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Thursday, September 11, 2008

GALLAUDET UNIVERSITY

Chemical Scare Prompts Evacuation of 2 Dorms

About 100 Gallaudet University students were evacuated from two dorms yesterday morning in a chemical scare that proved unfounded.

D.C. police officers and firefighters were called to the school for the deaf, at 800 Florida Ave. NE, at 10:15 a.m. after a worker discovered containers hidden in ductwork above an unassigned room at the Ballard Hall-North dorm.

Most dorm residents were in class, but those who remained were cleared out of Ballard-North and Ballard-West as a precaution. People were allowed back in soon after authorities arrived. They said the material was found to be six small boxes of plant fertilizer, pesticide and a light bulb.

Assistant D.C. Police Chief Patrick A. Burke said the theory that someone who was growing marijuana stored the containers is among "myriad" possibilities.

-- Paul Duggan

SOUTHEAST

Pr. George's Man Loses Control of Car, Is Killed

A 33-year-old Prince George's County man was killed yesterday when he apparently lost control of the car he was driving and struck at tree in Southeast Washington, D.C. police said.

The driver, identified as Michael S. Justice of the 12000 block of Southview Drive in Oxon Hill, was traveling south on Interstate 295 in a Chevrolet Impala near the Malcolm X Avenue exit when the accident occurred shortly before 12:30 p.m., police said.


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