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Tuesday, March 29, 2005; Page B03

THE REGION

D.C. Vacation Costs Second Only to Hawaii

Tourists are finding Washington one of the priciest places in the nation, with higher average costs this year for food and lodging, according to a survey by AAA Mid-Atlantic.

A family of two adults and two children can expect to pay an average of $441 a day for food and lodging in Washington, the auto club said. Only Hawaii tops Washington in a national survey of dining and lodging costs, the club reported.

Rising travel demand has led to higher hotel prices, and a spike in gasoline costs has caused a jump in dining expenses, the auto club said. Nationwide, AAA Mid-Atlantic estimates that lodging and dining expenses will rise by 5 percent this year.

Acting Police Chief Gets Park Service Job

The acting chief of the U.S. Park Police has been selected to officially take over as head of the 600-officer force, the National Park Service announced yesterday.

Dwight E. Pettiford, 53, has been acting chief for about a year. His former boss, Teresa C. Chambers, was suspended in December 2003 and later fired after going public with concerns about money and staffing.

In the past year, Pettiford has helped oversee the agency's security operations for the opening of the National World War II Memorial, the funeral of former president Ronald Reagan and the second inauguration of President Bush, officials said.

Pettiford rose through the ranks to become a top commander in the Durham, N.C., police force before joining the Park Police in 2002 as deputy chief of operations.

THE DISTRICT

Social Security Forum at Howard U.

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) will host a town hall meeting on Social Security from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Howard University's School of Business auditorium.

The event was rescheduled from Feb. 28 because of snow. Speakers will include former Connecticut representative Barbara B. Kennelly, president and chief executive of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, and Maya Rockeymoore, vice president of research and programs for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. The auditorium is at Fairmont Street and Georgia Avenue NW.

Designs for Waterfront Center on Display

Four teams competing to design an ecologically sensitive building that will house an environmental education center on the Anacostia waterfront will present their models and drawings to the public tonight at St. Benedict the Moor Catholic Church, 320 21st St. NE, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Competitors include architects from the District, Arlington and California, along with a team of students from the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at the University of Maryland. The winner will be chosen Wednesday.

The education center, which will be built on Kingman and Heritage Islands as part of the District's Anacostia Waterfront Initiative, is a project of the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation and the nonprofit organization Green Spaces for DC. The building will be the city's most environmentally sensitive, officials said.


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