Gun Scare at Dulles Causes 2-Hour Delay

Passengers at Dulles International Airport were delayed for up to two hours yesterday after a security screener in the main terminal spotted the image of a gun on a monitor.

Officials were unsure whether they were seeing a gun or the image of one generated by a computer program connected to the machine, said Amy Von Walter, a Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman.

She said that "out of an abundance of caution," security officers made passengers on mobile lounges heading to gates return to the main terminal and had them and all other passengers in the main terminal pass through security again. She said no guns were found during rescreening, and no one was arrested or detained.

The rescreening process began about 5 p.m., Von Walter said, and the security area didn't return to normal for about two hours.

Mall Owners to Charge for Redskins Parking

Washington Redskins fans expecting to park free at Landover Mall and walk to FedEx Field on Sunday can think again. Parking will now cost $15.

Before team and Prince George's County officials blocked off pedestrian access to Redskins Road four years ago, it was common practice to park at Landover Mall and walk to the games. But after those restrictions were overturned last month, mall property owner Lerner Corp., of North Bethesda, decided to charge the returning crowds. There will be 3,000 spaces available, and tailgaiting will be strongly discouraged, said Clarke Green, Lerner's marketing director.

Green said Park America, which runs off-site parking for Philadelphia Eagles games, will operate the lot and help provide security.

Rare Monkey Killed in Accident at Zoo

A 3-year-old Sulawesi macaque died yesterday at the National Zoo's Think Tank exhibit after trying to dart through as a hydraulically operated door was closing, a zoo spokeswoman said.

The monkey, a male named Ripley, was killed instantly, said Peper Long. She noted that it was the first time since the Think Tank opened nine years ago that such an accident has occurred.

Keepers had opened the door to transfer an animal to a holding area. When this happens, other animals usually are distracted with food and closely watched. But Ripley, Long said, "was young and quick, and he dashed through just as the door was shutting. "

Dean Chosen for National Cathedral

Bishop John Bryson Chane, head of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, has named the rector of historic Trinity Church in Boston as dean of Washington National Cathedral.

The Rev. Samuel T. Lloyd III will oversee a $16 million budget and a staff of nearly 200 in his new post. "Sam Lloyd is a man who is at home as a leader and scholar, a preacher and a pastor," Chane said.

Lloyd has been rector of Trinity since 1993. He will begin his cathedral ministry in early 2005.


Activists Protest Alleged Election Flaws

A small group of activists gathered outside the White House yesterday to protest voting irregularities in Ohio, Florida and New Mexico that they claim tipped the election in favor of President Bush.

The noon protest at Lafayette Square was organized by a political action committee called the Committee to ReDefeat the President. The committee's founder, David Lytel, 47, said problems included voting machine difficulties, vote totals higher than the number of registered voters in parts of Ohio and Florida, unexplained exit poll disparities and voter suppression.


Odor Sickens Anne Arundel Students, Staff

Six students and a staff member from an Anne Arundel County middle school were taken to hospitals yesterday after a strange odor made them dizzy and sick, authorities said.

The incident at Central Middle School in Edgewater, which prompted an evacuation that lasted about 45 minutes, marked the third time in a week that a mysterious smell has been reported on campus. In the previous incidents, no one reported symptoms.

The odor, originally described as a propane smell, was reported about 11:15 a.m. yesterday. Neither firefighters nor school officials could find the source of the odor. The school will be closed today while officials investigate, a spokesman for the school system said.

Four Up for Montgomery School Board Seat

Four finalists will be considered to fill a vacancy on the Montgomery County Board of Education, officials announced yesterday.

Seven people applied for the District 5 seat, which represents an eastern swath of the county that includes Olney, Burtonsville and Brookeville. The four candidates will be interviewed at a public meeting Nov. 20. The board is expected to vote that day on the replacement for Henry Lee, who resigned last month citing personal reasons.

Three of the candidates -- Mary T. Edwards, Philip S. Kauffman and Leslie Karas Ridgway -- were also finalists when Lee was chosen in June to replace Reginald M. Felton. The fourth, Nancy Navarro, is president of the White Oak Middle School PTA.

Flu Shot Clinic Set for Today in Columbia

The Howard County Health Department will hold a flu shot clinic beginning at 9 a.m. today in Columbia.

Shots will be available for adults 65 and older, residents ages 19 to 64 with a doctor's letter offering proof of a chronic medical condition, and pregnant women who have a doctor's letter verifying pregnancy. Proof of Howard County residency and proof of age will also be required. The cost of a flu shot is $10. Medicare Part B will be accepted.

The clinic will be at First Presbyterian Church of Howard County, 9325 Presbyterian Circle, Columbia. Those planning to get the shot should not arrive before 9 a.m. For more information, call 410-313-6503 or go to


Body of Young Man Found in Fairfax Woods

The body of a young man was discovered in Huntsman Park in Fairfax County yesterday. Police could not tell how he died but said they did not see any initial signs of foul play or trauma.

A woman walking her dog on Dorothy Lane near the park, just north of the Fairfax County Parkway, spotted the body in woods about 1:15 p.m., Officer Bud Walker said. The body was of a white male possibly in his late teens, Walker said.

"It started to dwindle down and then it just, like -- dropped."

-- Kim Beveridge of St. Mary's County, on the devastation to the region's oyster population. -- Page A1

Compiled from reports by staff writers Joshua Partlow, Karlyn Barker, Steven Ginsberg, Caryle Murphy, Manny Fernandez, David A. Fahrenthold, Rebecca Dana, Miranda S. Spivack and Tom Jackman.