THE DISTRICT

2 Men Slain in Unrelated Homicides

A 20-year-old man was shot to death yesterday near Eighth and T streets NW, one of two unrelated homicides in the District, police said.

Cortez Mayo of the 1700 block of Eighth Street NW suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was taken to Howard University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, said Sgt. Joe Gentile, a police spokesman. The shooting occurred about 3:20 a.m., he said.

In the other case, police found the body of a 29-year-old man at 9:35 a.m. in the 4400 block of Sixth Place NE, Gentile said. The man died from blunt force trauma to the head, he said.

Police would not release the man's name because family members had not been notified, Gentile said.

MARYLAND

Charges Filed in Prison Smuggling Cases

State prison officials have filed charges against several correctional officers and visitors for smuggling contraband -- including drugs -- into prisons in recent weeks.

"Officers and visitors bringing contraband into our facilities will not be tolerated because their actions create an atmosphere that leads to violence and compromises the safety of the staff, inmates and the public," Division of Correction Commissioner Frank C. Sizer Jr. said.

State prison officials attributed a recent string of arrests to a stepped-up effort to stem the flow of banned items, including drugs, tobacco and cell phones, into Maryland prisons.

Among the places where incidents have occurred are the women's prison in Jessup, the Maryland Correctional Training Center in Hagerstown, the Central Booking and Intake Center in Baltimore and the city's Detention Center, officials said.

Police Seek Help in Fatal-Shooting Probe

Montgomery County police are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred about 2:30 a.m. yesterday at Veirs Mill Road and Twinbrook Parkway in Rockville. Police received a call about a vehicle crashing into a pole. When they arrived, they found Edison Roberto Moran, 22, dead of a gunshot wound. Moran lived in the 12000 block of Neola Road in Silver Spring.

The investigation centers on a report of an earlier traffic dispute involving Moran's gold Mitsubishi Mirage and a white Jeep Cherokee. The police department's major crimes division asks anyone with information about the incident to call 240-773-5070. Tips can be anonymous, and anyone who provides one that leads to an arrest and indictment is eligible for a reward of up to $1,000, police said.

Program for Community College Transfers

Students at Prince George's Community College and Montgomery College who meet certain requirements will be guaranteed admission to the University of Maryland to complete a four-year degree under a new program.

Demand for higher education in Maryland is expected to grow dramatically over the next decade because of a demographic surge and the increasing importance of a four-year degree. The Maryland Transfer Advantage Program was designed in part to help manage that growth.

Starting next fall with a two-year pilot program, students at the two community colleges who meet certain academic standards will have an easier transition to continue their studies.

Compromise on State Racing Days Near

Horsemen and racetrack owners are nearing a compromise on racing days next year in Maryland, but they won't have an agreement worked out by tomorrow's meeting of the state Racing Commission, negotiators said.

The final compromise will probably be 170 to 180 live racing days, said Lou Raffetto, chief operating officer of Laurel Park. Magna Entertainment Corp., majority owner of Laurel and Pimlico racetracks, said in September that it wanted to cut racing days from about 200 to about 112 because of declining profitability. Horse breeders objected.

The state Racing Commission, which would have had to sign off on the plan, has told Magna and the horsemen to come up with a compromise. The two sides said last month that they'd have an agreement ready by tomorrow, when the commission is scheduled to meet. But negotiators said last week that it won't be until December, though talks are progressing.

VIRGINIA

Man Dies After Truck Runs off Road

An Ashburn man was killed Saturday evening after his truck ran off the road in Warren County, state police said yesterday.

Russell Bernard Reese, 51, died at the scene at 6:25 p.m., police said, minutes after his one-ton truck ran off the road on a curve, struck several trees and overturned. Reese was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident, which occurred on Route 603 a half-mile north of Route 638, police said.

Fairfax Man Killed in Interstate 66 Crash

A Fairfax County man died early yesterday after his sport-utility vehicle swerved out of control and struck an overpass, state police said.

Nathaniel Wayne Eminger, 34, died at 3:24 a.m. at the scene in Centreville. He was traveling west on Interstate 66 when his 1999 GMC Jimmy struck the median and lurched into the Route 28 overpass. He was not wearing a seat belt, police said. The crash is under investigation.

Teen Dies After Collision on Soccer Field

A Hampton teenager died Saturday evening after he and another player collided during a youth soccer tournament.

David Pickeral, 16, collided with at least one player on the field, walked a short distance, then collapsed, said Lt. Doug Perry, a Henrico County police spokesman.

Pickeral died shortly after arriving at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, Perry said.

Pickeral was a goalie for the U18 Wizards Elite Team of the Williamsburg Soccer Club, teammate David "Chewy" Giunti told the Daily Press of Newport News. The incident happened about 20 minutes into the first game of the tournament at Dorey Park in Henrico, which is in suburban Richmond.

Giunti said Pickeral was a soccer standout who wanted to play in college.

"This is just senseless. You see this on television, but you never imagine this will hit close to home. So many kids are killed in senseless violence."

-- Monica Graves, mother of 19-year-old LaKita Tolson, who was killed Saturday night outside the Culture Club in the Silver Hill area of Suitland. -- B1

Compiled from reports by staff writers V. Dion Haynes, Susan Kinzie, Donna St. George and Elizabeth Williamson and the Associated Press.