Metro to Run on Holiday Schedule Today

People planning to take Metro today are reminded by the transit agency not to expect typical weekday service.

Metrorail will operate on a Sunday schedule, which is 7 a.m. to midnight. Parking at all transit authority-operated lots will be free. Reduced fares will be in effect all day. Metrobus will operate on a Sunday schedule, but MetroAccess will follow weekday operation of 5:30 a.m. to midnight.


Police Sergeant Dies After Pursuing Dog

A 37-year-old D.C. police sergeant died yesterday after collapsing while chasing a dog in Georgetown, police said.

Sgt. John S. Ashley of the 2nd Police District was trying to help a woman who was trying to catch her dog about 5 p.m. in the 1600 block of 30th Street NW, police said. They said Ashley, who had been on routine patrol, ran a short way and fell unconscious.

Other officers were summoned and began CPR. Rescue workers continued resuscitation efforts while taking the officer to George Washington University Hospital. He was pronounced dead there at 5:36 p.m.


Two-Car Crash in Montgomery Injures Five

Five people, including four who were 60 or older, were seriously injured yesterday in a two-car crash in Montgomery County, authorities said.

They said the collision occurred about 2:30 p.m. at Norbeck and Norwood roads in the Rockville area. Three were transported to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, and the other two were taken to Suburban Hospital.

Police Find Man Stabbed in Silver Spring

A man was seriously injured last night in a stabbing in Silver Spring, authorities said.

Police responding just after 7 p.m. to the Shell gas station in the 8500 block of Piney Branch Road found the man, who apparently had been stabbed in the stomach before entering the station. He was transported to a hospital, and a supervisor at the Montgomery County communications center described his wounds as life-threatening.

Police initially were told that two men were stabbed, but they could not find a second person, the supervisor said.

Power Outage Closes Park, Slowing Traffic

Sandy Point State Park near Annapolis opened three hours late yesterday because of an overnight power outage, snarling traffic along Route 50, park officials said.

The park shut down at 8 p.m. Saturday, about 25 minutes before the usual closing time, said Sgt. Fran Gower of the State Forest and Park Service. More than 100 people were evacuated, she said.

Gower said Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. determined that the problem was a 14-year-old underground power line and fixed it shortly before the park reopened at 9 a.m. yesterday, she said.

The park had been scheduled to open at 6 a.m., and traffic was slow along Route 50 as cars waited to enter the 786-acre park near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, a state Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman said.


Richmond Police Kill Driver in Traffic Stop

Richmond police fatally shot a motorist after the man dragged an officer a short distance while trying to drive away during a traffic stop Saturday night, authorities and witnesses said.

The shooting occurred Saturday night in the city's East End after officers pulled over the car, an older Buick. Witnesses said that the driver of the Buick stopped and that at least one officer approached the car. The Buick's driver then pulled away. The officer apparently tried to crawl into the car or was grabbed as it pulled away and was dragged for several feet, witnesses said.

State police found that the slain motorist had a gun, authorities said. State police also are investigating why officers made the traffic stop, Richmond Police Chief Andre Parker said.

Group Seeks to Prolong Oyster Experiment

The Virginia Seafood Council is working to extend a permit by nearly one year for an experiment involving 800,000 oysters.

Commercial oystermen are raising the oysters at 10 sites along the Chesapeake Bay and associated waterways.

The goal is to test whether the new oysters can replace the bay's native stocks, which have been devastated by disease. The new oysters, an Asian species named Crassostrea ariakensis, also grow faster. The council hopes to push the removal of the oysters from June 2004 to April 2005.

Remains of Civil War Soldiers Reburied

The remains of six Civil War soldiers, unearthed when Hurricane Isabel struck Virginia last year, were reburied yesterday at Yorktown National Cemetery.

The Union soldiers were re-interred during a ceremony that featured both Union and Confederate reenactors, who honored the dead with a 21-gun salute and a bugler playing taps.

Each of the caskets -- handmade by members of the 1st Texas Infantry, a local Confederate reenactment unit -- had a Confederate and a Union escort. Women dressed in 19th-century apparel placed flowers on each casket as it left the ceremony for the grave site.

"The heck with them. It's not here for looks and design and remarks about appearance. It's for remembrance, to remember what the guys went through, what everybody went through, during that time."

-- Sam Boorse, 52, a Vietnam veteran from East Liverpool, Ohio, referring to critics of the new National World War II Memorial. -- Page B1

Compiled from reports by staff writer Ylan Q. Mui, Martin Weil and Joshua Partlow and the Associated Press.