Monday morning roundup
Part of the Suitland Parkway in Prince George's County is closed Monday morning because of a two-car crash that resulted in one fatality. Stay with the Post for more details.
The National Weather Service has issued a dense fog advisory until 9:00 a.m. – so be careful driving.
A Washington Post investigation finds that those who live in areas of the District with the highest rates of HIV and AIDS infection often have the least access to services in their neighborhoods. An excerpt from the series by Post writer Debbie Cenziper: “Among District residents known to have HIV/AIDS, one in four lives in the squat rowhouses and aging public housing complexes of predominantly African American wards 7 and 8. But since 2004, the city has awarded just 6 percent of $100 million in AIDS funding to specialized nonprofit groups east of the river, forcing families to scramble for care in other parts of the city, a Washington Post investigation found.”
Medical marijuana, needle exchange in D.C. – A Senate vote on Sunday has moved the District a step closer to legalizing use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. The bill would also clear the way for D.C. officials to help low-income women pay for abortions and continue a needle exchange program that many see as a key component of slow the AIDS epidemic. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton calls the vote, the “biggest win for home rule in decades.”
If your boss tells you there’s no money for bonuses this year, maybe you can pull out this little gem: The Examiner reports that despite the economic slowdown and despite massive budget cuts, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty has given out $15 million in bonuses since January 2007. Schools chancellor Michelle Rhee was one of the biggest beneficiaries, getting $41,250 in 2007. Mindful of how such news might play, the D.C. Council voted to ban the bonus practice this past October. Still, some money is being paid out. Attorney General Peter Nickles said some of the bonus money is tied to pre-existing agreements.
As if college admissions weren’t stressful enough -- a panel is set to study whether area colleges are favoring men over women when it comes to admissions. The Post’s Daniel De Vise says anecdotal evidence suggests that men are being admitted at higher rates.
Another disturbing family incident in Prince George’s: a man allegedly shot and killed his 28-year-old nephew.
This incident comes just days after a man was accused of shooting his grandfather.
Meanwhile, a Northeast D.C. family says a police car hit one of their relatives Saturday night and left without calling emergency personnel. Authorities did return to the scene of the incident later on and said they would investigate.
A Montgomery County police officer has filed suit against the county, claiming that his job caused his heart condition.
Metro update: In case you may have missed it over the busy weekend, WMATA boss John B. Catoe, Jr. has shuffled one-third of his top staff over the last week. Of course the big question remains: will this make Metro safer and quell criticism that the transit system lacks responsiveness? Let us know what you think: firstname.lastname@example.org
Holiday spirit: While other kids might be asking Santa for video games or Zhou Zhou hamsters this year, one local boy is asking for something a bit longer lasting: The nine-year-old from Montgomery Village wants a kidney for his father.
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