Lunar Eclipse to Be Visible Tomorrow
A lunar eclipse will be visible in the area tomorrow night, weather permitting, and will reach totality about 11 p.m.
In lunar eclipses, the moon passes through the shadow cast across space by Earth. The moon shines by reflecting the light of the sun, and when the moon passes through the shadow, it goes dark temporarily.
The period of totality will begin at 10:23 p.m. and end at 11:45 p.m., according to a Web site maintained by Fred Espenak of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.
The National Weather Service predicted that the skies would be partly cloudy tomorrow night.
Ex-Archbishop to Preside at Hickey Mass
Cardinal William W. Baum, who served as archbishop of Washington from 1973 to 1980, will be the Vatican's representative at the funeral of Cardinal James A. Hickey, church officials announced yesterday.
Baum will preside at Saturday's funeral Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Hickey, who died Sunday at 84, served from 1980 until 2000, when he was succeeded by Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick.
Results of GW Faculty Union Vote Delayed
The results of a vote on whether to unionize part-time faculty at George Washington University will not be known for about two weeks because the National Labor Relations Board has to resolve a dispute over voter eligibility, union and university officials said.
In mail ballots that were counted Friday, 328 university employees voted in favor of representation by the Service Employees International Union, and 316 employees voted against unionizing. But 50 ballots were not opened because of questions about voter eligibility and late postmarks.
A university spokeswoman said yesterday that a hearing will likely be held to resolve disputes about individual ballots. Adjuncts and regular part-time faculty were eligible to vote if they taught courses during two of the past four semesters.
2 Plead Guilty in Driver's License Scheme
A teller who worked at the District's Department of Motor Vehicles office in Georgetown and a District man pleaded guilty yesterday in a scheme to sell phony driver's licenses.
Lisa B. Johnson, 41, of the 1700 block of Lyman Place NE admitted in U.S. District Court that she used her job as a teller in the DMV satellite office from 2002 to 2004 to sell driver's licenses with fraudulent names to people who were willing to pay.
Craig C. Hughes, 42, of the 1700 block of F Street NE also pleaded guilty to helping the bribery scheme by acting as a go-between between Johnson and those who wanted to buy fraudulent licenses.
Water Main Break Prompts Evacuation
A prominent downtown Bethesda office building was evacuated yesterday after a water main broke and electricity was shut off, the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service said.
Hundreds of people were evacuated from the east and west towers of the Air Rights Building in the 7300 block of Wisconsin Avenue, said fire and rescue spokesman Pete Piringer.
He said the break, which occurred shortly after noon, filled a utility room and affected the electrical system, which in turn affected lights and safety systems.
Thousands Enter Lottery for Flu Shots
A lottery for 800 flu shots held by the Montgomery County Health Department drew thousands of entries from people who called a special hotline or e-mailed for a chance at the vaccine.
By late afternoon yesterday, the department had tabulated more than 19,000 entries. Officials said the number might end up lower because multiple entries from one person will not be counted. Only Montgomery County residents were allowed to participate.
The deadline for entries was 6:30 p.m. yesterday. Winners will be selected randomly by a computer tomorrow afternoon.
Va. Tech Guarantees Some Admission
Many students who get their associate's degrees at Virginia's community colleges now will be guaranteed admission to Virginia Tech's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Officials said students who have a 3.0 average and have taken the required core courses will be guaranteed admission into Tech's agriculture school. The plan is intended to help ease a surge in university enrollments and better address many families' financial limitations.
Suspects in School Break-In Sought
Prince William County police are searching for two or three males who broke into Springwoods Elementary School in Woodbridge on Saturday and caused $5,600 worth of damage.
The school's video surveillance recorded grainy images of the three, described as 15 to 25 years old. Fire extinguishers were set off, and a window, used to gain entry, was broken.
Nothing was stolen at the school at 3815 Marquis Pl., said Detective Dennis Mangan, a Prince William County police spokesman.
Two of the suspects were white males, wearing jeans and T-shirts and weighing about 130 pounds. Police are trying to determine more details about the appearance of the third suspect.
Police ask anyone with information about the incident to call 800-673-2777.
"I was shooting whatever came through."
-- Bear hunter David Ciekot, explaining how he killed the first bear under Maryland's first hunting season in 51 years. -- Page B1
Compiled from reports by staff writers Karlyn Barker, Carol D. Leonnig, Ian Shapira and Martin Weil and the Associated Press.