A Metro in Brief item in some April 16 editions misstated the size of the storage tank from which oil spilled into a tributary of Goose Creek in the Leesburg area. The tank held 200 gallons. (Published 4/17/03)


Moose Removes 'D.C.' From Book Title

Less than a week after D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams complained, the attorney for Montgomery County Police Chief Charles A. Moose has announced a new subtitle for the chief's upcoming book, one that excludes "sniper" and "D.C."

Moose, who is writing a memoir of last fall's sniper manhunt, originally titled it "Three Weeks in October: The Manhunt for the D.C. Sniper." But Moose's lawyer, Ronald A. Karp, said yesterday that the new subtitle will be "How a Lifetime of Nurturing Helped Me to Deal With a Public Crisis," or something similar.

In a letter to Moose last week, Williams pointed out that only one of last year's attacks took place in the District, and that the title unfairly tainted Washington's image.

Karp said that the decision to change the title was not made because of Williams's criticism and said he believed it had been changed even before the complaint. He said the earlier subtitle "didn't really let the reader know what the book was about."

County Officials Urged to Forgo Raises

Montgomery County Council President Michael L. Subin (D-At Large) is calling for the county's elected officials to reject salary increases scheduled for fiscal 2004, saying the savings -- about $30,000 -- could help close a $320 million budget gap.

"I believe that we should seriously consider forgoing these adjustments," Subin wrote in a letter to county elected officials.

Subin sent the letter to County Council members, County Executive Douglas M. Duncan (D), State's Attorney Douglas F. Gansler (D) and Sheriff Raymond M. Kight (D).

"Although by law the salaries must be increased, we still have the option of returning the increase to the county," Subin wrote.

Funds for annual increases are included in the 2004 budget.

Duncan, who makes $136,732 a year, is scheduled to receive an increase of $6,837, to an annual salary of $143,569. Council members would go from $72,557 to $74,226. Subin, who currently makes as much as council members, would get 10 percent more as council president, boosting his pay to $81,649.

Gansler would go from $128,898 to $135,343 and Kight from $102,000 to $104,346.


Falls Church Plan Equalizes Water Rates

The Falls Church City Council killed a proposal Monday night to charge higher water rates for its 110,000 Fairfax County customers than for its 10,000 city residents and gave preliminary approval to a plan that would bill everyone the same amount.

The new plan, which passed unanimously but needs another approval by the council to become law, was adopted after county supervisors threatened legal action against the city if it instituted a two-tier water rate system.

The latest proposal would require city and county customers to pay $1.97 for 1,000 gallons of water, instead of city residents paying 8 cents less. Typically, a household uses about 6,000 gallons a month. A final vote on the matter is scheduled for May 12.

Oil Spills Into Tributary Near Leesburg

Oil from a 200-gallon storage tank spilled last night into a tributary of Goose Creek in the Leesburg area, authorities said.

Neighbors spotted oil in the creek near Hogback Mountain Road about 5:30 p.m. and called the fire department. Leesburg fire Capt. Pete Comanduras said most of the oil had dispersed by the time firefighters arrived. It was not clear how much oil the tank held.

Youths Find Woman's Body Near I-395

Youths walking through a wooded area just west of Interstate 395 yesterday found the body of an unidentified woman, Fairfax County police said, but there were no immediate indications of how she had died.

Investigators believe the decomposing body was that of a black female. It was found near Cherokee Avenue and Navaho Road. Fairfax police said they doubted it was Fanta Moses, a missing 19-year-old Alexandria woman.


3-Year-Old Critically Injured by Car

A 3-year-old girl was critically injured last night when she was struck by a car in the Columbia Heights section of Northwest Washington, authorities said.

Investigators said the child apparently ran into the road ahead of her mother about 8:30 p.m. in the 1300 block of Columbia Road.

She was taken to Children's Hospital last night, police said. They said the driver, who apparently had been traveling about 15 mph, drove a couple of blocks from the scene and called them.

Williams Makes D.C. Primary First

Mayor Anthony A. Williams signed a bill yesterday making the D.C. presidential primary the nation's first, on Jan. 13, 2004.

Flanked by members of the D.C. Council, which passed the bill unanimously, Williams declared that the primary would help bring attention to the city's lack of voting representation in Congress.

"We're going to elevate this discussion to a national level," the mayor said.

The Democratic National Committee has said that a primary on Jan. 13 would violate its bylaws and could lead to most of the District's delegates not being seated at the national convention, and city Democratic leaders are seeking a compromise plan. D.C. Republicans have opted for a caucus.

City Firefighters Rescue Tree Pruner

D.C. firefighters rescued a tree pruner who got caught in a tree yesterday after a limb took down power lines, igniting a brush fire and leaving him stranded 50 feet from the ground.

Fire department spokesman Alan Etter said that firefighter Jack Adams brought the 58-year-old man down a ladder in the 2100 block of Bunker Hill Road NE.

Tavern to Reopen After Slayings

Colonel Brooks' Tavern, where three kitchen workers were found slain after an apparent robbery April 6, will reopen for business this morning at 11, owner Jim Stiegman said yesterday.

Police have made no arrests in the killings of the workers.

"Virtually every admissions officer has had at least one year in their career when the ball bounced the other way on a lot of decisions and they really needed their wait list."

-- Christopher Hooker-Haring, dean of admission and financial aid at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa., on why students on college wait lists should not give up hope. -- Page B1

Compiled from reports by staff writers David A. Fahrenthold, Michael H. Cottman, Barbara Martinez, Tom Jackman, David Cho, Craig Timberg, Clarence Williams and Martin Weil and the Associated Press.