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Anti-smoking law takes effect today

The city’s new anti-smoking law takes effect today, prohibiting smokers from lighting up in restaurant dining areas, offices and apartment lobbies.

On Jan. 1, the ban will extend to the bar areas of restaurants, taverns and nightclubs.

Some business owners say the ban will drive customers to Northern Virginia, where smoking is allowed. Anti-smoking advocates say the ban will help improve overall health.

The city says regulations will be forthcoming on how businesses can qualify for an economic hardship waiver.



Cleanup one-third done, report says

A new report states a multistate effort to clean up the Chesapeake Bay is only a third of the way to meeting its goals.

The report was issued by the Chesapeake Bay Program, a partnership among the District, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and the Environmental Protection Agency.

The report was drafted after criticism that the program hasn’t gotten the full story on Bay health because it has used computer-model projections instead of water-sampling data.

The goals are set every few years and take into account what officials would like to achieve in restoring water quality, habitats and fish populations.

The report also states the Bay continues to be affected by pollution, which contributes to low oxygen levels and stresses marine life.


Brush fires close roads

Several small brush fires ignited yesterday afternoon in Prince George’s County, including two near the Capital Beltway that forced road closures between Central Avenue and D’Arcy Road.

Prince George’s County fire officials also reported a fire near Ritchie-Marlboro Road that might have involved old tires.


Injured officer in critical condition

The Baltimore Police Department officer who was shot Thursday remained in critical condition after a second surgery.

Court documents state Officer Dante Hemingway, 28, got into a gunfight while he was being robbed.

Officer Hemingway was shot in the neck, chest and stomach at a public housing complex, and he could require a third surgery.

Jobrey Lodge, 20, has been charged with attempted murder.

He was shot in the leg during the confrontation. Police say about 20 shots were exchanged.


Landlord finds meth chemicals

The Montgomery County Police Department says the unidentified chemical found Saturday inside a home is used to produce methamphetamine and the date-rape drug known as GHB.

The Drug Enforcement Administration has taken over the investigation in which five 5-gallon containers holding the chemical were found inside a town house in the 11000 block of Amherst Avenue.

The containers recently were found by the landlord after a tenant had vacated the house.


Police seek suspect in slaying of woman

An arrest warrant has been issued for a man who police say killed a 23-year-old woman in Wheaton.

Silvino Quintanilla is wanted on charges of first-degree murder in the death of Martiza Hernandez, who was found dead in her home on Friday.

Detectives said Miss Hernandez was killed by suffocation. Montgomery County police said Mr. Quintanilla is known to drive a silver Acura and his last known address was in Forestville.



Elderly woman killed in blaze

An elderly woman was killed yesterday morning in a fire inside her apartment.

The fire started about 7 a.m. at the Greenspring Village retirement community.

Fire officials have released few details but say the woman was cooking and her clothing apparently caught fire.


University receives $5 million gift

A 1941 graduate of the University of Mary Washington has given the school $5 million, the largest single gift in its history, university officials said Saturday.

The gift is in honor of retiring President William M. Anderson Jr. A significant part of the donation by Arabelle Laws Arrington of Warrenton, Va., will be used for an endowment for an intensive summer-long program for science majors.

The university also announced receiving a $1 million gift from Sara Page Cosby Mayo, a member of the class of 1964, and her husband, Richard.

Mr. Anderson retires in June after 23 years as president.


One dead, 2 hurt in triple shooting

One man is dead and another two were seriously injured after a triple shooting last night in Alexandria.

Police last night were not sure what happened or why the shooting occurred. The incident happened in the 400 block of South Columbus Street.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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