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Sunday, April 24, 2005; Page C03


2 Programs Are Award Finalists

Harvard University has selected two initiatives in the District as finalists in an awards program honoring innovations in government.

The D.C. police department's gay and lesbian unit and the SEED Public Charter School are among 18 finalists for the John F. Kennedy School of Government's annual Innovations in American Government Awards. They were selected from more than 1,000 applicants, officials said. Winners will be announced July 27 at a conference in Washington.

The honors carry prizes of $100,000 each. The Kennedy School will award five prizes, and the Fannie Mae Foundation will award a sixth.

University officials said the police unit, created in 2000, could be a model for other cities. The SEED school, in Southeast Washington, provides a college-preparatory boarding school education to 320 children in grades 7 to 12. University officials said the school has a strong academic program and promotes social growth and self-esteem.

Man, 31, Fatally Shot in SE

A 31-year-old man was found shot to death yesterday outside his Southeast Washington apartment complex, police said.

Officers found Michael A. Curtis in a parking lot outside the complex in the 1500 block of Butler Street about 2 p.m., said Capt. George Dixon of the 7th Police District. Curtis was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators had few other details.


Student Carrying Gun Arrested

A Frederick Community College student who came to class Friday carrying a loaded .45-caliber semiautomatic handgun in his waistband was arrested on weapons charges, police said.

Aaron K. Hennessy, 28, of the 7600 block of Iron Gate Lane in Frederick, also was carrying five extra magazines loaded with ammunition for his Glock 21, police said. A search of his car turned up additional magazines containing rifle ammo, though there were no other weapons, police said.

Hennessy cooperated with police. He told them that he was carrying the weapon for self-defense and had no intention of harming anyone at the school, Sgt. Michael Klingensmith said. Nonetheless, Klingensmith said, detectives were investigating whether Hennessy had other plans for the gun. Hennessy has been charged with illegal weapons possession and carrying a gun on school property.

Water Safety Festival Planned

The Kids K.N.O.W. Water Safety Festival, a day of events devoted to water safety, will be May 7 at Sandy Point State Park in Anne Arundel County.

The festival is presented by the nonprofit group Kids Knowledge Necessary On Water, whose founder, Brian Colella, makes water safety presentations at local schools. Events will include CPR and life jacket demonstrations, lifesaving demonstrations, boat rides and a boat parade. Colella plans to make the festival an annual event.

Registration is required, and forms are due Wednesday. Children 17 and younger and teachers will be admitted free; adults will pay $5.

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