Plane Skids Off Runway at Dulles

A commuter plane for United Airlines skidded off the runway at Dulles International Airport while landing late last night, but no one was injured, authorities said.

Flight 7534, from White Plains, N.Y., was taxiing about 9:40 p.m. when it experienced landing-gear problems and skidded into a grassy area, said Tara Hamilton, a spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.

The 27 passengers and three crew members deplaned on the grass with the assistance of firefighters, said Jeff Green, a spokesman for United. The plane, a turboprop, was a United Express plane operated by regional airline Shuttle America, he said.


Prosecutor Nominated to Appeals Court

President Bush has nominated John R. Fisher, the longtime chief of appeals for the U.S. attorney's office in the District, for a seat on the D.C. Court of Appeals.

Fisher, who has run the appellate division since 1989, would fill the opening created by Chief Judge Annice M. Wagner's decision to retire. Appeals Court Judge Eric T. Washington was named last month to succeed Wagner as chief judge of the city's highest court.

Fisher, 58, was not among the three names that the D.C. Judicial Nomination Commission submitted to the White House in April for the opening created by Wagner's retirement. Instead, his name was selected from the three suggested in October to replace Judge John M. Steadman, who retired in August.

Bush nominated D.C. Superior Court Judge Noel A. Kramer to replace Steadman. But because her Senate confirmation hearing and vote are pending, the two other names on that list were still eligible for other openings.

WASA Chairman Returns for New Term

Glenn S. Gerstell will serve a second four-year term as chairman of the board of the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority, after his appointment was approved this week by the D.C. Council.

Under his chairmanship, the agency has agreed to a 20-year, $2 billion project to reduce combined sewer overflows and a six-year, $300 million plan to replace all lead service pipes in the District.

The council also confirmed the reappointments of WASA board members Alexander A. McPhail and David J. Bardin.

Humane Society Pleads for Cat Adoptions

A decline in cat adoptions prompted the Washington Humane Society to issue a plea yesterday for residents to visit animal shelters and take in stray felines.

In an announcement titled "Adoption Code Red," the society extended service hours. The shelter at 1201 New York Ave. NE is normally open noon to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Beginning next week, the cat room also will be open from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday.


Falling Wall Kills Construction Worker

A 29-year-old construction worker was killed yesterday when a wooden wall fell on his head as he helped build a single-family house in Fairwood, said Mark Brady, spokesman for the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department.

The man, whom authorities did not identify, was standing in the foyer when the wall fell. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The house, which is in a new community, is on Fairview Vista Drive, a street not yet on a map, Brady said.

UMUC Gets Interim President

Nicholas H. Allen will be interim president of University of Maryland University College, William E. Kirwan, chancellor of the University System of Maryland, announced yesterday.

Allen, the provost of UMUC, will begin the appointment when Gerald Heeger steps down as president at the end of August to become president of a new university in Texas.

Allen joined UMUC in 1987 as a senior faculty member and director of General Management and Executive Programs.

Donor Backs St. John's College Dorm

St. John's College has received a gift to fund the construction of a 40-bed dormitory. The size of the gift was not disclosed.

The Annapolis school said the gift is from Warren Spector, president and co-chief operating officer of the Wall Street firm Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. He is a 1981 graduate of St. John's and a member of its board of visitors and governors.

Spector asked that the new building be named in memory of his father, Philip. It is scheduled to open in 2006.

Police Offer Camp for Safety Patrols

The Prince George's County Police Department's Youth and Family Service Division is offering its 52nd annual Safety Patrol Officer's Training Camp this summer for children 9 to 12.

The overnight camp, which costs $100 per child, teaches proper techniques for safety patrol officers in schools. The five-day sessions will run from July 11 to July 29 at the William Schmidt Outdoor Education Center, 18501 Aquasco Rd. in Brandywine. More information is available at 301-772-4402.


Fairfax Losing Transportation Chief

Young Ho Chang, the Fairfax County transportation director for six years, resigned this week to become senior vice president at ATCS PLC, an engineering firm based in Loudoun County.

Chang, 41, oversaw hundreds of road projects for Virginia's largest local government and was instrumental in planning the extension of Metrorail to Dulles International Airport, one of the Washington region's largest transportation projects. Chang's last day is July 8. His deputy, Kathy Ichter, will serve as acting director while the county conducts a nationwide search for his replacement.

Trucker Dies When Rig Crashes on I-66

A truck driver was killed shortly before 2 p.m. yesterday when his rig hit a barrier along westbound Interstate 66 at the Stringfellow Road exit in Centreville. The left lanes on both sides of the highway were closed, and backups lasted into rush hour.

Sgt. Matt Hanley of the Virginia State Police said the cause of the crash was unclear.

"Last week, it was too cold, and everyone was complaining. There is no 'just right,' is there?"

-- Michael Halpert, head of forecast operations at NOAA's Climate Prediction Center, on the sudden onset of summer weather. -- B1

Compiled from reports by staff writers Allan Lengel, Henri E. Cauvin, David Nakamura, Paul Schwartzman, Susan Kinzie, Allison Klein and Lisa Rein and the Associated Press.