MARYLAND

Report Predicts State Budget Surplus

With the economy still booming, the legislature's fiscal advisers are predicting Maryland will roll up another big budget surplus by the end of the current fiscal year.

A report presented to the Spending Affordability Committee, which meets annually to recommend a ceiling on state spending, estimated the surplus will be $619.5 million when the books for fiscal year 2000 close June 30.

Warren Deschenaux, chief fiscal adviser to the General Assembly, said economists believe there will be some slowing of the national and Maryland economies. But his agency still expects considerable growth over the next eight or nine months.

The Board of Revenue Estimates prepares the official figures that Gov. Parris N. Glendening (D) will use for the budget he submits to the General Assembly in January. The board--which consists of the state comptroller, treasurer and budget secretary--will not update its figures until December, but they are usually similar to the legislature's projections.

Kerosene Burns Clinton Man

A 91-year-old man was hospitalized in critical condition with chemical burns over 25 percent of his body yesterday after he was found lying in spilled kerosene at his home in Clinton.

A fire official said prolonged contact with unignited kerosene can produce such burns. The man, who lives alone, had fallen Tuesday night or yesterday morning, officials said.

A caretaker found him on the floor of his home in the 11700 block of Piscataway Road about 11:30 a.m. and called for help, said Capt. Chauncey Bowers, of the Prince George's County fire department. The man, who was not identified, was admitted to the burn unit of Washington Hospital Center.

THE DISTRICT

Residents Appeal Decision on Developers

A group of Columbia Heights residents has filed a petition with the D.C. Court of Appeals to overturn the city's choice of developers for land around the new Columbia Heights Metro station.

The petition of the Columbia Heights Neighborhood Coalition asserts that the Sept. 9 decision by the D.C. Redevelopment Land Agency violated the agency's own rules and that it was arbitrary and capricious. The court is the only available mechanism for an administrative appeal, said resident Dorothy A. Brizill, a leader of the coalition.

The land agency approved proposals by Horning Bros. and Grid Properties to tear down most of the historic Tivoli Theatre and build a Giant Food supermarket, movie theaters, an indoor amusement park, stores and town houses.

While some residents support those plans, many others, represented by the neighborhood coalition, believe the agency erred in not choosing a plan by Forest City Enterprises that would have preserved the Tivoli as a performance space while providing movie screens, a supermarket, stores, homes and an office building.

VIRGINIA

Christian School to Build in Alexandria

Virginia Beach's Regent University, the Christian graduate school founded by religious broadcaster Pat Robertson, will break ground for a satellite campus in Alexandria on Oct. 25, school officials said yesterday.

"What better place to build," said Regent President Paul G. Cerjan, noting the site's proximity to "the heart and center of our nation's capital."

The five-story, $6.5 million facility, to be located at Diagonal and Daingerfield roads across from the King Street Metro stop, will hold classrooms and office space for several of the school's faculties, including communications, business and divinity. Classes are to start in the new building in January 2001.

Regent has 2,165 students pursuing master's and doctoral degrees from what school officials call "a Judeo-Christian perspective."

THE REGION

Two Area Principals to Be Honored

Principals from Fairfax County and the District are among 59 elementary and middle school principals from across the country who will be honored by U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley at a dinner tomorrow for their contributions to education.

Ellen S. Schoetzau, principal of Fairfax's Mantua Elementary School, was named the 1999 National Distinguished Principal for Virginia, and Angela Michele Tilghman, principal of Myrtilla Miner Elementary, was chosen for the award in the District.

This year's Maryland winner is Karen T. Smith, principal of West Side Elementary in Cumberland, in Western Maryland.

The awards, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and the National Association of Elementary School Principals, are given annually to a public school principal in the District and in each state, as well as to principals at private schools and public schools overseas.

Graham Fund Chooses New President

The Philip L. Graham Fund announced yesterday that Candice C. Bryant will become president of the fund, which focuses its giving on the Washington area, effective Jan. 1.

Bryant succeeds Mary M. Bellor, a leader of the region's philanthropic world who has been associated with the fund since 1980. Bellor is retiring but will become a member of the board of trustees.

Bryant is director of administration of The Washington Post, where she also has served as controller for budget and operations analysis and assistant treasurer. A former D.C. public school teacher, she worked at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget before joining The Post.

The fund was established in 1963 to honor the memory of Post publisher and company president Philip L. Graham. It began with gifts from his widow, Katharine Meyer Graham, his friends and The Washington Post Co.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Once given a chance, [the Potomac] rebounded quicker than anyone would have thought, than any of us dreamed. The overall health of the river is excellent. It's got a tremendous population of three- and four-pound bass."

--Ken Penrod, a fishing guide who has written several books about the river, once severely polluted, where a bass fishing tournament is in progress.

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