Metro to Add 950 Bus Maps at Stops

The Metro board has approved plans to install 950 large, detailed bus maps in shelters and subway station mezzanines in the District and suburbs in Northern Virginia and Maryland.

Metro officials said the 330 maps that the Downtown D.C. Business Improvement District and District Department of Transportation recently installed in city bus shelters were such a hit that the service has been expanded.

The maps show routes serving each stop, schedule information, transfer points and a chart of popular destinations. Metro officials said the maps also will include a subregional bus system map, a bus service directory and a stop location map.

Board member Chris Zimmerman (D) said the maps help take the mystery out of bus service and encourage ridership. Metro budgeted $800,000 for the project.

Meanwhile, in preparation for the opening of the New York Avenue-Florida Avenue-Gallaudet U subway station, Metro plans to close part of the Red Line three times this fall.

The Rhode Island Avenue and Brookland-CUA stations will be closed over the Labor Day weekend. Red Line service will operate between Shady Grove and Union Station and between Glenmont and Fort Totten, officials said.

During that weekend, Metro will run free shuttle buses between Union Station and Fort Totten, with stops at the Rhode Island Avenue and Brookland-CUA stations. The transit agency is encouraging riders to use the Green Line.

Possible Drowning in Potomac

Rescue crews searched without success last night for a man who might have drowned in the Potomac River in Montgomery County, authorities said. The search was expected to resume today.

Pete A. Piringer, spokesman for the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service, said the man and his brother were crossing the river on foot about 7:30 p.m. in the Cabin John area near the Old Anglers Inn when he disappeared underwater. Neither man knew how to swim.

Piringer said three other family members on shore started yelling for help in Spanish. A group of hikers heard the shouting and one hiker used his cell phone to call 911, Piringer said.

Swift-water rescue crews from Montgomery and Fairfax counties and a U.S. Park Police helicopter scoured the area for about 90 minutes before suspending the search for the evening, Piringer said.


Man Stabbed During Dispute With Friend

A 24-year-old man was stabbed and critically wounded yesterday in Northwest Washington during a dispute with a friend, D.C. police said. The victim and the other man appeared to have been drinking, police said.

The incident began shortly before 6 p.m., when a group of people who had attended an outdoor party gathered in the 1600 block of Shepherd Street NW, D.C. Police Inspector Diane Groomes said. One man punched his friend, and the two ran to 17th Street NW.

Minutes later, the man who had thrown a punch returned to Shepherd Street with a nine-inch gash in his chest, Groomes said. The victim was undergoing surgery last night at Washington Hospital Center.

Police were searching for the assailant, who is in his mid-twenties, Groomes said.


Driver Killed, 2 Hurt in Route 5 Collision

A Mechanicsville man driving on the wrong side of Route 5 early yesterday was killed in a head-on collision that injured two others, police said.

Dale Jerome Moore Sr. was traveling north in a southbound lane just north of Old Lockes Hill Road when he struck another vehicle about 1:45 a.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

The driver of the other car, Alvin Leroy Tippett Jr., and his passenger, Sean Andrew Caywood, both of Mechanicsville, were flown to Prince George's Hospital Center and were expected to survive, police said.

The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office is investigating.

Farmers Anticipate Bountiful Harvest

The consensus among state and federal agriculture officials is that this year has been a near-perfect growing season for farming.

Farmers and agriculture officials are crediting adequate rainfall, moderate temperatures and a weakened Hurricane Charley for the ideal conditions that should provide an economic boost to the various regions dependent on crops.

"Things really look good this year," state Agriculture Secretary Lewis R. Riley said.

The state expects a corn crop of 62 million bushels, up 24 percent from last year. Fresh peaches are expected to total 8.8 million pounds, up 4 percent, from 8.5 million pounds last year.

Not all crops, however, have fared well.

Apples, grown primarily in northern Frederick and Washington counties, have been hit by insects and diseases.

Good fortune on the farms will not necessarily translate into lower costs at the checkout counters. Other factors, such as reductions in the size of cattle herds, are keeping prices up, U.S. Department of Agriculture chief economist Keith Collins said.

"There could be some small drop in the price of pork, milk and other dairy products, but it is not something that people are going to notice," he said.

Lower Shore Goose-Hunt Plan Submitted

Lower Shore residents who want to hunt wildfowl inside municipal limits have sought special permission from Pocomoke City officials to shoot Canada geese that have populated the grounds at the city's YMCA.

Gary White, director of the YMCA facility, has submitted a safety plan for shooting the geese, Pocomoke City police Lt. Michael Switalski said.

In pushing his plan, White cites the number of children who play at the YMCA who must contend with the birds' waste.


Man's Body Found on Route 50

A man's body was found early yesterday in the middle of Route 50 near the Glebe Road overpass in Arlington County.

Detective John Ritter said officers responded to a call from a motorist who spotted the body.

Ritter said the death is under investigation.

"Some species are still on the list because we only have so many people on staff."

-- Fish and Wildlife Service spokesman Cindy Hoffman, on why some species that are "possibly extinct" are still on the endangered list. -- Page B1

Compiled from reports by staff writers Allan Lengel and Eric M. Weiss and the Associated Press.