Snakehead Found in Fairfax Creek

Another northern snakehead fish was caught in a Fairfax County creek yesterday, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced. This marked the fifth time that the alien species has been found in the Potomac River or its tributaries this year.

The 14.5-inch fish was caught in Dogue Creek, near Mount Vernon, by Maryland state scientists who were using an electric current to stun fish in the water. Several other snakeheads have been caught in nearby spots by fishermen.

The snakehead, a native of China and Korea, is a voracious predator that can breathe air and scoot short distances over land. Scientists worry that it could upset the Potomac's ecosystem.

Maryland officials yesterday repeated their request for fishermen to kill any snakeheads they catch and report them to authorities. Contact numbers in Maryland are 410-260-8320 or 877-520-8DNR, Ext. 8230; in Virginia, call 800-770-4951 or 804-367-1258.

Metro to Open 2 Hours Early for Race

Metrorail will open at 5 a.m. tomorrow, two hours early, to handle an anticipated rush of runners, walkers, volunteers and spectators for the 15th annual Komen National Race for the Cure.

The downtown Washington 5K race, which raises money for breast cancer research and related programs, begins at 8 a.m. and is expected to draw 60,000 entrants and fans.

Officials advise people going to the 6:45 a.m. rally to take the Orange and Blue lines to the Smithsonian or the Yellow and Green lines to the Archives-Navy Memorial Station. Those going to the starting line are advised to take the Red, Orange or Blue lines to Metro Center or the Orange and Blue lines to Federal Triangle. The race begins at 8 a.m. for runners at Ninth Street and Constitution Avenue NW and at 8:15 a.m. for walkers at 12th and Constitution.


Barry Hints Further at Run for Council

Former D.C. mayor Marion Barry made it at least a little bit more official yesterday, telling WTOP radio that he will win the Democratic nomination for the D.C. Council seat in Ward 8.

In a brief interview, Barry said he plans to "outthink all of the other people running." He then quickly backtracked, saying that he's not yet a candidate but that he will make a major announcement June 12.

Reached later by telephone, Barry confirmed that he plans a pubic announcement June 12. As for outthinking people and winning the nomination Sept. 14, Barry said: "I misspoke."

Speculation that Barry is preparing a political comeback has been rampant since earlier this week, when current Ward 8 council member Sandy Allen (D) said Barry told her he intends to run against her. Barry, 68, served as D.C. mayor from 1978 until 1990, when the FBI caught him smoking crack on videotape. After serving six months in prison, Barry was elected to the council from Ward 8 in 1992 and to the mayor's office in 1994, leaving in 1999.

Arson Suspected in Housing Complex Fire

Authorities are investigating a suspicious fire early yesterday at a Southeast Washington public housing complex, fire officials said.

Investigators believe that someone ignited plexiglass windows in a stairwell about 3 a.m., officials said. The fire spread about 40 feet up the window, and firefighters scrambled to evacuate residents of the Potomac Gardens complex in the 700 block of 12th Street SE. The blaze took about a half-hour to extinguish.

Four people were treated at the scene for minor injuries, officials said. Anyone with information is urged to call 866-91ARSON.


Second Skywalk Opens at BWI

The second of three planned skywalks at Baltimore-Washington International Airport has opened, providing passengers with another direct path from the hourly parking garage to the terminal.

The skywalks are designed to ease passenger access and improve safety while also improving traffic in front of the terminal. The road-level pedestrian crosswalk has been closed.

Having people walk across the roadway was "like having a stop sign in the middle of the [Capital] Beltway," airport spokesman Jonathan Dean said.

The skywalk, which has moving sidewalks and connects to Concourse B, is part of the airport's $1.8 billion expansion.


Moussaoui Witness Debate Continues

Federal prosecutors and defense attorneys for Zacarias Moussaoui yesterday debated the issue of how involved prosecutors were in the interrogation of al Qaeda detainees being sought as witnesses by Moussaoui's defense team.

The arguments, at a closed hearing in Richmond before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, centered on an issue that legal experts have said could again stall the case. Moussaoui, the only person charged in the United States in connection with the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, has been seeking to question high-level detainees he says can aid his defense.

Woodbridge Teen Dies From Crash Injuries

A 19-year-old from Woodbridge died Tuesday of injuries sustained in a car accident in Burke last week, Fairfax County police said yesterday.

The crash occurred when Taurean A. Jackson apparently ran a red light at Burke Centre Parkway and Coffer Woods Road on May 24. Police said the 1999 Mitsubishi Mirage that Jackson was driving swerved to avoid a van, spun into oncoming traffic and was hit on the passenger side by a 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier.

Jackson, who police said was not wearing a seat belt, was flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital, where he died eight days later. The Cavalier's driver, Beverly M. Dernback, 67, of Burke, was taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital with injuries that were not considered life-threatening. Dernback was wearing a seat belt.

VRE Daily Ridership Surpasses 16,000

Northern Virginia's commuter rail line has surpassed its ridership capacity of 16,000 passengers a day.

Officials say the ridership mark, a first in Virginia Railway Express's 12 years of operation, has been reached several times in recent days.

VRE's daily schedule includes 32 trains on two lines: between Union Station and Fredericksburg and the station and Manassas.

"I felt like a failure because everyone had such high expectations for me and thought that I would be the one who would break the cycle."

-- Ashley White, a former D.C. spelling bee champion whose high hopes were sidelined by a teenage pregnancy. -- Page A1

Compiled from reports by staff writers David A. Fahrenthold, Steven Ginsberg, Lori Montgomery, Del Quentin Wilber, Jerry Markon and Tom Jackman and the Associated Press.