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Saturday, April 16, 2005; Page B03


Second Litter of Cheetah Cubs Born at Zoo

Five cheetahs were born at the National Zoo this week, the second litter of the endangered cats for the Smithsonian animal park. The births Thursday night were the first for Zazi, a cheetah born in 2001, whose name means "fruitful" or "fertile" in Swahili, zoo spokeswoman Peper Long said. Zazi came to the zoo in June. The father, Ume, has been at the zoo since last spring.

Veterinarians will not examine the cubs for several weeks, to give them time to bond with their mother, Long said, and they will not go on public display until after that.

_____About the National Zoo_____
Where Animals Go, Volunteer Eyes Follow (The Washington Post, Apr 17, 2005)
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)
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The zoo's first litter of four cheetahs was born in November.


Manassas Police Officer Dies in Crash

A Manassas police lieutenant was killed Wednesday night in a car crash in Fauquier County, authorities said.

Lt. James K. Ryan was driving his personal vehicle south on Route 17 between Great Meadow and Warrenton about 10 p.m. when it left the road and struck an embankment, ejecting him, Virginia State Police said.

Ryan, 46, had been with the Manassas department for 26 years, Manassas police said. He had served as a day-shift watch commander.

N.Va. Students Score Perfect 2400 on SAT

Four students at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, an elite Fairfax County magnet school that accepts students from several Northern Virginia jurisdictions, earned perfect scores on the new SAT, according to the College Board.

Those students are among 300,000 nationwide who took the exam in March, the first time the revamped version was offered. The new test includes an essay question, and students can now earn a maximum 2400 score, compared with 1600 in the old version.

Nationwide, 107 students received perfect scores, including six in Virginia, five in Maryland and three in the District.

Fairfax Hotline Targets Underage Drinking

Fairfax County police yesterday launched a telephone hotline for anyone to provide advance notice of underage drinking, in hopes of stopping teenage drunken driving and lowering the number of teenage driving fatalities.

The hotline is part of a campaign called "Shut-It-Down," to last through prom and graduation season. The phone number is 703-246-2333. Fairfax police are looking for anonymous information about upcoming parties involving alcohol, and they ask callers to provide the date, time and location of such events.

The hotline will be checked daily by the police traffic division.

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