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A headline on an April 19 Metro in Brief item misstated the effect of a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in an Annapolis murder case. The court did not reinstate the charges against Leeander J. Blake, but agreed to hear an appeal of a state Court of Appeals decision that led to Blake's release.


In Brief

Tuesday, April 19, 2005; Page B03


Military Close to $6 Million Deal on RFK

The D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission and Washington Nationals are nearing a sponsorship deal with the Department of Defense worth more than $6 million, with the potential for additional revenue from a private company related to naming rights at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium.

The federal agency would provide the payment in return for recruiting and advertising opportunities for the National Guard and other branches of the military at RFK during Nationals games, sources close to the negotiations said.

Discussions of potential names for the playing field have included Armed Forces Field at RFK and naming it after a separate corporate sponsor, the sources said. Any sponsorship fees would go to city youth recreation facilities, commission officials have said.

Howard U. Receives Broadcasting Award

Howard University was honored yesterday for its contribution to the broadcast industry.

The Spirit of Broadcasting Award from the National Association of Broadcasters recognized Howard's longstanding commitment to teaching, encouraging talent and leadership in the field.

Book Sale Benefits Nonprofit Schools Group

More than 60,000 "gently used" books went on sale yesterday to benefit Turning the Page, a nonprofit organization that works to improve education in D.C. schools. The book sale will continue this month at several locations.

The books were collected by more than 230 community businesses, apartment buildings and organizations. They will be sold weekdays at 1416 H St. NW (today through May 6); Georgetown University's Leavy Center (Thursday and Friday); Charles Sumner School, 1201 17th St. NW (Monday through April 29); and George Washington University's Kogan Plaza, 21st and H streets NW (April 26-28).

Turning the Page currently brings together eight elementary schools, parents and the community to improve classroom resources, according to spokeswoman Jenny Krueger.


Charges Reinstated in 2002 Carjacking

The U.S. Supreme Court handed prosecutors in Anne Arundel County a victory yesterday by agreeing to hear the case of Leeander J. Blake, an Annapolis man who was charged in a slaying in the city's historic district but whose case didn't reach trial.

Blake and another man were charged in the 2002 fatal carjacking of Straughan Lee Griffin. Terrence Tolbert was convicted in January and sentenced the next month to life in prison.

The charges against Blake, however, were dropped after prosecutors lost their appeal of a pretrial ruling that excluded statements Blake allegedly made to police. A provision in state law that says prosecutors who appeal certain pretrial rulings must drop charges if they lose compelled Blake's release.

Junior Officer Dies After Academy Test

A junior naval officer assigned to the U.S. Naval Academy collapsed and died yesterday after a routine physical fitness test, Navy officials said. The cause of death is under investigation.

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