Northbound B-W Parkway Lanes Reopen

After being closed to traffic for more than two days, the northbound lanes of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway reopened yesterday afternoon, according to the U.S. Park Police.

A two-mile section of the parkway was closed Friday morning after a sinkhole opened just north of Route 32 near Laurel, the result of a combination of heavy rain and construction work by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to tunnel utility wires underneath the road. Traffic was diverted onto Route 1 and Interstate 95 yesterday morning while the road was repaved.

Officials kept the parkway lanes closed until afternoon so the paving work could dry, said Sgt. Scott Fear, a Park Police spokesman. The lanes reopened about 3:30 p.m.

"They've determined it's good enough for vehicles to drive," Park Police Officer T. Stauner said. "We're not expecting any more problems."

A hole several feet deep and 15 to 20 feet wide could be seen Friday afternoon. No injuries were caused by the sinkhole.


Fatal Shooting of SE Man Investigated

A Southeast man died yesterday after being shot several times, and police are searching for a suspect and a motive, according to Sgt. Joe Gentile, a D.C. police spokesman.

Shortly before 5 a.m., police were called to the 3500 block of 22nd Street SE in response to a shooting and found Kevin Lofty, 31, of the 1400 block of Alabama Avenue SE. He was taken to Washington Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead about an hour later.

Anyone with information is asked to call 202-727-9099. The police may award as much as $25,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment.


Accident on I-270 Kills D.C. Man

A District man died early yesterday after a car accident on Interstate 270 in the Rockville area, according to Maryland State Police.

About 4 a.m., David Rayner, 36, of the 1200 block of Seventh Street NW, was driving south in the local lanes in a 2005 Dodge pickup and tried to merge into the main lanes. The truck hit a barrier, crossed over other lanes and struck the barrier on the other side of the highway before the vehicle overturned.

Anyone who witnessed the crash is urged to call 301-424-2101.

Montgomery Police Probe Death of Baby

Montgomery County police are investigating the death yesterday of a 4-month-old infant who was left in the care of a 16-year-old babysitter.

The child was left with the babysitter Saturday evening. The babysitter told police that when she awoke yesterday, the child was unconscious. Police said they received a call at 9:40 a.m. The infant was taken to Montgomery General Hospital and was pronounced dead on arrival.

Montgomery police said that the cause of death was undetermined and that the baby's body was sent to the Maryland state medical examiner's office. The death is being investigated by the police's homicide unit.

Trailers Carrying Carnival Rides Overturn


Developers Put Pressure on Stafford

Builders and developers have formed an advocacy group to persuade the Stafford County government to embrace the area's growth.

Members of the newly formed Stafford Council for Progress say Stafford has become Northern Virginia's toughest locality in which to get building projects approved. The county's population grew 24 percent from 2000 to 2004.

The group is funded by its 30 members and has a paid staff, a Web site and a newsletter. It formed in time for the fall political campaign, in which four of seven seats on the Board of Supervisors are up for election.

DVDs, Snacks Collected for Troops

Firefighters across southeastern Virginia have collected more than 1,300 movie titles in a project that soon will benefit troops stationed in Iraq.

From Memorial Day through last week, firefighters from Suffolk to Williamsburg gathered the DVDs -- part of an effort dubbed "A Movie and a Snack." Organizers are now asking local snack-food manufacturers for donations to complete the care packages.

"The drive is going great," said Mark Snyder, a Chesapeake firefighter who helped come up with the idea. "We had such a good response."

Snyder said he wanted to send care packages to troops stationed with his brother David, an Army chaplain. His brother told him that they already had most of what they needed. But the troops, he added in an e-mail, might appreciate movies and snack food.

Plans call for the movies to be divided into bundles of about 100 to create more than a dozen "film libraries" for individual military units, Mark Snyder said. David Snyder plans to contact other Army chaplains to set up the other libraries.

So far, the DVD count includes only those collected by firefighters; additional movies are coming from retailers. After gathering the snacks, the organizers will arrange to get the care packages to the Army for shipment overseas.

"This just connects everything. It's just been necessary, and needed, for years."

-- Emily Wallace, who rode the D.C. Circulator bus

on its first day of operation from Georgetown to Union Station. -- B2

Compiled from reports by staff writers Lila de Tantillo, Steven Ginsburg and Martin Weil and the Associated Press.

Traffic backed up on Interstate 70 southeast of Hagerstown shortly after 6 p.m. yesterday after two carnival-ride trailers being hauled by a truck began to swerve, detached and overturned, Maryland State Police said. Nobody was injured, and no charges were filed.