An Unusual Holiday Coat

Overnight Storm Dusts Area More than three inches of snow fell on upper Montgomery County and other parts of Washington's Maryland suburbs, with lesser amounts closer to the District, as residents awoke to a rare white Christmas.

A nighttime mix of sleet and rain became heavy flakes by Wednesday morning, turning the entire region gleefully white for just the second Christmas in 30 years.

Baltimore-Washington International was most significantly affected among the region's airports. BWI officials closed both runways for about two hours to allow crews to clear the tarmac of slush. About 12 flights were delayed, and seven were canceled.

Dachshund Put to Death

Dog's Death Follows Attack on Infant A black-and-brown dachshund that police said mauled and critically injured a St. Mary's County infant was killed by lethal injection Thursday. County officials said the mother of 6-week-old Andrew Tyler Myers wanted the family pet put to death after it chewed through the mesh of the infant's playpen, dragged the boy onto the floor and mauled his legs and feet and severely injured his head. Dachshund Rescue of North America had tried to persuade officials to let the animal live.

Keeping Up With the Koppels

Neighbors' Feud Lands in Court "Nightline" anchor Ted Koppel is headed to a Montgomery County court to resolve a nasty land dispute with his Potomac neighbors. In a lawsuit, Koppel contends that his neighbors have ignored an agreement to keep the size of their houses under 10,000 square feet.

But neighbors say Koppel is building a riverfront "McMansion" of his own on 16 acres of cattle pasture.

Howard's Social Services Crisis

New Center Caught Up in Dispute Not long ago, Howard County was a sleepy midpoint between Washington and Baltimore. Now it finds itself coping with problems endemic to both cities: homelessness, drug abuse, domestic violence. To deal with the changing social landscape, the Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center in Columbia, the only facility of its kind in Howard County, wants to expand with an enlarged homeless center, more hotline workers and a mobile crisis team.

But for more than 18 months, the center has been rebuffed in its attempts to find a new site. Many residents don't want the facility in their neighborhoods. County Council member David A. Rakes (D-East Columbia) said he worries that the dispute over Grassroots "makes it look like we're creeping toward elitism."

A Daughter's Heroism

Girl Is Burned Rescuing Her Mother From Fire Community members in Frederick are organizing efforts to help 7-year-old Ashley Dalal and her deaf mother, Kamini Dalal, both of whom were badly burned in a fire in their apartment Dec. 19.

By all accounts, Ashley saved her mother's life. After smelling smoke and seeing flames coming from her mother's bedroom, the girl rushed in to wake her. "She is probably the bravest kid I've ever seen," said Frederick police officer Jerry Morales, who responded to the emergency along with firefighters.

Kamini Dalal is in fair condition at Washington Hospital Center. With burns to 40 percent of her body, Ashley is in critical but stable condition at Boston Shriners Hospital, which specializes in treating young burn victims.

Frederick police collected Christmas toys for Ashley. Kamini Dalal's co-workers have set up a fund for the family to help with medical bills. And the PTA at Ashley's elementary school plans to collect donations at a coming dance.

Yule jog: With her children occupied with their Christmas toys, Carole Tomko Recka of Kensington goes for a run.