D.C. mayor gets ousted from ballot for signatures

Sunday, July 28, 2002

WASHINGTON -- Mayor Anthony Williams is considering how he can get around a decision by the District of Columbia's elections board to deny him a spot on the Democratic primary ballot.

A spokeswoman for the mayor, Ann Walker Marchant, said she expected no decision Saturday on what Williams' next step would be in his effort to run for re-election. She said the mayor was meeting with advisers, but "there's no deadline" for making a decision.

Actions they were considering included taking Friday night's decision of the Board of Elections and Ethics to the D.C. Court of Appeals, running a write-in campaign to win the Democratic primary or running as an independent in the capital's general election in November.

Flames force evacuations in Oregon of 250 homes

THE DALLES, Ore. -- Gusty wind on Saturday stoked a 9,000-acre fire that threatened homes overlooking the Columbia River gorge, and more residents were urged to leave their homes.

A contingent of 125 Oregon National Guard troops arrived Saturday to join the 800 firefighters already at work protecting the city of about 12,000 residents on the Columbia River bluffs.

The blaze had grown by 3,000 acres during the night and was only 30 percent contained, fire officials said.

Residents of 20 more homes were urged to evacuate Saturday, bringing the total to close to 250, said Stan Hinatsu, spokesman at the fire command center.

Ship crashes into dock at Port of Baltimore

BALTIMORE -- A bulk cargo ship crashed into a dock in the Port of Baltimore, knocking over a 162-foot-high crane and forcing state officials to scramble to control a fuel spill, officials said Saturday.

The Maryland Port Administration crane, which will cost between $6 and $8 million to replace, was left a heap of twisted metal, said Jack Cahalan, a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation.

No injuries were reported.

The accident happened Friday night after the 653-foot ship had a failure in its propulsion system, Cahalan said.

--From wire reports

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