VIRGINIA

Deliveryman Fatally Shot in Old Town

A pizza deliveryman was shot and killed last night in the Old Town section of Alexandria, authorities said.

A 47-year-old man, whom Alexandria police did not identify last night, had completed his delivery in the 200 block of North Fayette Street when he was approached by two men, one armed with a handgun, said Capt. John Crawford, a police spokesman. The man was shot in the chest, and the suspects fled in a black Honda.

The delivery man was flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital, where he died within the hour, Crawford said. It was unclear whether the 10 p.m. shooting was the result of a robbery gone bad, Crawford said.

About a half-hour later, a 35-year-old Alexandria woman called police and said she had been robbed at gunpoint by a man as she entered her home in the 800 block of South Lee Street.

Soon afterward, Fairfax County police spotted a black Honda traveling south on the George Washington Memorial Parkway from Alexandria and initiated a pursuit. The chase returned to Alexandria, where two men fled the car on foot near Jefferson and Church streets in the southern area of the city, Crawford said.

Police took the men into custody a short while later. No charges had been filed as of early today.

Va. Job Growth Outpaces National Rate

The Virginia Employment Commission says the number of jobs in the state increased 2.6 percent over the past year.

That's more than double the national rate of 1.1 percent.

Virginia added 91,300 non-farm jobs between July 2003 and July 2004. Only Nevada fared better during the same period, with a job growth rate of 4.4 percent.

Virginia's professional and business services sector had the most robust growth, 5.9 percent, while manufacturing jobs declined by 2.9 percent.

Employment increased in every region, ranging from 0.6 percent in Lynchburg to 4 percent in Charlottesville.

School Efficiency Audits to Expand

Cost-cutting reviews that Gov. Mark R. Warner (D) credits for finding $2.7 million in potential savings for three school districts in Virginia will be expanded to nine by next year, Warner said.

The efficiency audits, in place for a year in the New Kent County, Roanoke County and Richmond school divisions, identified the potential savings in human resources, facilities, transportation, technology management, finance and service delivery.

School systems to be added this fall are the counties of Stafford, Surry and Campbell and the city of Portsmouth, with Spotsylvania and Williamsburg-James City counties added next spring, Warner said.

The reviews are modeled after programs in Arizona and Texas. The Texas program has been credited for recommending $750 million in total net savings through 100 audits of public school districts since its 1991 inception.

Patient Simulators to Aid EMS Training

The state Department of Health is giving patient simulators to the state's emergency medical services training sites.

The state Emergency Medical Services office is distributing the SimMan patient simulators to 15 training sites statewide, including five in Northern Virginia. Each simulator costs $32,600.

The devices, which resemble the human body, are designed to test the clinical and decision-making skills of EMS technicians in cases of severe injury and illness. Trainees can practice monitoring heart rhythms, inserting tubes and placing needles in the body.

THE DISTRICT

3 Finalists Picked for Superior Court Post

The D.C. Judicial Nomination Commission has selected three finalists for an opening on the bench of D.C. Superior Court.

The names will be sent to the White House, where President Bush will decide which of the three to nominate to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Steffen W. Graae.

The finalists are Jennifer Anderson, 45, an assistant U.S. attorney in charge of homicide and major crime investigations for the 5th Police District; Heidi M. Pasichow, 49, a senior assistant U.S. attorney in the transnational crime section; and Daniel H. Squire, 50, who has been a partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr since 1991.

MARYLAND

Appeals Panel to Review Nader Decision

Maryland's Court of Appeals said yesterday that it would review a decision barring presidential candidate Ralph Nader from appearing on the November ballot.

Nader's campaign filed petitions Aug. 2 to create a Populist Party, but state and local election officials invalidated about one-third of the signatures. The rejection left Nader supporters 537 short of the 10,000 valid signatures needed to qualify a new party for the ballot.

The campaign appealed to Anne Arundel Circuit Court, where both sides agreed that Nader would qualify for the ballot if officials did not reject the signatures of registered voters who live in counties other that the counties listed on the petitions they signed.

Circuit Court Judge Philip T. Caroom sided with the state Tuesday, saying the Board of Elections had acted properly in rejecting those signatures. He noted that the Nader campaign filed its petitions on the day they were due, and wrote that "the difficulty created by plaintiffs for themselves through last-minute petition filings" does not constitute a violation of their rights.

The Court of Appeals said it would hear arguments in the case Monday.

Three Indicted in Woman's Slaying

Three people have been indicted in the slaying of a Montgomery County woman whose body was buried in Carroll County.

Susan Sachs, 38, of the Chevy Chase area, was indicted yesterday on a first-degree murder charge. She was a tenant of the victim, 71-year-old Joyce Hadl. Roger Greenberg, 62, of Potomac and David Kaufman, 37, of Taylorsville were indicted on one count each of being an accessory after the fact.

Police allege that Sachs killed Hadl in the victim's home and that Greenberg helped her clean up the crime scene and move the body.

Kaufman allegedly drove the body to his Carroll County home and buried it beneath a shed. Police say he was paid $250.

"It is very unlikely that any final decision is imminent."

-- Robert DuPuy, president of Major League Baseball, on the protracted process of deciding where to relocate the Montreal Expos. -- Page B1

Compiled from reports by staff writers Henri E. Cauvin and Eric Rich and the Associated Press.