Man Shot by Frederick Police Officers

An 18-year-old man who pointed what turned out to be an air pistol at two Frederick police officers was shot and killed yesterday evening, police said.

The shooting occurred about 5:30 p.m. in the 1300 block of Dahlia Lane, after Officers James Martin and Michael Weaver chased four people from the scene of an assault. Police said the officers saw that one person had a handgun. They said the man ignored an order to drop the gun and instead turned and pointed it at the officers.

Both officers fired, police said, and the man fell. He was pronounced dead at the scene. His name was withheld until relatives could be notified. Police said they found an air gun that looked like a real firearm.


C&O Canal Park Volunteerism Honored

The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, an unusual national park that is a ribbon of land and water almost 185 miles long, is also unusual in its amount of unpaid helpers.

The park's volunteer program was honored by Interior Secretary Gail A. Norton yesterday. It received the Take Pride in America Federal Volunteer Program award because of the 2,396 volunteers who contributed about $840,000 worth of service to the canal, said National Park Service spokesman Bill Line.

The volunteers -- who included students and seniors -- conducted winter bird surveys, pruned miles of towpath, repaired miles of walking paths and removed tons of garbage. They were lock-house docents, campground hosts and living history interpreters.

The C&O Canal, which stretches from Washington to Cumberland, Md., operated from 1828 to 1924 as a transportation route, primarily for hauling coal from Western Maryland to the Port of Georgetown.

Track Work Will Delay Blue, Yellow Lines

Metro riders on the Blue and Yellow lines will face significant delays today because of track work near the Braddock Road Station. Trains are expected to operate once every 38 minutes, and Metro officials suggest that passengers who normally use stations south of Pentagon City consider alternative transportation.

Workers will be replacing a switch in the tracks, and trains in both directions will share a single track between the Pentagon City and Huntington stations.

Every other Blue Line train bound for Franconia-Springfield will terminate at Pentagon City and return to Largo Town Center. Every other Yellow Line train bound for Huntington will terminate at Pentagon City and return to Mount Vernon Square. Riders should expect to add 45 minutes to their normal travel time, transit officials said.

Regular rail service is scheduled to resume tomorrow. On that day, Metro will open one hour early, at 6 a.m., to accommodate crowds expected to attend the Army Ten-Miler race. Metrobus operations at the Pentagon Transit Center will be relocated temporarily tomorrow morning to Pentagon City because of the race.

Regular Metrobus operations are expected to resume at the Pentagon station about noon, Metro officials said.

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Bridge Opening at Springfield Interchange

A bridge is scheduled to open at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Springfield interchange for motorists traveling from Interstate 395 south to the outer loop of the Capital Beltway toward the Woodrow Wilson Bridge.

The bridge is one of 50 being constructed to eliminate weaving and merging and make it easier and safer for drivers to navigate the interchange.

The ramp to the new bridge is located nearly a mile before the existing ramp and will require motorists to move into the right lanes just south of Edsall Road.

Signage will alert motorists to the new exit. Crews will close the current exit at 8 p.m. today.

Traffic will be detoured to the inner loop of the Beltway and turn around at Braddock Road. In addition, one of three through lanes will be closed on I-395 south near Edsall Road.

The 16-foot-wide, one-lane bridge has two eight-foot shoulders and will carry about 450 vehicles an hour during peak hours, the Virginia Department of Transportation said.


Crane Falls on Houses, Injuring Operator

A 180-foot-tall construction crane toppled yesterday morning and crashed into several townhouses in the Huntington area of Fairfax County. The townhouses were vacant, but the crane operator was hurt, Fairfax fire officials said.

The crane was working on a new apartment project in the 2300 block of Huntington Station Court, said Lt. Jeff Trice of Fairfax County Fire and Rescue. About 8:20 a.m., it fell and smashed into eight townhouses, severely damaging seven of them, Trice said. There was little wind yesterday, and it was not immediately clear why the crane toppled, Trice said.

Trice said he did not know whether the crane operator was able to escape from his perch or plummeted with the crane. The operator was flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital, and his name, age and condition were not available yesterday.

No other construction workers were hurt, Trice said. State and federal occupational safety agencies are investigating.

Standards for Va. Colleges Adopted

Virginia's higher education council yesterday adopted standards by which the state will judge public colleges under a new law that gives the schools financial and operational benefits for achieving certain performance goals.

The Institutional Performance Standards contain measures applying to Virginia's 15 four-year institutions, 23 community colleges and the two-year Richard Bland College.

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia will submit the standards to be incorporated into the state budget.

The rating systems will gauge a college on 20 measures in several areas, including providing accessible and affordable education; improving student retention and graduation rates; maintaining and improving academic quality and efficiency; and working with state officials to stimulate economic development.

"They don't want any change, and if you don't change, you die, whether it's a business or a town or anything. You've just got to make sure the change is well done."

-- Jack Burbage of West Ocean City's Blue Water Development, on opposition in Chincoteague, Va., to development of waterfront property there. -- B1

Compiled from reports by staff writers Clarence Williams, Martin Weil, Petula Dvorak, Lyndsey Layton and Tom Jackman and the Associated Press.