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& TALENT ON TAP Veteran hoofer Glover salutes dance masters on Montgomery College stage. B-5 The Gazette SILVER SPRING | TAKOMA PARK | BURTONSVILLE DAILY UPDATES ONLINE Wednesday, November 20, 2013 25 cents Board nixes some capital project delays Proposes five middle, high schools stay on schedule n BY LINDSAY A. POWERS STAFF WRITER Montgomery County students and staff in five middle and high schools may not face delays to construction projects after all. The Montgomery County Board of Education decided Monday not to delay revitalization and expansion projects at two high schools and three middle schools. The board voted Monday to approve a $1.74 billion Capital Improvements Program budget for fiscal years 2015 through 2020 — compared to Superintendent Joshua P. Starr’s proposed $1.55 billion budget, which was based on holding off on some projects. The board added a total of about $192.6 million to Starr’s proposed figure. The board’s capital improvements program budget is about $376.5 million more than the current program, which covers fiscal years 2013 to 2018. The budget now moves to County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) and the County Council for their approval. The decision to keep the five schools’ projects on track added about $172 million to the budget. See BOARD, Page A-12 Park plans may displace mentally ill n Adrienne House program provides 24-hour rehabilitative care BY ALINE BARROS STAFF WRITER In this 1978 photo, ballistics expert Larry Sturdivan holds a bullet believed to have struck President John F. Kennedy. I BY KEVIN JAMES SHAY STAFF WRITER n the early-morning hours of Nov. 23, 1963, Dr. James J. Humes washed his hands after overseeing what is arguably the most controversial autopsy in modern U.S. history at Bethesda Naval Hospital, now Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. The director of laboratories of the National Medical School in Bethesda took his notes of the proceedings to his Bethesda home and burned them after meticulously copying the records because, Humes later testified, they were stained with John F. Kennedy’s blood and “inappropriate to be turned over to anyone.” “Having transcribed those notes … I destroyed those pieces of paper,” Humes, who died in 1999, testified in 1977 before a medical panel convened by the U.S. House Select Committee on Assassinations, one of several political bodies that investigated the killing. “I felt they would fall into the hands of some sensation seeker.” That admission is one of many facets of the case that have fueled speculation of a cover-up and conspiracy over Kennedy’s death for the past 50 years. As the half-century anniversary approaches Friday, the autopsy in Bethesda continues to be one of the more controversial elements. “Dr. Humes may have had his reasons for JAMES K.W. ATHERTON/THE WASHINGTON POST burning the original autopsy notes,” Philip Shenon, a former New York Times journalist and author of a new book, “A Cruel and Shocking Act: The Secret History of the Kennedy Assassination,” said in an interview. “But it was still jaw-dropping to discover what he did.” Jim Lesar, president of the Assassination Archives and Research Center, a private organization in Silver Spring that preserves documents and other records on political assassinations, added, “It was an extraordinarily controversial autopsy that has been denounced by many authorities in the field.” Of the roughly 30 agents, military officers, medical personnel and others that the House See KENNEDY, Page A-17 Eight residents at 8915 Colesville Road in Silver Spring help to cook dinner, do laundry and clean the house. They take creative writing, fitness, reading, music appreciation, and quick and healthy cooking classes. They also go to therapy once or twice a week, and have to take daily medications. These eight residents are part of Adrienne House, a program operated by Cornerstone Montgomery. The program provides comprehensive 24-hour rehabilitative care, and assists residents suffering from schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder and personality disorders. But Adrienne House is next to Ellsworth Park, a property owned by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, which has leased the house to Montgomery County, which then sublet to Cornerstone Montgomery for the past 25 years. Park and Planning is considering the development of a dog park at Ellsworth Park that officials say should not interfere with Adrienne House; however, it is part of a larger plan to develop more green space for the growing Silver Spring urban area. 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