Park Police Chief Files Job Complaint

Suspended U.S. Park Police Chief Teresa C. Chambers filed a complaint with a federal civil service board yesterday to get her job back.

Chambers was placed on leave with pay in December after saying publicly that her 620-member agency was underfunded and overstretched. The Interior Department has yet to act on a recommendation to fire her. Yesterday's complaint, filed with the Merit Systems Protection Board, gives Chambers's attorneys the opportunity to question officials at the Interior Department, which oversees the Park Police.

Group Raises $360,000 for AIDS Patients

Food & Friends, a D.C. group that delivers meals to people with AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses, said yesterday that it raised about $360,000 in a three-day bicycle ride in and around Emmitsburg over the weekend. The group said 135 riders participated as Team Food & Friends in a larger ride called Cycle Across Maryland. Food & Friends Executive Director Craig Shniderman said all proceeds raised in the ride would go to the organization.


Judge to Rule on Slots Petition Drive

A D.C. Superior Court judge is scheduled to rule today on whether backers of a plan to bring slot machine gambling to the nation's capital can launch a petition drive to put the issue before District voters in November.

The proposal -- offered by businessman Pedro Alfonso, former D.C. Council member John Ray and investor Rob Newell, from the U.S. Virgin Islands -- would ask voters to approve a plan to build an entertainment complex containing 3,500 slot machines at New York Avenue and Bladensburg Road NE.

The D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics has signed off on the "District of Columbia Video Lottery Terminal Initiative of 2004." But a coalition of religious and community groups has filed suit to block the petition drive and prevent proponents from meeting a July 6 deadline for submitting the signatures of 17,500 registered voters.

Yesterday, after hearing arguments in the case, Judge James E. Boasberg instructed the parties to return to court at 11 a.m. today for his ruling.

Hearing on Low-Income Housing Proposal

The D.C. Housing Authority will hold a hearing tomorrow evening to hear feedback from the public about "Creative Living Solutions," its proposals for modifying existing federal housing assistance programs and other programs for low-income residents.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at housing authority headquarters, 1133 North Capitol St. NE. To view the proposals online, visit the authority's Web site at and choose "Resident Services" from the drop-down menu.


Autopsy Determines Crew Coach Drowned

The rowing coach who fell from a boat into the Potomac River on Friday died of accidental drowning, the medical examiner determined following an autopsy.

John Steve Catilo's body was pulled from the river Sunday morning near the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, about two miles south of where he tumbled into the water. Catilo, a senior at the University of Virginia, had been coaching a summer program for novice rowers. He apparently lost his balance while trying to restart the motor of his chase boat near Reagan National Airport.


Boy Killed by Car in Fort Washington

A 9-year-old child was struck and killed by a car early yesterday as he tried to cross the heavily traveled Indian Head Highway in Fort Washington, authorities said.

The child, identified as Chris Moore of the 12800 block of Monroe Avenue in Fort Washington, left home about 4 a.m. and was walking across the northbound lanes of the road when he was struck by a Toyota 4Runner, said Cpl. Diane Richardson, a police spokeswoman.

Richardson said the driver, who was not identified, stopped at the scene. She said the driver was not at fault. Chris, she said, was wearing dark clothing and was not in a crosswalk when he was hit. She said he was pronounced dead a short time after the accident at Fort Washington Hospital. It was not known yesterday why the child left his house, Richardson said, but she added that an investigation continues.

Prince George's Police Monitor Hired

A former chief of two Florida police departments was hired yesterday as the overseer of an agreement forged in January between the Justice Department and Prince George's County.

Eduardo Gonzalez, a law enforcement officer for 39 years, will begin his role as independent monitor of the federal Memorandum of Agreement next month. Under the terms of the three-year contract, officials said, Gonzalez will issue public reports every three months that detail the progress made by the police department, including its implementation of a series of reforms recommended by Justice officials. The reforms include policies on the use of force, a subject of recent public criticism that led to the federal probe.

County and police officials said Gonzalez rose through the ranks of the Miami-Dade County Police Department, a force he joined in 1965. He became its chief in 1986 and six years later was named to lead the Tampa Police Department. He also has been director of the U.S. Marshals Service. Gonzalez will head a monitoring board that will include several other former police chiefs, officials said.

Woman Found Dead After Annapolis Fire

An unidentified elderly woman was found dead in an Annapolis home that caught fire yesterday morning, firefighters said.

Lt. John Menassa of the Annapolis Fire Department said the fire was reported about 7:30 a.m. at a single-family home in the 1000 block of Forest Hills Avenue. A motorist driving past the house saw the smoke and called 911.

Menassa said the fire was put out within 10 minutes, and firefighters then found the woman's body. The cause of the fire is under investigation, but it apparently was contained to the first-floor bedroom where the woman was found, Menassa said. The preliminary damage estimate is $15,000.

"I was young and foolish, but I became determined to do what I could to make a person's life better."

-- Gwendolyn Greene, recalling her involvement in the Glen Echo Park civil rights protests of 1960. -- Page B1

Compiled from reports by staff writers Del Quentin Wilber, Jacqueline L. Salmon, Lori Montgomery, Debbi Wilgoren, Jamie Stockwell and Eric Rich and the Associated Press.