MARYLAND

Man Fatally Struck by SUV

A St. Mary's County man was killed and five others were injured early yesterday after they were struck by a vehicle as they left the scene of a fight outside a bar in Clements and wandered onto a dark stretch of road, police said.

Louis Anthony Short, 42, of Mechanicsville died at the scene, police said, and Julius Andrew Fenwick, 21, of Lexington Park and a 16-year-old Leonardtown boy were seriously injured. Three others -- a 14-year-old Lexington Park boy; James Kelvin Fuller Jr., 23, of Avenue; and Phillip Aaron Young, 18, of Hollywood, Md. -- also suffered injuries.

Fenwick and the Leonardtown teen were in critical condition yesterday afternoon, and Fuller was in serious condition at Prince George's Hospital Center. Young was treated and released from St. Mary's Hospital in Leonardtown, and the condition of the Lexington teen was unknown.

The six are believed to have been part of a mass of people who were outside Clifton's Bar about 2 a.m. to watch or participate in a brawl that involved as many as 40 people, said St. Mary's County Sheriff's Cpl. Deborah Milam.

According to Milam, after police were dispatched to the bar to break up the fight, Stephanie Faye Stone, 25, of Clements drove by in her 2004 Toyota Highlander and struck the men, who had drifted into the darkened street.

A police investigation is continuing.

7-Eleven Revises Tobacco Sales

Under an agreement with the Maryland attorney general's office released this week, 7-Eleven stores have agreed to toughen their procedures to stop underage customers who try to buy tobacco products.

The chain has agreed that it will ban vending machines for tobacco, will avoid placing tobacco signs next to products popular with minors and will remove window signs for tobacco within 500 feet of schools or playgrounds.

The company also agreed to require government-issued photo identification for any shopper who appears to be younger than 27.

VIRGINIA

PETA Suspends Slavery Exhibit

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is reconsidering a campaign comparing animal abuse to slavery after receiving complaints from civil rights groups and others.

"Animal Liberation," which includes 12 panels juxtaposing pictures of black people in chains with shackled elephants and other provocative images, visited 17 cities before the Norfolk-based group put the tour on hold.

PETA wrapped up the first leg of the tour Thursday in the District.

"We're reviewing feedback we've received -- most of it overwhelmingly positive and some of it quite negative," said Dawn Carr, a PETA spokeswoman.

Carr said the exhibit uses the shocking images to make a point: Whether it's humans harming animals or one another, both suggest an oppressive mind-set.

"PETA operates by getting publicity any way they can," said John White, an NAACP spokesman. "They're comparing chickens to black people?"

Fish Oil Producer to Limit Catch

Omega Protein Corp., a Houston fish oil producer that owns a large commercial fishing business in Virginia, said it will cap its Chesapeake Bay menhaden harvest to about 288 million pounds per year through 2009. Over the past five years, Omega has averaged a take of 242 million pounds of menhaden from the bay, said Jack Travelstead, chairman of the menhaden management board of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.

The board is scheduled to meet Wednesday in Alexandria to consider whether to limit Omega's menhaden catch in the bay or along the entire Atlantic Coast.

Critics say the bay catches are depleting the food supply for striped bass and other sport fish, as well as reducing the benefits to water quality that menhaden provide by eating algae.

THE DISTRICT

Man Shot by Police in Northeast

A D.C. police officer shot and wounded an armed man during a confrontation near Capitol Hill, police said.

The officer attempted to stop and question a man about 9:30 p.m. in the 1500 block of F Street NE, but the man fled, said Cmdr. Larry D. McCoy. The officer chased the man, who displayed a handgun, McCoy said. The officer shot the man, police said.

The man was taken to a hospital, where he was in stable condition late yesterday, police said. The officer received a cut on his head at some point, according to police.

"They were very good at moving headstones. They weren't necessarily so good at moving the people underneath the headstones."

-- Douglas Owsley, lead anthropologist on a team of experts studying the remains and clothes found in a coffin believed to belong to an 1850s boy. -- C1

Compiled from reports by staff writers Sandhya Somashekhar, Clarence Williams and Martin Weil and the Associated Press.