THE REGION

White House T-Ball Up and Running

President Bush and two dozen children from inner-city teams began the fifth season of White House T-ball yesterday on the South Lawn.

The president performed the equivalent of throwing out the first pitch when he leaned over, placed a ball on the tee at home plate and shouted, "Play ball!"

The one-inning game set the Jackie Robinson South Ward Little League Black Yankees of Newark against the South Side Little League Memphis Red Sox from Chicago. The teams are named after Negro League teams of the early 1900s and are part of the Little League Urban Initiative.

THE DISTRICT

Man Found Shot in Adams Morgan

A 28-year-old man was in stable condition yesterday after he was found suffering a gunshot wound in Adams Morgan, police said.

About 3:50 a.m., the man staggered down a sidewalk on 18th Street NW and collapsed in front of Felix, a restaurant and bar, D.C. police Sgt. Joe Gentile said. He had been shot in the torso, Gentile said, adding that police were investigating and could not say where or why the shooting had occurred.

Vendor's Alleged Attacker Heads to Court

A man accused of brutally beating an elderly sidewalk vendor in an attack caught on a security camera is scheduled to make another court appearance today.

James A. Dorsey has been held without bond since his arrest last month. He is accused of punching and kicking the 83-year-old woman during a daytime robbery May 3 behind an apartment building between G and H streets at 24th Street NW. Authorities said the victim had been returning to her apartment.

The street vendor, known as "Grandma," sold everything from umbrellas to T-shirts. Authorities said she suffered injuries to her nose, eyes and head.

MARYLAND

Search for Liquor Store Tax Fraud Is On

A high-tech search is targeting tax fraud at liquor stores, with computerized audits in Prince George's County, Baltimore and two other counties unearthing $27 million owed the state.

The state comptroller's office has identified scores of liquor retailers, and more collections are expected as the program goes statewide in the months ahead.

National observers say the use of computers to compare wholesale deliveries to liquor stores and bars with the taxes paid by the businesses might be a first-of-its-kind approach.

In Prince George's, auditors found 22 cases of fraud. Collections from that county alone are expected to be more than $16 million.

Neighbors Say Dogfight Led to Shooting

Witnesses said yesterday that two men who killed each other in a gun battle in Fairmount Heights on Saturday afternoon had been feuding since their pit bull dogs got in a fight several weeks ago.

Prince George's County police are investigating the killings, which took place around 4:15 p.m. in the 1300 block of Early Oaks Lane, the Chapel Oaks area. Police have not identified the men.

Neither of the men lived in the neighborhood, but they had close ties to it, according to three residents who knew them and witnessed portions of the gun fight. The residents spoke on the condition of anonymity.

According to the witnesses, the shooting began shortly after one of the men arrived in the neighborhood and traded words with the other. Neighbors who knew them said the two had had several exchanges over the past three months after their pit bulls fought. This time, though, tempers escalated and each went after guns, according to the witnesses.

Man Beaten, Stabbed on Soccer Field

A man was stabbed and beaten last night on a soccer field at a Gaithersburg middle school in an incident that police said appeared to be gang related.

The victim and some other men, who were not believed to be gang members, were drinking beer after watching an adult soccer game when they were approached by gang members, said Det. Patrick Word of the Gaithersburg Police Department.

Words were exchanged and the victim was stabbed twice in the back and hit in the face, police said. The victim was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he was listed in serious but stable condition.

Word said investigators were looking into the possibility that the attack was in retaliation for an earlier incident.

Motorcyclist Killed in Olney Collision

A 21-year-old motorcyclist was killed yesterday when he collided with a car in the Olney area, Montgomery County police said.

Christopher Glenn Williams of Olney was traveling east on Olney Sandy Spring Road shortly after 3 p.m. when he collided with an Oldsmobile Delta 88 that was turning from the westbound lane, police said. The driver of the car and a passenger were treated at a hospital; their injuries were not life-threatening, police said. Williams was wearing a helmet. The crash is under investigation.

Man Burned After Putting Gas on Grill

A Gaithersburg man suffered second-degree burns to his upper body yesterday after trying to light a barbecue with gasoline, authorities said.

The man, 66, was trying to light the grill about 4:15 p.m. in the unit block of Amity Court when a flash fire ignited his clothes, said Pete Piringer, a spokesman for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service. Piringer said the man, whose name was not released, was taken by helicopter to Washington Hospital Center.

VIRGINIA

VRE Fares Rise for 3rd Straight Year

Fares are going up for Virginia Railway Express riders for the third straight year.

Beginning today, the average fare hike will be about 2.75 percent, but 10-trip tickets will cost about 5 percent more. VRE officials want to get people away from 10-trip tickets because they cause wear and tear on validation machines.

"Personally, if I were in the position of the husband, I think this is exactly what I'd want done, because your wife is not suffering, and I don't think it's demeaning."

-- Neurologist Robert Harbaugh, on an Arlington man's decision to keep his brain-dead wife attached to a ventilator and IVs in hopes of delivering the couple's baby. -- B1

Compiled from reports by staff writers Lindsey Layton, Ray Rivera and Allan Lengel and the Associated Press.