THE REGION

Miles to Go for a Turkey Dinner

Some 600,000 Washington area residents are expected to drive 50 miles or more for Thanksgiving away from home, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic. AAA said more than 37 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home this holiday, and 80 percent will be driving.

AAA also said motorists should be on the lookout for better gas deals when they get out of the immediate area. In Washington, a gallon of regular gas is up to $2. Last year, a gallon cost $1.62. In Maryland, the average price for a gallon of regular is $1.96, while in Virginia, motorists are paying $1.87. Across the nation, gas prices have been falling slightly.

VIRGINIA

Loudoun Student Treated for TB

A student at Broad Run High School in Loudoun County contracted tuberculosis, but treatment has begun and the student is no longer contagious, the county health director said last night.

Staff members and other students at the school who might have been exposed -- fewer than 20 people -- are being tested, David Goodfriend said. Test results are not yet available, he said.

Goodfriend said the student, who was not identified, was found to have tuberculosis in October and "was contagious" for a brief period. He said the student's treatment has progressed far enough so that the disease cannot be transmitted to others, and the student is permitted to return to school.

Fairfax to Begin Sticker Enforcement

Fairfax County police, working with officers across Northern Virginia, are stepping up enforcement against owners of vehicles that are not displaying red decals next to their inspection stickers.

The deadline for displaying 2005 decals, which must be shown by vehicles parked or garaged in the county once owners have paid car taxes, was Nov. 15. Police said they will start issuing tickets Monday to vehicles without decals or with expired ones. Military personnel also must have them.

More information is available at Fairfax County central tax information at 703-222-8234.

Workers Spill Preservative in Potomac

A construction crew removing damaged dock pilings from the waterfront in Old Town Alexandria yesterday caused several gallons of the wood preservative creosote to be released into the Potomac River, resulting in a chemical slick, fire officials said.

Fire crews deployed absorbent booms into the water near King Street to clean up the carcinogenic chemical, which had created a thin sheen over more than 1,300 square feet of the river's surface.

Students Hear Latino Dreams

More than 400 Hispanic students from Arlington middle and high schools spent yesterday at George Mason University's Arlington campus for the district's 12th annual Latino Youth Conference.

The theme this year was "My Dream as a Latino." Among the speakers were Abigail Castro de Perez, representative of El Salvador to the Organization of American States; Pablo Montenegro, first secretary to the Bolivian Embassy; and Guatemala native Brian Marroquin, an alumnus of Arlington public schools, who told the students about how he filed a lawsuit for the right to pay in-state tuition at Virginia Tech. "It wasn't till I was told that I couldn't go to college that I really wanted it," he said.

THE DISTRICT

City Throwing an Adoption Celebration

D.C. Superior Court will host its annual adoption day this morning to celebrate hundreds of adoptions over the past year.

Dozens of this year's more than 400 adoptions will be made final during the festive ceremony at the courthouse at 500 Indiana Ave. NW.

The event begins at 10 a.m. and is open to the public. Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D) is scheduled to attend.

President Nominates Two to Bench

President Bush has nominated a D.C. Superior Court judge for a seat on the D.C. Court of Appeals and has nominated a federal prosecutor for a seat on the Superior Court bench.

Judge Noel A. Kramer was one of the three candidates recommended by the D.C. Judicial Nominating Commission for the appeals court seat. Kramer, 58, is a former federal prosecutor who has been a judge since 1984. She heads Superior Court's criminal division. If confirmed by the Senate, she would take the appeals court seat vacated by John M. Steadman, who recently retired.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer M. Anderson was one of the three candidates recommended by the nominating commission for the Superior Court opening created by the retirement of Judge Steffen W. Graae. Anderson, 45, is a deputy chief of the homicide section at the U.S. attorney's office. Her nomination requires Senate confirmation.

MARYLAND

State Workers Fight Change in Benefits

Maryland's largest state employees union filed a complaint yesterday with the State Labor Relations Board alleging that the administration of Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) violated collective bargaining laws by failing to negotiate coming changes in employee health benefits.

"Not only has the Ehrlich administration blatantly ignored the collective bargaining law, they have also sent a message that state employees and retirees are not a priority in his administration," said Ron Bailey, executive director of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 92.

The changes, which would increase co-payments for doctor visits, could affect as many as 100,000 state employees and 100,000 of their dependents, according to AFSCME. The complaint alleges that the administration demanded a news embargo as a condition of negotiations.

"We continue to try to work with AFSCME and other exclusive-bargaining representatives, but unfortunately we have found AFSCME less than cooperative because they won't agree to the same ground rules they've agreed to in the past," said Ehrlich's budget secretary, Chip DiPaula Jr.

"While I do not condone Mr. McDonald's act and feel he should receive his just sentence, I have come to accept this as a chapter of my life that has provided me with the potential for my personal healing and development."

-- Rape victim Anne Heck, addressing the Prince William court yesterday where her attacker was sentenced to two life sentences for the 1990 crime. -- Page B1

Compiled from reports by staff writers Henri E. Cauvin, John Wagner, Leef Smith, Martin Weil, Tara Bahrampour and Lisa Rein and the Associated Press.