Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Doctors said he is not yet ready to stand trial. Von Brunn was hospitalized at GW after Holocaust museum guards returned fire, injuring him.
Von Brunn was moved to a secure area of Greater Southeast Community Hospital.
He faces a first degree murder charge.
At least 76 people were injured in yesterday's Red line Metro crash between Takoma Park and Fort Totten with more than 56 being brought to area hospitals.
At least 8 victims are still in the hospital in varying conditions. 3 of those at George Washington University Hospital. 2 are expected to be released this afternoon and possibly the third.
A 14 year old girl remains in intensive care at Howard University Hospital. Dr. Wendy Greene, director of trauma and critical care for the hospital, said she suffered torn tendons and the flesh around her legs was peeled away. Doctors are monitoring the blood flow and swelling in her legs
One victim at Providence Hospital will require surgery after fracturing her hip, and others are in hospitals throughout the region complaining of dizziness, neck injuries, and broken bones.
Those who walked into the hospital for care on their own make pinpointing an exact number difficult.
Reports had fluxuated between 6 and 9 deaths for much of the night.
Among the dead are seven women and two men.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.
Monday, June 22, 2009
UPDATE 12:03pm: The number dead again stands at 9. See the above story by clicking HERE for the most recent information.
UPDATE: The number of dead has been revised to 7. Initial reports had the number as high as 9. This post has been updated to reflect the change. WRGW will keep you updated as details emerge.
"It looks to be the worst Metro accident in D.C. history," D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty told reporters after a rush hour Red line collision leaves at least seven dead and dozens more injured.
The crash took place at 5:02pm between the Fort Totten and Takoma Park Metro stations, in a suburban area near the Maryland border.
Photographs show the cars of one train on top of another train, the floor of the top train missing and fire department ladders leading to the highest points. Passengers describe the above-ground collision as a "bomb going off," and remember plumes of smoke, dust, and debris.
The district's fire chief Dennis Rubin reports that some 70 people were brought to area hospitals, including a handful to George Washington University Hospital. Others were bused to the hospital for treatment and are being released as the night continues.
The investigation is ongoing but Metro General Manager Joe Catoe told reporters that the train may have been waiting to leave the station when it was struck behind by another train. The operator of one of those trains is among those reported dead.
Initially outlets were reporting no injuries.
"First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the victims. I want to thank our GW hospital staff and volunteers for their hard work in treating the injured GW President Steven Knapp said in a statement released to the GW community. "We know that a number of our staff, students and faculty members use the Red Line to get to our campus and will be affected by today's collision."
The Red line will remain closed between the Silver Spring and Rhode Island stations for a large part of tomorrow and Metro is advising riders to avoid the line all together.
President Knapp said those faculty members who have difficulty commuting to work will be granted a "liberal leave" and "appropriate accommodations." Colonial Inauguration will continue as planned.
This is the first Metro accident since the January 1982 involving casualties and the first train-to-train crash since 2004 when trains collided at the Woodley Park/Adams-Morgan station, also on the Red line. The 1982 derailment between the Federal Triangle and Smithsonian resulted in three dead.
The crash is more bad news for Metro, which saw a gang-related shooting outside its Columbia Heights Metro station.
Meanwhile GW Hospital remains in the headlines having just been the backdrop for the Holocaust Memorial Museum shooting that left one dead and the shooter in critical condition at the facility.
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- Jesse Regis
Friday, June 19, 2009
Mike DeAngelis, spokesperson for CVS, told WashingtonCityPaper.com that many CVS’s in DC and across the nation have placed condoms in lock-boxes to prevent potential shoplifters from “grabbing a whole bunch of condoms and running out of the store. The stores that had to keep condoms locked experienced shoplifting to such a degree that our entire inventory was being wiped out. There were no longer condoms available for customers to purchase.”
But Caroline Sparks, an Associate Professor of Prevention and Community Health at the George Washington University, does not believe that theft prevention is a justifiable reason to put condoms in lock-boxes.
“It takes 10 cents to produce a condom,” says Sparks. “A three pack sells in CVS for $5.99. We think that CVS can absorb losses from theft. We have asked that they just make condoms a loss leader and be good citizens by helping reduce HIV rates.”
Sparks was involved in the launch of the “Save Lives: Free the Condoms” campaign in 2006, which advocates for the elimination of lock-boxes in favor of open shelves to display condoms for purchase.
“The purpose of the campaign is to get CVS to stop locking and/or restricting access to condoms in low income, primarily minority communities which have high HIV/AIDS rates,” says Sparks. “The company does not lock condoms in primarily white neighborhoods in Washington DC. We have also asked CVS to adopt a national policy that they will not lock condoms or restrict access to them anywhere.”
Cure CVS, a national campaign also working on this issue, has done studies that show that CVS’s are more likely to put condoms in lock-boxes in urban areas that are predominantly black, which Sparks calls “discriminatory.”
According to CureCVSNow.org, “The proportion of CVS stores that lock up condoms increases with the percentage of residents of color in the stores’ zip codes.” You can see Cure CVS’s study here.
In response to calls for freed condoms, many CVS’s have switched to clear, plastic, vending-machine like “click-boxes,” which many stores had already been using to dispense razor blades. Sparks, however, does not see this as a reasonable solution.
“It is difficult to get condoms from a [click-box],” said Sparks. “Sometimes rows of [click-boxes] have a bar that locks the whole row so people still have to request a key. If the boxes are not fully stocked, then people cannot reach into them to grasp the next box. They also make a lot of noise and anyone near the aisle can hear customers trying to open them.”
The campaign is now a project of the Metropolitan Washington Public Health Association (MWPHA), and several graduate students in public health at GWU are now working with MWPHA on the campaign and with the DC City Council on increasing access to condoms.
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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton underwent successful surgery at GW Hospital this morning after fracturing her elbow Wednesday.
"Her doctors at the George Washington University Hospital have advised her that they expect her to make a full recovery without lasting damage to her arm," Cheryl Mills, Clinton's chief of staff told reporters.
The fall took place in the State Department basement while Clinton was en route to the White House.
Clinton has canceled her public appointments and is spending the weekend with her family in Washington.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
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Gowned faculty members adorned the stage between an American and South Korean flag in a brief ceremony. Members of the presidential delegation, Korean embassy officials, press, and security forces greatly outnumbered the few students that attended the event. James Person, a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of History did give a short greeting.
A visiting International Business fellow in 1999, President Myung-Bak said he was now a "true George," in reference to the university's founder. He spoke fondly of "walking along Kogan plaza and thinking about where Korea should go."
In an effort to be personable, Myung-Bak emphasized Korean things familiar with Americans including the 2002 World Cup in Seoul, and the dominance of Korean athletes in the LPGA Women's Golf Tour. He often referenced the Korean War, a battle fought six decades ago, but again thanked the sacrifice of the Americans who fought there.
In reference to American involvement in the Korean War he said, "When we say thank you, we really mean it."
The event wasn't without self-promotion. Myung-Bak pointed to having the 13th largest world economy, G20 status, and a rising gross domestic product.
In regard to current world events he offered a hand in fighting Global Warming saying, it is "not a choice, but a necessity" and that there is "no leader in Green Growth" but that countries must stand "shoulder to shoulder to work to solve it."
On North Korea he said they had chosen to "engage in rebellious activities" and that "under no circumstances will we allow nuclear weapons [in North Korea]."
The event earned international press attention undoubtedly placing GW on the list of potential South Korean students, many of whom look fondly on GW for educating Syngman Rhee, the first President of South Korea, and Song Yo Chan, a former Prime Minister of the country. Philip Jaisohn was the first Korean to get a medical degree from the United States at GW
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Recruitment potential, and alumni support is a possible explanation for Knapp mentioning the 250 Korean students currently enrolled at GW and the 800 alumni in Korea, the highest concentration of alumni outside of the United States.
The event is among many that has brought GW and South Korea together. GW President Steven Knapp traveled to Korea for Myung-Bak's inauguration in February 2008. Former GW President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg has earned honorary degrees from South Korean universities.
The ceremony comes a day after Myung-Bak met with President Obama at the White House. Both leaders discussed the potential impacts of a nuclear armed North Korea.
- Jesse Regis
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Spaces are still available to see the President of South Korea Lee Myung-Bak receive an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree.
GW President Steven Knapp will bestow the honor.
The event will take place at the Jack Morton Auditorium Wednesday June 17, 2009 at 10am. Doors open at 9am. To RSVP send your full name, birth date, and GW affiliation to email@example.com
Monday, June 8, 2009
Theories of profit motives arise and some families may elect not to pay the $50 to $90 per ticket to attend the performances, especially given the economic situation that is forcing families across the country to tighten their belts.
While some can barely afford the cable to watch Stewart on “The Daily Show,” Peter Konwerski, Associate Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer with Student and Academic Support Services tells WRGW News that, “The money from ticket sales is generally expected to cover the costs of the programming that takes place on campus during Colonials Weekend. We basically are running a break even program here, not a revenue generator. There is no surplus of funding which is turned back over to the University, since nearly every dollar in spending to produce the show is attempted to be recouped by ticket sales.”
The university will not reveal the exact amount it is spending to stage the shows or the talent citing a confidential contractual agreement with Stewart’s management.
Konwerski claims that his office receives very few complaints from students or parents about the affordability of the program, though he says it was important to both the university and Stewart to have a ticket value of less than $100.
The prices are comparable to previous Colonials Weekends.
Tickets for last year’s headliner, comedian Robin Williams, ranged from $57 to $125 dollars. 2007 Billy Crystal tickets ranged from $57 - $150. Jerry Seinfeld’s 2006 performance ranged between $57 and $125 dollars, though a portion of the money from Seinfeld’s performance went to scholarship funds for underprivileged D.C. public school students, according to archived press releases.
Stewart previously performed at Colonials Weekend in 2005. General admissions tickets sold for $45.
It’s a far cry from a 2000, non-parents weekend Jon Stewart performance where $8 dollar general admissions tickets were sold with the Student Activities Center giving away 300 free tickets at a women’s basketball game.
Tickets to New York City tapings of "The Daily Show with John Stewart" are free.
Konwerski said he would work with any student with “dire financial concerns,” but said there were a number of ways to attend among them, staffing the event.
Other, lower cost Colonials Weekend options are available including Cabaret Showcase and Colonials Invasion. Ticket information for these events has not yet been released.
Stewart will perform at the Smith Center at 600 22nd St. NW on Saturday October 17 at 7pm and 10pm. Ticket prices range from $50-90 each and will go on sale July 6. For tickets call: 202-994-7411 or visit http://gwired.gwu.edu/tickets to purchase tickets online.
- Jesse Regis
A six month long process, similar to that of selecting the commencement speaker, led to comedian Jon Stewart’s invitation to perform two shows on Colonials Weekend.
Student suggestions, parent input, and even psychographic assessments, among other methods, were used to identify Stewart as an option according to Peter Konwerski, Associate Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer with GW’s Student and Academic Support Services.
“Jon Stewart was first choice among many lists and the first act we sought to sign,” Konwerski tells WRGW News.
Following last year’s Colonials Weekend, which brought comedian Robin Williams to campus, parents were encouraged to fill out a survey asking for musical names, comedy acts, or speakers.
“Key students and student leaders in the arts community [including] Program Board, Student Activities Center, Student Association, and WRGW Radio” were among student groups consulted according to Konwerski.
The university reportedly also worked with the graduate level Event Management Program for the first time. The Spring 2009 class “Event Entertainment” worked with demographic and psychographic assessments, which identified potential acts.
Trends among students were monitored through social mediums like Facebook, as well. Students not connected with any group, and even alumni were encouraged to submit names.
This data was submitted to the Student Academic and Support Services office where additional information like the availability of performers, cost and format factored into the decision to extend an invitation to Stewart.
- Jesse Regis
He will become the second-highest ranking civilian in the Department of the Navy, reporting directly to the Secretary of the Navy.
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"The Elliott School's faculty is comprised of superb scholars and policy practitioners who are dedicated to bringing substantive knowledge and analytical rigor to bear on real-world problems. Mr. Work's appointment reflects his formidable policy expertise as well as his commendable commitment to public service," Michael E. Brown, dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs said in a statement released to the press. "The Elliott School community wishes him the best as he takes on his important responsibilities in the Department of the Navy."
Work, who among other things taught a defense analysis course at GW, told a Senate Armed Services Committee that his experience in government as an active-duty soldier, military officer, strategist and analyst prepares him for the post.
During the hearing he promised to work for the better treatment of servicemen and women.
"I will also work hard with the secretary of the Navy to ensure that our nearly 11,000 wounded warriors receive the best care possible, and that the families of our fallen are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve," Work said in a university press release.
Four Assistant Secretaries will report to Professor Work.