Meeting on Brentwood Plant Wednesday

U.S. Postal Service officials plan to hold a community meeting Wednesday on the status of the fumigation of the quarantined postal plant on Brentwood Road NE.

The 6:30 p.m. meeting will be at the Gallaudet University Kellogg Conference Center at 800 Florida Ave. NE.

Those who live or work near the anthrax-contaminated facility are encouraged to attend to learn about recent tests and plans for the upcoming decontamination, postal officials said. No date for fumigation has been set.

Officials from local and federal agencies involved in the cleanup, including the Environmental Protection Agency and D.C. Department of Health, also will attend.

Williams Wins League of Cities Post

D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams is in line to become the president of the National League of Cities in December 2004.

Williams (D) was elected second vice president of the group that represents more than 18,000 municipal governments. The election was held Saturday, as nearly 4,000 city leaders gathered in Salt Lake City for the league's annual convention.

Williams is expected to serve a two-year term. He said he plans to use the position to draw attention to the District's efforts for autonomy from the federal government and voting rights in Congress.

Current league leaders have criticized the federal government's failure to reimburse local governments for patrolling airports and spending money on other homeland security fronts.


Woodbridge Teen Dies in Crash

A Woodbridge teenager was killed and two others were seriously injured when their car went out of control in the Mason Neck area Saturday afternoon and hit a tree head-on, police said yesterday.

Lewis Caffey, 17, a passenger in the front seat, was pronounced dead at the scene on Old Colchester Road. Police said Caffey and the 16-year-old driver of the car, also from Woodbridge, were wearing seat belts.

Fairfax County police said yesterday that the driver of the 2001 Nissan Maxima was speeding and lost control on a curve. The car left the right side of the road about 3 p.m. Police said the driver, whom they did not identify because he is a juvenile, was flown by helicopter to Inova Fairfax Hospital with trauma to the upper body.

A third Woodbridge teenager was in the back seat and was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

Seven Saved from Sinking Boat

Seven people were saved from a sinking fishing boat early yesterday off the coast of Virginia, the Coast Guard said.

The Coast Guard station at Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek said it received a Mayday call from the 58-foot commercial fishing boat Sniper just before 5 a.m., spokesman Scott Whitney said.

Whitney said an alert was put out on the emergency marine broadcast system, and a nearby private boater responded. He pulled five of the seven fishermen from the Sniper before the Coast Guard arrived.

The captain and one mate stayed on board to try to save the boat, but they were rescued by the Coast Guard a short while later. No one was injured.

Whitney said that the bow had a hole about 3 feet wide and that the cause was unknown. The Coast Guard's Marine Safety Office Hampton Roads is investigating.

Whitney said the boat was based in Manteo, N.C. The identities of the fishermen were not immediately released.

Mary Washington Seeks University Status

Mary Washington College's Board of Visitors approved a re-accreditation study outlining how the school would operate as a university.

The study will go before the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools for approval. Mary Washington expects to seek university status from the General Assembly in 2004.

Under the plan, approved Saturday, Mary Washington's undergraduate and graduate programs would be separated into two colleges.

The college's James Monroe Center, which offers master's degree programs, would be renamed the James Monroe College for Graduate and Professional Studies and would expand its degree offerings and non-degree programs.

Mary Washington College would remain a four-year, liberal arts college for undergraduates, with enrollment capped at 4,000.

A college committee is surveying alumni about potential names for the university. A recommendation is expected next December.

Goode Opposes Kissinger's Appointment

Rep. Virgil H. Goode Jr. (R-Va.) wants President Bush to name someone other than former secretary of state Henry A. Kissinger to head the national commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

"We need somebody who's fresh and ready to go down any avenue for exploration," Goode told the Daily Progress newspaper in Charlottesville.

Bush named Kissinger 11 days ago to lead the bipartisan, 10-member commission established by Congress to investigate why the United States was not prepared for the attacks. Former Senate majority leader George J. Mitchell (D-Maine) was named vice chairman.

"I do not believe that Henry Kissinger is a good choice," Goode wrote to the president. "If the opportunity presents itself, I hope you would consider another person."

Kissinger, 79, secretary of state in the Nixon and Ford administrations, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973 along with North Vietnam's Le Duc Tho.


Baltimore Bans BB Guns for Minors

Legislation taking effect next month will make it illegal in Baltimore to sell or give a BB gun to a minor.

The law includes air guns and air rifles. Violators could face a fine of up to $500 and imprisonment for up to 60 days. The City Council passed the ordinance last week.

Years ago, an ordinance was passed that made it illegal to discharge BB and air guns or to give them to people of any age. But city officials said a more recent federal law undercut the city's ability to enforce those restrictions.

"We gotta take them out of the box because if we give it to them in the boxes, all packaged up, they sell them. I know one guy who got $60 for one I gave him."

-- Rafe Marlowe, referring to blankets that the United Planning Organization distributes to the homeless. -- Page B1

Compiled from reports by staff writers Manny Fernandez and Josh White and the Associated Press.