5 Hurt in Blaze at SE Apartments

Three children were critically injured and two adults were hurt last night in an apartment-house fire in Southeast Washington, authorities said.

Two girls, ages 2 and 5, a boy, 6, a woman and a firefighter were taken to hospitals after the blaze in the 2500 block of Elvans Road SE, authorities said.

The children were in critical condition last night after being taken to Children's Hospital. They suffered smoke inhalation, authorities said. The firefighter, Sgt. Ronald Kemp of Rescue Squad 3, suffered minor burns on his back while rescuing the 2-year-old, authorities said. The woman jumped to the ground.

The cause of the fire had not been determined last night.

Witness Gets Jail for Lying

A 20-year-old District man was sentenced to nine months in prison Friday after pleading guilty to charges that he lied to a D.C. Superior Court grand jury when he testified he did not witness a homicide in Northeast Washington.

Calvin Harris, formerly of the 600 block of Edgewood Street NE, told the grand jury he was not in the area when David Bolden was shot to death in the 2400 block of Fourth Street NE on June 14, 2003.

Harris was also sentenced to 36 months for dealing drugs in a school zone.

Prosecutors have charged five people this year with perjury in connection with their testimony before a Superior Court grand jury.

Activists Protest New Stadium

More than 30 protesters rallied yesterday outside the Ward 6 home of D.C. Council member Sharon Ambrose (D) in Southeast Washington. They were protesting the city's proposed $440 million financing package to fund the construction of a baseball stadium on the Anacostia waterfront.

Imam Akbar, an organizer with the New Black Panther Party, said it was appropriate to cause a scene in front of the council member's home because "she came to our home with the stadium. She's never seen a condo or big-business deal that she didn't like. That's total disrespect."

The demonstrators also rallied outside the Georgetown home of Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), chairman of the council's Finance and Revenue Committee.


2 Wounded in Parkway Shooting

Two men driving on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway were shot early yesterday, U.S. Park Police said.

The men, in their early twenties, were shot about 2:45 a.m. as they traveled south through Cheverly in Prince George's County, police said.

One victim is in critical condition, and the other was treated for injuries and released from the hospital, police said.

Police are looking for a light-blue Buick Park Avenue, said Sgt. Scott Fear, a U.S. Park Police spokesman. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 202-610-8737.


Rationing of Flu Shots Rejected

Virginia won't impose rationing rules for flu shots as several other states have during this nationwide shortage of the influenza vaccine.

Gov. Mark R. Warner (D) decided Friday against ordering about 54,000 Virginia health care providers to inoculate only highest-risk people despite tough crackdowns elsewhere.

Doctors, clinics and other health care providers can allocate the scarce doses to the frail, very young, the elderly and others as ably as the state could, top administration officials concluded.

The United States will receive only about half the 100 million flu shots it expected this flu season.


Metro Simulates Burning Train

Fire and rescue squads from the District, Maryland and Virginia simulated a rescue operation yesterday for about 15 "victims" trapped in a burning Metro train at the new Largo station .

As part of the drill, thick smoke billowed from the cars while the disabled train sat on a bridge over a road near FedEx Field.

Metro train operator R.P. Simms said he was surprised by the smoke as he called for help. In just more than an hour, all the mock victims were rescued.

Fred Goodine, Metro's assistant general manager, said Metro is the nation's only transit system that has invested in the kind of equipment rescuers need to stay safe near electrified rails.

The drill was on a section of track that won't officially open until the Blue Line's Largo station goes into service this year.

Metro hosts regular training sessions in a warehouse mock-up training facility in Landover.

"The crowd is gone before we even get near it."

-- Cpl. Gary Lewis, who's helping lead Montgomery County's crackdown on speeding, referring to organized racers whose friends monitor police radios and watch for patrol cars. -- Page A1

Compiled from reports by staff writers Martin Weil, Clarence Williams, Spencer S. Hsu and Amit R. Paley and the Associated Press.