Would-Be Voters Rush to Register

Statewide Total Up Almost 10 Percent From 2000

As the registration deadline approached, election officials throughout Maryland said residents were flooding in to sign up to vote in the November election. Statewide, the number of registered voters was approaching 3 million, up nearly 10 percent from the presidential election in 2000.

"Voter registration is historically very high prior to a presidential general election, but it appears to be even higher than in the past," said Donna Duncan, director of the election management division at the Maryland Board of Elections.

Pr. George's Mulls Slowing Development

Council Considers Cap on Permits to Build Homes

The Prince George's County Council is considering sharply limiting home building in the southern end of the county. The one-year cap on building permits would be part of an effort by the council to slow development while it decides on the right balance between construction and land preservation in the largely rural area.

Schaefer Suggests Registry for AIDS

Others Decry Idea as Counterproductive

Maryland Comptroller William Donald Schaefer (D) called people with AIDS "a danger" and said those suffering from the disease "brought it on themselves." The former governor, 82, suggested that the state should establish a public registry of Marylanders who have tested positive for HIV.

Health officials and AIDS activists denounced such a registry, saying it would discourage people from being tested and seeking care.

Metro, Redskins Fans at Odds

Service Cutback Coincides With End of Game

Just as Redskins fans left the game with the Baltimore Ravens at FedEx Field and entered the subway, Metro managers ordered service reduced to one train an hour. Some trains carrying fans home after the game idled for as long as an hour in L'Enfant Plaza Station.

The service decision came even though Metro officials had urged football fans to take the trains and despite the Redskins' payment of a large fee to keep the trains running after games.

St. Mary's Land Deal Under Scrutiny

Legislators Question Plan by Baltimore Contractor

A deal that would turn over state land in St. Mary's County set aside for conservation to the head of a Baltimore construction company will come under scrutiny before a legislative committee this week. Lawmakers voiced concerns about clearing the way for a tax break for a major political donor to both Republicans and Democrats.

The buyer, Willard Hackerman, president of Whiting-Turner Contracting Co., would donate the acreage needed for at least two St. Mary's schools and then sell the development rights for the rest of the land back to the state, allowing him to claim a federal tax deduction, according to state officials.

Across the Region

Bay Fees; Schools Resignation; Inverted Nature

* A poll paid for by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and conducted by a bipartisan research team found that a majority of those surveyed would support paying $50 a year in fees to help clean up the bay and its tributaries. Of the 1,215 registered voters polled in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and the District, 64 percent said they would support such a fee if it were dedicated to improving water qualify in the bay and local rivers and streams.

* Henry Lee, a dentist appointed to the Montgomery County Board of Education in July, resigned, saying he needed to spend more time with his family than the position allowed.

* Many of the male bass fish in the South Branch of the Potomac River in West Virginia are producing eggs, an inversion of nature that scientists say could be caused by pollution from poultry manure or from human hormones dumped in the river with processed sewage.

Cancer research ride: Lance Armstrong, right, here with fellow cyclist Robert Stuart, led a cross-country tour across Montgomery County and to an end on the Ellipse.