No questions, please, the council is back in session.

When Prince George's County Council members elected Frank P. Casula, a retired U.S. Army Reserve lieutenant colonel, as chairman, they cited his strong leadership qualities.

However, during the first work session of the year on Tuesday, council members were more than a little put out by his gruff manner, especially when he told them they couldn't ask questions of opponents or proponents of a bill to transfer sediment control enforcement from the Soil Conservation District to the county. The no-question ruling, he said, was to move the meeting along.

"I can't ask a question, you lose my vote," grumbled Jo Ann T. Bell.

"You are going to hear from these people, and I can't ask a damn question?" growled F. Kirwan Wineland.

Seventy minutes of complaining and rebellious question-asking later, the council tentatively voted to leave the system as is.

Later on in the meeting, Casula chastised 28-year-old Wineland for laughing in the meeting. Minutes later, he had to referee a name-calling spat between council members Floyd E. Wilson Jr. and James M. Herl.

Said Casula, "Boy! I ought to get combat pay for this."

Filming of a movie starring William Hurt and Kathleen Turner began in Baltimore on Monday.

Officials said that from now until Feb. 2, "The Accidental Tourist" will be filmed in and around the city. Monday's filming was in Roland Park.Grapevine items were written by staff writers Retha Hill and Jo-Ann Armao and by news services.

The movie, based on the novel of the same name by local author Anne Tyler, is directed by Lawrence Kasdan, who directed Turner and Hurt in the movie "Body Heat."

There was some not-so-quiet snickering in the Montgomery County camp of Massachusetts Gov. Michael S. Dukakis last week when Susan Hoffmann endorsed presidential candidate Sen. Paul Simon of Illinois.

Some of the pols working for Dukakis' candidacy said that Hoffmann, one of the county's lobbyists in Annapolis and County Executive Sidney Kramer's 1986 campaign manager, had said she would support Dukakis. They say she jumped candidates when she realized she wouldn't get on the slate of delegates, much coveted as a way of getting to the Democratic Party's national convention in Atlanta.

Sally McGarry, county coordinator for Dukakis, said that Hoffmann told her that the Simon campaign made her an attractive offer. Hoffmann will be county deputy campaign manager for Simon and is on the slate of Simon delegates.

Hoffmann said she met Simon at a White House conference for the family and was impressed with what he said and how he treated people.

Getting on the delegate slate had nothing to do with her decision, she said. "I could always hop a plane and go to Atlanta to visit my cousin. That is not the reason," she said. AFTER WORDS "The what? I am not familiar with that."

-- Montgomery County Council member Michael L. Gudis' response to a question at a congressional candidates' debate on the Central American peace plan drawn up by Costa Rican President Oscar Arias. The next day, Gudis withdrew from the race for the 8th Congressional District seat.