An Aug. 10 Metro in Brief item contained incorrect names for two streets in Northwest Washington. A youth who was shot while riding a bicycle was in the 1700 block of Columbia Road, not Columbia Avenue, and rode his bike to the 1800 block of Calvert Street, not Calvert Road, before collapsing. (Published 8/11/04)
Funding, Service Topics of Metro Meeting
Metro's funding situation and service problems will be the focus of a public meeting tomorrow featuring Robert Smith, chairman of the Metro directors, and Chris Zimmerman, who represents Arlington County on the Metro board.
The session, sponsored by the Sierra Club and the Washington Regional Network for Livable Communities, will begin at 6 p.m. in Room 412 at the Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
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Growth Prompts Sewage Plant Inspections
The Maryland Department of the Environment will keep a closer eye on sewage treatment plants in fast-growing towns, officials announced yesterday. Inspectors will target plants in areas that have high volumes of sewage or where the demand on sewage facilities is growing especially quickly, Environment Secretary Kendl P. Philbrick said at a news conference at a Howard County sewage plant. In particular, he said, inspectors will begin looking at the number of new homes and businesses connected to the plants.
The move was spurred by problems in the Eastern Shore town of Centreville, which has grown so quickly in recent years that its sewage plant could not keep up. Raw waste wound up being dumped into a local river, and the town agreed to a moratorium on growth. Philbrick said the Environment Department will dedicate staff to help small towns plan for increased sewage demand.
Flag Protester Will Do Community Service
A Sterling man convicted by a Loudoun County jury last week of trespassing and tampering with school buses has accepted a judge's offer to do community service and keep his record clean. Three times last year, Edward R. Myers went into the parking lot of Loudoun's River Bend Middle School and stuck decals featuring the image of a burning American flag on school buses, which are kept there overnight.
Myers, a Mennonite, said his was an act of protest against the excessive display of the American flag in schools, which he said elevates patriotism to the level of a religion. The jury convicted him and fined him $6 for his actions. By accepting Loudoun Circuit Court Judge Thomas D. Horne's offer, Myers gives up his right to appeal the case. However, he has said he will continue to fight patriotic symbols in schools, partly through a federal case he has filed against having children recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
Likely Rabid Fox Bites 3 Girls in Herndon
Three children were bitten by an apparently rabid fox in Herndon yesterday, and authorities advised residents last night to be cautious around any aggressive foxes.
A 5-year-old girl who lives in the 400 block of Madison Street was bitten about 2:45 p.m., and 15 minutes later two girls, ages 2 and 7, were bitten while playing in the 400 block of Reneau Way, police spokeswoman Mary Mulrenan said. The fox then fled down a sewer near Elden and Grove streets. She said animal control officers believe the same fox was responsible for both incidents.
Residents "should only be concerned if they see foxes who are acting bizarrely or behaving aggressively," Mulrenan said. The fox that attacked the two girls in the second incident crawled under a fence to reach them, she said, and noted that animal control officers said a fox in that stage of rabies probably has only a couple of days to live. The three bitten children will have to undergo a series of vaccinations to kill any possible rabies, police said.
Bicyclist, 17, Shot in Adams Morgan
A 17-year-old youth riding a bicycle was shot and seriously wounded last night in the pedestrian-filled Adams Morgan neighborhood, D.C. police and witnesses said.
The incident began about 7:50 p.m. in the 1700 block of Columbia Avenue NW when youths on bicycles confronted the teenager. One pushed the teen off his bike before opening fire, police and witnesses said.
The bicyclists then fled, "all smiling from ear to ear," according to a witness who was working near the scene.
The victim, who was shot in the back and shoulder, drove his bike a short distance to the 1800 block of Calvert Road NW, where he collapsed, according to police and fire officials and witnesses. He was in stable condition last night at a hospital, police said.
Lt. Shakir Muslim said investigators were looking into the possibility that the shooting was gang-related, but "at this point we're saying it is not." Police said it appeared the shooter knew the victim. No one was in custody in the shooting last night.
Fenty Pushes to Outlaw Slot Machines
D.C. Council member Adrian M. Fenty (D-Ward 4) plans to propose legislation to outlaw slot machines in hopes of deterring future efforts to legalize gambling in the nation's capital.
In July, Fenty persuaded a majority of council members to back a resolution stating that the District would be "worse off" with thousands of slot machines than it is without them. But the resolution, which has yet to receive a final vote, would represent only the "sense of the council" and would have no force of law. More is needed, Fenty said, to ward off gambling promoters.
"The residents overwhelmingly do not support slots," Fenty said. "So the city council should have a law to outlaw slots."
Last week, the D.C. elections board denied a spot on the Nov. 2 ballot to investors seeking to legalize slot machines in the District. The board concluded that a petition drive marred by widespread violations of local election laws failed to produce enough valid signatures to qualify for the ballot. Sponsors of the slots measure said they would appeal the decision to the D.C. Court of Appeals.
Children's Policy Forum This Morning
DC Action for Children, an advocacy group, is sponsoring a policy forum this morning on issues affecting children, youth and their families in the city. The forum will be from 8:30 to 10:30 at 1616 P St. NW, in the first floor conference center.
"We tend to remember this as a sunny and upbeat day where the American dream was invoked and everyone dangled their feet in the water of the Reflecting Pool. In fact, what made it so memorable was the sharp disparity between the expectations and the way things turned out. The expectation was terror, and the result, comparatively, was a picnic."
-- Civil rights historian Taylor Branch,
discussing the August 1963 March on Washington. -- Page B1
Compiled from reports by staff writers Lyndsey Layton, David A. Fahrenthold, Allan Lengel, Rosalind S. Helderman, Tom Jackman and Lori Montgomery and the Associated Press.