Metro Briefs

DISTRICT

School board holds special election

Voters in Wards 1 and 2 will head to the polls today to select a new member of the State Board of Education.

The special election is being held so voters can choose a replacement for Jeff Smith, a former school board member representing District 1 who resigned in protest of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty’s takeover of the public school system.

The only candidate listed on the ballot for Mr. Smith’s spot is education writer and school volunteer Mary Lord, although Georgetown University graduate and first-year public school teacher Jason Crawford has mounted a write-in campaign.

Polls in the two wards will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Voters who do not know their assigned polling place can visit the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics Web site at www.dcboee.org or call 202/727-2525.

VIRGINIA

WOODBRIDGE

Police locate relative of abandoned child

Prince William County police said they have located a relative of a 4-year-old girl who was abandoned Sunday night at a Chuck E. Cheese’s restaurant, although the girl remains in the custody of Child Protective Services.

Witnesses said the girl entered the restaurant some time after 6 p.m. with a woman who was about 25 years old. Police said the girl was left at about 9 p.m. and gave her name as “Taji.”

CHANTILLY

Congressman charged with assault, battery

Rep. Bob Filner, California Democrat, has been charged with assault and battery in an incident Sunday night at Washington Dulles International Airport, the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority said.

The misdemeanor charge stems from an incident at about 6 p.m. Authority police were called to the United Airlines baggage-claim office for a report of an incident involving a man and his baggage.

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