Fairfax GOP Examines Voting Procedure

Some Allegedly Were Allowed to Cast Ballots Later

Fairfax County's Republican chairman said the GOP is investigating whether some voters who had checked in and received blue cards allowing them to vote were permitted to leave polling places Tuesday and return when lines were shorter.

Eric Lundberg said he is also concerned that a shortage of cards at some locations prompted poll workers to tear them in half, raising the possibility that someone could vote twice. Lundberg said a lawyer and former Electoral Board chairman would review how widespread the flexibility with blue cards was. He has not disputed any election results in Fairfax.

Kilgore Questioned in Suit Over Prying

Democrats Accuse Rivals of Eavesdropping

Virginia Attorney General Jerry W. Kilgore (R) was questioned in connection with a lawsuit filed by Democratic legislators regarding political eavesdropping by top officials in the state Republican Party.

Kilgore was questioned for nearly two hours. The lawsuit, scheduled to be heard in December, stems from eavesdropping by Republicans on two conference calls among Democrats as they planned strategy during a redistricting battle in March 2002. Kilgore's office reported the eavesdropping after his staff became aware of it.

Tony Hotel Planned for Prince William

Potomac Site Stirs Conservationists' Objections

Developers announced plans for a large hotel and conference center to be built on a bluff overlooking the Potomac River in Prince William County.

The $50 million project would be the county's first full-service hotel. The developer, KSI Services Inc. of Vienna, said plans call for a 272,000-square-foot facility with 234 hotel rooms; banquet and meeting halls; spa, fitness and recreation areas; and a golf course. Environmentalists fear that the site's unstable soil and hilly landscape would result in erosion and runoff.

Teen Injured by BB Gunfire in Loudoun

Halloween Incident Follows String of Shootings

Several people armed with BB guns on Halloween night fired into a crowd of teenagers in Loudoun County, injuring a 14-year-old girl.

The girl, who was hit between the nose and one eye and taken to an emergency room, was the latest victim in a series of BB shootings in Northern Virginia.

Police don't think the shooting is related to other recent shootings in Arlington County, Alexandria and Manassas. A pedestrian was shot in the leg, two businesses were damaged and dozens of car windows were shattered in separate incidents last week.

Sniper Case Begins Before High Court

Muhammad Defense Slams Anti-Terror Finding

Attorneys for convicted sniper John Allen Muhammad launched the first arguments against Virginia's anti-terrorism law before the state Supreme Court, saying it could not be used to sentence Muhammad to death because he was not the one who pulled the trigger.

The defense also argued that the evidence at trial last year was insufficient to convict Muhammad, 43, of two counts of capital murder. A ruling is expected in January.

Across the Region

Jet Fires on N.J. School; Baseball Thrown a Curve

* A D.C. Air National Guard fighter jet based at Andrews Air Force Base accidentally fired about two dozen rounds during a nighttime training mission, piercing the roof of a school in southern New Jersey on Wednesday. No one was injured in the incident, which is under military investigation.

* D.C. Council Chairman Linda W. Cropp said she will pursue building a baseball stadium adjacent to Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, breaking sharply from Mayor Anthony A. Williams's plan.

Red Line wreck: Workers began Friday to remove a Metro rail car that was smashed in a two-train accident Wednesday at Woodley Park.