Two Fatally Stabbed in Langley Park
Men May Have Passed Out After Drinking
Two men were fatally stabbed and another was seriously wounded in an attack as they slept on a grassy median in a parking lot of a Toys R Us store in Langley Park. The two men who died had their throats cut. The third man was hospitalized in stable condition.
Police speculated that the men, from Guatemala and Honduras, probably had passed out after drinking beer in the parking lot on New Hampshire Avenue. They knew of no motive or suspects.
State Furniture Purchase Rejected
Ehrlich, Schaefer Join Forces in Decision
Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) and Comptroller William Donald Schaefer (D) rejected a $2.1 million furniture order for the state's new House of Delegates office building in Annapolis.
At a Board of Public Works session, Ehrlich and Schaefer questioned why state legislators were not willing to buy tables and chairs from the state-run company that employs prison inmates.
In a letter to Ehrlich, House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel) wrote that, while "very nice," the prison furniture did not meet the aesthetic standards of the House members. Ehrlich and Schaefer said their offices were furnished in part with pieces from inmates.
It is unclear whether the decision to reject the furniture order would delay the December opening of the House building.
Chevy Chase Halts House-Building
Town May Limit Oversize Residences
The town of Chevy Chase adopted a six-month moratorium on the demolition and construction of houses and on large-scale renovations. The Town Council adopted the measure to allow time to consider ways it might control "mansionization" and its effects in the 1,032-home neighborhood where Cape Cods, colonials and the occasional 1970s-era rambler are being replaced by houses two or three times as large.
The moratorium includes an exemption for economic hardship and accidents such as fire and excludes small additions. It will not affect projects for which building permits have been issued.
More Arrested in Gang Attacks
Colesville, Wheaton Stabbings Wounded 6
Five more suspects -- three teenagers and two adults -- were charged in the gang-related knife attacks Aug. 5 at a Colesville area high school and a Target store in Wheaton. Eleven men and youths have been arrested in connection with the attacks.
The stabbings, at Springbrook High School and Westfield Shoppingtown Wheaton, left six teenagers wounded. Police say MS-13, a Latino street gang, was the aggressor in the attacks, which stemmed from a conflict between rival groups.
Across the Region
Racial Shifts; Metrorail Savings
* The white populations of Alexandria, Arlington County and the District have grown this decade even as the region's outer counties have grown more diverse, according to new census estimates. Whites account for 30 percent of the D.C. population, up from 28 percent in 2000. Their numbers rose 3 percentage points in Arlington, to 64 percent, and in Alexandria, to 58 percent.
* Managers of the project to extend Metrorail through Tysons Corner said they have revised their drawings and cut estimated construction costs by 25 percent, from $2.4 billion to $1.8 billion, by shortening a proposed tunnel through Tysons Corner, altering the design of columns supporting the elevated portions of the track and revising the design of stations. Neither the extent of the 11-mile line nor the number and position of stations has changed, the engineers said.