Work to Delay the Red Line Tomorrow
Riders on Metro's Red Line will experience some delays tomorrow. Because of work on the tracks, Red Line trains will share the same track from the Rhode Island Avenue Station to Union Station from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m., according to Metro. Delays on the line could be up to 15 minutes, Metro said.
Luggage Lags for 200 DNC Attendees
More than 200 people returned to Washington yesterday from Boston, site of the Democratic National Convention, without their luggage, an airline spokeswoman said.
A spokeswoman for US Airways said the airline "did experience baggage jams in Boston as a result of the high volume of luggage" and warm weather and thunderstorms that made it necessary to lighten loads.
In addition to the 200 passengers who reported that their bags did not arrive at Reagan National Airport when they did, more passengers were preparing last night to make similar reports, said Amy Kudwa, the spokeswoman.
She said the delayed luggage was to be flown to the airport last night and would be made available as soon as possible. Passengers who did not get their bags last night were asked to return for them today.
Newspaper's Storage Plant Vandalized
A newsprint storage and distribution plant in Alexandria owned by The Washington Post was broken into and vandalized Thursday by thieves who stole four forklifts and drove them into the Potomac River, officials said yesterday.
Alexandria police said burglars gained entry to the Robinson Terminal Warehouse, at 1 Oronoco St., sometime during the night. Once inside, they used the forklifts to knock down two cinderblock walls and destroy a restroom. Broken pipes then ruined about 80 rolls of newsprint, valued at about $40,000, according to a company official. Officials are still trying to determine whether the four forklifts, valued at a total of $200,000, are all ruined. Last night, police said three of the forklifts had been recovered from the river.
Muhammad Wants Fairfax Police Records
Attorneys for sniper John Allen Muhammad have asked the Fairfax County judge hearing his second murder trial to issue a subpoena to the Fairfax police for all their records in the sniper investigation. Fairfax prosecutors have responded with a motion to quash the subpoena, saying it was an attempt to circumvent standard Virginia court rules.
The subpoena is addressed to Fairfax Police Chief David M. Rohrer. Virginia law does not require prosecutors to provide police reports or interview transcripts to defendants, and Muhammad's attorneys have complained previously about their lack of access to key investigative information. Fairfax Commonwealth's Attorney Robert F. Horan filed his response to the subpoena Thursday, and Fairfax Circuit Court Judge Jonathan C. Thacher said the issue would be argued Aug. 30.
The request for a subpoena was filed Wednesday, but Thacher did not release it until yesterday, and he did not release Horan's response. Court officials said Thacher would not release any court filings in the case until after he had reviewed them, to ensure that the lawyers had not inserted inappropriate facts or language that could affect the jury pool. Thacher also has sealed the transcripts of all bench conferences, which are typically public, and billings submitted by the defense lawyers.
Lorton Arts Center Gets Zoning Approval
An arts center of painters' studios, a dance hall, theater and classrooms for students at the old Lorton prison won zoning approval this week from Fairfax County supervisors.
The complex on 55 acres off Route 123 will be called the Lorton Workhouse Arts Center, a nod to the prison's past as a work farm. Monday's unanimous approval will allow the nonprofit Lorton Arts Foundation to lease more than 30 buildings from Fairfax, which owns the former prison, for $1 a year, then float construction bonds backed by the county for renovations. The foundation hopes to start construction next year, then open the arts center's first buildings by early 2006, Executive Director Tina Leone said.
Fines Replace Warnings on Cell Phones
D.C. police will begin issuing $100 citations tomorrow under the new law that requires drivers talking on mobile telephones in the District to use hands-free devices, officials said.
The law carries a $100 fine but no points on driver's licenses, police said. For the past month, police have been issuing warnings to drivers violating the restriction on using cell phones without a hands-free device, such as an earpiece and headset.
Under the law, motorists may use a cell phone without a hands-free device only when they are dialing a call, turning off the phone or making an emergency call. D.C. officials have encouraged motorists to avoid using cell phones altogether while driving.
Pedestrian Hit by Car in Ashton Dies
Montgomery County police said yesterday that a District youth who was hit by a car last week in Ashton has died.
Anthony E. Benson, 17, of 17th Street SW, had just gotten off a Metrobus near New Hampshire Avenue and Avenleigh Drive on July 23 and was running across New Hampshire when he was hit by a 1999 Toyota Camry, police said. He died Wednesday night.
The Toyota's driver, Gwenneth Western Elsawi, 57, of Highland in Howard County, has not been charged, police said. Benson's death is the ninth pedestrian fatality in Montgomery this year, compared with three by this time last year, police said.
Man Pleads Guilty in Wife's Death
A Bethesda man pleaded guilty yesterday to one charge of manslaughter in the killing of his wife in May.
William D. Clement, 51, of the 5800 block of Greenlawn Terrace faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. His wife, Theresa Clement, died May 18 after she was shot in the head. Clement told police that he had been drinking that afternoon and pointed a handgun at his wife's head before pulling the trigger.
"America has gained the cooperation of an individual who can provide critical intelligence in our war against terrorism, particularly regarding terrorism-financing."
-- U.S. Attorney General John D. Ashcroft on the guilty plea by Abdurahman Alamoudi to being deeply involved in a Libyan plot to assassinate
the Saudi ruler. -- Page A1
Compiled from reports by staff writers Del Quentin Wilber, Leef Smith, Lisa Rein, Tom Jackman, Martin Weil and David Snyder.