Election Protest Slows Rush Hour

About 75 protesters marched through downtown Washington yesterday in a post-Election Day demonstration that criticized the electoral system as well as both President Bush and his Democratic challenger, John F. Kerry.

Marchers beat bongo drums and waved banners reading, "Our dreams will never fit in their ballot boxes," as they briefly disrupted the morning commute walking in traffic lanes from Dupont Circle to Freedom Plaza to the White House under police escort.

"Regardless of who wins, the democratic process in the United States is broken," said D.C. activist Josh Raisler Cohn, 27, one of several marchers who said voting was the least effective way to change society.

The marchers, a coalition of anarchists and other activists, had no permit. The event was one of several demonstrations planned this week in Washington to protest the election, the war in Iraq and the two-party system.

Red Cross Honors World Bank, IMF

The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, both based in the District, said yesterday that they will receive the American Red Cross's Circle of Humanitarian Award, an annual citation given to organizations that strongly support American Red Cross efforts in disaster relief.

The two organizations have jointly given about $400,000 in employee contributions and corporate donations to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund in the past year. The award will be given in a ceremony Nov. 17, a spokeswoman for the World Bank said.


Planners Consider Rouse Project

Nine village boards in Columbia will oppose the Rouse Co.'s proposed commercial development on a 51-acre site in the heart of the planned community's commercial center when the Howard County Planning Board resumes a hearing on the plan tonight.

In a series of letters, village board members said they believe the Rouse plan to build 1.2 million square feet of commercial space on the site, near Merriweather Post Pavilion, would generate too much traffic and would be premature, since the Columbia Association has just begun to consider the possibility of a master plan for Columbia's downtown. The Dorsey's Search Village Board, the only one not to send a letter, is due to take up the issue Wednesday.

Man Killed in Bowie Shooting

Prince George's County police are investigating a fatal shooting in the Bowie area last night, authorities said.

Officials said police were called about 8 p.m. for the report of a shooting in the 16700 block of Governor Bridge Road, said Cpl. Joe Merkel, a police spokesman. Officers arrived and found a man lying next to a black sport-utility vehicle in a parking lot outside an apartment complex. The unidentified man, who had been shot in the upper body, was flown to Prince George's Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead, Merkel said.


SE Homicide Victim Identified

D.C. police yesterday identified Aaron Turner, 27, as the District man fatally shot late Monday in Southeast Washington.

Turner, of the 4500 block of Livingston Road SE, was found wounded about 10:30 p.m. in the 4600 block of Livingston Road, police said. Turner died at Washington Hospital Center. Anyone with information is urged to call police at 202-727-9099.


Federal Courthouse Cuts Public Access

Faced with a funding crunch, the clerk's office at the federal courthouse in Alexandria plans to reduce its public hours.

Starting Nov. 15, people can check on cases in the clerk's office from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, according to a statement released yesterday by the court. The office is open now from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The statement attributed the cutback to rising costs as funding for the judiciary has been frozen. The clerk's office has been forced to cut its staff by 10 percent, the statement said.

Accident Kills McLean Woman

An 80-year-old McLean woman was killed Saturday when her car lurched forward as she was reaching for her mailbox, Fairfax County police said yesterday.

Police said Frances L. Smith-Vinzanti of the 1400 block of Ironwood Drive was in her 2000 Mercury Sable in the driveway of her home about 10:45 a.m. Saturday. As Smith-Vinzanti moved out of the car to reach her mailbox at the end of the driveway, the car moved forward and dragged her down the driveway, then pinned her against a guardrail, police said.

Neighbors rushed to her aid, but Smith-Vinzanti was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Manassas Driver Dies After Crash

A Manassas man was killed early yesterday after his pickup truck went off the edge of Dumfries Road, then flipped several times after he overcorrected, Prince William County police said.

Jeffery S. Koester, 41, of the 7300 block of Centreville Road was traveling east about 5:13 a.m. on Dumfries Road, near Toddsbury Lane, when the accident occurred, police said. He was ejected from the driver's side window of his Ford F250 pickup, they said.

Police said that Koester was not wearing a seat belt and that speed was a factor. He was taken to Potomac Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Fairfax County to Distribute Flu Vaccine

The Fairfax County Health Department has received 10,000 doses of adult influenza vaccine from the Virginia Department of Health, as part of the state's vaccine redistribution efforts.

County health officials said they are working with the medical community to determine how many county residents are at high risk for medical complications from flu. Based on information from private physicians, the county department will begin to distribute vaccine starting Nov. 15 to primary care physicians and medical specialists most likely to care for high-risk patients.

The department will offer the remaining vaccine according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, by appointment. For information, residents can call the department's 24-hour recorded information line at 703-246-2411, TTY 703-591-6435.

"Thank God for him telling us to get off."

-- Deana Clingerman, 25, of Metro operator Calvert Sawyers. Metro officials said Sawyers, 58, realized that Train 105 was about to be hit by another train and shouted to his passengers to get off quickly. -- Page A1

Compiled from reports by staff writers Manny Fernandez, Miranda Spivack, Clarence Williams, Del Quentin Wilber, Jerry Markon, Tom Jackman, Ian Shapira and Jacqueline L. Salmon.