An item in the Jan. 9 Metro in Brief column incorrectly identified the new mayor of Berwyn Heights. She is Patricia Dennison. (Published 1/10/03)


Antiwar Rally Set for Jan. 18 on Mall Organizers of an October antiwar rally that drew about 100,000 to Washington plan a sequel Jan. 18, they said yesterday.

Activists with International ANSWER said at a news conference that they expect tens of thousands protesting war with Iraq to come to Washington for a rally on the Mall near the Capitol, followed by a march to the Washington Navy Yard. The next day, youth and student activists plan a march from the Department of Justice to the White House.

Former U.S. attorney general Ramsey Clark, actress Jessica Lange and Vietnam veteran and author Ron Kovic are among the speakers scheduled for Jan. 18, organizers said.

Ten Stuck in Elevator at Metro Station Ten Metro riders were trapped in the street elevator at the Court House Metro station yesterday morning, until they were freed by Metro workers. The passengers, who were not injured, were stuck for about eight minutes, according to Metro. Transit officials blamed the elevator outage on a power failure at the station.


Two Killed When Car Hits Parked Truck

Two people died and a third was in critical condition last night after a driver slammed into a parked tractor-trailer in Northeast Washington, police said.

The crash happened about 8 p.m., and police arrived to find the car crumpled against the parked truck in the 4300 block of Hunt Place NE. One of the people in the car died at the scene, and a second was pronounced dead shortly after arrival at Washington Hospital Center, D.C. police said.

Investigators were still on the scene late last night.

Program Aims to Take Guns Off Street More than 300 people, including Mayor Anthony A. Williams, gathered yesterday at George Washington University for a citywide conference to promote a new program to combat gun violence.

Williams (D), Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey and other officials said some elements of "Project Safe Neighborhoods" already are in place. Officials are tracing all confiscated weapons and interviewing more suspects to develop firearms cases, they said. The idea is to generate more prosecutions to get guns off the street.

The mayor and others emphasized the need for more cooperation among government agencies and help from residents to stop the proliferation of firearms in the District -- where guns are illegal -- at a time when homicides are on the rise.


Berwyn Heights Mayor Quits to Go to War Berwyn Heights Mayor Bradley Jewitt resigned yesterday to join his Marine Corps Reserve unit, which has been called to active duty in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, the U.S. war on terrorism. Jewitt, a major, has been mayor since May 2002. Mayor Pro Tem Theresa Laughlin will replace him.

Civilian Layoffs Planned at Fort Detrick The Army plans to lay off 10 to 25 civilians at Fort Detrick to cut the cost of basic functions such as building maintenance and transportation services, officials said yesterday.

The layoffs would be the first at the garrison in at least 25 years, spokeswoman Eileen Mitchell said. The cuts would not involve Detrick's biological weapons defense program, medical troop support mission or signal corps, Mitchell said.

Mitchell said the cuts are part of a move to trim 62 garrison jobs, saving about $3.4 million in labor costs annually. About 40 of the targeted positions already have been cut through attrition, and an early-retirement offer may persuade others to leave voluntarily, Mitchell said.


Republican to Challenge Gross in Fairfax Herschel V. "Buzz" Hawley, a Republican and community activist from Annandale, yesterday announced his candidacy for the Mason District seat on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. He will challenge Penelope A. Gross, a Democrat who said she will seek a third term in November.

Hawley, 33, is an attorney and former chairman of the Mason District Council of Civic Associations and past president of several other neighborhood groups. He works as counsel to and director of government relations for Van Scoyoc Associates, a Washington lobbying firm. He said his campaign will focus on transportation, taxation and budget issues.

Gross, 59, said yesterday that she welcomes an opponent.

New Arlington Communications Director Diana Sun has been named director of communications for Arlington County, replacing Richard M. Bridges, who retired last fall.

Before taking the Arlington position, Sun, 48, operated her own public relations consulting firm. She also has been a vice president of corporate communications with Capital One. During the Clinton administration, Sun was deputy director of public affairs for the International Trade Administration.

Bridges, who was responsible for managing national media coverage of the attack on the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, retired in October and is now helping to coordinate media relations for the Romanian government.

Bay Islands Given to Nature Conservancy A cluster of Chesapeake Bay islands on Virginia's Eastern Shore was donated to the Nature Conservancy for permanent protection as a natural area, the conservation group said yesterday.

The Accomack County islands harbor numerous species of songbirds and water birds as well as the northeastern beach tiger beetle, which is listed federally as a threatened species.

The donation was made by John P. Justis and his sister-in-law, Marie B. Justis. The islands had been owned for several generations by the family of John and Ernest Carroll Justis, the late husband of Marie Justis.

"Putting a statue to [Lincoln] there is sort

of like putting the Confederate flag at the

Lincoln Memorial."

-- Virginia Del. Richard H. Black (R-Loudoun), on plans to place

a statue of President Abraham Lincoln at Richmond's Tredegar

Iron Works, which forged Confederate cannons. -- Page B1

Compiled from reports by staff writers Manny Fernandez, Chris L. Jenkins, Lyndsey Layton, Petula Dvorak, Allan Lengel and Lisa Rein and the Associated Press.