From Jeanne, a Soaking Swath

Hurricane Remnants Cause a Death, Flooding

The remnants of Hurricane Jeanne punched through the region, wringing out a soaking rain that caused widespread flooding and road closures.

The storm caused one death in southwestern Virginia, flooded roads and basements across the Washington region and made the evening rush hour a mess. Thousands lost power.

Teen Traffic Deaths Bring Crackdown

Montgomery Seeks Stronger Enforcement, Laws

Stunned by the deaths of five young people in three car crashes over the weekend, Montgomery County officials said they will step up enforcement against reckless driving and push for laws aimed at keeping teenage drivers safe.

The crashes, all involving excessive speed and one involving racing, killed five young people and seriously injured four others, county police said. The victims were 16 to 19 years old.

Civil Rights Probe Launched in Death

Black Teen Died in Fight at Arundel Party

The Justice Department has opened a civil rights investigation into the July death of a black teenager in a brawl at a party attended by current and former students from an Anne Arundel County high school, officials said.

The county chapter of the NAACP and U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) called in August for federal authorities to investigate the death of Jamahl Jones, 17, citing what the NAACP called "racial overtones" to the brawl.

Teacher Reassigned Over Math Exam

Word Problems Referred to Drugs, Weapons

A 10th-grade geometry teacher at Oxon Hill High School has been reassigned after he gave students an exam that used references to drugs and weapons in word problems.

The teacher, whose name was not disclosed by the Prince George's County school system, has been given an office job that does not involve contact with students while officials investigate the incident.

In a letter sent home with students, Principal Ronald Curtis explained that the teacher "inadvertently" distributed an "e-mail 'joke' math examination."

State Faces Penalty Over Caseworkers

Agency Fell Short of Assembly's Hiring Goal

Maryland's Department of Human Resources is facing a $1.5 million penalty for failing to hire enough child welfare caseworkers by a deadline mandated by the General Assembly.

The agency's secretary, Christopher J. McCabe, acknowledged in an interview that his department would fall short of a target of 1,880 workers and supervisors but expressed hope that the legislature would provide some leniency.

Across the Region

Spam and Lacrosse; Failed Concrete on Bridge

* New laws aimed at prosecuting big-time Internet spammers, helping small businesses and elevating lacrosse to the status of "state team sport" became effective Friday in Maryland.

* Maryland officials said they are baffled about why a special type of concrete used on other bridge projects failed on a recently repaved section of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, a problem that could cost $7 million to fix and promises to delay traffic for months.

* The vice chairman of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission resigned after Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan (D) threatened to oust him if he did not step down.

* George Mason University canceled a scheduled speaking engagement by "Fahrenheit 9/11" filmmaker Michael Moore after two conservative Virginia legislators and others complained that public money should not support an overtly political event. Moore was to have received about $35,000 for his Oct. 28 speech at the university's Patriot Center. Moore said he plans to show up and speak anyway.

Reconciliation: Sarah Ann King, left, and Monette Tapa take part in a slavery reconciliation march in Annapolis.