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Obituaries Abbey Lincoln, 80, was a jazz singer and actress who was one of the first entertainers to make civil rights and racial pride an overt cause. C6

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‘Gang violence’ A 17-year-old is charged with killing a 19-year-old last week in Adams Morgan. At a news conference with the mayor, the police chief says the shooting was gang-related. C10


Showed no indication of bizarre behavior

By Dan Morse The Montgomery County man

accused of spraying semen from a bottle onto five female shoppers holds an undergraduate degree in criminal justice, worked as an armed guard at a government in- stallation, trained as a body build- er and, until recently, was known for his gentle manners. Michael W. Edwards, 28, gradu-

MARVIN JOSEPH/THE WASHINGTON POST “This is a whole changing of the guard,” says Tovel Young of Bowie, with children Tovel II and Sydney and wife Valerie. County at the crossroads by Miranda S. Spivack

ing under a new superintendent, remain stuck near the bottom. The crime rate, at a 34-year low, is still one of the region’s highest. New jobs are scarce, unemploy- ment is high and many residents leave the county to work and to shop.


But many believe there is rea- son for optimism. The coming ex- pansion at Andrews Air Force Base is expected to generate much-needed employment, as well as spinoff tech companies. Census data point to increasing affluence and more well-edu- cated residents. National Harbor, a new village and tourist destina- tion on the Potomac, has become a source of pride. And despite a difficult budget season, the coun- ty held firm to its prized AAA bond rating, a vote of confidence from Wall Street. With the Sept. 14 primary less than a month away, residents in Prince George’s will choose among five candidates for a new county executive, 45 contenders for nine County Council spots, and 37 rivals vying for the nine- member school board, as well as a new sheriff and a new top pros- ecutor.

But some residents say more is

at stake. Voters find themselves at a crossroads as they decide the di- rection for a diverse and sprawl-

rince George’s County’s 13,000 foreclosure fil- ings were the most in Maryland last year. The public schools, stabiliz-

Pr. George’s residents see challenges and opportunity in election choices

Surveying the crowded races

leaves prospective voters such as the Youngs, self-described “politi- cal junkies,” in a confusing haze. “This is a whole changing of the guard,” said Tovel, a software engineer who commutes to his job in Anne Arundel County, as he traded toys with 3-year-old Tovel II and kept an eye on 10-month- old Sydney. The Youngs — Valerie grew up


Eddy and Linda Campbell, right, want more marketing for county assets. Crime concerns Krista Schlyer, left. Karren Pope-Onwukwe, middle, detects a growing sense of engagement.

ing county of nearly 900,000 resi- dents who seek the fulfillment of the long-standing promise of a comfortable suburban lifestyle. “I don’t know if people realize how critical this election is to our county. The economic conditions, growth, schools — for all of that, this is an important election,” said Ray Fenster, an automobile industry consultant who has lived in Bowie since the early 1990s. “The county has so much potential.” Karren Pope-Onwukwe, a

Hyattsville lawyer and member of the Democratic National Com- mittee, officially neutral in the political contests, said she detects a growing sense of engagement on local issues. “More people real- ize that ‘This is where I live. It really matters what happens here,’ ” she said. “It’s not always about things you can see.” Fenster, 60, is one of thousands

of undecided voters — and one of several The Washington Post will follow in the next few weeks — linked by their worries and hopes in this primary, which in predom- inantly Democratic Prince George’s is tantamount to the general election. Others The Post will track are Bowie residents To- vel and Valerie Young, both 36, who worry about a lack of rigor in some public schools; June Martin of Laurel, a baby boomer and for- mer substitute school teacher concerned about safety in the classrooms and teen pregnancy; Krista Schlyer, 39, a Mount Rai- nier photographer eager to ex- pand the arts and make the coun- ty greener to offset ill effects of foreclosures and crime; and James E. “Eddy” and Linda Campbell of Marlton, boomers hoping to boost the county’s economy and image to attract in- vestment and jobs.

in Temple Hills, Tovel near Deale in Anne Arundel — are among many residents who consciously settled in Prince George’s, eager to join a diverse community with many upwardly mobile people of color. But now, with two children, they wonder whether the com- munity will meet their needs. They ponder which candidates would help improve lagging schools and step up student per- formance, who will ensure their Bowie neighborhood gets the promised elementary school, and who could bring more jobs and broaden the tax base. And, although the Youngs feel safe in Fairwood, a community of large homes off Route 450, they worry that other parts of the county aren’t as immune to crime. They also think their taxes, though they are capped by law, are high in relation to the county services they receive. “The biggest issue is educa-

tion,” said Valerie, who graduated from Potomac High School in Ox- on Hill, earned a marketing de- gree at Morgan State in Baltimore

crossroads continued on C5 Gun rights suit has a back-story Six-packs set sail

Md. law is challenged by a man with a history of acting in self-defense

by Fredrick Kunkle On a snowy Christmas Eve a

few years ago, Raymond E. Wool- lard was watching television with his family when he heard some- one tapping at the windows of his Baltimore County farmhouse. It was not Santa.

At the sound of breaking glass,

Woollard dashed to his bedroom for a shotgun, and the holiday evening quickly became one of the most frightening nights of his life. There was a hand-to-hand

struggle for the weapon, but Woollard, with help from his

adult son, eventually subdued the 6-foot-2, 155-pound intruder at gunpoint. Then they waited for more than an hour for police to find their way, on icy back roads, to the home, about 25 miles south of the Pennsylvania border. That night made Woollard a crime victim for the first time in his life and also one of a select few Maryland residents to receive a li- cense to carry a concealed hand- gun. But to Woollard’s surprise, Maryland State Police denied his request last year to renew the per- mit, saying they thought the dan- ger to his life had passed. The agency said it was “because

I hadn’t been attacked” again, Woollard said in an interview. “They said, ‘If you have any prob- lems, you let us know.’ ” Instead, Woollard filed a feder-

al lawsuit July 29 to get his permit back, becoming the first person to

challenge Maryland’s gun control laws in the wake of two landmark Supreme Court decisions that have recalibrated the battle over gun rights and opened the doors to such challenges nationwide. The first, District of Columbia v. Heller, recognized individuals’ Second Amendment right to own firearms and struck down the fed- eral city’s 32-year-old ban on handguns; the second, McDonald v. Chicago, held that the right also applies to other state and local governments. Woollard, 62, of the Hampstead area, contends that the right to bear a firearm for self-defense is so paramount that a state agency should not be able to arbitrarily deny it. “It’s up to me. Do you have to show a reason to have a driver’s li-

gun continued on C3

ated in 2006 from the University of Maryland College Park, accord- ing to the registrar’s office. He worked for a security firm and had a longtime girlfriend. “He’s never had any issues,” his

mother, Diane Edwards, said in an interview. “He grew up in the church.”

But authorities said that Ed- C K DC MD VA S


Disloyal and immoral? The beginnings of making the District the nation’s capital weren’t so pretty. Who would have thought a severe shortage of hotels would’ve been enough to fuel a “move the capital” crusade? D.C. haters have popped up since then, Answer Man says. C3

Man accused of spraying semen led a normal life

wards is implicated in the latest three cases because of video re- cordings on his cellphone. Those videos, apparently taken by Edwards, show him spraying semen on the backs of three wom- en inside the Giant supermarket on Muddy Branch Road in Gai- thersburg in early July, according to Gaithersburg Detective Patrick Word’s signed affidavit filed in court. Detectives think that Edwards used a small bottle similar to those used to hold portable hand sanitizer. They say he confessed to the incidents, four at the Giant and one at a Michaels crafts store in the Kentlands shopping center dating back to November, accord- ing to court records. Detectives have charged him with five counts of second-degree assault and say there might be additional victims. “We’re examining sources and sites to see if there was a sub- culture he was involved with,” Word said. He said he has found no evidence that the videos were posted online.

Edwards, who was being held spray continued on C3


A solid plan, dramatic action are needed to secure D.C. rights

next mayor is offering to go to jail for committing acts of civil disobedience to advance the cause of statehood for the District. D.C. Council Chairman Vince


Gray, who some observers say is leading Mayor Adrian Fenty in the race, hasn’t specified what law he’d break: Block traffic on Pennsylvania Avenue? Chain himself to the gates of the Capitol? He has said he wouldn’t do it alone, but only if a lot of other people joined him in making a mass statement against two centuries of disenfranchisement of District citizens. “A more effective approach would be not just me going to jail, but lots of other people there showing their commitment, their resolve,” Gray said in an

t hasn’t aroused a lot of attention, but the candidate who may well be the District’s

interview Wednesday, a week after he endorsed the tactic at a candidates’ forum in Ward 4. “I don’t think we’ve ever seen

large numbers of people consistently committed to achieving this kind of autonomy for the people of the District,” he said. Gray’s call to the barricades is

partly a campaign maneuver to show that he’s more passionate about the issue than Fenty, but I’m mostly with him on it anyway. Voting rights are the keystone in the arch of democracy. Nonviolent, nondestructive civil disobedience is justified on their behalf. No breaking windows, throwing stones or resisting arrest, but it’s okay to peaceably occupy a sidewalk, street or office.

Also, it’s clear that dramatic mccartney continued on C5

Empty beer and soda cans can be recycled more than one way. Into homemade sailboats, for example. The seventh annual 12 oz. Regatta was held in Annapolis on Saturday, a benefit for Annapolis Community Boating. Jordan Weimer, 4, created a boat named Sun. Here she gets help launching it from her mother, Denise, holding Samantha, 2.


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