Allen's Coffers Twice Robb's for Senate

Republican George Allen raised more than twice the amount of campaign money during the first half of this year as the man whose U.S. Senate seat he wants, Democrat Charles S. Robb, campaign finance reports show.

Allen raised $2.5 million compared with $1 million raised by Robb in the six months that ended June 30, according to reports filed Friday. Allen, who was governor from 1994 to 1998, has no opposition for the GOP nomination to challenge Robb's attempt at a third Senate term in 2000.

Reports prepared for the Federal Election Commission show that Robb raised $1,035,822 in the first half of 1999 and spent $179,952. With about $106,000 carried over from last year, Robb had $963,161, including interest, in the bank. Robb received more than one-third of his money from political action committees.

Allen had $2,269,873, including interest, in his campaign treasury. He raised $2,516,573 and spent $282,415, mostly on fund-raising efforts. Almost all of Allen's money, $2.3 million, came from 6,549 individuals.

3-Hour Power Outage in Clarendon Area

A malfunction in an underground cable near the intersection of Fillmore and 10th streets cut power to the Clarendon area of central Arlington County for nearly three hours yesterday.

Virginia Power operations analyst Jeff Pender said about 4,500 customers were without electricity from 11:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. He said the cause of the outage was not known but he doubted it was the heat.

Error Pays Off for Lotto Winner

William G. Schumm didn't have time to start over when he made a mistake filling out a play slip for the Virginia Lottery's Lotto game. He was in a hurry, and so even though he didn't get a ticket with the same six numbers he has played for almost a decade, he pocketed the stubs and was off.

Because of his mistake, Schumm has a $1.7 million jackpot as a reward.

The Spotsylvania County man, 35, was forced to fill out a new play slip to tell lottery computers which numbers he had selected because the machine at Snellings Market would not accept the one he had used previously. In filling out the new slip, Schumm blocked in a 5, instead of his normal 3, along with the numbers 15, 21, 29, 31 and 36.

Schumm, a warehouse loader at Pepsi Bottling Group in Spotsylvania, will collect $48,517 every year until 2023.


Police Shoot Man in NW, Recover Gun

A man who was carrying a handgun was shot and wounded early yesterday in a confrontation with D.C. police officers in the Park View section of Northwest, police said.

Police said that at least two men were approached shortly after midnight near 11th and Monroe streets by two uniformed officers on bicycle patrol and that one of the men reportedly handed a gun to another. That man began to run but allegedly turned toward the officers with the gun and was shot once in the buttocks area. Police said a gun was found.

Antonio M. Jones, 20, of 11th Street NW, was charged with assaulting a police officer. Police said he was in stable condition at a hospital.

Group Marches to Protest Meat Industry

About 40 people from the Washington-based animal rights group Compassion Over Killing marched up Connecticut Avenue NW yesterday afternoon to protest the slaughter of animals by the meat industry.

Carrying signs that read "Save Animals, Go Vegan" and "Freedom for Farm Animals," the group marched from Ruth's Chris Steak House, 1801 Connecticut Ave., to McDonald's, 3407 Connecticut Ave. Protesters wore black, held black wreaths and carried a makeshift coffin. At McDonald's, they laid the items in front of the restaurant.


Little Info Released on Man Shot by ATF

Authorities yesterday refused to release more information on Friday's shooting of a 20-year-old Waldorf man in an altercation with two U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents.

The man tried to flee as the agents attempted to question him in connection with a gun-trafficking investigation, according to an ATF spokesman.

Authorities said the man remained in critical condition. They declined to give his name or the agents' names. The wounded man has not been charged with a crime, according to the Charles County sheriff's department, which is investigating the Waldorf shooting.

An ATF spokesman said his agency was also looking into the matter and that a pistol was found near the wounded man. Agents are to meet with federal prosecutors tomorrow the spokesman said.


HUD Awards Eight Area Organizations

Eight groups in the Washington area have been cited by U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew Cuomo for outstanding and innovative use of HUD assistance.

District-based organizations received four of HUD's national 100 "Best Practices" awards presented recently. The Mortgage Bankers Association was cited for reaching out to minority home buyers, in part through a program to increase the number of minority professionals in the lending industry. The Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation, a congressionally chartered nonprofit organization, was honored for two national campaigns to encourage lending in lower-income communities.

The Neighborhood Networks Center at the Edgewood Terrace apartment complex was cited for its computer and office skills training program. HUD also honored its own District-based agency workers for creating a weekly newsletter.

The Prince George's County Housing Authority was cited for a crackdown on abuse in its subsidized rental program, which identified more than $3 million in fraud. The Anne Arundel County Housing Authority was honored for an after-school youth mentoring program.

The state of Maryland was cited for its Forty at Four initiative, which focuses on stabilizing neighborhoods, conserving existing resources and providing an interest rate that will attract home buyers to targeted neighborhoods.

In Northern Virginia, the Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development was honored for curtailing fraud and tightening loopholes in Section 8 management.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "Lawns come and go. People understand that." -- Audrey Walker, a Bethesda homeowner, predicting that most of her neighbors will heed Maryland's voluntary restrictions on watering.