Metro to Boost Service for Nationals Game

Metro will provide extra service for this afternoon's Nationals game at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium.

The transit system will operate six-car trains on the Red, Blue and Orange lines leading up to the 1:05 p.m. game time. Trains will arrive at platforms every six to 10 minutes. After the game, Metro will provide additional trains to clear the platform at the Stadium-Armory Station.

The station has two entrances. The entrance closest to the stadium is at 19th Street and Independence Avenue SE; the other entrance is two blocks away at 19th Street between C and Burke streets SE.

Riders can cut their travel time by buying return-trip fare cards before the game. Those who park at Metro lots and garage will need to have enough value on their SmarTrip cards to exit the parking facilities after the game.


Jagdmann to Weigh Review of Game Agency

State police have finished a review of the troubled Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and have forwarded recommendations to Virginia's attorney general, said W. Tayloe Murphy Jr., the state's secretary of natural resources.

Attorney General Judith W. Jagdmann (R) will decide whether recent scandals warrant a criminal investigation. Murphy said he did not know what state police have recommended.

Jagdmann spokeswoman Emily Lucier declined to comment.

A state audit report released May 23 accused agency leaders of waste, cronyism, misuse of state property and retaliation against employees. Dan Hoffler, chairman of the board of directors, and William L. Woodfin Jr., director of the agency, resigned.


Howard Council Backs Housing Slowdown

For the first time, the Howard County Council has approved a temporary slowdown in new housing construction, though the action might not last long.

In a 3-2 vote Monday night, the council rejected an annual request from the planning department to allocate housing throughout the county and to transfer some units from the western part of the county to increase affordable housing in the east.

The new homes were to have been built beginning in 2008, but approvals from the county often come two to three years ahead of time to give developers time to plan.

Council member Ken Ulman (D-West Columbia) joined the council's Republicans, Christopher J. Merdon (Northeast County) and Allan H. Kittleman (West County), to scuttle the bill. Ulman said he voted as he did because he was frustrated by Merdon's votes against the county budget and a major zoning bill. "I decided to vote with him and let him see what happens when you carry the day," he said.

Merdon, considered a likely candidate for county executive, did not return phone calls seeking comment. County Council Administrator Sheila Tolliver said the council could take up the bill later this month or contemplate a revised version in September.

Man, 49, Dies After Losing Control of Car

A 49-year-old man died Tuesday night in Greenbelt after he lost control of his car, hit a curb several times and struck a telephone pole, police said.

Stephen Iren Sokol was driving a 1993 Cadillac Sedan Deville westbound when he crashed shortly after 6 p.m. near the 6100 block of Greenbelt Road, police Officer George Matthews said yesterday.

Sokol was taken to Prince George's Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. No other vehicles were involved.

Ex-Navy Lab Cylinder Had Toxic Compound

A leaky cylinder discovered last week at a former Navy weapons laboratory in the White Oak area of Silver Spring contained boron trifluoride, a toxic industrial compound, officials said.

The cylinder, found with 15 other cylinders, was emptied and rendered safe, Navy spokeswoman Virginia Bueno said. Officials are determining what the other cylinders contained. Only one was leaking, Bueno said.

The cylinders were unearthed during a construction project at the 660-acre compound, where the FDA is building a new headquarters.


Ex-Adviser on Convention Center Board

The D.C. Council yesterday appointed Max Brown, the former general counsel to Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D), as a member of the Washington Convention Center's board of directors, despite opposition from some council members who said the board is not diverse enough.

Brown was a key adviser to Williams, and Brown's company, Group 360 LLC, has been paid hundreds of thousands of dollars over the past several years for lobbying the D.C. government on such issues as red-light cameras and the return of Major League Baseball. His firm received more than $600,000 in contracts from city agencies.

Some council members said they thought Brown, who is white, was qualified; some said they believed that the board needs to be more diverse.

Voting against Brown's nomination were council members Marion Barry (D-Ward 8), Kwame R. Brown (D-At Large) and Vincent C. Gray (D-Ward 7).

Williams, in a letter to the council, pledged that he would nominate officials to the board who would increase diversity when he fills two posts that are expected to become vacant by the fall.

Board of Education Nominee Confirmed

JoAnne Ginsberg, who was nominated by Mayor Anthony A. Williams to the Board of Education, was confirmed yesterday by a unanimous vote of the D.C. Council.

Ginsberg, 53, a part-time special assistant to council member Kathy Patterson (D-Ward 3) and a longtime education advocate, will replace appointee Mirian Saez, who is relocating to San Francisco.

"I congratulate JoAnne Ginsberg and I thank the members of the D.C. Council for their quick action to confirm her nomination," Williams (D) said in a statement. "JoAnne's knowledge of the difficulties facing our public schools, her experience dealing with education issues and the fact that she's a parent will all serve to make her a valuable addition to the Board."

"Instead of cowering behind their doors, they responded to her screams for help and went beyond the call of duty. Without them, this probably would never have been solved. Without them, he might have killed her."

-- D.C. police Inspector Diane Groomes, on the actions of neighbors who rescued a woman from her attacker Tuesday night. -- A1

Compiled from reports by V. Dion Haynes, Susan DeFord, Miranda Spivak, David Snyder and Philip Rucker and the Associated Press.