Red Line Work to Bring Weekend Delays

Red Line riders should expect delays this weekend because of track maintenance, Metro officials said.

Starting at 10 tonight and continuing through midnight Sunday, all Red Line trains will use one track between Silver Spring and Forest Glen stations. Trains will run every 14 minutes through that area.


New Multi-Space Meters on M Street NW

Drivers on M Street NW between 25th and 35th streets in Georgetown can use multi-space parking meters that stand one to a block. Drivers buy a ticket from a meter on the block where they leave their cars, then display the ticket on their dashboards.

The machines take coins and credit cards and are solar-powered. The D.C. Department of Transportation unveiled the meters yesterday. A spokesman said the meters could expand to such areas as Adams Morgan and around the Convention Center.


Spotsylvania Restricts Outdoor Water Use

Spotsylvania County is asking residents to only water their lawns every other day because low rainfall and a jump in outdoor water use have left one of the main water treatment plants unable to keep up.

Bruce Boyer, water resources engineer for the county's Utilities Department, said yesterday that a recent increase in water use -- mostly lawn watering -- has left the Ni River Water Treatment Plant nearly short. Although the plant's reservoirs are full, the solid waste produced by water treatment is reaching the limit of one of the county's environmental permits, he said.

The county has imposed restrictions before, but Boyer said this is the first time they have been linked to a potential processing problem.


Girl, 4, Dies in Fall From High-Rise

A 4-year-old girl fell to her death last night from a window of a high-rise apartment in the White Oak area, Montgomery County authorities said.

County police and rescue officials called to the 11700 block of Old Columbia Pike about 8 p.m. found the girl dead, officials said.

Investigators said a pool lifeguard spotted the child sitting on a window ledge on the ninth floor and tried to encourage her to go back inside the apartment, said Lucille Baur, a police spokeswoman. Baur said that it appeared that adults were at home at the time and that police were still investigating.

Nonprofit Group Will Not Pay for Bay Poll

The Maryland environmental group that has come under fire for commissioning a survey about the Chesapeake Bay that included overtly political questions said it will refuse to pay for the poll.

Charles S. Frentz, executive director of the Oyster Recovery Partnership, said yesterday that he had no idea the poll would include political questions.

He said the $20,000 survey, which was advertised as a way to gather public sentiment about the bay, was initiated not by his group, but by officials in the administration of Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R).

The content of the poll and the group's collaboration with officials from the state Department of Natural Resources troubled state Democratic leaders, who said they worried that state resources were used to conduct political research for the governor.

Pr. George's School Budget Approved

The Prince George's County Board of Education last night unanimously approved a $1.38 billion budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1, up from $1.27 billion this year. The spending plan for Maryland's second-largest school system includes $9.7 million for new textbooks, $8.9 million to upgrade programs for disabled students and $5.7 million to expand pre-kindergarten.

The school board, meeting in Upper Marlboro, had to shrink its original proposal by about $40 million to bring spending in line with totals approved by the state and county.

The school system will be able to add 132 teachers, including 82 for special education; 145 school buses; and 40 pre-kindergarten classes. The budget also funds salary increases for teachers that were negotiated last year.

"We are very pleased to be able to increase instructional salaries without compromising safety and school services," school board Chairman Beatrice P. Tignor (Upper Marlboro) said in a statement.

Montgomery Offers Fireworks Amnesty

Montgomery County fire officials yesterday announced a fireworks amnesty program in which residents can turn in fireworks without being charged or fined.

Tomorrow, July 2 and July 9, residents can drop off fireworks at any Montgomery fire station without penalty. Fireworks are illegal in Montgomery, Prince George's and Baltimore counties.

To dispose of fireworks or to report the use of fireworks in Montgomery, call 240-777-2263.

Deputy in Frederick Shooting Named

The Frederick County sheriff's office has identified the deputy who fatally shot a man authorities said was brandishing a shotgun in his mother's house this week in Frederick.

Deputy 1st Class Charles Zang, responding to a domestic disturbance call in the 4300 block of Araby Church Road, shot Charles Sines once in the chest with a 9mm pistol after Sines refused to drop his loaded 12-gauge shotgun, said Jennifer Bailey, a spokeswoman for the sheriff's office. Sines, 68, was pronounced dead at Frederick Memorial Hospital.

Zang, 37, has been placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of an investigation, Bailey said.

U-Md. Student Sentenced in Disturbance

A University of Maryland student was given three years' probation and was ordered to lecture students on appropriate behavior after sporting events in connection with her involvement in the disturbance after a basketball game in February.

An attorney for Traci Thompson, 22, said she also will have to complete 100 hours of community service in the next three months.

"All the hugs and donations of food people bring you won't fix nothing."

-- Chris Breedlove, uncle of 5-year-old Hope Wagoner, who died after being trapped in a commercial washing machine. -- B1

Compiled from reports by staff writers David Snyder, Nick Anderson, Clarence Williams, Matthew Mosk, Lyndsey Layton, Michelle Boorstein, Nelson Hernandez and Susan Kinzie.