THE DISTRICT

Cropp to Announce Mayoral Run Sept. 7

D.C. Council Chairman Linda W. Cropp said yesterday evening that she will officially declare her candidacy for mayor Sept. 7.

In a phone interview, Cropp (D) declined to answer questions about her candidacy, deferring inquiries until next month. Reporters first received word of her intentions in a one-sentence e-mail. She had already given clear signs of her plans, saying last month that "it looks fairly strong that I would run."

Cropp would become the fourth formal mayoral candidate, joining council members Adrian M. Fenty (D-Ward 4) and Vincent B. Orange Sr. (D-Ward 5) and former Verizon executive Marie C. Johns.

Incumbent Anthony A. Williams (D) has yet to say whether he will run again. A spokesman said the mayor has asserted that "anyone who wants to should run." Vince Morris said they would cancel each other if he decided to run.

Free Student Immunizations Offered

The D.C. Department of Health is offering free immunizations at several schools tomorrow for returning students.

Mobile clinics will be open from 7 to 11:30 a.m. at Bell Multicultural Senior High in Northwest; Roosevelt Senior High in Northwest; Langdon Elementary in Northeast; and Dunbar Senior High in Northwest. Vaccines also will be offered from 12:30 to 4 p.m. at Cardozo and Wilson Senior Highs in Northwest; Johnson Junior High in Southeast; and Ballou Senior High in Southeast.

Body Set Afire; Cause of Death Unknown

Authorities discovered the body of a 30-year-old man who had been set on fire and are investigating the case as a homicide, a spokesman for the D.C. police said yesterday.

Sgt. Joe Gentile said the body of Michael Carter was found by firefighters who had been called to an apartment in the 4600 block of Livingston Road SE, where he lived, about 10:30 p.m. Friday.

No cause of death could be learned.

THE REGION

Truck Theft Leads to Chase, Arrests

The theft of a red pickup that was pulling a trailer led to a car chase that started in Charles County, involved Prince George's County and the District and ended with two arrests, police said.

Three men in a silver pickup had driven up to a restaurant parking lot on Route 5 in Hughesville about 4 p.m., and one took the red pickup, which was attached to a trailer carrying two all-terrain vehicles, according to the Charles County Sheriff's Office.

Officers pursued both trucks. One man was arrested after the silver truck crashed on Route 5 in the Cheltenham/Brandywine area of Prince George's, according to Kristen Adkins, a spokeswoman for the Charles Sheriff's Office.

The pickup with the ATVs crashed in the 4400 block of G Street SE in the District, said Sgt. Joe Gentile, a D.C. police spokesman. He said an 18-year-old D.C. man was arrested.

VIRGINIA

New Stamp Celebrates Arthur Ashe

The U.S. Postal Service has honored tennis player and Richmond native Arthur Ashe with a postage stamp.

First-day ceremonies for the 37-cent stamp were held yesterday in New York at the U.S. Open. The stamp will be available nationwide tomorrow.

MARYLAND

Aquarium's Australia Exhibit Coming Soon

The National Aquarium in Baltimore is scheduled to open its new Australia exhibit in December.

The $74.5 million exhibit will include a 35-foot-high waterfall and an Australian river canyon carved out of concrete.

Seat Pleasant Shooting Victim Identified

Police have identified Jamar Josea Brown, 23, of Fort Washington as the victim in a fatal shooting Friday night in Seat Pleasant.

Jamar Brown was found dead in the 6000 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Highway. The other man was taken to a hospital. Both had been in a car.

Body of Drowning Victim Is Found

Divers have recovered the body of a 22-year-old Maryland man who drowned in Echo Lake in Acadia National Park.

The body of Stephen Chan of New Market was found Friday after a nearly 24-hour air, water and ground search.

Chan was reported missing by his girlfriend, who said she last saw him wading in the lake Thursday afternoon. His body was found in 60 feet of water about midway across the lake.

"You tell people, 'Meet me at the big chair.' Now what you going to say?"

-- Ed Robinson, 53, referring to the Anacostia landmark

that was dismantled Wednesday because of its weather-beaten

condition. The chair, which was erected in 1959 by a furniture store

hoping to lure customers, stood 191/2 feet tall. -- C1

Compiled from reports by staff writers Lori Montgomery, Martin Weil, V. Dion Haynes, Mary Beth Sheridan, Clarence Williams and Jonathan Abel and the Associated Press.