VIRGINIA

Loudoun Girl, 8, Drowns in Pool

An 8-year-old girl drowned yesterday while swimming in a pool in Sterling, Loudoun County authorities said.

The girl, whose name was not released pending notification of family members, was found unconscious in an in-ground pool in the 100 block of Tamarack Court shortly after 4 p.m. An adult performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation until rescue workers arrived, said Mary Maguire, spokeswoman for the Loudoun County Fire and Rescue Services.

The girl was transported to Loudoun Hospital Center and was pronounced dead a short time later. The death was being investigated by the Loudoun County Sheriff's office, which is routine for any sudden death in the county.

Tentative Accord in Steelworkers Strike

Striking steelworkers at Newport News Shipbuilding will vote tomorrow on a tentative agreement reached by the union and the company more than 16 weeks after the workers walked off the job in a contract dispute.

The two sides ended a week of almost nonstop negotiating with a tentative agreement about 4 a.m. Friday. The measure offers workers a pay raise averaging $3.10 an hour over the 58 months of the deal and boosts pension pay for 30-year veterans who retire at age 62 to $750 a month once the contract takes effect and to $900 on Jan. 1, 2002.

The union represents 9,200 workers at the shipyard.

Two People Injured in Fairfax Crash

Two people were admitted to Inova Fairfax Hospital yesterday afternoon after an accident involving three vehicles on Gallows Road near Route 50 in Fairfax County, police said.

Fairfax police and firefighters helped extricate the two, who were trapped in one of the vehicles after the 3:25 p.m. collision at an entrance to the Yorktown Square Shopping Center. Police did not release the names of the people involved in the accident, the cause of which was under investigation late yesterday.

Survey Finds Strong Dolphin Population

Scientists and volunteers who took part in the annual dolphin-counting day in the waters off Hampton Roads said the population seems at least as strong as ever.

The final tally won't be compiled for several weeks. More than 70 volunteers and seven boats took part over the weekend in the seventh annual bottlenose survey, gazing out from beachfront posts stretching from the North Carolina line to Little Creek Naval Amphibious Base on the Norfolk border.

Mark Swingle, curator of the Stranding Center at the Virginia Marine Science Museum, and counting partner Debbie Adcock saw 170 dolphins during a two-hour trip from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel to Rudee Inlet, and Swingle said the region still boasts one of the largest summer dolphin populations on the East Coast.

The survey began along Virginia beaches after huge numbers of dolphins began dying in 1987 and '88. Biologists knew little about them and decided to learn about their habits, migration patterns and relative numbers.

MARYLAND

Silver Spring Man Hurt in Boating Crash

A Silver Spring man was among at least five people injured in boating accidents across Maryland over the weekend, state officials said yesterday.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources said Antonio Carzalho, 31, of Silver Spring, was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore after his personal watercraft collided yesterday with a powerboat at Sandy Point Marina near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. His condition was not known.

Carzalho's boat collided with a 22-foot pleasure craft operated by Andrew Mark Robson, 35, of Westminster. None of the six people on board the boat was injured, said Susan O'Brien, a spokeswoman for the Department of Natural Resources. The accident was under investigation.

Trail Completed Around BWI

Baltimore-Washington International Airport has become the only commercial airport in the country with a trail winding around its perimeter, which community leaders say opens the area to recreation.

Part of the 12.5-mile trail opened in July 1994, and the final phase was completed in May. Most of the trail is asphalt, except for wooden boardwalks over wetlands and bridges over roads, so it attracts bikers, skaters, walkers and joggers.

"This is something that is welcomed by the community and is very well used," said Del. Mary Ann E. Love (D-Anne Arundel). "It's very neighborhood-friendly."

The trail is maintained by the Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks, the State Highway Administration and the BWI Neighbors Committee, made up of community organizations that deal with various airport issues.

State Ranked 43rd in Philanthropy

Maryland, the fifth-wealthiest state and a state once known for the works of philanthropists Enoch Pratt, Johns Hopkins and George Peabody, ranks 43rd among states this year on the Generosity Index--a national survey ranking states by income and charitable contributions. It was 44th the year before.

Maryland's richest taxpayers contribute proportionally less compared with the rest of the country. In 1997, those with more than $200,000 a year in adjusted gross income claimed an average charitable deduction of $16,455.

Nationally, in that income range, charitable deductions averaged $20,398.

The most notable exceptions to Maryland's giving gap are religious charities. The Archdiocese of Baltimore's capital campaign brought in $107 million last year, $27 million more than its goal.

Among Jewish charities last year, the Associated Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore had the seventh-largest share of private fund-raising in the country, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy's annual ranking.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"How can we as citizens have any faith in them? Are they covering up something? How can we as a community judge or gauge whether or not the panel is effective?"

-- Eugene Grant, of Seat Pleasant, speaking of the Prince George's County Citizen Complaint Oversight Panel, which has not issued its required annual report in more than three years.