A Sept. 6 Metro in Brief item incorrectly said that D.C. firefighters responded to a kitchen fire Sunday at the D.C. Jail. The fire was next door to the jail, in an annex called the Correctional Treatment Facility. The low-to-medium-security facility is run for the city by a private contractor, Corrections Corporation of America. (Published 9/9/04)


76-Year-Old Silver Spring Man Missing

A 76-year-old man who speaks only French has been reported missing from his home in Silver Spring, and Montgomery County police asked yesterday for the help of the public in finding him.

Police said Kiawkandu Mafuta was last seen Friday when he left his home in the 100 block of Schuyler Road to go shopping.

Police said he may suffer from Alzheimer's disease, although no such clinical diagnosis has been made.

On an earlier occasion when Mafuta was missing, police said, he was found near the Washington Monument.

Police described him as African, six feet tall and 150 pounds with brown eyes and black hair that has a wet appearance.

They said he was believed to be wearing a green shirt, black pants and black shoes. Police said he may not understand English.

Police asked that anyone with information about the man's whereabouts call the police emergency telephone number, 301-279-8000.


Jogger Sexually Assaulted in NW Park

A jogger was sexually assaulted yesterday in Glover Archbold Park in Northwest Washington, the U.S. Park Police said.

They said the victim was attacked in woods near 42nd Street and Davis Place about 4:30 p.m. by a cleanshaven man with a knife.

He was described as black, muscular, six feet to 6 feet 2 inches tall, wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans.

Inmate Treated for Smoke Inhalation

An inmate at the D.C. jail was treated for smoke inhalation yesterday after an oven full of rotisserie chicken caught fire and filled the jail basement with smoke, D.C. fire officials said.

The fire started about 12:30 p.m. in the jail's kitchen at 19th and E streets SE, fire department spokesman Alan Etter said.

He said 18 people, many of them inmates, were exposed to heavy smoke when the oven with eight rotisserie chickens erupted in flames.

The basement was evacuated, but the jail's ventilation system prevented the smoke from spreading, and no other parts of the jail were affected, Etter said.

One unidentified inmate was taken to Greaer Southeast Community Hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation.

The exact cause of the fire was under investigation yesterday, but Etter said it did not appear intentional.

Man Found Injured on Green Line Tracks

Metro officials were investigating how a man ended up on Green Line tracks near the Columbia Heights station about 9:30 a.m. yesterday.

Metro spokeswoman Taryn McNeil said the man told Metro Transit Police he had not been struck by a train. But he did have a fractured skull, a broken left arm and a broken right leg.

McNeil said the man was intoxicated and spoke only Spanish. He was taken to Washington Hospital Center. His condition was not known.


Restaurant Closed, Cited for Crowding

About 400 people gathered at a Mexican restaurant in Sterling Park on Saturday night to watch a World Cup soccer qualifying match between Honduras and Canada. However, the restaurant seats only about 150 people legally, so authorities shut it down and arrested three people for disorderly conduct, the Loudoun County sheriff's spokesman said yesterday.

When sheriff's deputies were called about 9 p.m. to Pepe's Place in the 22300 block of South Sterling Boulevard, they found a line of people stretching the length of the strip mall where the restaurant is located, spokesman Kraig Troxell said. The doors to Pepe's were locked, Troxell said, and more than 300 people had packed inside the restaurant at $30 a head.

Police from Fairfax County and Herndon and Virginia State Police were summoned to help disperse the crowd, and officers from a planned sobriety checkpoint in Loudoun were reassigned to help out, Troxell said.

The state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and county fire marshals issued the restaurant citations and closed Pepe's until tomorrow.

No one answered the phone there yesterday.

Brothers Charged in Tailgating Slayings

Two brothers were charged with first-degree murder in the shooting deaths Saturday of two men -- one a Marine Corps officer -- who were tailgating outside North Carolina State University's season-opening football game against the University of Richmond in Raleigh, N.C., authorities said yesterday.

The victims were identified as Kevin M. McCann, 23, of Chicago and 2nd Lt. Brett Johnson Harman, 23, of Park Ridge, Ill. Neither was a student at the university.

Tony Harrell Johnson, 20, of Raleigh was arrested early yesterday, about two hours after his brother, Timothy Wayne Johnson, 22, an N.C. State student, said Phyllis Stephens, spokeswoman for the Wake County Sheriff's Department.

Authorities were called to the scene of the shooting about 6 p.m. Saturday, the time N.C. State kicked off against Richmond, Sheriff Donnie Harrison said.

Witnesses said a fistfight preceded the incident.

Law Requires Alternatives to Dissection

Starting this academic year, Virginia school districts are required to inform all students that they can decline to dissect animals without penalty, and instructors must provide them with alternative learning tools, including computer programs, Internet tutorials and plastic models.

Virginia is among nine states that have enacted such policies. Florida was the first, in 1985, followed by California in 1988. New Jersey is considering similar legislation. Argentina, India and Israel are among countries that have banned dissection in schools.

The trend is driven in large part by animal-welfare groups such as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and the Humane Society of the United States. The groups contend that many animals used for dissection suffer during their capture, handling and killing.

They also maintain that it devalues animal life and treats it as expendable.

The Humane Society estimates that 6 million animals -- mostly frogs, fetal pigs and cats -- are dissected annually in American high schools.

"The opportunities are here. If you want to become a doctor, you can become a doctor. If you want to become a bum, you can become a bum."

-- Masooda Ansari, an Afghan immigrant, advising

her 14-year-old daughter, who will start school in Fairfax County tomorrow. -- Page B1

Compiled from reports by staff writers Tom Jackman and Martin Weil and the Associated Press.