THE REGION

Deer Ventures Briefly Into Cheetah Yard

A deer got into the cheetah yard at the National Zoo yesterday and was pounced on by a mother cheetah before the deer escaped into Rock Creek Park, according to a witness and a zoo spokeswoman.

The young buck appeared in the largest cheetah yard shortly after 7 a.m. It bolted from a pond there and was chased by the mother cheetah and her four cubs, according to a witness. The mother cheetah jumped on the buck, and it ran back to the pond.

Peper Long, a zoo spokeswoman, said a keeper lured the cheetahs into their indoor enclosure, which allowed the buck to run into the woods. Long said that a female deer previously had gotten into the yard but that this was the first time a buck had intruded. The cheetahs were unhurt, she said; the buck had a gash near its tail.

Delays Expected for Metro Track Closings

Metrorail passengers can expect minor delays on all five rail lines this weekend because of track work and testing operations. Passengers traveling on the lines should add five to 10 minutes to their travel plans, Metro said.

On the Orange Line today and tomorrow, trains will share one track from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. between the West Falls Church-VT/UVA and East Falls Church stations. On the Red Line today and tomorrow, all trains will share one track between the Silver Spring and Forest Glen stations from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. today and tomorrow, Blue Line trains will share one track between the Van Dorn Street and Braddock Road stations. Yellow Line trains will share a track between the Huntington and Braddock Road stations during the same hours.

From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and tomorrow, Green Line trains will share one track between Greenbelt and Fort Totten.

MARYLAND

Maryland Men Save Fisherman in Fla.

Two Maryland boaters rescued a Florida man whose boat capsized in rough seas about eight miles off Boca Raton, Fla.

Rogers Washington, 49, said he treaded water for six hours Tuesday. During that time, he watched his friend succumb to an apparent heart attack, he was approached by a shark, and two other boaters waved at him but refused to pick him up, apparently thinking he was an illegal immigrant from Haiti.

When David Pensky, 61, of Annapolis approached Washington after spotting him frantically waving his arms in seven-foot seas, Washington shouted: "I'm an American! I'm an American!" -- afraid he would be left behind a third time.

Moments later, Pensky and Richard Holden, 63, of St. Mary's County, rescued the waterlogged fisherman, orange whistle to his lips, floating with the aid of a cooler lid and a small life vest shoved under his arm.

"They are the best men in the world," the fisherman told The Capital newspaper, in Annapolis. "They are God's children."

Man Taken Into Custody in Oxon Hill

A man who ran into an Oxon Hill convenience store last night was taken into custody after heavily armed police surrounded the store, a Prince George's County police spokeswoman said.

She said the man first attempted to enter a seafood store on Livingston Road and then ran into a 7-Eleven. He was taken into custody after he was in the store in the 5500 block of Livingston for about 20 minutes, the spokeswoman said. A clerk who was in the store was unharmed. Police said they thought at first that a robbery attempt was underway; however, last night it was not clear what the man's intentions were.

Man Killed by Bull in Washington County

A Pennsylvania man was killed by a bull that either trampled or fatally gored him in Washington County, sheriff's deputies there said.

Henry H. Moyer, 59, of Greencastle, was found pinned under the bull on Moyer family property near Leitersburg Wednesday, Lt. Travers Ruppert said.

He said a neighbor who found Moyer drove the bull away with a pitchfork and a gunshot.

THE DISTRICT

Bush Picks Nominee for Associate Judge

Carol A. Dalton, a magistrate judge in the family division of D.C. Superior Court, has been nominated by President Bush to fill the vacancy created when Judge Noel A. Kramer was elevated to the D.C. Court of Appeals.

Dalton was one of three lawyers recommended by the D.C. Judicial Nomination Commission to be an associate judge. The others were Robert J. Spagnoletti, the D.C. attorney general, and Andrew Fois, a former assistant attorney general in the Justice Department.

The commission screens candidates and sends three names to the White House. The nominee must be confirmed by the Senate.

Dalton has worked in the court's family division since she became a judge in April 2002. Before her appointment, she was the director of the Superior Court office that oversees legal representation for people involved in child abuse and child neglect cases, the area of law that Dalton had practiced for several years.

Magistrate judges are appointed by the chief judge and have a narrower scope of statutory responsibilities than associate judges, who can preside over the full range of Superior Court proceedings.

VIRGINIA

Warner Honors Soldiers, National Guard

Gov. Mark R. Warner honored 40 members of the Virginia National Guard with the Governor's National Service Medal during a ceremony yesterday at the Virginia War Memorial.

The state award was created to recognize the service of Guard members called to active federal service since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Warner also presented medals to the families of three soldiers who were killed while deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan: Sgt. Nicholas Mason and Sgt. David Ruhren, who were killed December 2004 in Iraq, and Staff Sgt. Craig Cherry, who was killed in August 2004 in Afghanistan.

Warner said the medal recognizes the "many sacrifices" Guard members and their families make.

More than 5,600 Virginia National Guard members have been called to active duty since the Sept. 11 attacks. Most of them will receive the medal from their unit commanders at future events.

"I come here every year on this day, and I'll keep doing it until the day I die. I try not to think about it the rest of the year. You can't. It's too much."

-- Terry Henry, 58, a retired truck driver who makes the journey each Veterans Day from Allentown, Pa., to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to remember his time in Vietnam and his friends who died there. -- B1

Compiled from reports by staff writers Karlyn Barker, Henri E. Cauvin, Clarence Williams and Martin Weil and the Associated Press.