Teenage Girl Critically Injured in Slashing

A 17-year-old girl was in critical condition after her throat was slashed last night in the Langley Park area, the Maryland National Capital Park Police said.

A police spokesman said the teenager was with a group of friends in the parking lot of the Langley Park community center when they encountered another group about 9, and a fight broke out.

Police said that the girl and her friends were going to a band event at a nearby Boys and Girls Club. Lt. Stanley Johnson, the park police spokesman, said he did not know whether gang activity was involved. "It's hard to say if it is," he said.

Two Attacked at Laurel Mall

A teenager was stabbed and another was assaulted yesterday inside a Laurel mall in an attack that police said followed a robbery that might have been linked to an attempted drug transaction.

An 18-year-old was slashed and stabbed at the Laurel Center Mall by three men who robbed him of $145, said Jim Collins, a Laurel police spokesman. The 18-year-old and a 17-year-old boy with him were choked unconscious by the assailants, Collins said.

West Nile Turns Up in Silver Spring

Maryland health officials are urging caution after the state's first detection of West Nile virus was confirmed Thursday in a group of mosquitoes in Silver Spring.

The elderly and people with compromised immune systems are most susceptible to catching the disease. Only 1 percent of people bitten by an infected mosquito will catch it, officials said.

Schools Win Appeals on Test Scores

Two elementary schools in Anne Arundel County and an alternative education school in Howard County have won appeals of their unfavorable rankings on the Maryland School Assessments, school officials said this week.

Glendale Elementary in Glen Burnie and Tracey's Elementary in Tracys Landing both took advantage of a one-time waiver that Maryland is offering schools that failed to meet state standards on the exams only among special education students, officials said. Homewood School in Howard was granted its appeal because of coding errors, system spokeswoman Patti Caplan said.


Metro Imposes Football Fee Near Stadium

Starting Friday, Redskins fans who park at the Morgan Boulevard and Largo Town Center stations but don't ride the trains will be charged $25, Metro said. The fee will be in place for the first Redskins exhibition game of the season.

Metro riders who park and then ride Metrorail will pay the regular parking fee of $3.50 during the week and nothing on the weekends if they use a SmarTrip card for both parking and riding.

Motorists who park at a station must use a SmarTrip card to exit the parking lot. The cards can be purchased at station vending machines for $5 each. Metro sales representatives will also sell SmarTrip cards at each Redskins game this season. Cards also can be purchased online at and at Metro sales offices at the Metro Center and Pentagon stations as well as at Metro's headquarters, 600 Fifth St. NW.



Businessman Loses Bid to Leave Jail

Walter Anderson, the telecommunications tycoon accused of being the biggest tax cheat in U.S. history, will be staying in the D.C. jail for the indefinite future because he remains a flight risk, a federal judge ruled in an opinion released yesterday.

U.S. District Judge Paul L. Friedman rejected Anderson's proposal for a privately funded house arrest..

Anderson, who faces charges that he evaded $200 million in personal income tax, was deemed a flight risk in two previous judicial rulings. .

City to Check Safety of Firemen's Beards

A federal judge ordered the D.C. fire department yesterday to allow three bearded firefighters to take tests to determine whether their oxygen masks can achieve proper seals.

The ruling follows a department regulation issued in May that required firefighters to be clean-shaven. Fire officials said facial hair causes an improper seal with oxygen masks. Three bearded firefighters, all Muslims, went to U.S. District Court to fight the regulation, saying it violates their religious beliefs.


Crash Kills Motorcyclist, Injures Two

A motorcyclist was killed late Thursday when his bike rear-ended a sport-utility vehicle in the Third Street Tunnel, officials said. A second motorcycle, carrying an off-duty D.C. firefighter and his wife, then slid to the ground there.

D.C. police said the accident was under investigation but added that speed might have been a factor. The motorcyclist who was killed was identified as Clarke J. Carlton Barrington, 38, of the 14000 block of Tynewich Terrace in Silver Spring.

The second motorcycle was driven by Christopher Holness, 35, of Engine Company No. 9, at 16th and U streets NW. . Holness knew Barrington and was traveling with him, police said.


Statewide Employment Rises to Record

The number of jobs in Virginia rose to 3.67 million in June, hitting a high for non-agricultural employment in the state, the Virginia Employment Commission announced yesterday.

The number represents nearly 27,000 more jobs than the previous record, set in November.

Fairfax City Police Confront, Wound Man

A man wielding a sharp object was shot by Fairfax City police yesterday, but his wound was not believed to be life-threatening.

Police said the man was a 23-year-old Springfield resident who appeared mentally disturbed to workers in the offices of Ciracom Inc. in a building at 10400 Eaton Pl., near Route 123.

Officers confronted the man, the incident escalated and the man was shot, said Officer Lynn Coulter, a police spokeswoman.

"Political leadership that favors -- or believes in -- planning is not popular."

-- Dorn C. McGrath, emeritus professor of regional planning and geography at George Washington University, on the difficulties confronting proposals to coordinate support of the Metro system with dedicated taxes. -- B1

Compiled from reports by staff writers Lindsey Layton, Carol D. Leonnig, Del Quentin Wilber, Debbi Wilgoren, Tom Jackman, Martin Weil, Clarence Williams, Christian Davenport, Ylan Q. Mui, Daniel de Vise and Chris L. Jenkins.