VIRGINIA

Deaths May Be Murder-Suicide

A woman and her 12-year-old son were found dead yesterday in a Loudoun County townhouse in what authorities said apparently was a murder-suicide.

Denise R. Dibari, 33, and Corey Summers were found in an upstairs bedroom of their home in the 100 block of St. Charles Square in Sterling, the county sheriff's office said.

The sheriff's office gave no cause of death for either but said a preliminary investigation indicated that Dibari killed the boy and then herself.

According to the sheriff's office, the two were found after Dibari's family became concerned for her welfare and contacted authorities. The family recently learned that she was depressed, the sheriff's office said.

Bus Delays Likely by Pentagon

Beginning tomorrow,, several Metrobus routes in Arlington that serve the Pentagon will be affected by a project to rebuild a portion of Eads Street between North and South Rotary roads.

Lines 13A, 13B, 13F and 13G are among those that will be affected. Delays of 10 to 15 minutes per trip are possible near the Pentagon, and riders are urged to plan for more travel time. Service is projected to be affected for about six weeks.

For more information about the Pentagon construction detours, contact Metro at 202-637-7000 or visit www.metroopensdoors.com.

Program Brings Saudis to Tech

About 60 faculty members from a Saudi Arabian university are taking courses at Virginia Tech in classrooms separated by gender.

Virginia Tech officials said administrators from King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah asked for the separation to reflect practices at their home institution.

"This is the way they teach their courses over there, and this is the way they wish their courses to be taught over here," a Virginia Tech spokesman said.

The courses are in English instruction, communications, distance learning and Web site development. The program is being offered through a contract between the schools that does not involve state money, the spokesman said.

MARYLAND

Plans for Sex-Offender Data

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) has asked state officials to make Maryland's registry of sex offenders more accurate.

The state plans to introduce a computerized system that would allow authorities to update information about sex offenders online instead of using a mail-based system.

Speaking yesterday morning on Baltimore radio station WBAL, Ehrlich said the issue would figure prominently in the upcoming legislative session.

Under the current system, offenders provide their addresses and law enforcement agencies are relied upon to check their accuracy.

Gas Leak Forces Evacuations

A gas leak led to the evacuation of two dozen Germantown houses yesterday, a Montgomery County fire department spokesman said.

Residents left homes on Amber Ridge Circle for a time as a precaution after construction workers cut a gas line, the spokesman said. The leak was reported about 5 p.m. and repaired by 7.

THE DISTRICT

DMV Relocating Some Services

Air conditioning failures at the Department of Motor Vehicles building on K Street NE have forced the relocation of insurance and driver record services to the department's headquarters at 301 C St. NW, where they will be available from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting tomorrow.

The C Street building will offer only those services and temporary tags tomorrow. All other services at 65 K St. NE will remain, including parking ticket payments, license issuing, walk-in hearings, and boot and tow releases. The C Street facility's usual services, which are offered Tuesday through Saturday, are unchanged.

Arrest in Threat to Islam Group

A Toledo, Ill., man accused of threatening to bomb the D.C. headquarters of the Council on American-Islamic Relations has been arrested and charged, the U.S. attorney's office here said.

Max Oakley, 50, allegedly sent e-mails July 29 ordering the Islamic civil rights group to announce that it would shut down or risk an explosion.

The FBI quickly traced the plot to Oakley because his name was in the e-mail address, a council spokesman said. No explosives were found.

"The short point is that nobody has ever made money on these critters after the first year. By the way, we never intended to, and it's against the law to make money."

-- Zoo Atlanta chief executive Dennis W. Kelly on how the four U.S. zoos that have giant pandas, including the National Zoo, spend millions more on the exhibits than they take in each year. -- C1

Compiled from reports by staff writers Lindsay Ryan, Martin Weil, Clarence Williams and Nikita Stewart and the Associated Press.