Adams Memorial Advances

Plans for a memorial to honor President John Adams and his family have moved a step forward after winning U.S. House approval.

The site would be outside the part of the Mall where new memorials are banned, generally bounded by Constitution and Pennsylvania Avenues NW, the Capitol, Maryland Avenue SW, the 14th Street bridge, Boundary Channel Drive and Arlington National Cemetery.

If the Senate approves the bill, the Adams Memorial Foundation would submit recommendations for potential sites to the various planning commissions that must approve the memorial's design and location.


Man Slain in Pr. George's

A man was found shot to death Friday afternoon in the Chillum area of Prince George's County, police said.

They said the man, who had been shot in the upper body, was found about 2:05 p.m. in the 5400 block of 16th Avenue.

Police said they were withholding his name until he could be positively identified and his relatives could be notified.


Recreation Center Approved

Reston residents have overwhelmingly approved construction of a $2.3 million recreation center south of the Dulles Toll Road.

In mail balloting, 96 percent of homeowners who returned ballots approved building the Southgate Center, which replaces a smaller neighborhood center that was closed in 1997. It will be used for recreational, community, social and educational programs.

The Reston Association, representing homeowners, will lease the 2.4-acre site to Fairfax County. In turn, the county has agreed to build, maintain and operate the new center. County tax dollars will fund the construction cost and an additional $5 million for operational costs over the life of the 99-year lease.

Renewal Forms Clarified

Virginia's driver's license renewal forms have been revised after drivers complained that they were overcharged because of confusing wording.

The state Department of Motor Vehicles had been sending out registration renewal forms with an option to donate $2 to the state's 400th anniversary fund. The fee was already tacked on to the registration cost, but drivers could opt out of the contribution by checking a special box that was in the fine print.

A lot of people didn't realize they had that option and paid the extra money.

In response to complaints, officials created a new version of the form that gives the cost of renewals with and without the contribution. Drivers now check off which renewal they want and pay accordingly. State officials said that during the first three months of the program, nearly half of the 1.5 million registrations included the $2 fee.

"When it started falling, I reckon he jumped. It's lucky it happened now. What would have happened if that . . . gave way when the parking deck was finished?"

-- Dewey Fisher, brother of construction worker Carl Fisher, who was killed in a parking garage collapse in Montgomery County on Friday. -- Page B1

Compiled from reports by staff writers Linda Wheeler, Martin Weil and C. Woodrow Irvin and the Associated Press.