THE REGION

Metro Board Member Resigns Seat John P. Davey has resigned his seat on the Metro board of directors, according to sources familiar with his decision. Davey, 50, has represented Prince George's County on the board since 1991.

A lawyer in private practice, Davey was a close ally of Gov. Parris N. Glendening (D) and was his chief administrative officer when Glendening was Prince George's county executive. No successor has been named, sources said. Davey did not return telephone messages seeking comment.

THE DISTRICT

Hearing on Water Meters Planned District lawmakers will hold a public hearing Feb. 5 about new residential water meters being installed throughout the city by the Water and Sewer Authority.

Council member Carol Schwartz (R-At Large), chairman of the Committee on Public Works and the Environment, announced yesterday that the meeting will be held at 10 a.m. at the Wilson administration building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. WASA officials said they have installed about 80,000 of 125,000 new meters. Some residents have complained that their water bills have been unusually high, but a WASA spokeswoman said that in most cases, the new meters are simply measuring water usage more accurately.

Those who wish to speak at the hearing should call Jim Slattery at 202-724-8105 or e-mail him at jim.slattery@dc.gov by Feb. 3.

Medicaid Expands Cancer Coverage

Uninsured women in the District who participate in a federal screening program and are found to have breast cancer, cervical cancer or a precancerous condition will be eligible for Medicaid under a new law designed to cover their treatment costs, city health officials said yesterday.

The expanded D.C. Medicaid eligibility will make it easier to obtain care for the estimated 15 District women a year whose tests come back positive after screening by the Project Wish program, officials said. The program performs 1,500 mammograms and 1,700 Pap smears each year.

In the past, such women would have had to seek treatment arranged through a variety of providers and funding programs, including charity care.

Twenty percent of the expansion's $750,000 to $1 million annual cost in the city will be covered by the District, and federal funds will cover the rest, officials said.

MARYLAND

Calvert School Chief to Retire Calvert County School Superintendent James R. Hook announced Thursday that he will retire in June.

Hook, 59, said he wants to spend more time with his family and new grandson. He has worked in the 16,700-student school district, which has nearly doubled in size since 1988, for 36 years.

Hook served as interim superintendent in 1993 and 1997. He was appointed permanently in 1998.

Robert L. Gray, president of the Board of Education, said the board intends to offer Deputy Superintendent J. Kenneth Horsmon the position of superintendent next month, after contract negotiations and approval from the state is complete. Horsmon said yesterday that he would accept.

VIRGINIA

State Gets $110 Million Reading Grant U.S. Secretary of Education Roderick R. Paige announced yesterday that Virginia will be the 21st state to receive grant money for reading education authorized by the No Child Left Behind Act.

The state will receive $110.4 million over six years -- $16.9 million this year alone -- for a program that aims to ensure that students can read at grade level by the third grade. A panel of reading experts reviewed Virginia's application before its approval to see if the state planned to fund reading initiatives based on scientifically proven methods, a goal of the No Child Left Behind legislation enacted last year.

Virginia Department of Education officials said much of the money will be distributed directly to schools with high poverty rates and low reading achievement.

Carbon Monoxide Victims Identified Fairfax County police have identified a mother and infant who apparently died of carbon monoxide poisoning this week in a house in the Rose Hill area.

The bodies of Anh Phuong Tran of Fredericksburg and her 8-month-old daughter, Amy Ho, were found at a house in 6400 block of Prospect Terrace about 2:30 p.m. Thursday, police said. They had been visiting friends who lived at the house.

Police said a faulty hot water heater and furnace produced the deadly gas.

3 Ships Leave Hampton Roads Early

Three amphibious ships capable of carrying more than 3,000 Marines left Hampton Roads yesterday with orders to deploy early in support of the war on terrorism -- and future "contingencies." Three other vessels received deployment orders later yesterday, but it was unclear when they will leave.

Also, an undisclosed number of the 4,000 soldiers of the Army's 7th Transportation Group have received deployment orders and will leave Hampton Roads soon, the Army said yesterday.

Man Hit Crossing Arlington Boulevard A 43-year-old Falls Church man was hit by a car and critically injured late Thursday while trying to cross Arlington Boulevard in the Seven Corners area, Fairfax County police said. That portion of Route 50 has been called one of the region's most hazardous crossings for pedestrians.

Police said the man was crossing against the light at Patrick Henry Drive when he was hit in a westbound through lane about 11:30 p.m. The motorist did not stop.

"The most important thing about my son is that my son was my friend. I can't go 10 seconds without thinking about him. I used to go into his room and just sit with him. We'd talk, or sometimes I'd just sit and read while he did his homework or practiced his guitar."

-- Irwin Chu, talking about his son, David, one of two Oakton High School students who died in a car wreck Sept. 3. A West Virginia man was sentenced yesterday for reckless driving. -- Page B1

Compiled from reports by staff writers Lyndsey Layton, David Nakamura, Avram Goldstein, Theola Labbe{acute}, Rosalind S. Helderman, Maria Glod, Clarence Williams and Martin Weil and the Associated Press.