Forum on Soccer Stadium Plan Is Tonight

The D.C. United soccer organization will present its proposal for a new stadium complex at a community meeting tonight at Ballou Senior High School, 3401 Fourth Street SE. The team has been talking with city officials about adding a 24,000-seat stadium to plans for new development at Poplar Point, overlooking the Anacostia River.

The forum, from 6 to 9 p.m., will include remarks from political and community leaders in Ward 8, as well as a free dinner in the cafeteria. D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8), who has said he opposes building a stadium, is scheduled to speak.

Work Ahead on Good Hope, Reno Roads

The D.C. Transportation Department will create traffic changes on Good Hope Road SE and Reno Road NW to clear the way for road-improvement work.

Lanes on Good Hope will be closed from Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue to Naylor Road SE from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, until early next month.

Beginning Monday, traffic on Reno will be detoured between Nebraska Avenue and Military Road NW. Reno will be one-way northbound, and southbound traffic will be detoured to Connecticut Avenue, either from Military or down 41st Street to Huntington Street.


O'Malley Nabs Endorsements in Arundel

Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley's gubernatorial campaign drew eight endorsements yesterday from elected officials in Anne Arundel County, a jurisdiction that could be electorally significant.

Lining up behind O'Malley (D) were state Sens. James E. DeGrange Sr. and Philip C. Jimeno; State's Attorney Frank R. Weathersbee; Sheriff George F. Johnson IV; Dels. Joan Cadden, Mary Ann Love and Theodore J. Sophocleus; and County Council member Pamela G. Beidle. Former Highland Beach mayor Ray Langston also endorsed O'Malley.

Anne Arundel, home to about 8 percent of Maryland's registered Democrats, lies between O'Malley's home region and that of O'Malley's Democratic rival, Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan.

Arundel School Issues Up for Discussion

Anne Arundel County parents will be briefed this week on such topics as a new superintendent, school boundaries and advanced programs in high school.

Four sessions are set for public input in the choice of a superintendent to replace Eric J. Smith. The state's Association of Boards of Education, hired to make the search, will meet with the community at 7:15 p.m. tomorrow at Glen Burnie and Annapolis high schools and at 7:15 p.m. Thursday at Arundel and Southern high schools.

Two forums are set on the Strategic Facilities Utilization Study, a countywide analysis of use of space that could bring new school boundaries. The first is 7 to 9 tonight at Chesapeake Arts Center, 194 Hammonds Lane in Brooklyn Park; the second is 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at school system headquarters in Annapolis.

Parents interested in the International Baccalaureate advanced high school study program can go to either of two sessions at schools with the program: 7 to 8:30 tonight at Annapolis High and 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Old Mill.

Widow Can Stay in U.S., Get Benefits

The widow of an Annapolis graduate who drowned last summer will be allowed to remain in the United States despite her status as an immigrant, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has decided. And she will be given survivor's benefits after losing her husband a month into their marriage, the Navy has said.

Sheila Miller, a Malaysian immigrant met her future husband, Ensign Scott Miller, on the Internet. They married one month before he drowned while trying to rescue her. The couple had been wading in the Severn River near Eastport on June 18.

She was in the United States on a visa issued to the spouse of a U.S. citizen. Immigration officials first said that because her husband died in the first two years of their marriage, she had lost her right to work here. The Navy had said she could not get survivor's benefits because her husband did not die on active duty. They changed their positions after stories appeared in the (Annapolis) Capital and after area residents backed her.

Silver Spring Fire Prompts Beltway Snarl

A brush fire slowed traffic on the inner loop of the Capital Beltway yesterday. Montgomery County Fire spokesman Pete Piringer said the blaze near University Boulevard and New Hampshire Avenue was hard to reach.


Ex-Investigator Indicted in Gun Theft

A former Loudoun County sheriff's investigator was indicted yesterday on two counts of grand larceny, authorities said.

Mike Grau allegedly took one or more firearms from the evidence room of the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office, said Paul B. Ebert, Prince William County's commonwealth's attorney. Ebert's office is prosecuting because Grau, might be a witness in an upcoming murder trial in Loudoun, said Loudoun Commonwealth's Attorney James E. Plowman.

Grau resigned in November 2004, two months after accidentally shooting and wounding his wife as he cleaned an antique gun at his Lovettsville home. He was not prosecuted in the shooting.

Man Dies on Rte. 7 in Tysons Corner

A pedestrian was struck by a car and killed last night while trying to cross Route 7 in the Tysons Corner area, Fairfax County police said.

The man was struck about 9:25 p.m. in the westbound lanes, police said.

Drought Withers Big Stone Gap

Drought has dried up the water supply of Big Stone Gap in far Southwest Virginia and is continuing.

Rainfall is more than two feet below normal, and officials say it will take months to refill the 600 million-gallon Big Cherry Reservoir.

"This was suppose to be the best summer of my life but instead it was the worst summer I will probably have."

-- Court testimony of shooting victim Katie Weyer, who spent two months in the hospital last year after a teenage acquaintance who didn't realize his father's gun was loaded shot her. -- B1

Compiled from reports by staff writers Karin Brulliard, Daniel de Vise, Ernesto Londono, Ian Shapira. Allan Lengel, Martin Weil and Debbi Wilgoren and the Associated Press.