Permit-Parking Area Near RFK Grows
The District government has added more streets to those for which residents must obtain special parking permits by July 15 to ensure that their cars will not be towed during Washington Nationals and D.C. United games.
Transportation crews are erecting signs on these blocks.
Residents who own vehicles should obtain permits from the D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles.
The agency's office at 3214 Pennsylvania Ave. SE will be open from 8:15 a.m. to noon today. DMV service center locations and hours are available at www.dmv.dc.gov or by calling 202-727-5000.
A letter explaining the policy, a map of the expanded enforcement area and an event schedule for Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium are posted at www.ddot.dc.gov.
Gift to GWU to Fund New Endowed Post
George Washington University will create an endowed chair in the Elliott School of International Affairs with a gift of more than $3.3 million from the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences.
Edward W. "Skip" Gnehm, who was U.S. ambassador to Kuwait, Jordan and Australia before joining the Elliott School faculty last year, will be the first to hold the Kuwait Chair for Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Affairs.
Body Found Under Vehicle in Oxon Hill
The body of a man was found under a pickup on an Oxon Hill road last night, Prince George's County police said. Authorities said they did not know how the man died.
The man, who was not identified immediately, was found about 7:30 p.m. in the 900 block of Owens Road, police said.
They said they were looking into the possibility that he was killed in a hit-and-run incident.
Pr. George's Raises Officer Death Benefit
Families of police officers killed in the line of duty in Prince George's County will receive benefits determined by the rank to which the officers were posthumously promoted, County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) said yesterday.
Previously, posthumous promotions have been ceremonial demonstrations and have not been considered in financial benefits for family members.
The new policy goes into effect immediately and will apply to the beneficiaries of Sgt. Steven F. Gaughan, who was a corporal when he was killed June 21, as well as those of Sgt. Anthony M. Walker, who was a corporal when he died in November 2003.
"When police officers make the ultimate sacrifice for the people of Prince George's County, equalizing leave payout to the rank we bestow on them posthumously is a very small price to pay as a show of our gratitude and respect to these officers' families," Johnson said.
3 Men Sought in Pr. George's Carjackings
Police are seeking the public's help in identifying three men responsible for a carjacking and an attempted carjacking last month in Prince George's County.
The men allegedly stole a vehicle on the afternoon of June 18 in the 8100 block of Mike Shapiro Drive in Clinton, police said.
The three attempted to steal another car the next afternoon. When one of the men pulled a handgun and demanded the victim's keys, the victim's boyfriend intervened, police said.
Police said shots were fired and the would-be thieves fled without the vehicle.
The men are considered armed and dangerous, and anyone with information is asked to call Crime Solvers at 866-411-TIPS.
Naval Academy to Mark Hero's Return
The U.S. Naval Academy will mark the 100th anniversary of the return of John Paul Jones's remains from France to Annapolis with a ceremony today at the naval war hero's recently restored crypt.
After months of work costing about $1 million, the 21-ton marble sarcophagus, bronze dolphins and marble columns surrounding the sarcophagus gleam like new in the circular crypt, which is below the academy's main chapel.
"Every square centimeter was gone over in some manner or another," said retired Vice Adm. Ted Parker, whose Class of 1955 donated more than $920,000 to underwrite the renovations that began almost a year ago.
"In 100 years of tourism, it had gotten dirty," he said. "There was no humidity control, the marble had been damaged and some corrosion had taken place, even of bronze."
The renovated crypt opened to the public in May, just in time for graduation week ceremonies at the academy.
Coast Guard Tightens Ferry Security
The U.S. Coast Guard has ordered large ferry operators such as those in Virginia to step up security on more than 300 passenger ships across the country after the terrorist attack this week in London.
The heightened security could cause delays for passengers because of increased screening of vehicles, more identification checks and more law enforcement officers patrolling the ferries.
According to the Coast Guard, vessels will escort the ferries.
Recreational boaters were advised to be aware of any security zones and the restricted waters around marine transportation routes.
Passengers have been advised to arrive 30 minutes -- twice the usual time -- before departure on some ferry systems to allow for the additional screening.
The largest number of passenger ferries are concentrated on the Northeast and Pacific Northwest coasts.
Osprey Nests to Leave Air Force Base
An Air Force team is planning to capture 11 ospreys nesting around Langley Air Force Base and move them to Ohio.
The team from the 1st Fighter Wing plans to start gathering the birds this morning.
The group has removed 72 of the birds since 2000.
The relocation program is designed to limit the risks associated with osprey nests near Langley's runways and to put the birds where the osprey population is low.
"It was very bad timing. A combination of where we were at the point of construction with the heavy rains, and it's just bad, bad timing."
-- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spokeswoman Mary Beth Thompson, on a gaping sinkhole that opened near a government construction site off the Baltimore-Washington Parkway near Laurel. -- B1
Compiled from reports by staff writers Susan Kinzie, David Nakamura, Philip Rucker, Nia-Malika Henderson, Martin Weil and Clarence Williams and the Associated Press.