Endangered Monkey Dies at National Zoo
A female Sulawesi macaque, an endangered species from Indonesia, was found dead yesterday at the National Zoo. The monkey had not been receiving special medical treatment, zoo officials said in a statement, and a pathology report could provide more information about the cause of death.
The 14-year-old animal, born at an Oregon facility, came to the National Zoo in 1995 and was part of the Think Tank exhibit. According to the zoo, some macaques have lived more than 40 years in captivity.
Impact Report on King Monument Issued
The National Park Service released a report this week that moved it closer to designating a four-acre triangle along the Tidal Basin as a site for a tribute to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
The Park Service released its environmental assessment report, a six-part document that details the impact such a monument would have on the Mall as well as any environmental factors that would come into play once it is built.
The document is available on the Park Service's Web site and will be available for public review until Sept. 13. Comments will be accepted until Sept. 19. The National Capital Planning Commission and the Commission of Fine Arts will review the assessment and the comments.
The site, between the Jefferson and Lincoln monuments, was approved in 1999.
BWI Terminal Upgrade in Final Stretch
Construction of a revamped terminal at Baltimore-Washington International Airport enters its final phase next week, when workers will begin building a wider waiting area in front of the Concourse C ticket counter and baggage claim area.
New elevators, escalators, stairways, moving sidewalk, glass window wall and tile floor are included in the project.
The work will require the closure of the pedestrian tunnel that connects the first level of the hourly garage to the terminal until October 2006. Concourse C stairs and escalators will also be blocked.
As part of the project, workers have already added a new terminal with additional gates and remade repaired many of the fraying sections of the airport.
Panel Meets on Shenandoah Fish Kill
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries will lead a task force of environmentalists and state and federal officials in investigating the latest fish kill in the Shenandoah River.
The task force, which met for the first time this week, will try to identify possible causes of this year's fish deaths in the river's south fork and last year's fish kill in the north fork. The group will meet again in September.
Rayburn Building Briefly Evacuated
The House Rayburn Office Building was evacuated briefly yesterday afternoon after a false alarm was triggered, a U.S. Capitol Police spokesman said.
The suspected cause was a short circuit in an alarm panel box, Officer Michael Lauer said. The alarm sounded about 3:10 p.m., and workers were permitted to reenter about 3:30 p.m., he said.
The Rayburn building, completed in 1965, holds offices for about 170 House members and their staffs.
Frosh Urged to Quit Panel on Firings
Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s chief legal adviser yesterday asked a Democratic state senator to resign from a special committee set up to look into the administration's firing practices.
In a letter to Sen. Brian E. Frosh (D-Montgomery) released by the governor's press office, chief counsel Jervis S. Finney wrote that "your independence of judgment has been impaired." A week earlier, Finney wrote Frosh accusing him of a "totally unsubstantiated attack on the personnel policy and integrity of the Ehrlich administration."
Frosh has said Finney was merely trying to divert attention from personnel policies that have led to several lawsuits against the Republican administration.
In a letter he wrote Finney on Wednesday, Frosh pointed to several cases in which fired workers had sued the state, including one in which the former employee who claimed he was ousted for political reasons received a $100,000 settlement. Frosh closed the letter saying, "I look forward to working with you as the committee undertakes its deliberations."
Montgomery to Pick Up Tree Debris
Montgomery residents in neighborhoods that sustained major damage from recent storms will get some help from the county this weekend.
County crews will be working in areas roughly between Georgia and New Hampshire avenues near the Capital Beltway to remove debris from trees in the public rightsof way. Most debris from trees on private property that residents have put at the curb will also be removed, with the exception of large tree trunks or limbs from private property.
Final collection in these areas is scheduled for Monday. After that, residents should bundle the debris for pickup through the Division of Solid Waste Services' yard trim recycling program.
Information on yard trim recycling, grass recycling and backyard composting is available by calling 240-777-6410 or going to www.montgomerycountymd.gov/solidwaste.
Fox That Attacked Pair Had Rabies
A three-legged fox that attacked a Waldorf woman and her 11-year-old daughter has tested positive for rabies.
Teresa Riker was bitten Thursday afternoon while protecting her daughter, Katelyn, after the fox attacked the child at the family's home.
The mother was bitten on the leg, ankle, hand and stomach; the girl was unharmed.
Gary Davis, director of the county's environmental health division, confirmed the test results yesterday. Davis said it was the county's fourth confirmed case of rabies this year. The fox was shot and killed by a Charles County sheriff's deputy shortly after the attack.
"Maybe I'm being naive, but I would hope that part of our history is long over."
-- Lisa Collis, first lady of Virginia, on whether there might be any
opposition in Richmond, the former capital of the Confederacy,
to placing a civil rights monument in Capitol Square. -- B1
Compiled from reports by staff writers D'Vera Cohn, Petula Dvorak, Clarence Williams, Martin Weil, Steven Ginsberg, Spencer S. Hsu and Matthew Mosk and the Associated Press.