An item in the Feb. 13 Metro in Brief column about the release of a plan to redevelop the Southwest waterfront misstated the address of the National Capital Revitalization Corp., where copies of the plan are available for review. The address is 1801 K St. NW, Suite 1210. (Published 2/14/03)


School Board Appointee Steps Down

Charles R. Lawrence III, a mayoral appointee to the D.C. Board of Education, announced yesterday that he does not want to be reappointed and expressed frustration with Mayor Anthony A. Williams.

Lawrence, whose two-year term expired at the end of December, said in a written statement that last month, "I repeatedly and unsuccessfully sought to meet with the mayor to discuss my possible reappointment, and it became apparent that for whatever reason the decision to forgo discussions with me was deliberate."

He continued: "Career and family commitments do not allow me to stand by for whatever the next act in the appointment drama might be."

Lawrence did not return phone calls seeking comment.

Tony Bullock, a spokesman for Williams (D), said the mayor had planned to meet with Lawrence and Roger Wilkins, another appointee who recently announced he would not seek another term. Williams has not started to interview other candidates, Bullock said.

"The mayor did not refuse to meet with anybody," he said. "Mr. Lawrence has to understand that there are an awful lot of demands on the mayor's time. He can't be available on everybody's time frame."

Tree Hits Line, Knocking Out Power in NW

A tree hit a power line near a Pepco substation in Northwest Washington last night, knocking out power to about 1,100 customers for about two hours, a company spokesman said. About 100 customers remained without power at 11 p.m.

The line was hit about 8:30 p.m. near Wisconsin and Massachussetts avenues, affecting streets in the Glover Park area south to near the vice president's residence and Washington National Cathedral. One advisory neigbhorhood commissioner said he received several calls from residents wondering whether the outage was related to the area's heightened terrorist alert status.

Final Draft for SW Waterfront Plan D.C. planning and economic development officials have issued the final draft of a plan to redevelop the Southwest waterfront, by closing Water Street and transforming Maine Avenue into a thoroughfare lined with shops, housing, restaurants and parks.

A public hearing on the plan will be held at 6 p.m. March 12 at St. Augustine's Church, 600 M St. SW. The plan will then be submitted to the D.C. Council.

The draft calls for 14 acres of parks, promenades and plazas, a mid-sized hotel, more than 800 apartments and townhouses, 2,000 parking spaces, 200,000 square feet of space for cultural and nonprofit enterprises, and 300,000 square feet of shops, restaurants and offices.

The plan can be viewed at by clicking on "SW Waterfront Redevelopment." It is also available for review at these locations: the Waterside Mall in Southwest, the Martin Luther King Library downtown, the Southwest Public Library, the D.C. Office of Planning at 801 North Capitol St. (fourth floor) and the National Capitol Revitalization Corp. at 1810 K St. NW, Suite 1210.


State Closes Hyattsville Computer School

The state's Higher Education Commission has ordered the closure of a Hyattsville-based computer technology training school following a series of violations, including offering financial inducements to spur enrollment and providing training programs that it was not approved to offer, state officials said.

The closure follows the sanction last month of Unisoft School of Technology, which also was cited for denying students their right to tuition refunds, failing to enforce admissions standards and other violations.

The state says 120 students have been sent letters about the closure. Unisoft was approved to operate one year ago this month. State officials say students paid an average tuition of $10,000.

New Option for Teacher Certification

In response to the state teacher shortage, the Maryland Department of Education announced a program yesterday that will give mid-career professionals and recent college graduates another way to gain teacher certification.

Last month, 40 candidates began the Maryland's Alternative Routes to Certification Options program, which allows potential teachers to take online courses through a partnership with University of Maryland University College and the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Prince George's County schools will receive the first graduates from the program, who will teach in the county in the summer. If successful, the candidates will be certified for one year to remain in the school system. State Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick said that after the Prince George's introduction, the program will be expanded statewide.


Dumfries Woman Is Killed in Collision

A Dumfries woman was killed in a two-car collision in Annandale early Sunday, Fairfax County police said.

Brooke Stohler, 20, of the 15000 block of Maple Glen Court in Dumfries, was driving west on Columbia Pike about 4 a.m. Police said Stohler's 2000 Toyota Echo was nearing Sleepy Hollow Road when it struck a 1996 Ford Crown Victoria driven by Imtiaz Jamal, 41, of Springfield.

Stohler, who police said was not wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene. Jamal suffered injuries that were not life-threatening, authorities said.

State Battlefields on Endangered List

The battlefields at Manassas, Chancellorsville and Petersburg are on this year's Civil War Preservation Trust list of the country's 10 most threatened battlefield sites, according to a report this week.

Manassas is listed because its environs are quickly becoming residential and commercial, making it a "green island in a sea of sprawl," according to the trust.

A portion of the Chancellorsville battlefield is targeted for intensive residential and commercial development, which the trust opposes.

The group has begun a fundraising effort to purchase pieces of the Petersburg battlefield, much of which remains in private hands and could be subject to development.

"I'm mad. I'm happy. I'm disappointed. Everything rolled into one. He missed out on a lot of good times."

-- Karl Frazier, 29, who was 9 when his father, Julius Earl Ruffin, was imprisoned after being convicted of rape. Ruffin, of Suffolk, was released yesterday, a day after DNA tests proved another man was guilty. -- Page B1

Compiled from reports by staff writers Justin Blum, Clarence Williams, Linda Wheeler, Theola Labbe{acute}, Debbi Wilgoren, Clarence Williams and Tom Jackman and the Associated Press.