Rally for Disabled Funds at Frist's Home

About 100 people, most of them in wheelchairs, rallied yesterday against cuts in Medicaid funding for the disabled outside Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's Northwest Washington home.

Members of ADAPT, a national advocacy group for the disabled, protested for several hours and left about 4:30 p.m. A spokeswoman for Frist (R-Tenn.) said that the senator was not home at the time and that the group dropped off a letter, which his office is reviewing.

Bob Kafka, an ADAPT organizer, said that the group was motivated by incidents of low-income, disabled people being left behind to fend for themselves after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast. He said the group was visiting Washington this week and meeting with several lawmakers and lobbyists.

Man, 32, Fatally Shot in Southeast

A 32-year-old man was shot to death late Saturday night in Southeast, D.C. police said.

Michael Lanham of the 2300 block of Minnesota Avenue SE was shot at least twice about 11:30 p.m. in the 1300 block of Barnaby Terrace, said Sgt. Joe Gentile, a police spokesman.

Lanham was pronounced dead at Howard University Hospital.


Woman Found Dead in Swimming Pool

A woman in her twenties was found dead yesterday afternoon in a swimming pool at a home in Arlington.

Arlington police said her death was being investigated as suspicious.

The owner of the house, in the 1700 block of North Adams Street, discovered the body about 3:45 p.m., police spokesman Matt Martin said. The cause of death was not immediately determined.

Martin said the woman, whose name was not released, was from the Washington area but not from the neighborhood. He said the homeowner did not know the woman.

Man Sentenced in Funding to Afghanistan

A Herndon man has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for illegally operating a business that prosecutors said sent money to Afghanistan just after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Rahim Bariek, 46, pleaded guilty in May to operating a money transmitting business, known as a hawala, without a license in violation of the USA Patriot Act. He was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Alexandria.

Federal officials said hawalas are being scrutinized for possible terrorist ties.

Bariek testified before Congress about the dangers of hawalas in November 2001. But his business transmitted funds to Afghanistan when it was still under control of the Taliban and was a base for al Qaeda operations, prosecutors said.

Three Men Sought in Burglary, Slashing

Fairfax County police are searching for three men who broke into a home early yesterday in the Penderbrook area, a police spokeswoman said.

One man, who had a knife, slashed an occupant of the home. The victim's injuries were not life-threatening, and he was treated at the scene, authorities said. Police were called about 5:30 a.m.

Police spokeswoman Beth Funston said that the home was targeted and that the victims possibly knew the men who broke in.

The three men took an undisclosed amount of money, some property and a 1996 Lexus, police said. The car's Virginia license tags are: 4678US.

Residents Near Base Fear Losing Homes

Neighbors of Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach are worried about losing their homes because a federal base-closing commission wants to condemn thousands of houses because they are near the airfield.

The Defense Base Realignment and Closure Commission declared that the jets from the Navy's East Coast master jet base will move to Florida unless state and local officials reverse development around the air station.

To meet the commission's demands, the city would have to acquire all the property in the most accident-prone zones around the base. City officials have until March to begin the process.


Motorcyclist, 38, Killed in Calvert Crash

A 38-year-old man died yesterday in Calvert County after he lost control of his motorcycle and crashed into a telephone pole, the Calvert County Sheriff's Department said.

Sylvester Phillips was traveling on Rattlesnake Road at Ropeknot Road in Lusby shortly after 5:30 p.m. when he lost control, the sheriff's department said. Authorities said the cause of the crash was under investigation.

"When I looked at that young man, I saw someone who could have a second chance to rehabilitate himself and come out and be a powerful -- and I mean, a powerful -- member of society, but most of all, a powerful servant of God. That's what I saw. I didn't really see somebody, 'Oh, you killed my son; you ought to be dead.' "

-- Michelle Richardson-Patterson, who visited her son's killer in jail. -- A1

Compiled from reports by staff writers Allan Lengel, Phuong Ly, Jerry Markon and Martin Weil and the Associated Press.

Organizer Bob Kafka of Austin talks with others who protested cuts in Medicaid funding for the disabled at Sen. Bill Frist's Northwest home.