Tragedy at the Scout Jamboree

4 Leaders Electrocuted on Opening Day

Four Boy Scout leaders from Alaska were electrocuted Monday afternoon and another was injured along with a contractor, as the men tried to erect a dining canopy at the National Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill in Caroline County.

Officials said the metal pole that was to support the canopy fell onto an overhead power line. The accident is under investigation by the Army, which operates the fort.

The accident on the opening day of the quadrennial National Boy Scout Jamboree was a tragic start to the event, which also faced temperatures hovering near 100 degrees and an incident of mass heat exhaustion among about 300 spectators waiting Wednesday for the first of two aborted attempts by President Bush to visit the event.

Nevertheless, said Scouts and their leaders, the Jamboree was shaping up as a success for most of the roughly 40,000 Scouts and leaders there.

Federal Funding Proposed for Metro

Agency Would Get $1.5 Billion Over Decade

U.S. Rep. Thomas M. Davis III (R-Va.) filed a bill in Congress that would give Metro $1.5 billion over the next decade, provided the transit agency accepts more federal oversight and the region agrees to guarantee Metro a steady funding source, such as sales tax revenue.

The bill would require Metro to appoint an inspector general and include two federal representatives on its board of directors.

Davis's bill would also restrict Metro's ability to dispose of property it owns near Metro stations for development projects. The controversial sale of 3.75 acres owned by Metro adjacent to the Vienna Metro station would be blocked by the bill. The land has been earmarked as part of a mixed-use development the size of a small city.

Va. Mother Charged With Neglect

4-Year-Old Found Along Shoulder of Beltway

A Newport News mother was charged with felony child neglect in Fairfax after police said she put her 4-year-old son out of the car and left him wandering along the shoulder of the Capital Beltway on Tuesday night.

The mother, Channoah Alece Green, 22, was arrested 90 miles south after she was involved in a crash with another car. On Friday, she was arraigned in a Fairfax County Court room and provided with a court-appointed attorney. She is being held without bond.

The boy told police his mother had gotten angry because he wasn't sitting down, so she put him out of the car and kept going. Police said she bumped him with the car as she drove away, as he was trying to get back in. He was spotted by a passing motorist, who called police. He was treated at a hospital and placed with Fairfax County Child Protective Services.

New Zoo Director Named

Berry Plans to Follow Recommended Reforms

John Berry, a former Interior Department official who runs a multimillion-dollar wildlife conservation foundation, will become the next director of the National Zoo, Smithsonian Institution officials announced Thursday night.

Berry, who is executive director of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, will replace Lucy H. Spelman, a veterinarian whose tenure as director was beset with turmoil. She resigned after the National Academy of Sciences panel urged reforms to zoo operations and management.

Heat, Humidity Leave Region Steaming

Thunderstorms a Relief, but Cause Power Outages

Heat, storms and misery. All in a week. High temperatures and stifling humidity plagued the area much of the week, and the only relief came in the form of thunderstorms that caused power outages.

Journey Through History: Mormon teens reenact the migration of 70,000 Mormons who trekked to Utah in the 1800s.