Highway Camera Web Site in Works

The Virginia Department of Transportation and Herndon-based have announced a new Web site to provide up-to-the-minute video images of interstate highways throughout Northern Virginia. The Web site will offer free access to 25 cameras on interstates 66, 95, 395 and 495.

By summer, users will be able to access all 110 VDOT cameras across the state on the Web site,

"This new service gives commuters more control over their commutes," said Tom Farley, VDOT's Northern Virginia district administrator. "It's part of VDOT's commitment to use smart technology to manage congestion. Commuters will be able to call this up and see what kind of traffic they are liable to encounter."

The Web site represents a significant upgrade of a program tested from 1996 to 1998, when Internet users could use the VDOT Web site to access traffic images. Although the response from the motoring public was enthusiastic, the technology was able to update images only every 20 minutes. The new Web site updates them every 60 seconds.

Franconia-Springfield Adds Greyhound

Greyhound Lines has opened a station at the Franconia-Springfield transportation center, which is already home to stations for Metrorail and Virginia Rail Express.

The terminal is at 6770 Frontier Dr. and will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. In 1998, Greyhound started bus service at two other rail stations in Northern Virginia--the Amtrak stop in Woodbridge and the Metro stop in Rosslyn.

The Greyhound terminal at Franconia-Springfield will serve 14 existing routes: six northbound, five southbound and three westbound, connecting to cities up and down the Interstate 95 corridor and across the state. For fare and schedule information, travelers should call Greyhound at 1-800-231-2222 or try the Web site at

Rabid, Feral Cat Found at Fort Myer

A gray feral cat captured Saturday at Fort Myer has rabies, according to state laboratory results.

The short-haired cat, with a white nose and cheeks, green eyes and orange tabby legs, was acting aggressively and was captured by an animal control officer. Anyone who may have come into contact with the cat should begin rabies shots immediately. More information is available at Arlington County's Communicable Diseases Bureau at 703-228-4980.


Vietnam Memorial Gets Postage Stamp

A new postage stamp commemorating the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was released this week by the United States Postal Service as part of an ongoing Celebrate the Century series, according to a Postal Service spokeswoman.

The 33-cent stamp portrays a veteran touching the black granite memorial wall that is inscribed with the names of more than 58,000 Americans killed or missing in action during the Vietnam War.


Parenting Education to Be Expanded

City officials announced a major expansion of parenting education programs yesterday to give families, regardless of neighborhood or income, access to classes and resources.

The new parenting classes are being funded by a $375,000 grant from the Freddie Mac Foundation. The program will be administered by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington in conjunction with the D.C. Office of Early Childhood Development, the D.C. Public Library and the Washington Parent Education Collaborative.

For five years, the partner organizations have offered limited parenting education in the city, where 58 percent of children live in single-parent households and 40 percent live in poverty. The grant will allow the groups to expand the number of available classes and train additional parent educators, with 10 percent of the classes and educators to be Spanish-speaking.

Information on the Freddie Mac Foundation Parent Education Initiative and on parenting classes may be obtained by calling Catholic Charities at 202-526-4100, Ext. 278.


Fatally Injured Pedestrians Identified

A woman and child who were fatally injured Tuesday when a car jumped a curb and hit them on a sidewalk near a bus stop in Hyattsville were identified yesterday as Violet Jasmine Johnson, 33, and her 4-year-old daughter, Nikola Nduume Musembi, of the 3500 block of Toledo Terrace, Hyattsville.

Investigators said the two were standing beside Queens Chapel Road near Nicholson Street about 2:30 p.m. when they were hit by a Mercury Marquis driven by Forest C. Tarry, 78, of the District. Tarry was not injured.

Police said yesterday they are investigating.

Republican Won't Run Against Hoyer

Charles County Republican Joe Crawford said this week he is dropping out of the race for the GOP nomination for the 5th Congressional District. He threw his support to Del. Thomas E. Hutchins.

That leaves Hutchins (R-Charles) unchallenged for the nomination and free to focus directly on his bid to unseat Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D), who is seeking his 10th term.

"Tim has worked hard for Southern Maryland and the entire state during his years in the legislature and is well liked in the community," Crawford said. "I'm glad we can work together toward a common goal, and that's to get Steny Hoyer out of office."


"A friend once said to me scaffolding is scaffolding is scaffolding. Occasionally, you hit something big in architecture, and this time we did. . . . The Eiffel Tower was a temporary structure. My scaffolding is sort of like the Eiffel Tower now."

--Michael Graves, architect of the scaffolding that has surrounded the Washington Monument during renovations. A bidding war has developed among those who want to purchase it.

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