Fashion and a Statement

* Saturday is a big day for Kartieir Peters, a fourth-grader at Garfield Elementary in Southeast Washington. Thousands of people will be on the Mall for the 18th annual Help the Homeless Walkathon, and most of them will be wearing T-shirts designed by Kartieir.

His drawing shows 10 faces around a colorful globe. (That's him at the top of the illustration, with his mom to his right.) Kartieir, 9, says he wanted to show that people are "all the same inside," so he drew people of different races reaching out to one another.

The folks at the Fannie Mae Foundation, which sponsors the walkathon and several community mini-walks that lead up to it, picked Kartieir's drawing from more than 100 entries in their T-shirt design contest. This was the fourth year that Kartieir has entered, and when his mom saw his artwork she said, "Wow! . . . I think that one might win."

Kartieir will receive a $500 U.S. savings bond and will address the crowd before Saturday's 9 a.m. kickoff.

More than 110,000 people took part in last year's homeless campaign, which raised more than $6.5 million. This year's event helps the nearly 15,000 homeless locally as well as hurricane victims.

The walkathon will take place rain or shine. For more information:

Ring Around the Ducky

* Animal-control officers in Frederick, Maryland, are trying to help a wild duck whose head is stuck in a plastic six-pack holder.

The mallard can breathe and eat despite the plastic necklace, but flies away when anybody tries to help her. (People should cut the rings on six-pack holders before tossing them.)

And Still Evolving . . .

* Happy 175th, Harriet!

A Galapagos tortoise, one of the world's oldest animals, marked what keepers at the Australia Zoo say was her 175th birthday on Tuesday. Keepers say that Harriet was collected by British scientist Charles Darwin in 1835, although some scientists doubt that.

Fit to a T: Kartieir Peters and his design.