News Bytes: Helicopters, GU Campus, Student Arrested

Helicopters Measure Aerial Radiation

Don’t be alarmed: the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration is operating low-altitude helicopter flights over downtown D.C. to prepare for Inauguration Day, Jan. 20, 2021. As part of a standard pre-inaugural protocol to protect public health and safety, the NNSA is measuring naturally occurring background radiation. Expect to see helicopters flying as low as 150 feet at about 80 mph.

Parents Call for GU Campus to Reopen

“Students and Parents Advocating for Georgetown Students on Campus,” a Facebook group with more than 600 members (not to be confused with the “Georgetown University Class of 2024 – Parents” group), has called for students to return to the GU campus this spring and an end to enforcement of the university’s Community Compact. Student newspaper the Hoya reported that the group submitted a letter to administrators and published a petition with more than 1,500 signatures.

Georgetown Named No. 1 Renewable Energy Campus

In an Aug. 19 report published by environmental advocacy group Environment America, Georgetown University was ranked number one in renewable electricity use among U.S. colleges and universities. The university uses over 159 million kilowatt-hours of green power annually, reported GU student newspaper the Hoya.

GU Student Arrested in Georgia for Murder

On Sept. 28, U.S. Marshals arrested Dijon Williams, 21, for first-degree murder in Gwinnett County, Georgia, his home state, with help from local authorities. D.C. police believe Williams, a Georgetown University student and football player, was in the District in July when he fired a shot that hit Nurudeen Thomas, 30, who later died. GU’s football season is currently suspended while classes are taking place remotely.


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