THE REGION

Va. Wants Calls on Snakeheads

With four snakehead fish found in the Potomac River watershed within a month, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has set up a round-the-clock snakehead hotline for anglers to report new catches.

The calls will help the department determine whether the Asian predators, feared as a potentially serious invader of the natural ecosystem, have established themselves in and around the river.

From within Virginia, the number is 800-770-4951. For people calling from elsewhere, the number is 804-367-1258.

Maryland officials earlier had asked anglers to kill any snakeheads they catch. Anyone who catches one also is asked to call the Department of Natural Resources at 410-260-8320.

THE DISTRICT

Slain Educator's Car Found

D.C. police yesterday found the rental car that was being used by former D.C. school board member Terry Hairston at the time of his May 15 slaying, said Sgt. Joe Gentile, a police spokesman.

The 2004 Nissan Sentra with Virginia tags was found behind an apartment building in the 4200 block of Benning Road NE after police received a call from someone who recognized it from television news reports, Gentile said.

He said the car was taken to a police facility to be processed. It was not known how long it had been parked there. No arrests have been made in the case, Gentile added.

Hairston, 38, was found fatally shot inside his Southeast Washington home. A D.C. native, he represented Ward 7 on the school board from 1995 to 1998. His funeral was yesterday.

Heat Fells Music Fest Attendees

At least 35 people were taken to hospitals yesterday from a music festival sponsored by a radio station at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, the D.C. fire department said.

Most were treated for heat exhaustion as temperatures neared 90 degrees, but a few had fractures. About 150 other people from the crowd of thousands were given first aid at the stadium.

In addition, two small fires broke out. One was quelled by fire department spokesman Alan Etter, who used one of the stadium's extinguishers on flames in a VIP room.

Two Picked for Judgeships

President Bush has nominated two people for judgeships on D.C. Superior Court.

The nominees are Laura A. Cordero, 39, an executive assistant U.S. attorney, and Juliet JoAnn McKenna, 33, a magistrate judge at Superior Court.

Cordero would fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Shellie F. Bowers, and McKenna would replace Nan R. Shuker, who also retired.

The nominations require Senate confirmation.

MARYLAND

Teen Dies at Columbia Pool

A 14-year-old boy apparently drowned while swimming in a pool he and others had entered by climbing over a fence at a community center in Columbia, Howard County police said yesterday.

The victim, identified as Corey Antonio Fontaine of the 5300 block of Brookway, was pronounced dead at 10 p.m. Friday at Howard County General Hospital, according to a statement from police.

Police said the victim and other teenagers "apparently climbed over the fenced-in pool area to go swimming" about two hours earlier. One of the teenagers pulled Fontaine from the pool, police said.

A customer at a nearby store was trying to resuscitate the youth when medical help arrived at the community center, in the 5700 block of Columbia Road, police said, but the victim was not breathing when he was taken to the hospital.

VIRGINIA

Community College to Cost More

The State Board for Community Colleges has voted to increase tuition by 6.9 percent, revenue that officials said will help schools hire more full-time faculty, pay for deferred maintenance projects and fill other needs.

The increase means $9.79 million in additional money for the state's 23 community colleges, board member Edward Fuhr said Friday.

This fall, tuition for in-state students will increase to $63.23 per credit hour, up from $59.13.

A student taking 30 semester hours during an academic year would pay $1,896.90, or $123 more, for tuition.

"Obviously, the World War II generation may not be able to move as fast as others. We would ask other people not of that age group to exercise extra patience. . . . This is their memorial."

-- Bill Line, a spokesman for the National Park Service, talking about preparations for Saturday's dedication of the National World War II Memorial. -- Page C1

Compiled from reports by staff writers Peter Whoriskey, Caryle Murphy, Martin Weil, Clarence Williams, Henri E. Cauvin and Raymond McCaffrey and the Associated Press.