VIRGINIA

Sunday Liquor Sales Urged Buying liquor on Sundays? It could happen in Virginia.

A House committee has endorsed a bill that would allow state-operated Alcoholic Beverage Control stores to open on Sundays in some areas.

Del. David B. Albo (R-Fairfax) said he sponsored the bill to see if opening liquor stores in Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Northern Virginia on Sundays would be profitable. The House General Laws Committee voted 12 to 7 Thursday in support of the bill.

Proponents note that military stores in Hampton Roads are allowed to sell liquor on Sundays. According to lobbyists who favor the bill, 23 states permit liquor sales on Sundays.

1 Dead in Crash on I-64 One man was killed and two people were injured in the collision of a tractor-trailer rig and a pickup truck on Interstate 64 near Charlottesville, authorities said.

The accident, which occurred just before 2 p.m. Friday, tied up traffic over a seven-mile stretch of the highway for hours and allowed some of the 5,000 gallons of cream in the tractor-trailer to spill into the Rivanna River in Albemarle County.

Police said the truck driver, Lowell W. Deputy, 58, was killed when the rig hit a pickup that had pulled out in front of him.

The driver of the pickup was in critical condition, and the driver of another tractor-trailer that hit the overturned pickup was hospitalized after climbing from the wreckage, authorities said.

THE REGION

Architect Tapped for NCPC President Bush intends to appoint a Baltimore architectural design executive to fill a vacancy on the 12-member National Capital Planning Commission, the White House said.

Jose Luis Galvez III, senior vice president of Cochran, Stephenson & Donkervoet Inc., will be offered a six-year term that will expire Jan. 1, 2009, according to the White House. Galvez received a bachelor's degree in architecture from the University of Virginia.

Three members of the commission are appointed by the president and two by the District's mayor. At least one of the presidential appointees must be a resident of Maryland and one a resident of Virginia.

MARYLAND

Man Dies in House Fire A 23-year-old District Heights man was killed in a house fire yesterday morning that Prince George's County fire officials said was contained to his second-floor bedroom.

Firefighters who responded to the blaze in the 2200 block of Wintergreen Avenue about 9 a.m. found the man unconscious on his bedroom floor. He was taken to Washington Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead a short time later. The victim, who was not identified by authorities, was the only person home at the time of the fire, said Mike Brady, a fire department spokesman.

A firefighter was taken to Prince George's Hospital Center and treated for smoke inhalation, Brady said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but Brady said it did not appear to be suspicious. Firefighters extinguished the fire quickly, he said. The house was equipped with a smoke detector, but it did not have batteries installed, Brady said.

Gaithersburg Woman Stabbed Montgomery County police are searching for a man authorities say stabbed a 24-year-old Gaithersburg woman during a robbery last night.

The man approached the victim in a parking lot in the 10200 block of Wild Apple Circle in Gaithersburg about 8:45 p.m., police said. He demanded money, took the woman's purse and stabbed her before fleeing on foot. The woman was taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Trail Gets Emergency Phones Emergency telephones have been installed along parts of the Rock Creek Park hiker-biker trail.

The phones are on the trail between Lake Needwood and Aspen Hill Park. The Montgomery County Road Runners Club, the Montgomery Parks Foundation and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission teamed up to purchase and install the phones. The need for emergency communication became apparent when Sue Wen Stottmeister, 48, a mother of two, was murdered while jogging on the trail near her Aspen Hill home on Jan. 24, 2001.

"When they told us that NASA was moving [friends and relatives of the astronauts] to another building, that's when we knew."

-- Dorothy Brown, of Washington, Va., in Rappahannock County, the mother of Navy Capt. David M. Brown, a mission specialist who was aboard the space shuttle Columbia. -- Page C1

Compiled from reports by staff writers Monte Reel, Josh White and Clarence Williams and the Associated Press.