The Night Note: 5/10/10

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    TEEN TRAPPED IN RIVER RESCUED BY HUMAN CHAIN
    A Richmond fire official credits teamwork for saving a 13-year-old boy from drowning in the James River.

    Fire Capt. Mike Martin says friends, family, bystanders and firefighters formed a human chain to rescue the boy Sunday. The South Richmond boy was bodysurfing off Belle Island when his foot became wedged under a rock. (WTOP)

    NO DC METER HIKE WITHOUT NEW MACHINES
    The District will not raise parking meter rates to $3 per hour without a new stock of meters that allow drivers to pay by credit card or cell phone, a city official told the D.C. Council.

    Gabe Klein, director of the D.C. Department of Transportation, said during a budget hearing Friday that DDOT is still looking to raise the rates on roughly 2,800 meters, all in Ward 2, to $3 per hour — five minutes for every quarter. But the agency will not press forward with the creation of “premium” parking zones until it obtains a larger inventory of modern meters.

    “We’re not going to ask people to carry $3 in quarters,” Klein told the council’s Public Works and Transportation Committee, chaired by Jim Graham, D-Ward 1.  (Washington Business Journal)

    MARINE SHOT, KILLED ON BASE
    A 20-year-old Marine was accidentally shot and killed Sunday at Quantico Marine Corps base.

    Lance Cpl. Kevin P. Grant, of Harvey, Ill., was shot inside base housing. He was taken to Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, where he was pronounced dead, according to base officials.

    The circumstances leading up to Grant’s death are under investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.
    Grant’s family has been notified of his death, officials said.  (InsideNoVA.com)

    GANDHI BLESSES TEACHERS CONTRACT
    District Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi is ready to certify the $140 million teachers contract as fiscally sound, ending nearly five weeks of interagency fingerpointing and confusion.

    Sources say a financing package that closes a $10.7 million funding gap in the accord is awaiting only sign off from Mayor Adrian M.Fenty. A press conference or formal announcement is expected in the next couple of hours. More to come. (Washington Post)