Weekend Repairs to Cause Metro Delays
Metro passengers should allow extra time this weekend because trains will share a single track on the Red, Blue and Orange lines due to repair projects.
From 10 p.m. Friday to 4 a.m. Monday, Red Line trains will operate every 28 minutes between Shady Grove and Grosvenor-Strathmore stations, transit officials said. Trains between Grosvenor-Strathmore and Glenmont stations will run every 14 minutes. Red Line trains operating between Grosvenor-Strathmore and Silver Spring will operate every seven minutes between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. on the weekend.
Orange Line trains will share one track between Eastern Market and Cheverly, and Blue Line trains will share one track between Eastern Market and Addison Road-Seat Pleasant. All Blue and Orange Line trains will operate every 30 minutes through the work area.
Every other Orange Line train will terminate at Eastern Market and return to Vienna/Fairfax-GMU. Every other Blue Line train will terminate at Eastern Market and return to Franconia-Springfield.
Pr. George's Teacher Wins $10,000 Award
Sixth-grade teacher Michael M. Powell of Patuxent Elementary School in Upper Marlboro has won a Disney Teacher Award, Prince George's County school officials announced yesterday, entitling him to a trip to Disneyland next month and the possibility of winning a national award worth $15,000.
Powell, a former firefighter, was one of 45 teachers nationwide to win the $10,000 honor. His school will receive an additional $5,000.
Busch Assails Ehrlich on Schools Funding
House Speaker Michael E. Busch criticized Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) yesterday for deciding not to spend $3.5 million set aside by the General Assembly for a schools program.
The governor had cut that money from the budget, and the General Assembly does not have power to restore it to the budget. But lawmakers found money elsewhere and wrote a budget provision that gave Ehrlich the discretion to spend the $3.5 million.
Busch (D-Anne Arundel) said it "defied logic" that Ehrlich chose not to use the money for the program to help minority students.
Ehrlich's chief of staff, Chip DiPaula Jr., said the governor questioned whether lawmakers had the authority to redirect the funding.
Four Found Unconscious Near Running Car
Two women and two infants were found unconscious last night in a townhouse in Clarksburg, suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning from a car idling in an attached garage, Montgomery County rescue officials said.
Medics revived the four before taking them by helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where they were listed in serious condition, said Pete Piringer, a spokesman for the county Fire and Rescue Service.
A man who was returning home to the townhouse about 9:15 p.m. in the 13000 block of Saint Clair Road found the occupants. He and a neighbor dragged them to fresh air, "which may have been a lifesaving action," said Piringer, who added, "We have no idea why the car was running."
Pedestrian Fatally Struck by Two Cars
A 51-year-old woman was fatally hit by two cars Monday as she crossed the 4000 block of Temple Branch Avenue in Temple Hills, Prince George's police said. The woman, whom police did not identify, was hit about 9:30 p.m.
In a separate incident, police are asking for help in locating the family of another pedestrian who was struck and killed. Police said Manuel Aguilar, of no fixed address, was hit June 3 at 6 a.m. in the 6300 block of New Hampshire Avenue in Takoma Park. They said they have not been able to contact any of Aguilar's relatives. Police ask anyone with related information to call them at 301-306-5639.
Man Dead After Jumping Into Pickup
A 40-year-old man who jumped into the back of a stranger's pickup truck was pronounced dead Tuesday morning after the driver took him to the Annapolis police station, authorities said.
Police said Cleveland D. Hunter of Crownsville jumped into the vehicle at an intersection, refused to get out and insisted that he was being chased. The driver drove to the police station and summoned an officer. Officer Kevin Freeman said that police found Hunter unresponsive and they tried unsuccessfully to revive him.
The driver, whom police did not identify, has been released and is not considered a suspect, Freeman said.
School Chosen for Spanish Pilot Program
Glebe Elementary School was selected yesterday as the home of an after-school Spanish pilot program for the Arlington County school system. Beginning this fall, Spanish classes will be offered twice a week for first- and second-graders. Over three years, the pilot program will grow to include third-, fourth- and fifth-graders.
The classes, limited to 22 students per grade, are designed to prepare students to enter Spanish II in sixth grade. Last month, the School Board approved the pilot -- which was proposed by a committee of parents and educators -- but had not determined which school would host it. Glebe was chosen from among eight schools.
Students Back a Day After Early Dismissal
All D.C. public schools were open yesterday, a day after Superintendent Clifford B. Janey ordered all students dismissed early because of the heat.
Workers were sent to buildings that lacked central air conditioning and provided fans and bottled water in classrooms. Thomas M. Brady, the school system's chief of business operations, said workers will inspect central air systems at the 54 buildings selected as sites for summer school and complete repairs by the start of classes July 5.
12 Grants Given to Sports, Arts Programs
The D.C. Sports & Entertainment Commission yesterday awarded 12 grants totaling about $75,000 to city-based sports and arts programs.
The largest grants -- $10,000 each -- went to Hoop Dreams, an annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament; the Ward 8 Tennis Council, which provides youth tennis camps; and A Greater Washington Inc., which runs the Field of Dreams after-school program for baseball and softball.
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-- Robbie Watson, a waterman who discovered a dual-gender crab in the Chesapeake Bay. -- B1
Compiled from reports by staff writers Lyndsey Layton, Allan Lengel, Nick Anderson, Allison Klein, Eric Rich, Tara Bahrampour, V. Dion Haynes and David Nakamura.