Plan Aims to Add Affordable Housing

Montgomery Proposal Would Aid Middle Class

The Montgomery County Council will consider a proposal to require that 10 percent of homes in new developments near Metro stations be set aside for middle-class families being priced out of the county's soaring real estate market.

Council member Steven A. Silverman (D-At Large) said the housing initiative he is proposing would help people who earn 80 to 120 percent of the area's median income.

Sex-Ed Panel's Makeup Is Challenged

Groups Seek to Choose Montgomery Advisers

Two community organizations that sued the Montgomery County public school system over its sex education curriculum are embroiled in another dispute, this time over who will serve on a citizen advisory panel.

The board is at odds with the groups over procedures for picking members of the panel that would advise on a new curriculum. Citizens for a Responsible Curriculum and Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays argue that the process violates terms of the settlement the two sides made in June.

Wal-Mart Freed to Build Inside Beltway

Pr. George's Also Opens Door to Second Site

The Prince George's County Council approved legislation that opens the way for Wal-Mart to build what would be the chain's first store inside the Capital Beltway.

The measure also allows for another Wal-Mart in the county, outside the Beltway near Upper Marlboro, but places restrictions on other projects that the discount retailer might want.

Shady Grove Urban Village Envisioned

Plan Would Add Housing, Retail to Area

Just as Montgomery County leaders envisioned when they drew up the plans nearly three decades ago, the 200-acre area around the Shady Grove Metro station is a hub for transportation and industry. Now, the County Council wants to change that vision and is scheduled to vote on a master plan to turn the area into an urban village, with housing, office buildings and shops amid tree-lined streets and parks.

Man Released in Mother's Slaying

Bond Granted After DNA Test Found No Link

Mark K. Makki, 23, the Potomac man accused of killing his mother, Shohreh Seyed-Makki, was released from jail on bond after prosecutors acknowledged that a preliminary DNA test does not link him to his mother's body at the time of the crime.

It was welcome news for the Makki family, which has proclaimed his innocence.

Across the Region

VCU Student Mourned; Panda Debut Delayed

* Taylor Marie Behl, the Virginia Commonwealth University student who disappeared on Labor Day and whose decomposed body was found in a ravine, was buried. Among the many people who came to mourn Behl were those whose only connection to her was through the daily media coverage of her disappearance and death. Behl, who would have turned 18 on Thursday, was two weeks into her first year at VCU when she vanished Sept. 5. Her body was found in a sparsely populated area of Mathews County, Va.; an autopsy was unable to immediately determine how she died.

* The public debut of the National Zoo's giant panda cub will be delayed until at least December because he is not venturing out of his den yet and his mother does not appear willing to let him do so, zoo officials said. Meanwhile, the panda's name will be announced tomorrow.

* The Extra Mile-Points of Light Volunteer Walkway was dedicated last week in the District by former president George H.W. Bush, who made volunteerism a national mission during his tenure. The city's newest memorial begins at the corner of 15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW, goes north on 15th to G Street and continues right on G Street.

The Horses Are Coming Mike Handleman, 15, of Crofton takes a cow to a stall at the U.S. Naval Academy Dairy Farm in Gambrills, which will be the site of Maryland's new horse park.