D.C. Urged on Height Limits Near Ballpark

D.C. Council Chairman Linda W. Cropp (D) called on Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D) yesterday to allow developers to construct tall structures near a planned baseball stadium in Southeast Washington, saying that limiting building heights to preserve views of the Capitol from inside the ballpark is unfair.

Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) has pushed city planners to limit development so views of the Capitol Dome are not obstructed. In a two-page letter to the mayor, Cropp called on the city to rescind a stop-work order that officials recently issued on construction of a 110-foot building at 20 M St. SE by Lerner Enterprises, founded by Theodore Lerner, a bidder to buy the Nationals.

"The District government needs to abide by its own rules . . . and not create a climate of uncertainty for businesses," Cropp wrote.

Zoo Euthanizes Chronically Sick Monkey

The National Zoo this week euthanized a female golden lion tamarin that had chronic kidney disease. The 5-year-old tamarin, a type of monkey native to Brazil, initially responded well to treatment this summer but was euthanized Tuesday after its condition worsened, the zoo said yesterday.

The zoo has 10 golden lion tamarins and has helped pioneer the breeding and reintroduction of the endangered species to the Atlantic coastal forest of Brazil. More than 150 zoo-born tamarins have been released in the wild.


Armory Bomb Threat Prompts Evacuation

A bomb threat called into the D.C. Armory yesterday caused more than 100 displaced New Orleans residents to be evacuated briefly from the building, officials said.

Shortly before 5 p.m., a caller telephoned the recruiting office of the D.C. National Guard and said that if the building was not emptied of evacuees, a bomb would detonate after the Nationals baseball game, said Brian B. Hubbard, director of operations for the city's Emergency Management Agency. Two bomb-sniffing dogs searched the building while evacuees and volunteers waited on the lawn outside. The building was declared safe after about 40 minutes, he said.

As of Tuesday, 105 displaced New Orleans residents remained at the D.C. Armory, according to the American Red Cross, which manages the shelter. That number is down from a high of 295.

Williams Is Hospitalized for Gastritis

D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams canceled a trip to Michigan and checked himself into George Washington University Hospital late Tuesday after a bout of gastritis caused him to feel nauseated and dehydrated, according to a statement released by his office.

Williams, 53, spent the night in the hospital but returned home yesterday morning with antibiotics and a significantly calmer stomach, the statement said.

"I feel much better . . . and am looking forward to getting back to work," he said in the statement. "Thankfully, I enjoy excellent health, and this probably was nothing more than a 24-hour virus."


Girl, 7, Found in Silver Spring Pool Dies

A 7-year-old girl who was hospitalized Saturday after being found in the deep end of a swimming pool at a Silver Spring residence has died.

Her mother dropped off the girl at the house, in the 300 block of Springbrook Drive, said Officer Derek Baliles, a Montgomery police spokesman. He declined to release their names.

"She was brought there to swim at the private pool," Baliles said. "She was found at the bottom of the deep end of the pool."

The girl's body was taken Tuesday to the D.C. Medical Examiner's office, according to chief of staff Beverly Fields.

Man Fatally Shot in Prince George's

A man was shot to death last night in the Brentwood area of Prince George's County, police said.

Police responding about 9:50 p.m. to gunshots in the 3400 block of Allison Street found a man in the street who had suffered a gunshot wound, said Cpl. Diane Richardson, a spokeswoman for Prince George's County police.

The victim was pronounced dead at Prince George's Hospital Center a short time later, Richardson said. His name was not immediately released.

Area Schools Among 'No Child' Honorees

Viers Mill Elementary School in Montgomery County has been named a national No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon School of 2005, U.S. Department of Education officials announced this week.

In addition, Clarksville Elementary School in Howard County and Folger McKinsey Elementary School in Anne Arundel Countywere named Blue Ribbon schools. Nationwide, 295 schools were recognized as Blue Ribbon campuses.


Tree Worker Near Power Line Electrocuted

A man was electrocuted yesterday in Vienna when he cut a tree limb that touched a power line, Fairfax County police said.

The man, 34, was hired to trim the tree by the owner of the property in the 2300 block of Gerken Avenue. The worker was in a front-yard tree and lowering a sawed-off limb with a rope about 6:45 p.m. when the limb hit the power line, said Shelley Broderick, a spokeswoman for the police. The man, who lived in the Fairfax area, was pronounced dead at the scene. His name was being withheld last night pending notification of relatives.

Warner Criticizes Power Plant Reopening

In a letter sent late yesterday, Gov. Mark R. Warner chastised officials at Atlanta-based Mirant Corp. for their decision to reopen the power plant in Alexandria -- shuttered this summer amid pollution concerns -- without first consulting with the state.

Warner said he was "very disappointed" to learn that Mirant decided to reopen the plant without making physical improvements to the power-generating facility. Mirant said Tuesday that it was restarting one of the plant's five generators after computer modeling showed it could operate on a limited basis without harming air quality, spokesman Steven Arabia said.

"I don't think a lot of people were open to African Americans being here, and that has carried on in the hearts and minds of students."

-- University of Virginia senior Angelique Lynch, 20, speaking about recent racist incidents on campus. -- B1

Compiled from reports by staff writers David Nakamura, Allan Lengel, Karlyn Barker, Theola S. Labbe, Lori Montgomery, Ernesto Londono, Lori Aratani and Annie Gowen and Daniele Seiss and the Associated Press.