Battle of Midway to Be Remembered

The 63rd anniversary of the Battle of Midway will be marked today with a ceremony at the U.S. Navy Memorial, at 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

Several veterans of the World War II battle will attend the ceremony, which will be hosted by Rear Adm. Jan C. Gaudio, commandant of the Naval District Washington.

The Battle of Midway is often described as one of the most important military engagements of the 20th century. The ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. and is open to the public.


Barry Recovering From Pneumonia

D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) was admitted to Greater Southeast Community Hospital on Tuesday and is recovering from pneumonia, his spokeswoman Linda Greene said yesterday. Greene said Barry had been treated in the intensive care unit earlier in the week, but she would not confirm whether Barry was still in the hospital yesterday.

Greene said Barry, 69, had cold symptoms last week but went to Rehoboth Beach, Del., for the Memorial Day weekend. When he returned, he checked himself into the hospital, she said.

In January, Barry suffered from pneumonia-related symptoms and was treated at Greater Southeast and then transferred to Howard University Hospital.

Yesterday, Greene said that Barry was recovering and relaxing at an undisclosed location and that he plans to attend Tuesday's council meeting.

"He does not want anyone to know where he is because he needs to rest," Greene said. "I cannot say where he is. I'm just following the orders of my boss."

6 Traffic Cameras Undergo Start-Up Tests

Motorists who notice a flash from six new stationary traffic cameras in the District today needn't worry, District police said. It's just a test. Police said no tickets or warnings would be issued at those locations. The cameras will be activated later this year.

One camera, at Military Road and 14th Street NW, will catch violators who run red lights.

Five other cameras will nab speeders westbound in the 100 block of Michigan Avenue NE, westbound in the 600 block of New York Avenue NE, westbound in the 3400 block of Benning Road NE, and northbound in the Third Street Tunnel near the Massachusetts Avenue NW exit and southbound in the tunnel south of New York Avenue.


Overseer Named for Review of DNA Lab

Gov. Mark R. Warner (D) yesterday named a state judge and former prosecutor to oversee an independent review of Virginia's DNA lab. Last month, an audit criticized the lab's handling of DNA evidence in the case of former death row inmate Earl Washington Jr. The audit by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors called for a review of the cases performed by the technician in the Washington case and some others.

Warner's office said yesterday that Virginia Court of Appeals Judge Robert J. Humphreys would serve as a "special master" to oversee the review of the cases. Warner spokesman Kevin Hall said Humphreys would have total independence to conduct the review as he sees fit.

Washington spent 17 years in prison, including nine on death row, for the 1982 rape and slaying of a young mother in Culpeper. He was pardoned by Gov. James S. Gilmore III (R) in 2000 after the DNA analysis that the audit recently found to be flawed.


Blue Crab Harvests Rise in Bay, Potomac

Last year's harvests of blue crabs were up slightly in the Chesapeake Bay and the Potomac River, and one survey showed that female crabs seemed to be increasing in abundance in the northern bay, according to a report released this week.

But the report from a technical advisory committee of the multi-state Chesapeake Bay Commission also showed that harvests remain far below historic highs and that other surveys in the southern bay were more pessimistic about the stocks of reproductive females. Overall, the survey said, the bay's "population of market-sized crabs continues to hover at a level below the long-term average."

Vigil Planned for Pr. George's Fire Victims

A candlelight vigil was scheduled last night in memory of the Chapel Oaks couple whose death in a fire prompted Prince George's County officials to reevaluate staffing levels at the county's 911 emergency center.

Family members and friends planned to gather in front of the house that belonged to Thomas Anderson, 80, and Edna Anderson, 76. They died last week when a fire swept through their home of a half-century.

Neighbors complained that they were placed on hold when they called the county's 911 center to report the fire. County public safety officials said this week that they will increase the number of call takers at the emergency center.

The Andersons' son, Thomas Anderson Jr., said that while the county's response to the fire "was unacceptable," he wants to focus on giving his parents a proper burial.

"My parents were loved by the entire community. They all knew our family," said Anderson, 69, adding that his parents will be eulogized tomorrow at Church of the Incarnation in the District.

WSSC Commissioners Elect New Leaders

Marc P. Lieber, president of a management consulting company and former chairman of the Patuxent River Commission, was selected this week to head the six-member board that oversees operations at the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission. The commissioners also elected Prem P. Agarwal, who was appointed to the board by Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D), as vice chairman.

Lieber, president of ProFicient Technologies Inc., is a resident of Rockville. He was appointed to the commission by County Executive Douglas M. Duncan (D) in December and reappointed last month. He replaces Joyce Starks. Agarwal, a resident of Mitchellville, has been a WSSC commissioner since 2003. He owns G.E. Frisco Co. Inc., an Upper Marlboro lumber company.

Lieber and Agarwal will serve in their positions for one year.

"I think there is more significant history in this corridor than in any comparable space in America."

-- Richard Moe, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, on the decision to put the region between Gettysburg and Monticello on his group's annual list of 11 most endangered U.S. historic places. -- A1

Compiled from reports by staff writers David A. Fahrenthold, Hamil R. Harris, Allan Lengel, Michael D. Shear, Ovetta Wiggins and Yolanda Woodlee and the Associated Press.