News of interest to Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's counties that appeared in the daily Post from Oct. 30 to Nov. 5

Wednesday | 2

High-Speed Low-Rider

Bob Swartz is 46, married with two kids; he lives on a wooded cul-de-sac in Charles County. He works as an engineering technician for the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, where he helps build classified antenna and computer systems around the world. But in his spare time he is devoted to the sport of street luge. He lies on his back on an elongated skateboard two inches from the ground. Feet first, he flies down roads at more than 60 mph. He recently finished second at a race in Upstate New York. To stop, he uses his feet, generating so much smoke that he has had to glue strips of motorcycle tires to the bottom of the wrestling shoes he wears while racing.

Possible Racial Slur

Near the entrance to Hunters Brooke, the Charles County subdivision that was set ablaze last year, someone on Halloween night scrawled words that the Charles County Sheriff's Office investigated as a possible racial slur. A deputy driving past the subdivision spotted graffiti that included a word sometimes used pejoratively about black people written in tar on a retaining wall.

Thursday | 3

Arsons Prompt Lawsuit

Thirty-two residents of the Hunters Brooke subdivision, which was torched in December, have brought a federal civil rights lawsuit against the five arson suspects and a security company that employed one of them. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, argues that the white men accused in the Dec. 6 Charles County arsons, which damaged or destroyed more than two dozen houses, were motivated by a desire to keep black people from moving into the neighborhood.

Friday | 4

Room for More Riders

Commuters using Metro subway cars may find themselves standing more and sitting less beginning next spring, when the transit agency has tentatively decided to test new configurations for the train cars that would make room for more riders. Cars used in the test would have up to 32 fewer seats than standard cars and more handrails.