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Daily News Clips - January 5, 2018

Summary

A woman has filed suit against George Washington University, alleging that the school mishandled a sexual harassment complaint against her that was filed by a student. University officials behaved in a sexist manner during their investigation, Catherine Woytowicz alleges in court documents. GWU is also accused of “expanding the coverage of their prohibitions so that they mean anything and everything and place all law-abiding faculty, staff and students at risk,” her lawsuit states. • Marcelina Yanez was at Basilica on Christmas Eve, filling pews with pamphlets, preparing the candles and staying for the evening Mass. Just moments after leaving the Northeast Washington church, Yanez was struck by a car while crossing Michigan Avenue to reach a bus stop. Yanez was hit about 6:20 p.m. D.C. police said she had walked into the road trying to cross from north to south and that she was not at a crosswalk. She made it across three lanes before being hit by a 2009 Honda Civic, police said. She died Wednesday at a hospital.

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Crime Updates

Washington Post: Woman files suit over handling of George Washington University sexual harassment case “A woman has filed suit against George Washington University, alleging that the school mishandled a sexual harassment complaint against her that was filed by a student. University officials behaved in a sexist manner during their investigation, Catherine Woytowicz alleges in court documents. GWU is also accused of “expanding the coverage of their prohibitions so that they mean anything and everything and place all law-abiding faculty, staff and students at risk,” her lawsuit states.”

Washington Post: Church volunteer dies after being struck by car following Christmas Eve Mass at Basilica “The dedicated volunteer known as Nancy was there Christmas Eve, filling pews with pamphlets and preparing the candles. She stayed for the 5 p.m. Mass, as the priest reminded those gathered to live every day like Christ. Just moments after leaving the Northeast Washington church, Yanez was struck by a car while crossing Michigan Avenue to reach a bus stop. Yanez was hit about 6:20 p.m. D.C. police said she had walked into the road trying to cross from north to south and that she was not at a crosswalk. She made it across three lanes before being hit by a 2009 Honda Civic, police said. She died Wednesday at a hospital.”

Public Safety Updates

WUSA: Firefighters knock out SE, DC apartment fire despite extreme cold “Firefighters successfully knocked out an apartment fire in Southeast, D.C. early Wednesday morning, officials said. The fire happened in the 300 block of Parkland Place in Southeast, according to DC Fire and EMS. There were no reports of injuries or any victims. Despite heavy fire and the challenges caused by the extreme cold, fire crews were able to contain the fire to the original apartment and quickly got it under control.”

NBC Washington: Howard University Closed Due to Campus-Wide Heating Problems “Howard University’s campus is closed through at least Friday after widespread failures in the heating system amid below-freezing temperatures, officials say. “Sub-zero temperatures have resulted in boiler issues and ruptured steam pipes. This is in turn affecting heat dispersion across campus,” university vice president Dr. Tashni-Ann Dubroy said in a statement.”

Fox5DC: Water main breaks, school closings as deep freeze hits DC region “A deep freeze is setting in throughout much of the region a day after a ‘bomb cyclone’ brought blizzard-like conditions to Maryland’s Eastern Shore and Delaware and impacted other parts of Maryland, Washington D.C. and Virginia. The coastal winter storm dumped ankle deep snow on the popular resort towns of Ocean City, Maryland and Rehoboth Beach, Del. Wind gusts approaching 50 mph were recorded during the day on Thursday.”

Fox5DC: How to stay safe and keep your car running in the extreme cold “Dead batteries, flat tires, and keys locked inside of the car are just some of the common problems AAA Mid Atlantic has their hands full with this time of year. Robert Moorman, AAA fleet supervisor in Landover, Maryland, says winter is an extremely busy season for the company. Moorman says keeping your automobile properly maintained is key during the winter months.”

Mayor and City Council

NBC Washington: Uncertainty Hangs Over Marijuana After Sessions’ Memo “U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions gave federal prosecutors the green light Thursday to aggressively enforce federal marijuana laws, reversing an Obama era-rule that shielded states where marijuana is legal. Medical marijuana users in Jessup, Maryland, told News4’s Chris Gordon they were upset their treatments may be at risk. Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh said, “We’re going to do everything we possibly can to insure that you get the medicine that you need.”“

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Posted January 05 2018 at 10:53 AM by DC Police Union News | Permanent Link

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