THE DISTRICT

Five Heat Relief Centers Now Open

The District has opened five centers for people to use to beat the heat this Fourth of July weekend.

The centers in Northwest Washington are at One Judiciary Square (441 Fourth St.) and the Frank Reeves Center lobby at 2000 14th St.

In Southeast, the center is the King office building lobby at 3720 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. In Northeast, there's a center at the Richard England Boys and Girls Club lobby at 4103 Benning Rd. In Southwest, there's a center at the Department of Human Services Intake Shelter for Families at 25 M St.

Detainee, 19, in Critical Condition

A 19-year-old man who was pulled over by police and arrested for allegedly driving without a license was on life support yesterday after apparently ingesting a narcotic in a D.C. police holding cell, authorities said.

The man, whom police did not identify pending notification of his family, was stopped by police in the 1400 block of Downing Street NE about 4 a.m. yesterday, Lt. Erich Miller said. He was being held in the 5th District cellblock for allegedly driving without a license when officers "saw him chewing some white substance," Miller said. "Shortly after that, he went into convulsions."

Doctors at D.C. General Hospital, where the man was taken, said his symptoms were consistent with a cocaine overdose, Miller said. He added that the man may have hidden the drug while he was being processed. The man was in critical condition last night, authorities said.

MARYLAND

Baltimore Public Housing Complex Razed

Baltimore housing officials demolished the four 14-story buildings that make up the George B. Murphy Homes public housing complex yesterday as they set out to transform the crime- and drug-infested tenements into town houses and single-family homes.

The Housing Authority of Baltimore City promoted the 25-second dynamite-induced implosion as a spectacular "fireworks" event for the Fourth of July weekend, complete with a parade, food and music.

The four tenements housed about 2,700 low-income families. The new housing is intended to serve mixed-income residents. It is being built at a cost of $300 million, with $146 million coming from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Teenager Dies in Ellicott City Crash

A 17-year-old Baltimore girl was fatally injured in a one-vehicle accident in Ellicott City on Friday night, Howard County police said yesterday.

Amber Lynn Duncan was the passenger in a 1987 Honda CRX that veered off College Avenue and struck a tree at 11:45 p.m., police said. The driver, Ryan Christopher Sumida, 18, of Offutt Court in Woodstock, suffered minor injuries. Police could not say whether anyone in the car was wearing a seat belt or what caused the accident.

Two Escape From Juvenile Institution

Two teenagers have escaped from Charles Hickey school in Baltimore County, the third major security breach in one week in two juvenile institutions run by a private contractor.

State police said the boys, ages 15 and 17, apparently opened a security screen on a window about midnight Thursday at the school run by Youth Services International.

A nurse at Hickey allegedly was raped by a student June 25, and three people escaped last Sunday from Victor Cullen Academy in Frederick County. One of the three, a 16-year-old, was recaptured yesterday.

Ex-Senator Seeks Dismissal of Charges

Larry Young's attorney has asked a judge to dismiss corruption charges against the former state senator or move the case from the capital to Baltimore.

Gregg Bernstein filed the requests recently with Anne Arundel Circuit Court Judge Joseph Manck. Bernstein argued that Young represented Baltimore in the General Assembly, so he should be tried where his alleged victims live.

Young was expelled from the state Senate in 1998 on ethics charges.

Young was indicted by an Anne Arundel County grand jury in December on charges of bribery, extortion and filing a false tax return.

The nine-count indictment charges that he demanded bribes in the form of cash, consulting contracts and computers from Christian Chinwuba, a Prince George's County physician who owned a radiology firm and then set up a minority-owned health maintenance organization called PrimeHealth.

VIRGINIA

Trailer Carrying Ice Cream Catches Fire

A trailer hauling Mr. Frosty ice cream products to a July Fourth celebration on the Mall caught fire early yesterday at a rest stop in Prince William County.

The 12-foot U-Haul trailer was at a northbound rest stop on Interstate 95 near Dale City when a freezer in the trailer caught fire as the driver tried to start up the freezer to cool the ice cream, Prince William fire officials said.

All of the Mr. Frosty products were destroyed in the 3:15 a.m. fire, which also closed the rest area for three hours, fire officials said.

Falls Church Blaze Injures Two

A fire that started in the garage of a single-family home in Falls Church yesterday morning destroyed two cars and injured a firefighter and a resident living in the house, Fairfax County fire officials said.

The 9:20 a.m. fire, at 3301 Horseman Lane, spread to the attic of the house before it was extinguished 15 minutes later, fire officials said.

The homeowner, who tried to put out the blaze with a home fire extinguisher, was treated for mild smoke inhalation, and a firefighter who suffered second-degree burns on his ankle was transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I thought, 'Nobody has cut this stone for a century.' I was so nervous. Only when I met my wife did I feel like that."

-- Guillermo Moreno, a political refugee from El Salvador, artisan and union stonemason, on his first glimpse of the Washington Monument when he arrived to begin work repairing its deteriorating stones.