City Agency Settles Suit With Nonprofit

The D.C. Department of Mental Health has reached a $20,000 settlement with a District nonprofit group that sued to stop the agency from dropping it as a grant recipient.

The Family Advocacy and Support Association, which serves emotionally disturbed children, will use the money to resume its summer program and rent new office space for a year, attorney Neil H. Koslowe said. Founded in 1987, the group also offers tutoring and twice-monthly support meetings for parents with emotionally disturbed children.

The nonprofit alleged in a June 9 lawsuit that because it did not receive funding in fiscal 2005, it was forced to close its doors in December and move into the basement of the home of its president, Phyllis Morgan.

U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle dismissed the lawsuit last week after the settlement was reached, which allows the nonprofit to apply for public funds in the future.


Man Stable After Shooting in Alexandria

A 25-year-old Alexandria man was in stable condition at Inova Fairfax Hospital yesterday after being shot several times during an apparent early morning argument with at least two other men.

A police statement said Marquis Harris was shot about 3:23 a.m. at North Patrick and Madison streets in Alexandria. Police and medic units found the victim there and took him to the hospital, where he underwent surgery.

The victim and at least two other men were arguing when shots were heard and the victim fell, the statement said. Police said they have not determined a motive in the case.

Woman Dies in Woodbridge Apartment Fire

A woman was killed in an apartment fire in Woodbridge early yesterday, according to the Prince William Fire and Rescue Department.

The woman was found about 1:30 a.m. in an apartment in the 13700 block of Keelingwood Circle, a fire official said. The woman, whose name and age were not immediately released, was taken to a hospital, where she died, the official said.

The fire was controlled by a sprinkler system, and damage to the building was minor, officials said.

Ex-VDOT Chief to Join Real Estate Firm

Philip A. Shucet, who recently resigned as commissioner of the Virginia Department of Transportation, will become president of the real estate development firm Dragas Management Corp.

Shucet left VDOT in June after three years with the agency.

He will work for Helen E. Dragas, chief executive of the Virginia Beach-based firm and a member of the Commonwealth Transportation Board.

Activists Protest Fish-Processing Plant

More than two dozen Greenpeace activists staged a floating protest over the weekend on the waters outside a Northern Neck fish-processing plant as part of their campaign to get state regulators to curtail the industrial harvest of menhaden from the Chesapeake Bay.

Greenpeace, sport fishermen and other groups argue that Omega Protein Corp.'s facility in Reedville is depleting the bay's stock of the oily fish. They have urged regulators to outlaw the fishery or limit its catch.

Police said there were no arrests at Saturday's peaceful protest, where the activists struggled against wind and tide to set banners on the water.


Motorcycle Rider Dies in Crash With Car

A Silver Spring man died Friday night after the motorcycle he was riding collided with the back of a car in Wheaton.

Montgomery County police said Jesus Reyna, 25, was riding on the motorcycle with Osman Raul Garcia, 18, about 11:30 p.m. The men, both of Silver Spring, were headed east on Veirs Mill Road when the motorcycle crashed into a car driven by Gregory Peters, 24, of Silver Spring, police said. Peters had just completed a U-turn.

Reyna and Garcia, who were ejected from the motorcycle, were taken to Prince George's Hospital Center, where Garcia died from his injuries. Reyna suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries. Peters was treated at the scene.

Howard Police Seek Vehicle in Shooting

Howard County police are looking for a gold-colored vehicle with tinted windows and chrome wheels that may have been involved in a shooting in the 10500 block of Twin Rivers Road in Columbia.

About 8:30 p.m. Saturday, police found Nyema Wilson, 23, in the 5800 block of Rideout Heath, where he had collapsed after being shot. Wilson had run to Rideout Heath along a bike path from Twin Rivers Road, police said. He was transported to Howard County General Hospital and later was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Police asked anyone with information to call Howard County police at 410-313-3200.

Frederick Board Revises Zoning Laws

Frederick's Board of Aldermen last week unanimously adopted a revision of its zoning laws that aims to streamline and unify procedures for controlling development in the swiftly expanding city while protecting water supplies and quality of life.

Action on the Land Management Code drew more than 100 people Thursday night, some of whom complained of losing property rights. Others warned that the document will allow developers to increase the density of new developments in a city where complaints about traffic already are high.


Hearing on Parking at Metro Station

Metro will hold a public hearing with the D.C. government about a proposal to reduce the number of parking spaces at the Rhode Island Avenue Station from 387 to 215 and move the spaces to a garage to be constructed there.

The hearing is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Isle of Patmos Baptist Church, 1200 Isle of Patmos Plaza NE, and will be preceded by an open house at 6 p.m. The site is accessible to the disabled.

"You know, when I get in trouble with him, I use a cake. If I've really screwed up badly, I produce a cake and the first lady. And if I think I've really upset him, . . . I call the cake out, I get the first lady and I bring the kids, too."

-- Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R), describing how he has tried to charm state Comptroller William Donald Schaefer (D). -- B1

Compiled from reports by staff writers Theola S. Labbe, Jay Mathews, Fredrick Kunkle and Lila de Tantillo and the Associated Press.