Runaway Metro Train Injures 20

Accident Causes Red Line Delays

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash of an empty Metro train that barreled into an occupied train at the Woodley Park Station on Wednesday. The empty six-car train slid backward at 30 mph into a train carrying 70 passengers, stopping after its rear car climbed onto the roof of the occupied train. Twenty people suffered minor injuries. The accident created delays and crowding along the Red Line, Metro's most heavily traveled line. Investigators studying the crash are focusing on whether the operator hit the brakes in time to stop the train.

Deputy Marshal Charged With Murder

Traffic Dispute Resulted in Death of Navy Man

Arthur L. Lloyd, a deputy U.S. marshal accused of shooting and killing a Navy seaman after a traffic dispute in Montgomery County, was charged with first-degree murder. Lloyd, of Silver Spring, also was charged with reckless endangerment and using a handgun during a violent crime in the shooting of Ryan T. Stowers, 20. Witnesses said the two men pulled off Rockville Pike into the parking lot of the Mid-Pike Plaza, got out of their vehicles and had an argument and fistfight that escalated into a shooting.

Investment Banker Sentenced to Prison

Chapman to Serve Seven Years for Fraud

A federal judge sentenced Nathan A. Chapman Jr., an investment banker and former chairman of the state university system, to 71/2 years in prison for defrauding the state pension fund and other offenses. Chapman also was ordered to pay $5 million in restitution for crimes the judge said shook public trust in the retirement fund. A jury had found that Chapman used state pension money under his management to invest in his companies, losing millions when the companies' stock price fell in 2000.

Montgomery Sponsors Hotline for Grades

Call-In Coincides With First Report Cards

Montgomery County school officials are planning to run a three-day hotline Wednesday through Friday to answer questions about the county's new grading guidelines as report cards are sent home for the first grading period. The hotline, 301-279-3556, will be answered from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. On Friday, the hotline will be staffed by interpreters who speak Spanish, French, Vietnamese, Korean and Chinese.

Intercounty Connector Costs Rise

New Road Could Require Extra $400 Million

A proposed highway connecting Montgomery and Prince George's counties outside the Capital Beltway could cost $400 million more than projected earlier, state highway officials said. The price tag for the intercounty connector -- an 18-mile highway between Interstates 270 and 95 -- would be $2.1 billion to $2.4 billion, according to the officials. The higher projections are based on increased costs to reduce the road's environmental damage and improve nearby streams and wetlands.

Across the Region

Report Cards, Schools Audit and Elections Board

* Starting this month, report cards in Howard County will be printed on paper that bears a watermark resembling a globe to prevent potential cheating by tech-savvy students.

* The Prince George's County school board will review how contracts are awarded, including instances without competitive bidding, after an audit found flaws in the way the system monitored its finances and in response to questions about schools chief Andre J. Hornsby's relationship with some vendors.

* Maryland Elections Administrator Linda H. Lamone will keep her job under an agreement that settles claims between her and the State Board of Elections. The Republican-controlled board dismissed its effort to remove Lamone, a 1997 appointee of then-Gov. Parris N. Glendening, a Democrat, and Lamone dropped her court challenge of the effort.

Collision cleanup: Metro workers remove debris after a train wreck at the Red Line's Woodley Park Station.