Regular Classes Held at Eastern High

Regular classes began at Eastern Senior High School yesterday, but about 70 students did not have schedules or had schedules that needed to be modified.

The high school was the only District public school that did not open on the first day of classes last Wednesday because schedules and room assignments had not been completed. About 665 students showed up Thursday, and about 550 attended Friday, but the students spent those days in homeroom. Most students' schedules were completed Friday and distributed that afternoon and over the weekend.

Yesterday, 906 students -- nearly the total estimated enrollment -- showed up for classes, according to Wilma F. Bonner, the school's temporary administrator. She was appointed Wednesday after the principal was fired. Eastern, at 1700 East Capitol St. NE, will hold a parents' meeting at 6:30 p.m. today on the school's new schedules and new leadership.

Five Injured When Bus Runs Off Road

Four college students and a bus driver suffered minor injuries last night after a shuttle bus ran off Foxhall Road NW and onto a retaining wall at the Mount Vernon campus of George Washington University, authorities said.

Rescue crews responding to the 2100 block of Foxhall Road about 10 p.m. found the front wheels of the bus on the wall over a 15-foot embankment, said Alan Etter, fire and emergency services department spokesman. The bus, which remained there early this morning, apparently had failed to negotiate a turn and went over the ledge. The students and driver, all of whom suffered cuts and bruises, were taken to Georgetown University Hospital for observation, Etter said.

Training Set for Voting Technicians

The D.C. Board of Elections is offering training sessions this week for people who want to work as technicians in voting precincts during the primary Sept. 14 and the general election Nov. 2.

The sessions will be held tomorrow and Friday at the board's headquarters at 441 Fourth St. NW. Technicians will be paid a stipend of $100, which includes the training, and work both elections from 6:15 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. For more information, call 202-727-5328.


Red Line Slowdown Causes Delays

Thousands of Red Line riders faced delays yesterday after train speeds were reduced on new track between the Rhode Island Avenue station and Union Station.

The track runs alongside the New York Avenue station, which is under construction and slated for opening in November. During the morning rush yesterday, Metro was testing the signal system and automatic train control along the track and required all trains to run at 15 mph instead of the usual 45 mph. Metro spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said that service was delayed about 20 minutes but that some riders complained of delays lasting twice as long. By noon, speeds were raised to 35 mph. Farbstein said yesterday that it was unclear when normal operations on the line will resume.


Vehicle Stolen After Abduction Is Found

A Toyota Camry that was stolen from a Lincolnia gas station Friday morning after a carjacking and apparent abduction as been recovered in the District, but police have no suspects in the theft.

The abduction occurred at a gas station in District Heights about 4:30 a.m. A woman told police she was attacked by a man, who then drove off in her Saturn sport-utility vehicle with her 10-month-old daughter in the back.

About 7:15 a.m., at a gas station on Little River Turnpike, Esteban Lembert left the keys in his 2002 Camry and went inside the station. When he returned, the Camry was gone. Police arrived and found the Saturn SUV with the little girl inside, unhurt.

Lembert's Camry was found at 3:50 a.m. Saturday in the 300 block of Eastern Avenue NE, Fairfax police said yesterday.

Recordkeeping Poor at Many Agencies

Many state agencies violate state law because they do not keep track of public records under their control. In a survey of 69 state agencies, boards and commissions, only 33 provided copies of their records retention and disposal schedules, a study has found.

In the study conducted by the Carroll County Times, 16 agencies indicated that they do not have the schedules; 10 other agencies responded to the Public Information Act request but did not provide schedules or indicate whether they exist; and 10 agencies did not respond at all to the request.

Black Bear Hunt Moves Forward

Maryland is moving closer to having its first black bear hunt in 51 years. Late last week, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) formally notified a joint committee of the General Assembly that he is proceeding with the hunt. The week before, the Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review had rejected the hunt in a nonbinding vote.

Yesterday, the state Department of Natural Resources announced that it was accepting applications for bear-hunting permits. Applicants must have a valid Hunter Safety Certificate, have held a hunting license prior to July 1, 1977, or have hunted on private land prior to July 1, 1977. The application fee is $15.

Applications will be accepted until Sept. 21, the state said. On Sept. 22, a lottery will be held to award 200 bear-hunting permits, 140 of which will be issued for hunting on private land only. The hunt, which will be held Oct. 25-30 and Dec. 6-11, will be called off after 30 bears are killed. To apply for a permit, hunters can call 1-888-579-6768, or go to


Overturned Horse Trailer Ties Up Traffic

A horse trailer overturned on a Loudoun County highway during the evening rush hour yesterday, backing up traffic for more than six miles and sending authorities in pursuit of the horse, which galloped away from the scene.

The two horses in the trailer started shifting, causing the trailer to wobble, break loose from the Ford Explorer pulling it and overturn about 4:35 p.m., said Virginia State Police Master Trooper Danny Sawyer. The accident took place on the Dulles Greenway about three-fourths of a mile east of the Loudoun County Parkway. One horse in the trailer was injured but is expected to survive.

No people were hurt. Authorities were looking for the second horse, a brown and white 6-year-old named Cowgirl.

"I think about it, but I won't let myself count it. If I did, I would be far too depressed."

-- Erin Gottert, who commutes from Woodbridge to the District, reacting to a new national study that found Washington area commuters spend an average of three full days a year in traffic. -- Page A1

Compiled from reports by staff writers Sewell Chan, Clarence Williams, David A. Fahrenthold, Jerry Markon, Tom Jackman and Lyndsey Layton and the Associated Press.