Thursday, August 21, 2008


Replacing Monument Would Mar Site, Army Report Says

Arlington National Cemetery has determined that replacing the monument at the Tomb of the Unknowns would have an adverse effect on the historic site, according to an Army report issued to Congress last week.

However, the report says that the aboveground monument probably will need to be replaced in due course and that the cemetery is interested in acquiring marble for that eventuality. In the meantime, cemetery officials are initiating plans to repair the cracks in the structure for the third time since 1975.

No decision on acquiring replacement marble will be made for at least six months, the report says. Cemetery officials have long wanted the monument replaced, while preservationists have called for repair.

-- Michael E. Ruane


Police, DEA Agents Arrest 2 On Drug Trafficking Charges

D.C. police and federal agents arrested two people on federal cocaine trafficking charges and seized guns, drugs, cash and jewelry valued at more than $100,000 in a raid of a Southeast Washington apartment early Tuesday, officials said.

Investigators from the D.C. police gun recovery unit and the Drug Enforcement Administration arrested Stacy Moore, 36, and Carol Samoun, 23, after serving a search warrant in the 2200 block of Hunter Place about 4 a.m., officials said. Moore and Samoun were charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

Investigators found a half-kilo of powder cocaine and 62 grams of crack, authorities said. Police also seized an assault rifle, a .45-caliber assault pistol, a .40-caliber semiautomatic pistol, 34 grams of heroin and 490 Ecstasy pills.

-- Clarence Williams

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