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Monday, March 21, 2005; Page B03

THE REGION

Zoo Posts Panda Pregnancy Watch

Regular updates of the hormone levels and behavior of the National Zoo's female giant panda will be posted on the Friends of the National Zoo Web site to allow the public to follow news of a possible pregnancy.

Zoo scientists artificially inseminated Mei Xiang this month because her hormone levels indicated she was ready to get pregnant, and she did not mate successfully with male panda Tian Tian. The scientists will monitor the female panda's hormone levels closely during the usual 90- to-180-day gestation period.

_____About the National Zoo_____
Five Cheetah Cubs Born at National Zoo (The Washington Post, Apr 15, 2005)
Zoo Cuts In On Pandas' Mating Dance (The Washington Post, Mar 12, 2005)
Pandas 'Out of Sync' In Attempts to Mate (The Washington Post, Mar 11, 2005)
More About the Zoo
Giant Pandas Special Report

More than 50 volunteers from the group will conduct behavior watches of Mei Xiang and Tian Tian for four hours a day, five days a week.

Data will be updated at least once a week at www.fonz.org.

THE DISTRICT

Man Shot in Robbery Near NE Store

An unidentified man was shot and wounded late yesterday afternoon in a robbery in Northeast Washington, D.C. police said.

The shooting occurred about 5:40 p.m. outside a convenience store near Sixth and K streets, police said. The man, who was wounded in the back, was conscious when taken to a hospital, police said.

Fire Outside School Probably Was Set

A fire that appeared to have been set sent flames more than 20 feet in the air outside a Northeast Washington elementary school Saturday, a D.C. fire department spokesman said.

The fire in discarded rubberized material used for playground surfacing occurred about 6:30 p.m. outside Bunker Hill Elementary School in the 1400 block of Michigan Avenue NE, according to Alan Etter, spokesman for the D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department.

He said arriving firefighters were confronted by what appeared to be a 20- to 30-foot-high wall of flame.

MARYLAND

Tentative Pact Set for Frederick Teachers

The Frederick County Teachers Association has reached a tentative agreement with the county's Board of Education on a contract that includes a 3 percent pay increase and several hours of classroom preparatory time, the school system has announced.

The proposed contract, subject to ratification by the teachers union and funding by the Board of County Commissioners, calls for the salary increase and a step increment for eligible employees.


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