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Friday, March 4, 2005; Page B03


Schaefer Hospitalized After Dizziness

Comptroller William Donald Schaefer has spent the past few days in a Baltimore hospital being monitored for "cardiac irregularities," a spokesman for the former governor said.

Spokesman Michael Golden said Schaefer (D) complained to his doctor of dizziness Tuesday and was admitted to Johns Hopkins Hospital for observation.

"They've put him on some medications that need to be monitored and have requested that the comptroller curtail his schedule for the next couple of weeks," Golden said. "He'll probably be on the job, but not all day every day."

Golden said Schaefer, who is 83, probably will be discharged by today.

"He's in good spirits and feeling okay, but the dizziness was a bit worrisome," Golden said.

Transportation Funding Measure Advances

The U.S. House Transportation Committee yesterday approved more than $10 million in road and public transportation projects for Montgomery and Prince George's counties, including money for a Silver Spring transit center, an interchange at Route 355 at Montrose Road in Rockville and millions of dollars for the proposed intercounty connector.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) said the money also would be used to create pedestrian and transit-friendly centers in Rockville, Wheaton and Mount Rainer. Van Hollen said some of the funds contained in the bill would be used to study the proposed Metro Purple Line. The bill now goes to the full House.


Grand Boulevard Envisioned for SE Revival

The National Capital Planning Commission unveiled a vision for South Capitol Street yesterday that would transform the gritty route between the Anacostia River and the Capitol into a grand boulevard, including the planned Washington Nationals stadium, a waterfront park, memorials and cultural facilities.

The existing divided highway, lined with blighted properties, would be replaced by a tree-lined street leading to a new Frederick Douglass bridge. Busy intersections and overpasses would be reconstructed as more accessible traffic circles.

The proposal, which will be considered by the planning commission, is the latest step in a long local and federal effort to remake the South Capitol Street corridor. The planning has gained momentum with the launch of the District's Anacostia Waterfront Initiative and the decision to locate the baseball stadium in the area.

Spending Bill Excludes Inaugural Payment

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.) said yesterday he was sympathetic with District leaders' request to be reimbursed $11.9 million for the presidential inauguration, but he said the city's costs will not be included in an $82 billion war spending bill rushing through Congress.

"I certainly have not made a positive decision," Lewis said, adding that he is "seriously thinking" about including the District funds as part of his panel's regular budget process this summer. The District also has requested permission to spend $231 million in locally raised funds for a baseball stadium and other projects.

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