THE REGION

Houses for Hurricane Victims

A week-long project to build 51 houses for the victims of the Gulf Coast hurricanes will be held on the Mall beginning Friday. Habitat for Humanity International and Freddie Mac are sponsoring the project, which will draw volunteers from Congress and the Bush administration. They will frame the interior and exterior walls for the houses, which will be shipped to the Gulf Coast region.

The project will run from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Nov. 18.

MARYLAND

Man Killed During Fight

A woman shot her boyfriend to death yesterday in his Burtonsville home, Montgomery County police said.

The woman, 52, shot the man, 39, of the 12300 block of Herrington Manor Drive, about 10:40 a.m. during a fight, police said. The man was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Montgomery police did not release their names because the man's family had not been notified of his death and the woman had not been charged with a crime.

Mobile Home Destroyed in Fire

Seven people were displaced last night after fire destroyed a mobile home off Ridge Road in the Damascus area of Montgomery County, authorities said.

More than 80 firefighters from Montgomery and three other counties were sent to the house, which Montgomery fire spokesman Pete Piringer said was in a spot without easily accessible hydrants.

Damage was estimated at $45,000, and no one was hurt. The cause was not immedately known.

In another fire, six people were evaluated for possible smoke inhalation after a mattress fire in a house on Benji Court in Gaithersburg, authorities said.

Lanham Man Killed in Shooting

A Lanham man was shot to death in a car Friday night, Prince George's police said.

Michael L. Broderick, 50, of the 6100 block of Main Street in Lanham was shot about 11:45 p.m. in the driver's seat of a car near his home, said Cpl. Clinton Copeland, a police spokesman. He said the shooting followed a fight between Broderick and an unidentified male.

Tax Break Urged for Veterans

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) will try again during the next legislative session to waive state income taxes on military retirement pensions, he told a veterans group in Baltimore yesterday.

The tax break did not pass the legislature last session. Ehrlich said he would push the tax break again next year in hopes of keeping the state's military retirees from leaving.

THE DISTRICT

Man Shot to Death in SE

A District man died yesterday morning after being shot several times in Southeast Washington, D.C. police said.

Guy Burton, 23, was found with multiple gunshot wounds about 4 a.m. in the 2200 block of Savannah Terrace, police said. He was taken to Howard University Hospital and pronounced dead. No arrests had been made as of yesterday afternoon.

VIRGINIA

Couple Sentenced for ID Fraud

A former manager of the Department of Motor Vehicles office at Springfield Mall has been sentenced to more than two years in prison for selling driver's licenses to illegal immigrants and others.

Frank Martinez, 57, of Stafford was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court to 27 months in prison for conspiracy to commit identification fraud. His wife, Miriam Martinez, a former DMV clerk in the Tysons Corner office, was sentenced to 21 months for her role in the conspiracy.

Federal prosecutors said Martinez received $2,000 to $3,500 to help more than 40 people -- mostly illegal immigrants and people with suspended licenses -- obtain authentic driver's licenses.

Finance Adviser Leaving for VCU

A top financial adviser to Gov. Mark R. Warner (D) is leaving.

John M. Bennett, Virginia's secretary of finance, has been appointed vice president for finance at Virginia Commonwealth University.

He replaces Paul W. Timmreck, who is retiring.

Bennett was appointed finance secretary in 2002 and serves as Warner's financial adviser.

"Students would have intercourse

on the stairwells, locked classrooms, in the locker rooms. It was embarrassing for me to walk

in on it."

-- Ihsan Musawwir, 18, a recent graduate of Dunbar Senior High School in the District, on students having sex in school. -- C1

Staff writers David Nakamura, Amit R. Paley, Clarence Williams, Martin Weil and Paul Schwartzman and the Associated Press contributed to this report.