Three Hurt in NE Shootings

D.C. police were investigating two shootings, one of them fatal, in Northeast Washington yesterday to determine whether they are linked.

The first occurred at 60th and Eads streets about 6:15 a.m., when one or more people approached a car with three men inside and opened fire, police said. The driver of the car then drove to the 4400 block of Benning Road NE, where he sought assistance from an off-duty police officer at a Denny's restaurant, investigators said.

One of the men in the vehicle was shot numerous times in the head and torso and was taken to a Prince George's Hospital Center, where he was listed in critical condition, according to police. Another was shot in the arm and treated and released. The third occupant was unharmed.

The second shooting happened about noon behind the 5600 block of Eads. Authorities found Teanne Miller, 21, of the 3600 block of 11th Street NW, suffering from gunshot wounds sitting in a car. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Shell casings were found at that scene, police said.

Portion of 16th Street to Close

The inbound curb lane of 16th Street NW will be closed just north of H Street from 8 a.m. tomorrow to about 3 a.m. Wednesday, the Department of Transportation announced yesterday.

The closing is to accommodate television production trucks for a broadcast of ABC's "Nightline" from St. John's Episcopal Church on Tuesday evening. A spokesman for the department said the show obtained a permit and paid a $100 fee to use the lane.


Ad Mentions Ex-Administration

Who's the governor?

A valid question, it seems, for some in the administration of Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.

The March 10 issue of Fortune magazine features a full-page advertisement urging businesses to choose Maryland. But at the bottom of the advertisement, it names former governor Parris N. Glendening as governor and former lieutenant governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend in that post.

The advertisement was placed by the state Office of Business and Economic Development. Meanwhile, in Ehrlich's budget proposal released in January, the governor said he plans to cut the department's budget.

Officials Honor Late Educator More than 1,000 people gathered yesterday at Largo Community Church in Mitchellville where lawmakers, educators, community activists and friends celebrated the life of Reginald Dunn.

Dunn, vice chairman of the Maryland State Board of Education, died last week of a heart attack at a Maryland restaurant. But yesterday, Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D), Maryland state senators and other lawmakers reflected on Dunn's commitment to the young people of Maryland. Jo Ann Bell, chairman of the state Board of Education, said of Dunn, "He never missed an opportunity to help someone."

While Dunn was praised for his efforts to improve the quality of education in the state, many of his colleagues and friends reflected on some of the light-hearted moments that Dunn was known for and how he always referred to people as "my brother" or "my sister."

Dunn was president and chief executive of DDL Inc., a communications consulting firm, and also was past president of the Parent Teacher Student Association at Eleanor Roosevelt High School.

Railroad Museum Cancels Fair

The B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore, badly damaged after the roof of its historic roundhouse collapsed under the weight of snow Feb. 17, has canceled a fair this summer to celebrate 175 years of American railroading.

The Fair of the Iron Horse had been billed as a World's Fair of trains. It would have featured the most impressive collection of locomotives in the Western Hemisphere, organizers said.


Local Men Charged in Pa. Sting

Two Washington area men have been arrested in an ongoing child sex sting conducted by police in Harrisburg, Pa., authorities there said.

Gary Puhala, 38, of Gaithersburg, and Oren Rose, 35, of Manassas, are accused of exchanging e-mail with an undercover agent posing as a father willing to allow his preteens to have sex with the men.

The investigation was initiated by the Child Sexual Exploitation Task Force, part of the Pennsylvania attorney general's office, which has arrested 32 men since 2001.

The local men and five others are charged with criminal solicitation of rape and related offenses.

"If 300 people try to get out from my door at the same time, they're going to fall all over each other even if the club isn't crowded."

-- Marc Barnes, owner of Dream, a Northeast Washington club, discussing fire safety. -- Page A1

Compiled from reports by staff writers Vikki Ortiz, Serge F. Kovaleski, Vanessa Williams, Craig Timberg, Clarence Williams and Hamil R. Harris and the Associated Press.