In Saturday's Metro In Brief column, Alesia Slocumb-Bradford was incorrectly identified as the principal of Jefferson Junior High School in the District. She teaches math and computer science there. (Published 09/14/99)

MARYLAND

Eastern Shore Land Deal Completed

Maryland officials completed details yesterday of what they described as the state's largest land deal, an agreement that will protect 58,000 acres on the Eastern Shore from development in what Gov. Parris N. Glendening (D) called "a lasting gift to future generations."

Under the deal, the state immediately takes title to 29,000 acres.

Two private environmental groups, the Conservation Fund and the Richard King Mellon Foundation, purchased the other 29,000 acres.

That land will be forested in what officials said will be an environmentally sound fashion and then turned over to the state in several years.

The land had been owned by Chesapeake Forest Products. Chesapeake was selling the acreage to Hancock Timber Resource Group, which worked with the state and the environmental groups to complete the sale.

The land includes more than 11,000 acres of wetland as well as frontage on the Pocomoke, Nantickoke, Blackwater, Wicomico and Marshyhope rivers.

Baltimore Worker Fired Over Racist Fliers

A minister connected to the campaigns of two Baltimore mayoral candidates was fired from a city job after revelations that he made copies of racist literature supporting the contest's only white contender, Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke said.

The Rev. Daki Napata, who is black, was found making 3,000 copies of a flier purporting to be from a white supremacist group and supporting the candidacy of Martin O'Malley, who is white. O'Malley has denied any connection with the group.

Napata said he was making the copies to make people aware of the group, but many have questioned whether the fliers were an attempt to turn the city's black voters against O'Malley.

'Radioactive' Labels Bring Brief Evacuation

Four people were evacuated in Sandy Spring last night by Montgomery County authorities after a resident cleaning a shed found two sealed buckets marked "radioactive." The residents were allowed to return home when no signs of radiation were detected.

Fire Capt. Dan Gilman said authorities also shut down the southbound lanes of Georgia Avenue between Prince Philip Drive and Baltimore Road about 10:40 p.m. while they investigated. By midnight the road was open again.

VIRGINIA

Deer Panel Urges Use of Sharpshooters

A Fairfax County panel reviewing the county's deer-management plan has recommended the continued use of police sharpshooters at some parks to curb the growing deer population.

If approved by the Board of Supervisors, the recommendation would expand the deer-reduction program--which may include sharpshooters and use of contraceptives--from three to eight parks in the fall.

Despite opposition from animal rights activists, the Board of Supervisors approved a pilot program last year in which police marksmen patrolled three county parks for six nights. They killed 107 deer.

County officials have blamed deer overpopulation for causing car accidents and damaging plants and shrubbery.

THE DISTRICT

Jefferson Junior High Principal Honored

Alesia Slocumb-Bradford, the principal of Jefferson Junior High School, has won an Excellence in Teaching Award from the National Council of Negro Women Inc. and Shell Oil Co. because of her ability to motivate young people to learn.

Slocumb-Bradford, who has been principal at the Southwest Washington school for 12 years, was named the northeastern regional winner yesterday, one of eight awards given at a downtown luncheon to kick off today's Black Family Reunion Celebration at the Washington Monument.

Slocumb-Bradford is especially interested in encouraging students to get involved in math, computer science, science and engineering, fields that she says are underrepresented by African Americans. At Jefferson, she sponsors the Stock Market Club, the Robotics Team and the Computer Science Conference club.

Two Injured When Ambulance Hits Car

Two people were injured yesterday when an ambulance crashed into the side of a car while responding to an emergency call in Southeast Washington, officials said.

The ambulance was at the 3100 block of Ely Place SE when it hit the car about 4:50 p.m., a fire department official said.

The driver of the car was in stable condition at D.C. General Hospital, and the ambulance driver was treated at Washington Hospital Center and released, hospital officials said. No further details were available on the accident last night.

THE REGION

Metro Plans for 'Try Transit Week'

To kick off "Try Transit Week," a national promotion of mass transit, Metro is having a free Metrokids Transit Fair from noon to 4 p.m. tomorrow between Sixth and Seventh streets NW.

The event will feature a miniature train that children and adults can ride on city streets, bus and train displays, refreshments and a contest to name Metro's new mascot.

Metro will sponsor other free events through the week, including a "Mixing Bowl Go Transit" fair from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Mixing Bowl store in the Springfield Mall, where transit officials will offer alternatives to driving through Springfield's "Mixing Bowl" interchange reconstruction. Metro will provide free Metrobus shuttle service to the mall from the Franconia-Springfield Metro station, as well as discounted bus and rail passes.

On Wednesday, Metro General Manager Richard A. White will visit various Metro stations from 7 to 9 a.m. and randomly award free ride tickets to customers.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I've never seen anything make such an impact" on the criminal community.

--Richmond police Sgt. Steve Ownby, speaking of Project Exile, a potent law enforcement program that is sending run-of-the-mill Richmond street crimes to the federal courts, where sentences are long and most defendants don't make bail. --Page A1