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Saturday, April 2, 2005; Page B03

THE DISTRICT

Explosion Sends Manhole Cover Flying

A manhole cover flew into the air and struck a truck yesterday morning after an underground explosion at a busy Northwest Washington intersection, authorities said.

Two other covers came loose from their seats in the pavement after the 7:30 a.m. explosion that sent smoke billowing from at least four other manholes near 14th and Q streets, according to Alan Etter, a D.C. fire department spokesman. No injuries were reported.

Debbi Jarvis, a Pepco spokeswoman, said cable insulation wore away and exposed wiring, which caused the underground fire. She said about eight customers may have lost electricity.

Police Exams to Proceed Today

An appellate court cleared the way yesterday for the D.C. police department to hold its promotional exams today, as scheduled.

The D.C. police labor committee of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 1 challenged the testing process, alleging the department had unfairly changed the rules for eligibility. Earlier in the week, the union persuaded a Superior Court judge to issue an order suspending the administration of the tests.

D.C. police officials appealed the ruling, saying it could delay the testing process more than a year and entail extra costs. The Court of Appeals ruled that the public interest was best served by giving the exams, which are scheduled to be taken by about 1,400 police officers, sergeants and lieutenants at Eastern Senior High School at 8:30 a.m.

THE REGION

Trash Plan Aims to Help Potomac

Six area governments have signed a "trash treaty" that pledges to reduce the amount of trash and debris floating in the Potomac River and its tributaries, with the goal of making the river trash-free by 2013.

Under the agreement, officials will increase recycling programs, strengthen education about trash in the Potomac watershed and meet annually to discuss the issue.

The deal was brokered by the planners of the Alice Ferguson Foundation and organizers of the annual river cleanup, scheduled for today.

Signing the accord were leaders from the District and Montgomery, Prince George's, Charles, St. Mary's and Fairfax counties.

VIRGINIA

J.E.B. Stuart Principal Honored

A Fairfax County high school principal has been named the 2005 Outstanding Principal of the Year by the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals.


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