Mixing Bowl Detour Begins Tonight

Work on the Springfield Mixing Bowl project will force a detour for traffic heading from Virginia to the Woodrow Wilson Bridge over the next few days.

The Virginia Department of Transportation says motorists on the outer loop of the Capital Beltway heading toward the bridge from Braddock Road will be detoured as they approach Interstate 95 tonight through Thursday night, weather permitting. Drivers will be directed to Interstate 395 north, up one exit to westbound Edsall Road, then to turn around and take I-395 south to a new flyover bridge and enter the Beltway's outer loop toward Alexandria and Baltimore.

Construction crews are erecting steel beams on the I-95 north bridge to the outer loop. The detour is scheduled to be in place from 8 tonight to 10 a.m. tomorrow. The work will continue through Thursday from 9:30 p.m. to 5 a.m.


Eastalco Plant Workers May Face Layoffs

More than 600 workers at the Eastalco aluminum plant in Frederick County received a warning this week that they could be laid off in two months and their plant closed unless their parent company strikes a deal to control its electric bill.

The impasse involves the plant's contract with Allegheny Power, signed before Maryland's energy industry was deregulated. The contract expires Dec. 31. After that, the plant would have to pay market prices for electricity, increasing its annual power bill from $89 million to $195 million.

Brian S. Dahlberg, the plant's manager, said he hopes the General Assembly will find a way to reduce the increase next year. He said the plant has stopped ordering raw materials and has sent letters to salaried employees and union representatives warning that they would be dismissed starting Dec. 15. A small number of employees would continue working at the plant for a few weeks as it shuts down, he said.

Van Susteren Reports Raising $250,000

Maryland Senate hopeful Lise Van Susteren said yesterday that her campaign raised just more than $250,000 during her first month as a candidate, including nearly $100,000 of her own money.

Several other candidates in the crowded Democratic field released totals earlier in the week. Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin posted the highest total, taking in nearly $900,000 during the quarter that ended Sept. 30. Reports covering the quarter are due today.

Figures were unavailable yesterday for the exploratory committee of Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele, the leading Republican contender.

1 Killed, 3 Hurt in Howard Car Crash

A one-car crash in Howard County early yesterday left one person dead and three injured.

Howard police say the accident occurred about 1:40 a.m. on Landing Road near Woolton Court when the driver of a 2005 Honda Civic, eastbound on Landing Road, failed to negotiate a curve, crossed a double yellow line and struck a tree.

Passenger Arthur E. Garland III, 20, of the 6300 block of Orchard Club Drive in Elkridge was killed. The driver, Jennafer L. Mangan, 20, of Elkridge is in serious condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, as are two other passengers, Brennan Scott Reid, 20, of Ellicott City and Anthony Mitchell Mason, 20, whose address was unknown.

Police investigating the crash said that alcohol and excessive speed were factors.


GOP Insurance Lawsuit Dismissed

A federal judge in Richmond has dismissed a case filed by the Republican Party of Virginia, which claimed that the party's insurer breached its contract by not reimbursing the party for a settlement it paid to Democrats for eavesdropping on conference calls in 2002.

In an 18-page decision, U.S. Magistrate Judge Dennis W. Dohnal said that the acts of the Republican Party stemmed from a "willful violation of a penal statute by agents" of the party and "thus the claims were excluded from the coverage."

The lawsuit, filed July 18 against Union Insurance Co. of Nebraska, sought $950,000, which included $200,000 in attorneys' fees and other expenses. Attorneys for Union Insurance had argued that the insurer was not responsible for the damages because they were incurred during the commission of a crime.

In December, Republicans settled the lawsuit with Democrats; the party's former executive director and chairman pleaded guilty two years ago to involvement in the case.

Republican attorneys argued that it should have been covered because it did not know about or condone the eavesdropping on calls made March 22 and 25, 2002, among Democratic lawmakers and Gov. Mark R. Warner (D).

2nd Man Charged in Fatal Shooting

A second person has been arrested in the Sept. 28 killing of a man who was found shot in a Woodbridge neighborhood, Prince William County police said yesterday.

Ryan C. Scott, 20, of the 14000 block of Grayson Road in Woodbridge was charged with murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony in the death of Damion M. Ricks, said John Bogert, a police spokesman. Scott is being held without bond pending a Nov. 11 court hearing.

Pharoah Saunderson, 22, of Woodbridge was arrested this month in the shooting and charged with murder. Bogert said Saunderson allegedly shot Ricks after an argument over money.


Language Help for Medicaid Recipients

Medicaid recipients who speak little or no English are entitled to free language assistance when seeking medical care, and wallet-sized "I speak" cards are part of the District health department's new effort to ensure that residents receive the help they need.

The department recently mailed material about oral and written translation services -- translated into Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean and Amharic -- to the 140,000 people enrolled in Medicaid. The information also was sent to more than 5,000 doctors offices, community clinics, hospitals and agencies.

The cards are intended to make medical providers aware of a patient's need and include hotline numbers in case of problems obtaining translation assistance.

"If this enables debate about where to put the stadium and brings it back to the forefront, that is very problematic. It would be very hard to get seven votes to keep the stadium at the Southeast waterfront."

-- D.C. Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), head of the council's Committee on Finance and Revenue. -- A1

Compiled from reports by Nelson Hernandez, Chris L. Jenkins, Susan Levine, Ian Shapira and John Wagner and the Associated Press.