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Body of 19-year-old found in Potomac River

POTOMAC -- The body of a 19-year-old Bethesda man was found floating in the Potomac River yesterday, the victim of an apparent drowning, Montgomery County police said.

A fisherman found the body of a man tentatively identified as Nicholas Anthan yesterday at 1:30 p.m. in the water about 100 feet south of the American Legion Bridge, said police spokeswoman Ann Evans.

The clothes on the body matched those Mr. Anthan wore when he was reported missing Wednesday. The body was taken to the medical examiner's office, police said.

Mr. Anthan was last seen about 3 p.m. swimming in the river with a friend near Angler's Inn about three miles from the bridge when he went out too far and got caught in the swift current, Ms. Evans said.

Mr. Anthan is the son of George Anthan, the Des Moines (Iowa) Register's Washington bureau chief, Ms. Evans said.

1,500 are stopped at Route 40 checkpoints


JOPPA -- Several Oriole baseball fans who chose to celebrate Friday night's 5-3 victory over the California Angels with a few drinks were among more than 1,500 motorists stopped at sobriety checkpoints on Route 40 in Joppa early yesterday.

State police and the Harford County Sheriff's Department charged seven motorists with drunken driving, said Sgt. James W. Rinehart of the state police in Bel Air. Two other drivers, who caught the attention of a drug-sniffing canine, were charged with narcotics violations, he said.

"Several [of those arrested] said they had gone to the ballgame and partied downtown," Sergeant Rinehart said. Police said 18 motorists were pulled to the shoulder of the road and screened for alcohol, but only seven were charged.

The sobriety checkpoint was set up in both directions at 11 p.m. and closed at 2 a.m. when traffic all but disappeared on that section of Route 40, police said. Sergeant Rinehart said the number of arrests was about what could be expected from a 3-hour-long traffic check.

Essex man becomes first weekend fatality


MIDDLE RIVER -- A 31-year-old Essex man was killed early yesterday morning as he crossed a Middle River street, the first highway death of the Memorial Day weekend, authorities reported.

William Harold Amereihn, 31, of the 900 block of North Marlyn Ave. walked in front of a 1978 Mercury Cougar as he crossed Eastern Avenue at Carroll Island Road at 1 a.m., Baltimore County police reported.

State police said 11 people were killed on Maryland roads during the three-day holiday last year. The holiday period runs from 6 p.m. Friday to midnight tomorrow.

Oxon Hill slaying under investigation


OXON HILL -- Prince George's County police said they had no suspects yesterday in Friday's slaying of an 18-year-old Oxon Hill man.

The victim, William Whiteside III of the 3100 block of Goodhope Ave., was shot once in the head and taken to Prince George's Hospital Center in Cheverly where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival, according to police.

Homicide detectives said the shooting occurred about 5:20 p.m. as Mr. Whiteside and a friend drove onto the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 4300 block of Vermillion Ave. in Oxon Hill.

Mr. Whiteside then argued with a group of men in the parking lot, one of whom went to an apartment and got a 9mm handgun, detectives said.

They said the gunman returned to the parking lot, leaned over the hood of a car and shot Mr. Whiteside, who had hidden beside the vehicle with his friend to avoid the assailant.

Schools told to draft special education plan


BALTIMORE -- A federal judge has ordered Baltimore public school officials to begin working on a plan to help the system's 18,300 special education students.

U.S. District Judge Alexander Harvey 3rd ruled Friday that the city's school system must begin using state funds to pay for a consultant to draft a special education plan.

During a hearing, he also added the name of Deputy School Superintendent Lillian Gonzalez to the list of defendants in the 8-year-old court action.

William R. Phelan, a senior city solicitor, had asked the judge to delay action on the plan while city and school officials appeal the order naming the consultant to the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

Afterward, Mr. Phelan said he did not know whether the judge's decision means that the city will have to immediately adopt a strategy to address the needs of special education children.

But Leslie Seid Margolis, an attorney at the Maryland Disability Law Center, which has been locked in the protracted legal battle with the city, said she hoped the order would speed the school system's evaluation of special education students and address

their needs.

Grounded gas barge is freed in Chesapeake


POOLES ISLAND -- A barge carrying 26,000 barrels of gasoline that had run aground Friday in the Chesapeake Bay was freed yesterday when 2,000 barrels of its cargo were loaded onto another barge, according to the Coast Guard.

Officials said no gasoline was spilled before or during the operation near Pooles Island. Pollution containment booms were placed around the grounded barge and other vessels were restricted from passing within 1,000 yards.

The Coast Guard allowed both vessels to proceed to Philadelphia shortly after 10 a.m. The barge that ran aground will be inspected for damage once it reaches port, officials said.

The barge, owned by Allied Towing Co. of Norfolk, Va., had just left Yorktown, Va., when the grounding occurred, officials said.

They said all navigational equipment aboard the barge was found to be in working order.

Nudist camp offers weekend for military


CROWNSVILLE -- Pinetree Associates, a nudist camp, is extending the nation's men and women in uniform a special invitation this weekend -- if they're willing to take that uniform off.

The camp's second "Armed Forces Recognition Weekend" began yesterday.

Naval Academy midshipmen were also invited if they are at least 21 years old and come as mixed couples, a spokesman for the camp said.

"It is time to offer our military personnel and their families the fTC opportunity to experience nude recreation," said Keith Miller, a Pinetree member and vice president of the Eastern Sunbathing Association, a group of nudist clubs.

The three-day event is part of a nationwide movement by nudist clubs to honor military personnel and their families that began last year after Operation Desert Storm, said William Pacer, a Pinetree spokesman.

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