Nighttime Beltway Lane Closings Set

Two of three lanes on the inner loop of the Capital Beltway west of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge will be closed during nighttime hours tomorrow through Wednesday so work crews can hoist five 80-foot-long steel beams over the highway. Wilson bridge officials also said the remaining lane would be closed for 20- to 30-minute intervals during night hours over the next several days.

The lane reductions will take place from 9:30 p.m. tomorrow until 10 a.m. Saturday, from 8 p.m. Saturday until 10 a.m. Sunday, from 9:30 p.m. Monday until 5 a.m. Tuesday and from 9:30 p.m. Tuesday until 5 a.m. Wednesday.

The ramp from southbound Route 1 to the outer loop will also be closed during those hours.

Traffic tie-ups on the inner loop are expected to stretch from the bridge to beyond the Springfield interchange on Saturday night and Sunday morning because overnight work is also planned at the Mixing Bowl project. Bridge officials said drivers should avoid the inner loop from the Wilson Bridge through the interchange.

Additionally, the ramps from Route 1 to the inner loop will be closed from 8 p.m. tomorrow until as late as 5 a.m. Monday. The ramps will again be closed from 8 p.m. Monday to 5 a.m. Tuesday and from 8 p.m. Tuesday until 5 a.m. Wednesday. Traffic will be detoured to Telegraph Road to get back onto the inner loop.

Man Hit by Train Had Medical Condition

The family of a man who died after he was hit by a Metro train at the Foggy Bottom station said yesterday the man had a medical condition that could have caused him to become disoriented.

The D.C. medical examiner's office has ruled that the death of Leon Valdivieso, 25, of Germantown was an accident, officials said yesterday. Valdivieso stepped from a platform and onto the tracks and was run over at 5:40 a.m. Sunday by an Orange Line train. He died the next day.

Officials with Metro and the medical examiner's office declined to discuss information about the man's medical condition.

Family members said that Valdivieso had surgery years ago for a cerebral arteriovenous malformation, a mass of abnormal blood vessels in the brain, and that they suspect the aftereffects of the condition played a role in his death.


Holocaust Museum to Honor Ramsey

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum will honor D.C. Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey at a dinner tonight for his work to establish an educational program to help law enforcement officials better understand the lessons of the Holocaust.

Museum officials credited Ramsey with originating the idea of a training program for D.C. police and other law enforcement agencies. The program, developed by the museum and the Anti-Defamation League, was launched in 1999, initially for the D.C. police. It has expanded to include more than a dozen other departments and the FBI. More than 24,000 officers, recruits and FBI agents have had the training.

Under the program, police officers explore the Holocaust and the role of the German police in the persecution and killing of Jews and others under Nazi rule.

The museum is also creating an internship program for Washington area students that will be named after the chief.


Panel Takes On Election Results Reliability

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. yesterday stopped short of calling for a paper trail on Maryland's electronic voting machines but said he would like to boost public confidence in election results.

"Everybody deserves to have a clear winner," Ehrlich said. "You can't have a cloud."

Ehrlich (R) made his comments as a newly appointed commission started considering that issue and several others related to state elections. Ehrlich said he would leave it to the eight-member panel, which he appointed, to determine how to increase "reliability" of voting machines.

6 Schools Get Academic Blue Ribbons

Six Maryland schools have won the state's Blue Ribbon award for high academic achievement, education officials said yesterday.

Thomas Pyle Middle in Montgomery County, Clarksville Middle in Howard County and Severna Park Middle in Anne Arundel County all were honored. A middle school in Garrett County and one in Baltimore County, along with an elementary school in Cecil County, also received the award.

The state Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence are chosen from among the schools that score in the top 10 percent on the Maryland School Assessments in reading and math. The designation can also be bestowed on schools that have shown "dramatic improvement" on the exams over three years and rank in the top 40 percent in the state, according to a news release.


Crash Injures Dumfries Officer

A Dumfries police officer was injured last night when her cruiser collided with another vehicle and then slammed through the town's post office, Virginia State Police said.

The officer was taken to Potomac Hospital with injuries that were not life threatening, said Sgt. Terry Licklider, a state police spokesman. The accident occurred as the officer was answering an emergency call, he said. The name of the officer was not released.

The officer was headed south on Route 1, or Main Street, just before 7 p.m. when the two vehicles apparently collided near the double line of the two-lane road. After the crash, the police vehicle swerved left and smashed into the post office, in the 17900 block of Main Street.

No other injuries were reported, Licklider said.

IDs Not Needed to Vote, ACLU Cautions

The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia has sent letters to the state's voter registrars, asking them to protect the rights of people going to the polls Tuesday. The letters remind registrars that voters are not required to show identification to vote and can offer an affidavit that they are who they say they are.

ACLU Executive Director Kent Willis said he thinks that poor or improper training of poll workers regarding voter ID requirements has led to confusion.

"I have a religious belief that I am not going to apologize for. My religion doesn't make me cross my fingers when I take an oath, and I am going to follow that oath and enforce the death penalty."

-- Lt. Gov. Timothy M. Kaine, Democratic candidate for governor of Virginia. -- A1

Compiled from reports by Steven Ginsberg, John Wagner, Ylan Q. Mui, Del Quentin Wilber and Clarence Williams and the Associated Press.