Record Rainfall Recorded for Nov. 12
Record amounts of rain fell yesterday at Reagan National and Dulles International airports, the National Weather Service said.
By 6:26 p.m., 1.88 inches fell at Reagan, breaking the record of 1.76 inches for Nov. 12 set 79 years ago. At Dulles, 1.66 inches of rain fell by 4:36 p.m., the Weather Service said -- shattering the previous record of 1.06 inches set 12 years ago.
Average rainfall in the Washington area for the month is about 3 inches. Today is expected to be dry but windy, forecasters said.
Anti-Tax Mailing Urges Lawmakers' Ouster
Anti-tax activist Grover Norquist has begun mailing to Virginia residents a "Least Wanted" poster that features the state lawmakers who voted for a $1.5 billion tax increase during the 2004 General Assembly session. The poster and an accompanying letter urge the ouster of the representatives in the next election.
Norquist's group, Americans for Tax Reform, unveiled the poster in September and said it would be mailed across Virginia and to lawmakers in every state.
The poster condemns the lawmakers, who are Republicans, for buckling under pressure from Democratic Gov. Mark R. Warner.
A spokesman for Norquist said it took longer than expected to print the poster. About 90,000 were mailed to Virginia residents Oct. 28, and many of those residents began receiving them this month.
Moran Seeks Terror Assessment Briefing
Rep. James P. Moran Jr. (D-Va.) announced yesterday that he has asked the Department of Homeland Security to brief area members of Congress on a federal terrorism vulnerability assessment of the capital region, as well as on procedures for responding to a release of hazardous materials.
Moran released the text of a letter, sent Wednesday to Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, in which he cited news accounts and a survey of Northern Virginia emergency managers and concluded that the department has not completed or disclosed its work, as Ridge aides told him it would in June.
"Until federal, state and local officials compare notes on potential targets and methods by which a terrorist might mount an attack, vulnerabilities and gaps in response capabilities may go forward unnoticed," Moran wrote. "Time is not a luxury we should squander."
Pedestrian Gravely Injured in Hit-and-Run
A motorist drove away after striking two teenagers as they walked along a Gaithersburg roadway last night, critically injuring a 16-year-old male from the area, authorities said.
Three male teens were on the shoulder of Travilah Road just before 7 p.m. when a car drifted off the road, hit a mailbox, then hit two of the youths, Montgomery County police said. The 16-year-old was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries. The second teenager was grazed in the incident and was not injured, authorities said.
Officials described the car as possibly a dark-colored Honda Accord with tinted windows. The front passenger side of the car might be damaged, police said.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call police at 301-840-2435.
Confirmation Vote for Howard Council Seat
The Howard County Council is expected to vote Monday on the nomination of Charles C. Feaga to fill the council seat vacated when Allan H. Kittleman was appointed to the state Senate.
The Howard County GOP Central Committee selected Feaga on Wednesday night in a closed-door meeting.
If confirmed, Feaga, 71, would represent the western part of Howard County, where land-use issues are hotly debated as the county deals with suburbanization.
Feaga, who has served two terms on the council, would serve the two years remaining in Kittleman's term. He was picked from a field of five candidates.
Kittleman resigned from the council last month after Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) appointed him to fill his late father's state Senate seat.
Youths Fight at Troubled Detention Facility
An argument between two youths at the Cheltenham Youth Facility in southern Prince George's County escalated into a fistfight yesterday afternoon, and six others joined in before authorities could intervene, officials said.
LaWanda G. Edwards, spokeswoman for the state Department of Juvenile Services, said the fight broke out about 2 p.m. at the facility's on-site school. She said two housing units were in class when the fight began.
"It was a situation that was broken up almost immediately because a Maryland state trooper was in the room," she said. "There were no weapons involved. It was only fists."
Edwards said that some youths and staff members suffered minor cuts and that they were treated at the scene.
A Justice Department investigation that concluded this year found substantial civil rights violations at Cheltenham, including frequent beatings and abuse of many boys by staff members and other youths. But officials said the facility has made strides, including reducing the inmate population and retraining staff members.
Longer DMV Hours to Handle Backlog
The District's Department of Motor Vehicles is facing a backlog of renewal applications because of an administrative error.
The agency failed to send renewal notices to drivers whose tags expired this month and last month, so the agency will have special Saturday hours at its three branches.
The DMV's main location, at 301 C St. NW, is usually open from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. But today and next Saturday, the branch offices also will be open during those hours.
Staff members will be available to handle walk-in registration renewals at offices in the Brentwood Square Shopping Center in Northeast, the Penn Branch Shopping Center in Southeast and at Georgetown Park mall in Northwest.
"Any time we make recommendations with the goal of preventing a similar accident from happening in the future, it's always disheartening when we see an accident that could have been prevented."
-- National Transportation Safety Board spokeswoman Lauren Peduzzi, referring to last week's crash on the Red Line and NTSB recommendations after a 1996 Metro crash. -- Page B1
Compiled from reports by staff writers Martin Weil, Michael D. Shear, Spencer S. Hsu, Clarence Williams, Miranda S. Spivack, and Jamie Stockwell and the Associated Press.