Separate bills in the House and Senate would cover Coast Guard payroll costs even if the partial government shutdown continues, but there has been little progress.More than 40,000 Coast Guard members have been working without pay since the end of the year, along with 10,000 other Coast Guard personnel. The next scheduled pay date is Jan. 30.Some Coast Guard families lobbied lawmakers Tuesday to find a fix.“I have full faith in the Coast Guard,” Petty Officer First Class Ryan Mleziva told Military Times. “I just hope our elected representatives show faith in us too.”Senate leaders blocked an attempt by Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) to temporarily re-fund the Department of Homeland Security, including Coast Guard payroll, according to The Hill.About 50,000 Coast Guard retirees could also miss out on their next benefits check at the beginning of the month, Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers Association President Jon Ostrowski told Military Times.“People are starting to get worried,” he said.Coast Guard photo by Lt. J.G. Kiana Kekoa ADC AUTHOR
A man, who was allegedly put on fire by some drug traders over a drug-related dispute in Fatullah, Narayanganj succumbed to his injuries at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) on Saturday–reports UNB.The victim is Suman, 38, son of Abdul Jalil of Mahasadair Pakapul area in Fatullah of sadar upazila.Victim’s wife Sumi said a local resident who was known to them, Sohel Mandal, younger brother of Aslam Mandal, former Enayetnagar Union member called her husband out around 9:00pm on Friday night.A few minutes later she rushed to the spot and after hearing the screaming of her husband on the road, found him with burn injuries.Severely injured Suman was rushed to local hospital and later shifted to DMCH as his condition deteriorated.Before losing his battle for life, Suman told his relatives that he had an argument with local drug dealer Biplab, his wife Sahela Begum and accomplice Sohel Mandal, over a payment which he gave Biplab earlier as a loan.At one stage, Biplab and his associates attacked him and poured kerosene on him and set him on fire.Officer-in-charge of Fatullah police station Shah Manjur Kader said they were investigating the matter.Meanwhile, Biplab denied the allegation and said Suman immolated himself as he was a drug addict.
The late Marion Barry served as District mayor and on the D.C. Council. The “Marion S. Barry Jr. University of the District of Columbia Redesignation Act of 2015” would rename the UDC.The death of former four-time mayor and D.C. Council member Marion S. Barry Jr. last year has generated discussion on how his legacy should be honored. D.C. Council member Vincent Orange (D-At Large) has an idea for remembering the political icon.On Feb. 3 Orange, with D.C. Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), introduced the “Marion S. Barry Jr. University of the District of Columbia Redesignation Act of 2015,” which would rename the UDC as the Marion S. Barry Jr. University of the District of Columbia (MDUDC). “We named the new convention center the Walter E. Washington Convention Center after the city’s first mayor and I think Marion Barry deserves an honor that is equal to that,” he said.Earlier this year, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) changed the name of the city’s youth employment program to Marion Barry Youth Leadership Institute. D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) said a commission would be set up to honor Barry. Michael Rogers, the vice president for institutional advancement for UDC, said university officials are studying Orange’s legislation.Ron Moten, a political activist in Ward 7, said, “I think Marion Barry deserves UDC being named after him. He did so much for the school and so much for the residents of the District of Columbia, whether they were Black or White.”Kevin B. Chavous, a 2012 Ward 7 D.C. Council candidate. “While I like where Vincent Orange is coming from,” said Chavous, “I don’t think re-naming UDC with Mayor Barry’s name is the best way to honor his legacy. Outside of Washington, D.C., there are a lot of negative feelings about Marion Barry. People outside of Washington tend to remember him for the arrest and things like that instead of focusing on the great things that he did. That might hurt UDC students when they try to go to other parts of the country to study and they present their transcripts as ‘Marion Barry University’. Marion Barry was a man of the people and I think we need something more public to honor him.”Chavous, and his brother Eric, have started a Change.org petition to rename one of the city’s major thoroughfares as “Marion Barry Avenue.” While Chavous brothers would prefer the H Street-Benning Road., N.E. corridor carry Barry’s name, they are open to other avenues.“We would definitely be open to Good Hope Road., S.E. to be renamed in honor of Barry, but we want a street that will be heavily trafficked,” he said.