THE DISTRICT

Fatal Shooting Probed in Northwest

District police are investigating the shooting death of a Takoma Park man early yesterday in Northwest Washington.

Anthony Singleton, 38, was shot several times in the parking lot of the Grand China Carryout in the 6900 block of Blair Road NW, said Sgt. Joe Gentile, a police spokesman.

Police said they believe Singleton had left the Takoma Station Club near the Takoma Metro station and crossed the street heading toward his car.

Police said they have no motive.

D.C. Council member Adrian M. Fenty (D-Ward 4) said a lack of police presence has led to an increase in crime in Ward 4, where David McMorris, 16, was shot July 21 near the Georgia Avenue-Petworth Metro station. A 14-year-old has been charged in that killing.

"We didn't do anything different to get us to the point where crime was going down, at least from a policing-in-the-neighborhoods angle," he said. "You can be as tough on crime as you want, but when a guy wants to wait outside of a nightclub and thinks he can get away with it, there's nothing you can do."

Funeral Today for Teenager Shot in Car

The funeral for Myesha Lowe will be today at 11 a.m. at Shiloh Baptist Church, 1500 Ninth St. NW. Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D) is expected to attend.

Lowe, 15, was shot to death last weekend as she sat in a car at 14th and F streets NE. Prosecutors said Joshua Ross, 20, gave a statement to police saying he had killed the girl. Police are looking for two other suspects.

Investigators said they believe the gunman was targeting one of the other women in the car or someone who usually drives it. They said the shooting stemmed from a long-running feud between men from two Northeast neighborhoods.

VIRGINIA

Woman's Body Found in Stafford Creek

Police in Stafford County found the body of a 43-year-old woman in Aquia Creek last night, a day after her husband reported her missing, county Sheriff Charles Jett said.

Emmy T. Quach, 43, had planned to go jet-skiing in the creek, her husband told police. Neighbors later found her jet ski adrift in the creek, police said.

MARYLAND

Firefighters' Cancer Cases to Be Studied

Anne Arundel County fire officials and union representatives will meet Wednesday with John Hopkins University doctors to initiate a study over the potential connection between firefighters' training and cancer, officials said.

Working with a Gaithersburg attorney, former firefighter David Fowler and dozens of current and former firefighters are trying to establish links between the apparent cluster of cancer cases and the burning of carcinogenic fuel during training in the 1970s and early 1980s.

Arundel firefighters, many of whom are hospitalized or have died of cancer, trace their concerns to the department's use of donated fuels decades ago during routine training in Millersville. Some fuels contained chemicals called PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyl, that were banned by the federal government as possible carcinogens.

Fowler said that when he was found to have non-Hodgkin's lymphoma seven years ago, he wondered how a healthy man in his forties could be struck so suddenly -- and thought back to training in the 1970s. He and others have described a facility where young firefighters charged into smoke-filled structures without wearing breathing masks, determined to see who could keep his wits the longest without oxygen.

Two families, including the Fowlers, have won workers' compensation cases, and attorney Kenneth Berman is exploring options for a larger lawsuit.

Former Violence-Plagued Nightclub Sold

Two years after two shootings at a Salisbury nightclub led to the club's demise, the building has been sold for $700,000, less than its onetime asking price of $1.3 million.

"The new owners are a local business looking to expand into a larger facility," said real estate agent Henry Hanna, who handled the sale. "They have to do some renovations, but plan to reopen the building for office space in the next four to six months."

Club owners Bob and Becky Orgain surrendered their alcohol license in June 2002 and closed the club soon afterwards. The club, Andromeda, had been plagued with fights and drugs, prompting dozens of calls to police.

Maj. Jeff Livingston of the Salisbury Police Department testified during a hearing that officers had been called to the club 82 times in six months and that 44 calls were for violence.

Owens Named in Suit Over Building Fees

Residents of a senior citizen community in Crofton have filed a $5 million class-action lawsuit claiming that the community's developers paid fees to Anne Arundel County in exchange for permission to build, and that the fees were returned to the developers instead of the property owners.

The suit filed last week in Anne Arundel Circuit Court alleges that County Executive Janet S. Owens (D) concocted a "corrupt scheme to circumvent the zoning laws" of the county. The lawsuit says Owens had the county's legal office oversee the creation of age-restricted covenants. Instead of returning refunds to the homeowners, she approved refunds of school-impact fees to the developers, the lawsuit says.

An Owens spokeswoman called the claim "absurd."

State-Funded Center Must Show Gains

Managers of the Rocky Gap Lodge and Golf Resort in Flintstone must show that the state-subsidized conference center in the Western Maryland mountains can prosper after losing more than $25 million in its first five years.

Robert Brennan, executive director of the state agency that owns the lodge, said he's encouraged by increased bookings that point to a 22 percent increase in group sales this year. Lodge manager Crestline Hotels and Resorts said revenue from the Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course are up 15 percent this season.

General Manager Tim Grambley says the nearly completed addition of 5,000 square fee of conference space has generated an additional $400,000 in sales.

"We will be more aggressive in making traffic stops of cars, trucks and limos. We have to pay attention to just about anything that could be explosive or chemical."

-- D.C. Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey, describing steps that will be taken to safeguard the city against possible terrorist attacks. -- Page A1

Compiled from reports by staff writers Dakarai I. Aarons and Jessica Valdez and the Associated Press.