National Zoo Euthanizes a Cheetah
The National Zoo euthanized a male cheetah yesterday after treating it for several weeks for complications from diabetes. Zoo spokeswoman Peper Long said the animal, Norok, would have been 13 next month and had lived at the zoo since 1992.
Zoo veterinarians and animal-care staff had performed several diagnostic procedures on the cheetah in recent weeks, including a magnetic resonance imaging scan, to see if there were other reasons for its declining health.
The zoo has six cheetahs remaining at its Cheetah Conservation Station. Cheetahs are the world's fastest land mammals and typically live eight to 10 years in the wild, the zoo said.
Police Seek Information on Missing Teen
D.C. police yesterday sought the public's help in locating a Northeast Washington teenager who has been missing for more than a week.
Gregory A. Thompson, 18, was last seen leaving his house in the 5600 block of Chillum Place NE about 3 p.m. Oct. 26, police said. Authorities described him as a dark-complexioned black male, 6 foot 2, roughly 180 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair. He was last seen wearing a black sweat shirt and sweat pants.
Police urged anyone with information to call the 4th Police District at 202-576-6745.
Woman's Body Found in Northeast
D.C. police are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found yesterday by construction workers in Northeast Washington.
Police said the woman, who appeared to have neck injuries, was found about 10:30 a.m. in the 800 block of L Street NE. The woman's identify has not been determined, nor has the cause of death.
Arundel Chamber Opts to Avoid Politics
The Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce has decided it will not join the state chamber's new drive to target lawmakers it deems anti-business.
Bob Burdon, the chamber president and chief executive, said yesterday that chambers should be seen as resources supporting business concerns and should not be tainted by politics.
Burdon also said it does not make economic sense to fight Democrats, the state's majority party.