Two Charged in Suitland Beating Death

Police Seek Other Suspects in Attack Outside Store

A Suitland teenager and a District man were charged in the death of an Oxon Hill teenager who was beaten, kicked and left on a road and hit by two cars after he offered to buy a Slurpee for a girl outside a Suitland convenience store.

Emmanuel A. McClain, 16, was charged as an adult with first-degree murder Wednesday in the death last weekend of Michael A. Bassett, 18. On Friday, James J. White, 18, of the 1600 block of V Street SE in the District, was arrested there on a fugitive warrant and charged with first-degree murder.

Prince George's police said as many as eight people might have participated in the assault on Bassett and two friends who escaped serious injury, and more arrests are expected.

Memorial Day Parade Ends 4-Day Salute

Monument to World War II Veterans Is Dedicated

The first Memorial Day parade in Washington in more than 60 years ended a four-day emotional salute to the men and women who served in World War II that included the dedication of the National World War II Memorial on the Mall.

In other holiday celebrations, several hundred thousand participants in the 17th annual Rolling Thunder "Ride for Freedom" rode into Washington on motorcycles to pay homage to Americans missing in action and U.S. prisoners of war.

President Bush paid tribute to the nation's fallen troops in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns. And hundreds gathered for a wreath-laying ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Bags to Be Screened on Some Trains

Security Test on Amtrak Is to Last a Month

The federal government announced that it will start screening checked bags this week on five Amtrak trains leaving Union Station, the first time this airport-style security measure will be used to safeguard trains.

Officials said the experiment will last a month, occur on weekdays and affect the five train lines that begin at the station and allow checked bags: the Carolinian, Silver Star, Capitol Limited, Cardinal and Palmetto.

Duncan Vetoes 'Amusement' Tax

County Executive Says Fee Is Unnecessary

Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan (D) vetoed a proposed increase in the county "admissions and amusement" tax that the County Council approved in a 7 to 2 vote May 20.

Duncan would need two council members to switch their votes on the tax to make his veto stick. He said the tax, which would raise $1.3 million annually by making it more expensive to see a movie or play a round of golf, was unnecessary.

Across the Region

Marion Barry Run; Slots Petitions

* Former D.C. mayor Marion Barry indicated that he intends to run for the Ward 8 seat on the D.C. Council, challenging incumbent Sandy Allen.

* Promoters of a plan to bring slot machine gambling to Washington, in a $510 million complex on New York Avenue with as many as 3,500 slot machines, said they are going to start a petition drive to put proposals before voters on the November ballot.

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

* 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 Chesapeake Bay's blue crab population inched to its highest level in several years in 2003, according to a study, but even with the increase, the population remains below the average from previous decades.

* A federal judge barred the government from enforcing a law passed by Congress this year that would deny federal transportation money to transit systems that accept ads promoting the legalization of drugs.

Admiring memorabilia: Visitors to the National World War II Memorial examine mementos left at the site.