Restored Dulles Runway Reopens

A runway at Dulles International Airport that has been closed since April for repairs reopened yesterday.

The 10,000-foot-long, 150-foot-wide runway, built when the airport opened in 1962, had to be reconstructed because of wear and tear, airport officials said.

The loss of one of the airport's three runways during the heavy summer travel season contributed to delays at Dulles, but officials said the work had to be done during warm weather.

Officials said the entire runway, save for its shoulders and a 12-year-old extension, was demolished and removed, including pavement that went 25 inches deep. Crews hauled away more than 180,000 cubic yards of concrete and crushed rock. The project cost $21 million.

Charter School Group Announces Plans

The KIPP organization, which has one charter school in the District, has chosen a leader to open a second middle school in the city a year from now, a spokesman said yesterday.

Steve Mancini of San Francisco-based KIPP said that Khala Johnson, one of the original teachers at the KIPP DC:KEY Academy in Southeast Washington, will lead the new school.

KIPP, which stands for Knowledge Is Power Program, told Montgomery County officials yesterday that it did not find a leader to open a school in Wheaton next summer as the school system had hoped, so it will not apply for a charter this year, Mancini said.

He said KIPP will keep trying in Montgomery, as well as in Anne Arundel County and in Baltimore, where KIPP has another school.


Grants Tied to Charter School Locations

D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams announced yesterday that the city will offer grants of up to $1 million to each of five charter schools that agree to locate in one of 12 neighborhoods losing families with young children to suburban communities with better public schools.

The program, dubbed "City Build," is intended to bolster Williams's efforts to attract 100,000 more residents. It will be paid for entirely with federal funds already approved by Congress.

"Improving education is one of the most critical elements to improving our city," Williams (D) said during his weekly news conference. "The charter school is a viable tool for providing choice for parents, providing opportunities for kids and revitalizing our communities."

According to U.S. Census statistics, families with young children tend to leave the District in search of quality public schools. A study by the Brookings Institution identified 12 mostly middle-income neighborhoods where the District might retain such families by offering additional educational choices.

A special panel of education experts plans to review applications for the program and recommend grant recipients to the State Education Office by the end of September.


Study Says Water Policies Need Attention

Maryland needs to better monitor its streams and wells, improve local planning, and cooperate with Virginia regarding the use of water from the Potomac, according to a report released yesterday by an advisory committee to Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R).

The committee was formed to study water use after a year of drought in 2002. The state used 1,447 million gallons of water a day in 2000, the committee found, and the demand could rise to 1,575 million gallons by 2030.

Some of the committee's recommendations had to do with the Potomac, whose water was the subject of a lawsuit between Maryland and Virginia that went to the Supreme Court last year. The committee recommended that Maryland begin discussions with its southern neighbor about a coordinated review process for permits.

Worker Dies in Chevy Chase House Fire

A construction worker died yesterday afternoon in a flash fire at a house in Chevy Chase after flammable liquids ignited in a poorly ventilated area, the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service said.

The fire broke out in the basement of the 21/2 -story home in the unit block of West Irving Street about 3:45 p.m. It took about 50 firefighters 15 minutes to extinguish the blaze, said Pete A. Piringer, a fire department spokesman.

The construction worker, Mauricio M. Ortiz, 38, of Lanham, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Piringer said Ortiz and a co-worker were using paint thinner and other liquids to strip paint from the basement floor when a dehumidifier clicked on and ignited the vapors. The co-worker escaped unharmed. The homeowners were on vacation.

Damage to the home was estimated at $20,000, Piringer said.

Antibacterial Chemical Found in Streams

An antibacterial agent commonly found in soaps and detergents has been found in water from streams and wastewater treatment plants in the Baltimore area, a Johns Hopkins researcher said yesterday.

The chemical, triclocarban, was not found in well water or municipal drinking water but was found in samples from six streams as well as wastewater treatment plants.

"We put out almost a million pounds of this every year, and nobody ever bothered to take a look what happens to the stuff once we are done with it," said study author Rolf U. Halden, assistant professor of the school's Department of Environmental Health Sciences and founding member of its Center for Water and Health.

Triclocarban is not one of the chemicals whose presence in drinking water is monitored or regulated by the federal Environmental Protection Agency, but it is being reviewed by the EPA, Halden said.

The chemical was found in surface water at levels up to 20 times higher than those reported to the EPA by the chemical industry, said Halden, who added that his group now plans a wider study of the chemical in surface waters nationwide.

Body Identified as Baltimore Woman's

Maryland State police said they have identified the body of a woman found Tuesday in a drainage ditch along Route 340 in the Brunswick area of Frederick County as that of 45-year-old Deborah Ann Rond of Baltimore.

An autopsy showed that the cause of death was consistent with being hit by a car.

Investigators said Rond was last seen Saturday night.

"None of them had ever been on television before. They spent two hours working on their hair before the game. But that was a good diversion."

-- Jamie Loving, McLean All-Stars coach, on their semifinal victory Tuesday in the Little League Softball World Series in Portland, Ore. -- Page B1

Compiled from reports by staff writers Steven Ginsberg, Allan Lengel, Jay Mathews, Lori Montgomery and David A. Fahrenthold and the Associated Press.