz Ramirez, 27, of the Falls Church area was found dead shortly after 2 a.m. in the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 6000 block of Bellview Drive in the Culmore neighborhood.

“To err on the side of caution, people in the area should treat this homicide as if it was random,” said Officer Bud Walker, a police spokesman. He said no attacker or motive has been found.

Walker would not discuss the cause of death, but he confirmed it was not a gunshot. Police initially said that it appeared the victim might have been targeted.

— Justin Jouvenal

Record donation for Alexandria school

The 207-student Alexandria Country Day School said Tuesday that it had received $3 million from an anonymous donor, the largest gift in the school’s 31-year history.

The money will go toward curriculum and instruction enhancements, professional development for teachers and staff, interior and exterior improvements, and building the school’s endowment, said Scott Baytosh, head of the independent K-8 school.

— Patricia Sullivan