MARYLAND

Silver Spring Crash Kills Man

One man was killed and another was seriously injured in an accident early yesterday in Silver Spring, Montgomery County police said.

Police said neither the driver nor his passenger was wearing a seat belt. Both are from Philadelphia, and police are not releasing their names until their families are notified.

Police said the two were in a Nissan Altima that was southbound on Colesville Road when it went out of control about 3:50 a.m., crossed the northbound lanes and crashed into a metal pole at Spring Street and Colesville.

A 21-year-old passenger was killed. Police said the 24-year-old driver is at Washington Hospital Center with injuries that are not life-threatening.

Anne Arundel Airport to Open

Maryland's newest airfield, Tipton Airport in Odenton, will open today with a ceremonial first flight by Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens (D).

Maryland Sens. Paul S. Sarbanes (D) and Barbara A. Mikulski (D) and Reps. Steny H. Hoyer (D) and Benjamin L. Cardin (D) are expected attend the 11:30 a.m. ceremony.

Tipton Airport, near Route 32 on the grounds of Fort George G. Meade, is a former Army airfield that has been taken over by the county and opened to general aviation traffic. Airport manager Mike Wassell, the former deputy manager at Reagan National Airport, said the airport will begin renting storage space and providing fueling facilities next month.

Explosive Devices Found in Maryland

Authorities are investigating two incidents involving possible explosive devices in Maryland this weekend--a homemade explosive device found on a street in Waldorf and a suspected explosive device found at a McDonald's restaurant in Westminster.

In Westminster, technicians "interrupted" the device, found in the men's restroom of the restaurant about 2:30 p.m. Saturday, by firing an explosive charge into it, said Deputy Chief State Fire Marshal Bob Thomas. A toilet was destroyed in the process.

In Waldorf, a man walking his dog found a homemade explosive device on the road and called 911. The device had been placed under a car that had since been driven away, Thomas said.

Authorities were trying find out who owned the car in order to determine whether the person was targeted or whether it was a random act.

Salisbury State Gains Recognition

Officials at Salisbury State University say a 20-year effort to attract better students is paying off, after three national magazines ranked the school among the nation's best regional universities.

Salisbury State is heavily involved in projects in the surrounding community through public-private partnerships. The university helped to establish three small-business development centers that provide financial support, counseling and training for more than 600 businesses a year, and its Project Management Group provides consulting services and market research for dozens of companies, nonprofit groups and government agencies.

VIRGINIA

Car Kills Alexandria Pedestrian

An 85-year-old Alexandria man was struck by a vehicle and killed Saturday morning as he crossed the 5300 block of Holmes Run Parkway, Alexandria police said. They said they believe the victim was trying to get to Holmes Run Park.

Yee Moon Ro, who lived in the 300 block of North Ripley Street, was hit about 10 a.m. and was taken by helicopter to Washington Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead at 4:55 p.m.

No charges have been filed in the case, pending the completion of the investigation, police said. This is the second fatal traffic accident in Alexandria this year.

Ship Catches Fire Off Va. Coast

A container ship carrying bulk rubber was under tow last night to a Virginia International Terminals pier after catching fire off the Virginia coast, the Coast Guard said. No one was injured.

The 600-foot container ship Hoegh Duke reported the fire about 11:30 a.m. yesterday while it was near the entrance to the Chesapeake Bay, about 18 miles offshore. The ship's 31 crew members were fighting the blaze, which began in one cargo hold and spread to another.

Coast Guard vessels were called to the scene to help fight the fire, said Lt. Roland Davis, of the Coast Guard.

U-Va. Plans Internet Conference

Nearly three dozen University of Virginia graduates who hit it big with Internet companies will return to their alma mater Nov. 12 and 13 to talk about their industry. The 33 Internet industry pioneers and executives participating in e-summitvirginia, which is free and open to the public, will debate the implications of Internet technology and the rights and responsibilities of business leaders, the government and private citizens.

"Part of the objective is to challenge Internet leaders with tough questions about where this is going to take us," said Edward A. Snyder, dean of the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration. "This is not just a get-together to talk about and celebrate the alumni successes."

Participants include Timothy A. Koogle, chief executive officer at Yahoo!; U. Bertram Ellis Jr., chief executive officer of the interactive digital company iXL; Allison Abraham, chief operating officer for the Internet company iVillage; and Halsey M. Minor, chief executive officer of the Internet news company CNET.

Williamsburg Offers College Courses

Colonial Williamsburg will offer its employees an opportunity to earn a free two-year college degree in a program being set up by Thomas Nelson Community College.

Hundreds of employees are expected to participate as community college instructors hold classes at Bruton Heights School Education Center on Colonial Williamsburg property, said Rick Nahm, acting president of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

"This new partnership will provide access to education opportunities for professional development, eligibility for more rewarding Colonial Williamsburg positions and perhaps, most importantly, personal enrichment," Nahm said.

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