District Digest: Making it rain… or leak

This week’s edition includes a promising soccer player, a mayor’s dirty past, liquor laws, and leaking gas lines.

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Rooting for the home team

On Wednesday, U.S. Soccer’s Jurgen Klinsmann selected goalkeeper Bill Hamid of D.C. United to play for the U.S. national team. Hamid will face Mexico in Philadelphia on the August 10.

Smelly money

According to a Washington Post investigation, Mayor Vincent Gray accepted illegal cash donations during the last mayoral election.

Gray received several cash donations above the legal limit of $25. In addition, Gray’s campaign staff would exchange the cash for money orders, a type of donation that carried a higher limit. These money orders total more than $5000.

The D.C. Office of Campaign Finance is investigating the matter and stated that “any individual or political committee in violation of city campaign rules could face a fine of up to $5000 and six months in prison. Anyone who ‘knowingly’ misleads or files misleading reports can be fined up to $10,000 and receive a five- year prison term.”

P.G. County vs. Natty caddies

On Wednesday, Prince George’s County Liquor Board voted 4-0 to approve new regulations that require a more conservative liquor delivery policy. The new rules require a delivery person to be 18 and recipients to show proof that they are 21 or older.

To continue making liquor deliveries, businesses must pay a $250 fee and keep records of every person that requests a delivery. Organizations at the county’s institutions of higher learning, including Bowie State University and the University of Maryland at College Park, are banned from receiving liquor, beer, or wine packages.

The board considered but did not approve a regulation that would increase the fee for serving alcohol after 9 p.m. to $1,500 fine and would ban persons under 21 from entering after that time.

Under pressure

At around 8 a.m. Thursday, a construction crew working on a house hit a high pressure gas line. A four inch gas feeder line became stuck, causing a leak lasting for about an hour. O, P, and First Streets, N.W., were closed and a few homes were evacuated during the incident.

Photo from Wikimedia Commons

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