A Sept. 13 Metro in Brief item incorrectly said that the D.C. Housing Authority's first Residents Summit would be held today. The summit, which will offer information about homeownership, business development, health care and social services, is scheduled for Sept. 28 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the D.C. Armory, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. (Published 9/14/04)


Housing Authority to Hold Summit

The D.C. Housing Authority will hold its first Residents Summit tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the D.C. Armory at 2400 East Capitol St. SE.

The summit will feature presentations on opportunities for public housing residents to buy their own homes or condominiums or start their own businesses. Representatives from city and private nonprofit health and social service agencies also will be on hand.

The summit will feature a health fair and voter registration opportunities, the housing authority said in a statement. A continental breakfast and lunch will be served.

For more information or to sign up for the event, public housing residents should call the authority's Office of Resident Services at 202-535-1517.

Southeast Man Stabbed to Death

A 74-year-old man died yesterday after being found stabbed in the bedroom of his apartment in Southeast Washington, police said.

Police said they responded to a reported assault in an apartment in the 1200 block of Maple View Place SE about 1:20 a.m. and found Clarence Copeland suffering from a stab wound to his chest.

Copeland was rushed to Howard University Hospital, where he died, police said.

Anyone with information is urged to call police at 202-727-9099. Police offer rewards of up to $25,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of suspects in murder cases.


Fairfax Emergency Center to Open

Fairfax County leaders soon won't have to travel far if there's an emergency. The Alternate Emergency Operations Center is scheduled to open today on the ground floor of the government building.

The center will include 4,000 square feet of computers, phones and other communications equipment from which local officials can coordinate recovery efforts in case of a damaging storm, terrorist attack or other emergency.

Officials said the center cost about $3 million, covered mostly by homeland security grants.

The center temporarily replaces a much smaller facility at the former Pine Ridge Elementary School in Annandale. In 2007, a new emergency operations and 911 center is scheduled to open on West Ox Road.

Officer's Poker Tourney Deemed Illegal

A popular monthly poker tournament organized by a Virginia Beach police officer is folding because the city's commonwealth attorney has concluded that it's illegal.

The tournament, which had been held at the Fraternal Order of Police headquarters, attracted about 150 players and a top prize of as much as $4,500.

Commonwealth's Attorney Harvey L. Bryant III said Fraternal Order of Police leaders approached him to inquire about the legality of the poker event.

"They sought a legal opinion," Bryant said. "We gave a legal opinion, and they are going to stop the game."

In addition, Clyde Cristman, director of the Virginia Department of Charitable Gaming, said he received a complaint about the tournament last month and notified Bryant's office. He said state law forbids all gambling in Virginia, with four exemptions: bingo and raffles held by charitable organizations; the state lottery; off-track parimutuel betting; and games held in private homes.

Poker is not outlawed by state statute, Cristman said, but playing it for money anywhere but at a private residence is illegal.


Three Boaters Rescued on Potomac

Three boaters are safe after a nerve-racking episode on the Potomac River, officials said yesterday.

Two were plucked from an island and the third was found paddling in a canoe.

Montgomery County Fire Department spokesman Pete Piringer said that about 9 p.m. Saturday, the boaters who were stranded on the island called 911 from a cell phone but couldn't pinpoint exactly where they were.

With the help of police helicopters, they were located on Conn Island between Swain's Lock and Pennyfield Lock, near the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission.

The third boater was found more than an hour after his companions first called for help.

Piringer says none of the boaters appeared hurt.

100th Homicide in Pr. George's

Prince George's County logged its 100th homicide of the year early yesterday, with the shooting death of a Baltimore teenager in Landover.

Anthony March Jr., 19, was pronounced dead early yesterday after he and another man were found seated in a parked car on Brightseat Road with gunshot wounds to their upper bodies, police said. The second man, a 19-year-old from the District, remains in critical condition, police said. His name has not been released.

Police arrested Gregory Leon Price, 18, and charged him with first-degree murder. Police said that Price lives in the block where the shooting occurred and that investigators are trying to determine a motive.

Conjoined Twins Stable at Hospital

Year-old conjoined twins were in stable condition yesterday, a day after doctors halted surgery to separate the two sisters, Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore reported.

Doctors there temporarily stopped surgery Saturday night because metabolic complications caused the condition of one twin to become unstable.

The hospital reported on its Web site that the twins were being kept under anesthesia to enable their bodies to rest and heal. The hospital also reported that the medical team is confident the twins are strong.

Surgery could begin within a week if the twins remain stable, the hospital said. Benjamin Carson, the director of pediatric neurosurgery at the Children's Center, is leading the surgical team. The surgery is expected to last 24 to 48 hours.

"John Edwards talks about the two Americas. Well, there are two D.C.s. The question is: Do we have a rising tide? Or is the rising tide limited to certain parts of the city?"

-- A. Scott Bolden, chairman of the D.C. Democratic

State Committee, on tomorrow's primary vote for

six contested seats on the D.C. Council. -- Page A1

Compiled by reports from staff writers Debbi Wilgoren, Del Quentin Wilber and Matthew Mosk and the Associated Press.