Tuesday news roundup
Good morning. It’s Tuesday. Believe it or not it hit 68 degrees yesterday at National Airport. But alas, today we’re back to our normal January weather pattern. The Capital Weather Gang says it'll be in the 40's and clear today, but there will be a chance of snow later in the week -- maybe Friday or Saturday.
Two Metro workers die. We have sad news to report today. Two Metro workers were struck and killed by a piece of heavy equipment early this morning as they were doing track work on the Red Line near Rockville. These are the first worker deaths in 2010; four workers were killed in 2009. As a result of the on-going investigation, officials have closed the Rockville and Shady Grove stations. Train service will begin and end at Twinbrook and shuttle buses will be running for passengers between Twinbrook, Rockville and Shady Grove. The workers – both men – have not yet been identified. We’ll keep with this story and bring you more information as it becomes available. Also, WJLA, WTOP and Fox 5.
A change at the D.C. animal shelter. The director of the D.C. animal shelter and two other workers have been let go . The departures come amid allegations by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals of abuse and neglect of shelter animals. (The Examiner)
A fast food diet for Prince George's? A state senator from Prince George's County is among those calling for limits on new fast food outlets in the county. State senator David C. Harrington and activist Arthur Turner said cheap unhealthy options need to be replaced with a better quality of food. He’s introduced legislation to limit fast food restaurants in areas with significant health risks. Similar legislation is in place in South Los Angeles. While opponents argue that what a person eats is a personal choice, Harrington thinks healthier options can be key to improving diet. (Post)
Rhee remains silent. After igniting a firestorm with claims that some of the teachers who were laid off last year abused or had sex with students, D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee has remained mum on specifics, with a spokeswoman saying she might have a statement today. But the D.C. council is demanding more details – Chairman Vincent Gray has announced an inquiry into her claims. The teachers' union meanwhile, has demanded an apology from Rhee. NBC 4 has comments from Rhee and WAMU.
Circulator in Anacostia? Good news for those who live east of the River. Sounds like the D.C. Department of Transportation is considering adding a sixth Circulator route that would go to Anacostia. No word yet on how the route would be funded. Circulator service was recently expanded to Virginia. (Washington Business Journal).
In short: developers sue Metro over a stalled project in Greenbelt; the NAACP is asking the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate claims of discrimination against six African-American officers by the Hyattsville Police Department; One woman was injured after a manhole flew through the window of her minivan as authorities were investigating the report of a suspicious odor near Georgia Avenue between University Boulevard West and Dennis Avenue. The area was closed for much of the afternoon rush hour.
Renegade Republican senator dies. Former U.S. Senator Charles McC. Mathias, Jr. has died at the age of 87. The three-term senator from Maryland often clashed with fellow Republicans over the Vietnam War, civil rights and other social issues.
A very happy family. And finally, after a long and harrowing wait – a Frederick couple has finally met their newly adopted daughter, Ila. The Haitian orphan they’ve been waiting for since 2006.
Thanks for reading. We hope you have a good day. We’ll bring you more details from today’s early morning Metro accident and other headlines.
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