3 Blue Line Stations to Shut for Extension

Three Blue Line stations will be closed this weekend as Metro crews install track circuitry connected to the extension of the rail line to Largo.

From 8 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday, the Benning Road, Capitol Heights and Addison Road-Seat Pleasant stations will be shuttered. Blue Line service will operate only between Franconia-Springfield and Stadium-Armory stations.

Metro will run as many as 15 free shuttle buses every five minutes between the Stadium-Armory and Addison Road-Seat Pleasant Metrorail stations with stops at the Benning Road and Capitol Heights Metrorail stations. Passengers who usually board at Benning Road and Capitol Heights can take a free shuttle bus from those stations to either Stadium-Armory or Addison Road-Seat Pleasant stations, depending on their direction of travel.

The 3.1-mile, two-station, $456 million extension of the Blue Line from the Addison Road-Seat Pleasant station to the Largo Town Center station is scheduled to open in December. It will be the first Metro leg to extend beyond the Capital Beltway in Prince George's County. For more information about Metrobus or Metrorail, call 202-637-7000 or TTY 202-638-3780.

Space Shuttle Exhibit to Open Nov. 1

On Nov. 1, visitors to the National Air and Space Museum's Northern Virginia center will get access to the space hangar that contains the space shuttle Enterprise.

The Enterprise is among 600 exhibits -- including rockets, satellites and space capsules -- that will be on display in the space wing at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, which opened in December near Dulles International Airport.

Refurbishing of the shuttle, which had been in storage for years, had left the space hangar inaccessible, the museum said. The museum is a unit of the Smithsonian Institution.


Death of Kayaker, 62, Ruled a Drowning

A medical examiner has ruled that a 62-year-old District man's death Oct. 11 while kayaking off Prince William County in the Potomac River was a drowning.

Michael Schoenfeld, a federal administrative law judge for the past 20 years, was kayaking with a Maryland woman but she was far ahead and unable to see that he had fallen into the water, a county police spokesman said. The spokesman said it was unclear how Schoenfeld, who was wearing a life vest, drowned.


Ruling on FedEx Pedestrian Traffic Delayed

A Prince George's County panel last night postponed a ruling on a policy that keeps fans from walking to FedEx Field for Redskins games. The Board of Administrative Appeals, which said it had yet to review the brief the county filed Friday, rescheduled the ruling for Wednesday.

Barricades and stadium security officers bar spectators from walking to FedEx along Redskins Road. County officials and police said the policy is needed for pedestrian safety and to keep fans from overwhelming parking lots at a mall.

Opponents called for less restrictive means, such as temporary fencing or use of more officers. They said the policy funnels fans into the $25 cash lots run by the Redskins.

Montgomery to Use Lottery for Flu Shots

Montgomery County health officials announced yesterday they will use a lottery to determine who will get flu vaccinations this year. High-risk patients -- including infants, young children and pregnant women, health care workers, the elderly and residents who have a chronic illness -- are eligible to enter the lottery.

Residents who qualify can enter by calling the Immunization Information Line at 240-777-1050 from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. today, tomorrow and Monday. The drawing will be Wednesday; those picked will be notified by Nov. 1.

Hospitals to Hold Disaster Drill in Bethesda

Four medical facilities and Montgomery County's emergency management services will hold a disaster drill today in Bethesda.

Most activities will be at The National Naval Medical Center. The National Institutes of Health, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Suburban Hospital and the county will take part in the 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. drill.

Shortly after noon, traffic will be halted on Wisconsin Avenue as simulated "victims" go from the Naval Medical Center to Suburban Hospital, officials said.

Truck Driver Killed in Route 5 Accident

A tow-truck driver was killed late Tuesday night in Prince George's County when he was struck by a car as he was loading a vehicle onto his truck, Maryland State Police said.

Michael A. Coffman, 22, of Waldorf, was killed about 11:30 p.m. on southbound Route 5, in the Clinton area, police said. They said he was hit after a woman in her seventies lost control of her vehicle.

Kayaker Identified, Presumed Drowned

A kayaker who disappeared Tuesday after going over Great Falls in the Potomac River was identified yesterday as Todd J. Andrew, 35, of Spearfish, S.D. Police said Andrew is presumed drowned.

Officials said he was an experienced paddler who was traveling to kayaking spots across the country. Only his kayak and life jacket have been found.


D.C. Council Candidates at Student Forum

Four at-large candidates for the D.C. Council will participate in a forum today with student panelists from city high schools.

The forum, hosted by Washington DC Student Voices, will be at 10 a.m. at the Jack Morton Auditorium at George Washington University. Republican incumbent Carol Schwartz and candidates Kwame Brown (D), Tony Dominguez (I) and Laurent Ross (Statehood-Green) are scheduled to take part.

The nonpartisan program, sponsored by the university's School of Media and Public Affairs, involves 17 District high schools.

"You can talk to people until you're blue in the face about what you can do for people with disabilities. But until you're in a chair, you can't understand."

-- Michael LaJuene, 47, a disabled Metro rider. He and other disabled people were shadowed by officials on the first Disabilities Awareness Day, hosted by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. -- Page B5

Compiled from reports by staff writers Lyndsey Layton, Ian Shapira, Joshua Partlow, Susan Levine, Tim Craig, Michael E. Ruane, Martin Weil, Allan Lengel and David Snyder and the Associated Press.