THE REGION

Adams-Morgan to Join Metro Signs

Adams-Morgan will be added to the name of the Woodley Park-Zoo station on Metro's Red Line to encourage visitors to use transit when traveling to the crowded neighborhood of restaurants, bars and clubs.

The Metrorail station, located on Connecticut Avenue in Woodley Park, is less than half a mile from the main Adams-Morgan intersection of 18th Street NW and Columbia Road. Metro has already approved establishment of a shuttle bus to run across the Duke Ellington Bridge and through Adams-Morgan between the Woodley Park-Zoo station and the U Street-Cardozo stop on the Green Line on evenings and during the day on Saturday.

The name change, approved by the Metro board yesterday, will cost an estimated $100,000, mainly for new signs inside the station.

Energy Dept. Program to Aid 9 Schools

U.S. Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson appeared with D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D) in a ceremony at Wilson High School in Northwest Washington yesterday to launch a partnership program between the Department of Energy and 28 schools nationwide.

The schools, including nine in the Washington area, will receive donated books and equipment and volunteer staff from nearby Energy Department field offices. Teachers will be invited to Energy Department laboratories or offices to enhance their knowledge of science and technology.

Local participating schools are: Amidon Elementary, Anacostia High, Washington Math and Science Technology Public Charter and Wilson High in the District; Francis Scott Key Elementary in Arlington; Luther Jackson Middle in Fairfax County; Clopper Mill Elementary and Seneca Valley High in Germantown; and Green Valley Elementary in Frederick County.

THE DISTRICT

Hsing-Hsing Takes Favorable Turn

Hsing-Hsing, the National Zoo's ailing giant panda, has improved markedly in the past week, zoo spokesman Robert Hoage said yesterday.

Hsing-Hsing has been up and about more often and has returned to his normal diet, including fruit, gruel and bamboo shoots. Hoage said. He had been eating only bamboo shoots.

Kidney failure was diagnosed in the 28-year-old panda last month after his keepers became concerned over his lethargic behavior and lack of appetite. He has been treated with antibiotics, anti-nausea medication and intravenous fluids. Zoo officials say it is likely his final illness but cannot predict how long he will live.

Residents Finish Computer Skills Program

Sixty-four District residents, including many who are on welfare or work at low-wage jobs, graduated this week from a unique computer skills program based at Edgewood Terrace, a mixed-income housing development in Northeast Washington.

During a ceremony at Catholic University, the graduates, in caps and gowns, received certificates and heard a commencement address by Marie C. Johns, president of Bell Atlantic. Most of the graduates already have landed jobs in which they will be able to put their new skills to work, according to the Community Preservation and Development Corp., which created the program.

VIRGINIA

Pr. William Candidate to Ask for Recount

One of the losers of a Republican primary in Prince William County said yesterday she will ask for a recount of Tuesday's voting because of questions that have arisen about the balloting.

Martha W. Hendley got 1,212 votes, according to the official tally, losing by 11 votes to incumbent Supervisor Edgar S. "Ed" Wilbourn III, with 1,223 votes, in the Gainesville District. A third candidate, Manassas lawyer Kevin P. Childers, received 495 votes.

Election officials certified the results of the contest yesterday, but not before giving both Hendley and Wilbourn one extra vote missed in earlier tallies. Officials know that in at least four cases, absentee ballots were not read properly by a new vote-counting machine, but they said a recount must be ordered by a judge before the equipment or the ballots can be furthered checked for accuracy.

Hendley said she does not expect a recount to change the primary's outcome but said there are enough questions to warrant one.

Dulles Corridor Chosen for Bus Project

The 22-mile Dulles International Airport corridor in Fairfax and Loudoun counties has been designated one of 10 national sites for a federal demonstration program on bus transit.

Virginia officials hailed the bus project as a possible precursor to a light-rail network from the inner suburbs to the airport.

With bus stations in eastern Loudoun County, at the airport, Reston-Herndon, Tysons Corner and the West Falls Church Metrorail station, the system "will offer service that is similar to the speed, reliability and efficiency of a rail system," said J. Kenneth Klinge, a Northern Virginian who advises Gov. James S. Gilmore III (R) on transportation policy.

The priority designation brings no money, but it does put Virginia in a better position to receive funding from Congress next year. The federal government authorized $86 million for the project in 1998. The bus rapid transit system will cost $250 million.

MARYLAND

Poolesville Seeks to Conserve Water

Dry weather has prompted the Town of Poolesville in western Montgomery County to ask residents to cut back on water use, a voluntary measure that if unsuccessful could lead to mandatory water restrictions.

About 1,600 town residents received letters from the Poolesville Town Hall yesterday asking them not to wash cars, water lawns or otherwise use water for nonessential tasks. Town leaders worry that the eight wells most town residents rely on for water are being overtaxed during the hot weather.

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

"To tell you that I was shocked is an understatement. It sends the wrong signal, not only to the children, who must depend on us to protect them and nurture them, but to the adults. I want them to know it's not only intolerable but inexcusable."

-- D.C. School Superintendent Arlene Ackerman, on the actions of two high school administrators who praised a teacher who had a sexual affair with a 16-year-old student.