THE DISTRICT

Teen Fatally Stabbed in Card Game

Aaron Kendall Walker, an 18-year-old Southeast Washington resident, was stabbed to death late Friday after a dispute erupted during a card game at an outdoor parking lot, police said yesterday.

According to Lt. Willie Dandridge, police have identified a suspect and are seeking him, but they would not release his name.

Walker was stabbed once in the chest and taken to Washington Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead early yesterday. The assailant fled.

The stabbing occurred in the 500 block of Mississippi Avenue in Southeast Washington, not far from the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old earlier Friday night. Police said the killings were unconnected.

Commercial Vehicles Given Loading Zone

Starting tomorrow, the north side of I Street NW between 15th and 20th streets will be reserved for loading and unloading commercial vehicles, the D.C. Department of Public Works said.

Curbside parking will not be available there, but metered parking will be available on the south side of the street during off-peak times, the department announced. Workers removed meters on the north side of I Street last week and installed signs reflecting the new rules.

The department also announced a ban on double parking on either side of the section of I Street. No parking or stopping to drop off or pick up passengers will be allowed during the 7 to 9:30 a.m. and 4 to 6:30 p.m. rush hour periods.

For Barker, the Pace Is Rest

Doctors at George Washington University Hospital say Bob Barker will need to rest for at least a few weeks before resuming his schedule as host of "The Price Is Right."

Barker was released from GWU Hospital yesterday after a nine-day stay. Barker, 75, had surgery Monday for a blocked artery.

Hospital spokeswoman Lisa Saisselin says he'll fly back to California tomorrow. He was admitted to the hospital Sept. 16 after complaining of clumsiness in his right hand.

Barker, a longtime animal rights activist, was in Washington to lobby for a bill that would bar circuses from using elephants.

MARYLAND

Suspect Arrested in Baltimore Killing

Baltimore police arrested an Anne Arundel County man yesterday in the killing of a man found beaten to death in his Fells Point hotel room in June.

Police arrested Gary William Mick, 25, at his mother's home at 11 a.m. in connection with the killing of Christopher Jones, 37, police said.

Jones was found dead June 30 in his room at Baltimore's historic Admiral Fell Inn. He had traveled from Metuchen, N.J., for a pharmaceutical convention. Police said they believe that Jones met his assailant before the killing and that the motive could have been robbery. Police believe that money and credit cards were taken from the victim and that the credit cards were used at stores throughout the area, said Sgt. Scott Rowe.

Mick was arrested Sept. 15 in connection with what police said was a serious assault. Detectives later analyzed fingerprints recovered from Jones's hotel room.

Annapolis Hospital to Become Homes

The former Anne Arundel Medical Center in downtown Annapolis will be converted into town houses and condominiums, with a waterfront park and underground parking.

The announcement Friday by hospital officials ended nearly a decade of speculation over what would replace the hospital after it began to move operations to a larger site in Parole. The hospital announced last year that it would complete the move by mid-2001.

Martin Doordan, president of Anne Arundel Health Systems, announced that the Villages of Annapolis project was chosen by the hospital Board of Directors as the best project.

The property is the largest tract left to be developed in the Historic District, situated between the courthouse, residential neighborhoods and Spa Creek.

The proposal by McLean-based Madison Homes includes tearing down a controversial parking garage and bulky tower and building 94 condominiums, 13 single-family homes, 21 town houses and 11 attached "village" homes. Half of the condominiums would be restricted to residents older than 55. The group plans to preserve the most historic building, which dates to 1902.

VIRGINIA

Toddler Critically Hurt in 14-Story Fall

A 2-year-old Fairfax girl was in critical condition yesterday after falling 14 floors from a window of her family's apartment, police said.

Eman Mageed tumbled from the bedroom window of the Skyline House Condominiums unit in the 3700 block South George Mason Drive about 11 a.m., according to Fairfax County police spokeswoman Gretchen Lacharite. Lacharite said the toddler had leaned against the screen of an open window and it gave way.

The girl, who landed on a grassy section between two patios, was taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital, police said. Lacharite said the investigation is continuing.

Firm to Pay $800,000 in Fatal Explosion

The company responsible for a fatal gas explosion in Spotsylvania County last year agreed to an $800,000 settlement with the state.

William Knisley died in May 1998 from a gas explosion at his home south of Fredericksburg. The house exploded after a worker from NOCUTS Inc. marked the wrong location for the gas line in Knisley's back yard, according to State Corporation Commission documents.

NOCUTS, of Wake Forest, N.C., also agreed to establish a training program for its underground utility locators, change the way they locate underground lines and provide them with help during busy periods.

State Corporation Commission spokesman Ken Schrad said the settlement resulted from a pattern of misconduct by the utility locator over the past three years and not just the death. Commission documents show more than 840 instances in which NOCUTS violated the state's underground utility damage prevention act.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"If we'd known KGB spies were meeting there, we would have all come down to see them. Of course, everyone would probably bring baseball bats with them, too."

-- Sgt. Wayne McCully, of the Hyattsville police, on hearing that a Hot Shoppes restaurant in that town was a favored meeting place for Soviet agents during the Cold War.