Thursday, October 4, 2007


4 Fires Break Out in Bathrooms

Four suspicious small fires broke out in bathroom trash cans in two Senate office buildings yesterday, authorities said.

No one was injured in the fires, which were quickly extinguished, said Sgt. Kimberly Schneider of the U.S. Capitol Police.

Two fires burned in the Dirksen building and one in the Hart building between 10:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. About 2 p.m., another blaze broke out in Dirksen, Schneider said. Authorities are trying to determine if the fires are linked.

-- Allison Klein


Body Found on School Playground

D.C. police are investigating the slaying of a woman whose body was found on the playground of a Southeast Washington elementary school yesterday morning.

A gym teacher discovered the nude body about 9:45 a.m. behind Wilkinson Elementary, at 2330 Pomeroy Rd. Assistant Police Chief Diane Groomes said the woman, whose name was not released, appeared to be in her 20s.

Principal Margaret Stephens-Aliendre immediately put the school on lockdown and called 911. No students saw the body, the principal said.

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