First woman chief for Coast Guard Academy
Thirty-five years after it began admitting women, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy will get its first female superintendent. Rear Adm. Sandra Stosz will take the helm of the New London, Conn., academy next summer, becoming the first woman to lead a U.S. military service academy. Her appointment was announced Tuesday by the U.S. Coast Guard commandant, Adm. Robert J. Papp. Stosz, 50, was the first woman to command a Coast Guard cutter on the Great Lakes and the first female academy graduate to achieve the rank of admiral.
Storm takes cold to the Northeast
A storm that plagued the Midwest for days plodded eastward Tuesday with knifing winds and blowing snow, giving much of the northeastern United States its first real taste of winter. The storm brought bone-chilling cold, and more snow was falling Tuesday in parts of Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York. In New York, state officials closed sections of two major roadways outside Rochester for about two hours Tuesday afternoon after accidents. The slow-moving storm, crawling across the Midwest since Friday night, is blamed for at least 16 deaths.
Panel hears today from BP workers
The Chemical Safety Board launches its first hearing on the Deepwater Horizon disaster today with plans to scrutinize the way other countries regulate offshore drilling and hear firsthand accounts from BP workers. The five-member board also is set to examine industry safety practices. Rafael Moure-Eraso, the board chairman, said he hopes the hearing will offer lessons on how other countries organize and regulate offshore production. Offshore drilling regulators from the United Kingdom, Norway and Australia are slated to testify.
Washington: A grand jury on Tuesday indicted 18 alleged members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia on terrorism and weapons charges for engaging in the hostage-taking of three American citizens in Colombia.
Alexandria, Va.: Awais Younis, a Virginia resident who is a native of Afghanistan and is accused of threatening on Facebook to detonate pipe bombs on the D.C. subway system, was ordered Tuesday to undergo a mental evaluation.
Baltimore: Six people — three children and three adults — died early Tuesday when flames engulfed an east Baltimore townhouse. The blaze spread to adjacent homes, forcing families to flee in the cold.
Springfield, Ill.: Mayor Tim Davlin, who was beset with legal and financial problems, was found dead at home Tuesday as a court hearing loomed.