Woman Victim of Apparent Homicide

A woman was found dead yesterday in a North Arlington house in what appeared to be a homicide, Arlington County police said. They said a man who was found at the house was being questioned.

The woman was found inside the home in the 3600 block of Vacation Lane in the Cherrydale area, police said. They said her name was being withheld until relatives could be notified. No information was provided about the cause of death.

Police said they thought that the victim and the man being questioned knew each other, but they did not identify the man and said no charges had been filed.

Two Men Killed in Fairfax Accidents

Two men were killed yesterday in separate accidents in Fairfax County.

In one accident, a man was run over by a garbage truck in the 8500 block of Old Dominion Drive in McLean at 4:04 p.m. He had walked behind the truck and the driver accidentally backed into him, a Fairfax police spokesman said. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Another accident occurred at 6:15 p.m. on Old Colchester Road in Fairfax about a half-mile south of Gunston Road. A man was driving south when his vehicle swerved across the oncoming lanes, drove off the roadway and struck a tree, a police spokesman said. The man died at the scene, police said. No other vehicles were involved, and police had not determined the cause of the crash.

Police did not release the names of either victim because their families had not been notified.

Chairman of Retirement Board Resigns

Alfonso I. Samper resigned yesterday from the Virginia Retirement System Board of Trustees, after a state commission found this week that he improperly gave a $263,000 severance package to the agency's former director.

Samper, who had been chairman of the board, submitted his resignation letter to Gov. Mark R. Warner (D) yesterday afternoon. Warner demanded Samper's resignation Tuesday night, after the board of trustees rescinded the severance package that Samper negotiated in December for W. Forrest Matthews Jr.

On Monday, the state's Joint Legislative and Review Commission called the package "excessive" and noted that it had not been authorized by the entire board. In his letter to Warner, Samper continued to maintain that he did nothing wrong. He said he resigned because he wanted to spare the board more embarrassment.

Matthews, who stepped down in April, has said he is unsure whether he will challenge the board's demand that the severance money be returned. The board voted Tuesday to offer him a $15,000 package.

Fort A.P. Hill Honored for Management

Fort A.P. Hill in Caroline County placed third in the Army's top overall base management competition. The contest was among more than 180 Army bases worldwide.

The 76,000-acre training facility, which won $750,000, will be honored at an Aug. 15 service at the Pentagon, said a release from the fort yesterday.

The Communities of Excellence award is given annually to recognize operational and management excellence.

Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield in Georgia shared first place and $2 million; second-place Fort Bragg, N.C., received $1 million.


Motorists' Insurance Law to Be Enforced

D.C. police said they will begin enforcing a new law today that requires motorists to carry proof of insurance. Violators will be issued citations that carry $300 fines, they said.

Officials said the law is meant to reduce the number of drivers in the District who do not carry insurance.

For the past month, police have issued warnings to motorists who do not have insurance documentation when pulled over. Motorists must continue to carry their driver's licenses and vehicle registrations.

The insurance documentation must be issued by an insurance company and identify the company, the policy number, the motorists covered and the time frame of coverage. The law applies to everyone who drives in the city.


Cardin Raises $1 Million in Sarbanes Bid

U.S. Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-Md.) raised more than $1.1 million during the past quarter for his campaign to replace retiring Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes (D), his office announced Friday.

Kweisi Mfume, the former congressman and NAACP president, and social activist A. Robert Kaufman also are looking to replace Sarbanes.

Mfume's office said Friday that he had raised $134,432 during the past quarter. Mfume also has transferred about $100,000 from an old congressional account.

"As someone who's always been outspent in my campaigns, sometimes by as much as five to one, it doesn't concern me that he's raised a million dollars," Mfume said in a phone interview.

Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele (R) also is considering running. Mikulski Treated for Irregular Heartbeat

U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) was released from a hospital yesterday after receiving a diagnosis of an irregular heartbeat, her office said.

Mikulski, the most senior woman in the Senate and a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, was told she had atrial fibrillation, an irregular beating of the upper chambers of the heart.

The common condition affects more than 2 million Americans and can be treated with medication.

The four-term senator was admitted to Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore on Monday, complaining of fatigue. Mikulski, 68, will be able to maintain her usual schedule, her office said in a statement.

"I can't wait to get back to work," Mikulski said.

Suitland Man Found Dead in Vehicle

A Suitland man with several gunshot wounds was found dead in his car Thursday night near his home, Prince George's County police said.

Andre J. Patrick, 37, of the 5900 block of Fisher Road was discovered at 10:40 p.m. in the 4700 block of Homer Avenue, police said. Detectives said they have no leads or motives.

"There's no greater sense of wonder in the book business, and I've been doing this for 30 years."

-- Steve Riggio, chief executive of the 800-store Barnes & Noble chain, on the release of the latest Harry Potter book. -- A1

Compiled from reports by staff writers Chris L. Jenkins, Michelle Boorstein, John Wagner, Lindsay Ryan, Martin Weil and Allison Klein and the Associated Press.