A brief in Saturday's Metro section gave the wrong phone number for the African American Women's Resource Center Inc. The correct number is 202-332-6561 cq for the center's after-school program for girls. (Published 10/20/1999)
Metro Extension to Receive Design Money
Federal officials will award $1 million to Metro next week for the design of the Blue Line extension from Addison Road to Largo in Prince George's County.
An additional $4.75 million has been included in the fiscal 2000 budget to complete final design for the rail project, but it has yet to be released.
The Largo extension will mark the first step toward Metro's expansion beyond the original 103-mile design for the subway system. The extension will run about 1.3 miles and calls for two new stations: the Summerfield station, just west of Summerfield Boulevard and north of Central Avenue, and the Largo Town Center station, just beyond the Capital Beltway.
Construction money, estimated at $435 million, has yet to be approved by federal and state governments.
But Ray Feldmann, a spokesman for Metro, said beginning design work "keeps the project moving forward. We're optimistic that the state and federal governments will contribute and do their share. But we still have hoops to jump through before we have a date certain for construction."
New Stations Surpass Forecasts
Ridership at Metro's two newest subway stations, Columbia Heights and Georgia Avenue/Petworth, continues to outpace projections. Since the stations opened Sept. 18, daily weekday ridership at both stations has been about 8,500--more than twice the number of passengers expected, according to Metro General Manager Richard A. White.
Metro expected the stations would generate 4,000 daily trips at their openings and inch up to about 6,000 after the first year of service. But from the first day, the new Green Line stations have drawn heavy crowds, White said.
Gilmore Opposes Sunday Liquor Sales
State officials have been considering whether to allow the sale of package liquor on Sundays, but a spokesman for Gov. James S. Gilmore III (R) said the governor isn't about to let that happen.
Allowing Sunday sales is among several ideas that have been discussed by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, said Commissioner Clater C. Mottinger. The department oversees the state's government-run liquor stores and returns about $150 million a year in profits to state government and localities. State officials are considering a variety of ways to increase tax revenues for local governments.
Gilmore spokesman Mark A. Miner, however, said "the governor has no intention of selling alcohol on Sunday," and Mottinger said he didn't expect the department to attempt to change its Sunday policy.
Judge to Rule on Voter ID Program
A judge is expected to rule next week on a request by state Democrats to block a pilot program supported by Republicans to require voters in Arlington and Fairfax counties and eight other jurisdictions to show identification before voting in the state's Nov. 2 legislative elections. Richmond Circuit Judge Melvin Hughes said he would consider the injunction request over the weekend.
Jay Myerson, an attorney for the Democratic Party of Virginia, said the State Board of Elections program would prevent people from exercising the fundamental right to vote. "We're concerned about intimidation. We're concerned that people will turn away" when told to provide an ID, Myerson told the judge Thursday.
But Ashley L. Taylor Jr., a deputy state attorney general, said no one will be prevented from voting or hindered in voting. The measure affects Arlington, Bedford, Fairfax, Frederick and Henry counties and the cities of Charlottesville, Colonial Heights, Norfolk, Roanoke and Virginia Beach.
Acquitted Legislator Chairs Fund-Raiser
Former state senator Larry Young is quickly getting back into politics after being cleared of bribery and extortion charges, and he's hinting that he will run for office again.
Young is serving as chairman of a fund-raising event Tuesday night for Del. Nathaniel T. Oaks, a west Baltimore Democrat. He's sent out letters, distributed tickets and made phone calls on Oaks's behalf. Young also will hold a $30-per-person benefit to help pay for a legal bill that he says is more than $100,000.
Young was expelled from the Senate in January 1998 for a series of ethics violations. He said he received nearly 500 calls of support over three days after his acquittal on bribery and other charges Sept. 24.
Although Young, 49, says he is not ready to discuss his political future, "I'm sitting on 24 years of experience," he told the Baltimore Sun. "We have a unique opportunity with that kind of experience. But, for now, I'm just biding my time."
Tudor Hall to Be Auctioned
A historic house, remembered by some the birthplace of Shakespearean theater in this country and others as the childhood home of the assassin of President Lincoln, is scheduled to go on the auction block today.
Tudor Hall in Belair was built by the celebrated tragedian Junius Brutus Booth, whose sons Edwin and John became famous Shakespearean actors. John Wilkes Booth assassinated Lincoln on April 14, 1865, at Ford's Theatre.
Harford Community College has been unable to raise the $400,000 demanded by the estate that controls the house. The college had hoped to turn the 152-year-old, Gothic-style house into a museum and educational center.
Program for Girls Takes Applications
The African American Women's Resource Inc. is accepting applications for its free after-school program for girls ages 11 to 15. The "We Are The Ones!" program begins Tuesday and will run for nine months.
The girls will meet two days a week in "discovery unite" groups. The program will include discussions and participation; the topics include the importance of education, developing a positive self-image, financial awareness and nutrition.
For more information, call 202-232-6561 or get an information packet at the center, 1515 U St. NW.
"We Are The Ones!" is made possible through a grant from the Ms. Foundation for Women and private donations.
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
"This is very cool, very much of a surprise. Everyone always assumes that historical materials like this have been destroyed, but it's still here."
-- Robert Sonderman, a National Park Service archaeologist, on the discovery of sandstone footings that once supported a fence around Lafayette Square.