THE REGION

Private Planes Can Land Again at National

Private planes are scheduled to start landing at Reagan National Airport today for the first time since a hijacked jet crashed into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.

Only 48 general aviation flights will be allowed in and out of the airport each day, and all must follow rules set by the Transportation Security Administration. An armed sky marshal will be aboard each flight, background checks will be performed on everyone, and passenger and crew manifests must be submitted a day in advance.

MARYLAND

5 in Running to Head Up Ehrlich Probe

Abbe D. Lowell, the Democrats' chief investigative counsel during impeachment proceedings against President Bill Clinton and a veteran of Washington scandal wars, is among five finalists to oversee the legislative probe into Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s personnel practices, according to a source with the committee conducting the investigation.

Lawmakers interviewed eight candidates for the task of organizing legislative hearings, selecting witnesses and determining whether state personnel laws left longtime state employees vulnerable to shifting political winds. Ehrlich has denied accusations that he targeted Democrats for dismissal after taking over in 2003 as the state's first Republican governor in a generation.

The other finalists who are expected to be presented to the full committee today are: former federal prosecutor Andrew Radding; Baltimore litigator Ward B. Coe III; Andrew J. Graham, former chairman of the Maryland State Bar Association's ethics committee; and Stanley Brand, a one-time aide to then-House Speaker Tip O'Neill who advised former Clinton aide George Stephanopoulos during allegations of White House snooping into FBI files.

Man Shot in Road-Rage Incident Dies

A man who was shot last week in an apparent road-rage incident at a busy Clinton intersection died yesterday, said Ramon Korionoff, spokesman for the Prince George's County state's attorney's office.

Keith L. Ingaharra of Clinton was shot "approximately four times" with a .45-caliber Glock pistol, according to a police charging document. The shooting occurred Wednesday during evening rush hour at Old Alexandria Ferry Road and Virginia Avenue. Ingaharra had been hospitalized in critical condition since the shooting.

The charging document alleges that Alfred L. Evans, 39, of Upper Marlboro shot Ingaharra and was identified as the attacker by two witnesses. Evans was arrested shortly after the attack and provided a written statement acknowledging that he committed the shooting, the charging document said.

O'Malley Gets First Labor Endorsement

Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley picked up the first labor endorsement in Maryland's 2006 gubernatorial election yesterday, winning the backing of Service Employees Union International Local 1199.

"This is not just an endorsement in words; it's an endorsement in human resources," John Reid, executive vice president of the union's Maryland/District division said at a rally for O'Malley (D) in Baltimore, during which the group of health-care workers pledged to work for his election.

O'Malley's Democratic rival, Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan, is expected to win the backing of other SEIU chapters with a presence in the Washington area.

Another Trustee Resigns From AU Board

American University trustee Michael D. Capellas, chairman and chief executive of MCI, has resigned, citing a need to devote more time to his company, according to Thomas A. Gottschalk, the acting chairman of the Board of Trustees.

The board, which is continuing talks on the terms of departure for ousted president Benjamin Ladner, now has 21 members. The departure of Capellas follows that of former chairwoman Leslie E. Bains on Oct. 9 and Paul M. Wolff two days later.

The board voted last week to dismiss Ladner and also asked him to reimburse the university $125,000 and report an additional $398,000 in taxable income for three years that auditors investigated.

VIRGINIA

Mall Stabbing Gang-Related, Police Say

A 15-year-old Springfield boy was stabbed at Springfield Mall on Saturday, apparently after a confrontation in the mall, and Fairfax County police said yesterday that they believe the incident was gang-related.

The youth was standing at one of the mall entrances about 8:45 p.m. when he was approached by about 10 young men, Officer Bud Walker said. The group surrounded the teenager, and he was stabbed once in the upper body, Walker said. He was flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital with serious injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening, police said.

Police believe the attackers were Latino gang members, though they declined to specify which gang. Walker said investigators were not certain that the victim was a gang member, but he said that the victim knew his attackers and that "it was not a random attack."

Car Goes Into Creek, Killing McLean Man

A McLean man was killed early Saturday when he apparently lost control of his car while going around a curve, Fairfax County police said yesterday.

Michael Greenway, 20, of the 7800 block of Montvale Way was driving a 2005 Volkswagen Jetta north on Kirby Road about 5:15 a.m., police said. As he passed Claiborne Drive, police said, the Jetta went off the road and landed in a creek.

Greenway was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators did not know whether speed or alcohol was involved, and the investigation is continuing.

Arlington Man Dies of Crash Injuries

An Arlington man died yesterday from injuries he suffered in a crash Friday morning in the Lorton area when a truck apparently pulled in front of him, Fairfax County police said.

Police said Thomas Paradiso, 46, was driving a 1986 Toyota pickup truck south on Backlick Road about 6:30 a.m. Investigators believe that a 1986 GMC dump truck, attempting to turn left onto northbound Backlick Road, crossed Paradiso's lane, and the pickup truck hit the rear of the dump truck.

The dump truck driver drove off but has since been identified, police said. His name was not released, pending the possible filing of charges. Paradiso was taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital, where he died yesterday.

"It's a little fuzzball."

-- Rod Sallee, 61, of West Virginia, on the baby panda, whom

he got to see yesterday after his name was picked at random from

among those who voted online for a choice of cub names. -- B1

Compiled from reports by staff writers Tom Jackman, Susan Kinzie, Allison Klein, Matthew Mosk and John Wagner and the Associated Press.