Man, 77, and Son, 54, Die in House Fire

A 77-year-old man and his 54-year-old son were killed yesterday in a fire in their house in Boulevard Heights, a Prince George's County fire department spokesman said.

Edward Barringer Sr. and Edward Barringer Jr. died in the 3 p.m. fire in the 4000 block of Alton Street, the spokesman said.

Mark Brady said the older man had suffered a stroke and the son was legally blind. The cause of the fire was listed as accidental. Brady said no smoke alarm was found in the house.

Police Issue Reminder to Avert Car Thefts

In an effort to reduce car thefts, Prince George's County police are reminding residents about their policy of ticketing motorists who leave their cars while the engine is running.For the next two weeks, police are offering a reprieve to offenders by warning them instead of issuing a $60 ticket.

Man Critically Wounded in Pr. George's

A 23-year-old man was shot and wounded yesterday in the Adelphi-Langley Park area of Prince George's County, police said.

It was near the 2300 block of University Boulevard, police said.

GOP Veteran Is Set to Join Ehrlich Camp

Bo Harmon, a veteran Republican political operative, is close to joining Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich's reelection campaign, a source close to the governor said yesterday.

Harmon's resume includes stints as a spokesman for the Republican Congressional Campaign Committee in Washington and for the 2000 presidential campaign of Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.)


Police, Secret Service to Play for Charity

D.C. police and the Secret Service will play a hockey game in Northern Virginia tonight to raise money for a charity that aids families of U.S. military members who are injured or sick.

The game is scheduled for 6 p.m. at SkateQuest, at 1800 Michael Faraday Ct. in Reston. Washington Capitals players are scheduled to sign autographs, police said.

A minimum donation of $5 is required for admission. Proceeds will benefit Fisher House, which helps families find places to stay near injured service members at military bases and veterans hospitals. For more information, visit or call 202-406-6953.

Zoo's Holiday Celebration Is Today

The National Zoo will hold its annual holiday celebration, featuring young performers and refreshments, from noon to 4 today.

Visitors will be serenaded with holiday carols from noon to 3 p.m. Now This!, an improvisational musical children's theater, will perform from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Children can be photographedwith a panda character.

Admission is free, the zoo said, but visitors are encouraged to donate for a needy child. Gifts should be labeled with recipients' age and sex. The zoo is also collecting pet food and blankets for animal shelters.


Open House Scheduled at McKinley Tech

McKinley Technology High School in Northeast Washington will hold an open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today for students interested in enrolling next year.

The school specializes in computer technology, broadcast communications and biotechnology. Prospective students will be able to tour the building, at 151 T St. NE.

For more information, call 202-281-3950, Ext. 5225, or visit

4 Men Shot in Columbia Heights

Four men were shot late last night in the Columbia Heights area of Northwest Washington, police said. Two were critically wounded.

The shooting occurred about 11:30 p.m. in a parking lot in the 1300 block of Columbia Road NW.

Federal Agent Shot in Robbery

A federal law enforcement officer who protects a cabinet secretary was shot and seriously wounded last night when two men robbed him of his handgun and private car at a service station in Northeast Washington, authorities said.

The shooting occurred about 6:30 p.m. in the 1300 block of Kenilworth Avenue NE. The man, a special agent providing security for Alphonso Jackson, the secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, was taken to a hospital.


Mercury Emissions Rules Could Tighten

A state board plans to consider mercury emissions regulations that could be tougher than ones recently proposed by Virginia environmental officials.

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality asked the state's Air Pollution Control Board on Thursday to propose mercury standards that are more stringent than federal rules. The panel, however, decided to hold off to look at standards that could further reduce airborne emissions from power plants and factories.

Three Cited for Illegal Boarding Houses

A Fairfax County General District Court judge has cited three property owners for operating illegal boarding houses in their single-family homes, a violation of Herndon's zoning ordinance, town officials said.

Neighbors reported crowding at 455 Virginia Ave., 1001 Jeff Ryan Dr. and 322 Missouri Ave. A town inspector found 10 or more people living in each home, several of them unrelated. Each owner, Marcia Garcia of Reston, Eduardo Murcia of Herndon and Jose D. Aguirre Portillo of Herndon, was sentenced to a year of unsupervised probation and was fined at least $100. .

"I feel thoroughly hoodwinked. The council sat in blissful ignorance and approved technical amendments that expanded the budget by $50 million. . . . It's time for the council of the District of Columbia to say, 'Enough is enough.' "

-- Jim Graham (D-Ward1), talking about the soaring cost of the baseball stadium complex. -- A1

Compiled from reports by staff writers V. Dion Haynes, Karlyn Barker, Del Quentin Wilber, Allison Klein and Lisa Rein, Martin Weil and Clarence Williams and the Associated Press.