Friday, March 21, 2008


Nationals SmarTrip Cards Go on Sale Today

Metro will start selling its commemorative Washington Nationals SmarTrip cards today. They will be available online, at http://www.wmata.com/nationals; at Metro sales offices at the Metro Center and Pentagon stations; Metro headquarters; the Northern, Western, Landover, Royal Street and Four Mile Run Metrobus divisions; and regional transit stores.

There are two designs: a red card with the "W" Nationals logo, and one that depicts the new stadium. The cards cost $5, and riders must add value to pay for services.

Metro employees will also sell the cards at the Navy Yard rail station at 11 a.m. March 28 and before Nationals games March 29 and 30 and April 7, 9, 12 and 13.

-- Lena H. Sun


Fire Reignites at Church Damaged in Blaze

Smoke began wafting from the rubble inside Meridian Hill Baptist Church yesterday, a week after a fire at an apartment building next door spread to the church in the city's first five-alarm blaze in nearly three decades.

The fire rekindled briefly, said Alan Etter, spokesman for D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services. Crews quickly extinguished it.

The fire March 13 displaced about 200 people who were living at 3145 Mount Pleasant St. NW. The cause has not been determined.

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