Our Morning Roundup: Metro Safety Gets Even Worse Edition
Good morning, everyone. Another Tuesday in the District–summertime heat has officially moved in with temperatures ranging from 90 to 94 degrees, with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms tonight. Thank your lucky stars for today because it's probably only going to be worse tomorrow. This spring was our hottest on record–overactive sweat glands are tragic this summer.
Around town, a man in Southeast was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for the 1999 murder of his girlfriend, though her body was never found. Generally, the rule is, if there's no body, you can't be indicted of the crime. This is only the fourth murder case, since the 1980s, that the U.S. attorney's office for the District has handled, where a body was never found. A local tattoo artist who owned Liquidity Jones Tattoo and Piercing in Southeast also faces 8 years in prison for fatally shooting her husband in 2009. During an argument, she thought he was going to pull out a weapon, but he did not have one when he was shot. This really takes the whole love hurts mantra to new heights.
The demographics of Prince George's County, the wealthiest county in the nation with an African-American majority, according to the Prince George's County Economic Development Corp., is shifting. As some residents move to neighboring counties such as Fairfax (guess they haven't heard about the traffic), the county's makeup is taking on a more diverse hue as Central Americans and other foreign-born folks move in.
Across the way: Tysons Corner traffic continues its abysmal existence, and this will probably never change. Perhaps if people used the Metro, things wouldn't be so bad, but it turns out, a year since the deadliest crash in Metro's history, its safety record has only worsened, reports WaPo. Ah, yes, extend lines out to Dulles and Tysons Corner, so we can all partake in the 'fear for your life morning pick me up' game. Federal oversight legislation has stalled in Congress–what else is new–and the final report on last June's crash by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) won't be released until July. Who's working around here? Deborah A. P. Hersman, chairman of NTSB, tells WaPo, "There are significant deficiencies in their safety culture. We do not see the frequency of accidents on other properties that we are seeing on Metro."
All right folks, that's all. Hope everyone's morning commute went well.
Photo by Make Lemons'. June 22, 2009. Creative Commons Attribution License.