Correction to This Article
Because of erroneous information provided by the U.S. attorney's office, an April 30 item in the Metro in Brief column gave an incorrect age for one of the protesters convicted of breaking into a D.C. homeless shelter. Jamie Loughner is 40, not 20.
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Under terms of a plea bargain, Quill was given a 10-year suspended prison term and placed on three years' probation. He also was ordered to complete a course on anger management. Quill resigned Tuesday from the police force, ending an 11-year career.

THE REGION

Inspection Finds Zoo in Compliance

The U.S. Department of Agriculture conducted another unannounced inspection of some exhibits at the National Zoo this month and found that the zoo was in compliance with Animal Welfare Act regulations.

An April 6 inspection of the hoofed stock, kangaroos, maned wolves and cheetahs, as well as animals housed in the Elephant House, including elephants, giraffes and capybaras, found no animal care deficiencies. The USDA also noted that the zoo has resolved earlier concerns from an inspection late last year and said the zoo's current rodent control measures are effective.

THE DISTRICT

Fire Damages Rowhouse Garage

Fire caused heavy damage to the garage of a rowhouse near the D.C. Convention Center in downtown Washington last night, a fire department spokesman said.

The fire, in the 1100 block of Sixth Street NW, broke out shortly after 10 p.m. and caused minor damage to the house. The cause was under investigation. No injuries were reported, said D.C. fire and emergency services spokesman Alan Etter.

City Assessing Stadium Area Property

The District government has sent letters to property owners at the site of a proposed new baseball stadium for the Washington Nationals, notifying them that the city intends to make offers to buy the land as early as July.

The two-page letter from the Office of Property Management states that property owners will have the right to counter offer if they are not satisfied. The city is assessing the land in preparation to make the bids on 63 plots in the 14 acres along the Anacostia waterfront in Southeast Washington.

Homeless Shelter Protesters Convicted

Six protesters were convicted of breaking into a District homeless shelter last year to protest the city government's decision to close it, prosecutors said yesterday.

A jury convicted the protesters Thursday of unlawfully entering the Randall School facility in the first block of I Street SW on Nov. 26. Judge Stephen Milliken ordered each defendant to pay a $100 fine and $50 to a victims fund.

The protesters were identified by prosecutors as Jill Blankespoor, 28, of Reston; Marcella Largess, 19, of Mount Ranier; Jamie Loughner, 20, of Arlington; Adrian Madsen, 22, of Manassas; James Moorby, 19, of Northwest Washington; and Emily Rudicell, 19, of Pensacola, Fla.

VIRGINIA

Alexandria Pedestrian, 87, Struck, Killed

An elderly woman was struck and killed yesterday afternoon as she crossed the 4500 block of Taney Avenue near North Jordan Street in Alexandria, police said.

Police said Jung Hee Yoon, 87, of Alexandria was struck shortly after noon by a box truck. Yoon was not in a crosswalk, police said.

She was taken to Inova Alexandria Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Police said the driver of the truck, identified only as a 46-year-old man from Burke, remained at the scene. It was the second pedestrian fatality in one week in the city. No charges were filed yesterday. The investigation continues, police said.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"There is a larger, compelling calling here. This is our generation's war -- it's not going away."

-- Frank Cilluffo, director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University, on the effects of Sept. 11 on course offerings. -- A1

Compiled from reports by staff writers Del Quentin Wilber, Karlyn Barker, David Nakamura, Jamie Stockwell, Martin Weil and Steven Ginsberg and the Associated Press.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"There is a larger, compelling calling here. This is our generation's war -- it's not going away."

-- Frank Cilluffo, director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University, on the effects of Sept. 11 on course offerings. -- A1

Compiled from reports by staff writers Del Quentin Wilber, Karlyn Barker, David Nakamura, Jamie Stockwell, Martin Weil and Steven Ginsberg and the Associated Press.


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