Snakehead Found in Fairfax Creek
Another northern snakehead fish was caught in a Fairfax County creek yesterday, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced. It was 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.
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 repeated their request yesterday for anglers 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 stop or the Yellow and Green lines to the Archives-Navy Memorial Station. Those going directly 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 the city's mayor from 1978 until 1990, when the FBI caught him smoking crack cocaine 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.
Clinton Boy Dies of Accident Injuries
A 9-year-old Clinton boy has died of his injuries after he was struck by a sport-utility vehicle as he rode his bike through a stop sign, Prince George's County police said yesterday.
Antonio Reese, who was knocked off his bicycle near his home Tuesday night, died about 7:45 p.m. Wednesday,police said. Antonio, of the 5600 block of Plata Street, was riding with friends when a black Saturn Vue struck him as he crossed the intersection at Adios Street and Chris Mar Avenue. The vehicle had the right of way, police said.
A neighbor said last night that Antonio was an athletic child who seemed to especially enjoy football and karate and that he could be seen playing every day in the neighborhood.
Police said the crash is still under investigation.
Girl, 7, Hurt When Parked Car Is Hit
A 7-year-old girl was seriously injured last night when a stolen vehicle slammed into the parked car she was sitting in outside a Capitol Heights home, authorities in Prince George's County said.
The child suffered head injuries and was flown to Children's Hospital, police said. She was in the back seat of a Honda Civic parked in the 7700 block of Beach Nut Road when a stolen Grand Marquis struck the car and pushed it into a tree, officials said.
A short time earlier, a Maryland-National Capital Park Police officer spotted the Grand Marquis near Walker Mill Regional Park, but Lt. Stanley Johnson, a spokesman, said the officer was not pursuing it. Johnson was not sure whether the officer tried to stop the car.
Police believe two men fled from the stolen car on foot.
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.
Lead Testing Finds Little Trouble
Voluntary lead tests in 38 homes in Prince George's and Montgomery counties showed only one with an elevated lead level, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission said yesterday.
The utility, which provides water and sewer service for 1.6 million customers in the two counties, said that of the 38 homes sampled, only one had water with a lead content of more than 15 parts per billion, the federal "action level." Officials said household plumbing was the likely source of the lead.
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.
"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, Clarence Williams and Jerry Markon and the Associated Press.