Man Slain in Prince George's

A 30-year-old man was killed and his friend was seriously wounded in a shooting in a convenience store parking lot in Landover Hills yesterday, Prince George's County police said.

Richard A. Karis, of the 3800 block of 71st Avenue, was found dead in the 4600 block of 68th Avenue, police said. The wounded victim was a 26-year-old man.

Woman Dies in Beltway Wreck

A 23-year-old woman was killed yesterday morning when she lost control of her car and struck a guardrail on the inner loop of the Capital Beltway in College Park and was ejected, Maryland State Police said.

A friend in another vehicle ran out to help but was hit by another car and injured, police said. The driver of that car was charged with driving under the influence, Cpl. M. Cummings said.

He said the initial accident, which occurred at 3:20 a.m., might have been caused by excessive speed. Police withheld the name of the woman who died until relatives could be notified.

Accident Kills D.C. Woman

A D.C. woman was killed Friday night when the car she was riding in swerved out of control and hit a guardrail and a telephone pole in Ellicott City, Howard County police said.

Carmen Nicole White, 33, was ejected from the back seat, police said. Investigators said excessive speed probably caused the accident on Route 108 east of Centennial Lane.

Enrollment in College Trust

Open enrollment will begin tomorrow in the Maryland Prepaid College Trust, a program that allows families to prepay tuition and fees at the state's public schools. The money also can be applied to private and out-of-state schools.

Contract prices this enrollment season, which runs through March 24, are going up 3 percent to 5.4 percent, said Joan Marshall, executive director of the College Savings Plans of Maryland. That is the smallest increase in recent years, largely because of lower tuition inflation.

Prices are tied to the child's age, expected investment returns and tuition forecasts. A few years ago, when tuition soared and a weak stock market hammered investment returns, prepaid contracts had back-to-back increases of as much as 30 percent and 27 percent. Last year's contracts rose about 10 percent.

Moves Planned at Fort Meade

The National Security Agency is expected to reconfigure its intelligence operations at Fort Meade to accommodate thousands of new hires and protect the spy agency from terrorist attacks.

NSA officials have confirmed that the agency is drafting plans to relocate some of its most sensitive surveillance operations onto the site of two golf courses in the center of the 5,400-acre Army post.

The planning reflects the Pentagon's priorities in moving and consolidating defense operations behind the secured gates of military installations to protect them from truck-bomb attacks.

The spy agency, which intercepts and deciphers foreign communications, employs about 16,000 at Fort Meade in Anne Arundel County and 16,000 others around the world. The agency occupies a cluster of buildings at Fort Meade's southwest corner, clearly visible from two major highways.


Hurricane Readiness Doubted

A hurricane of Katrina's magnitude slamming the south Hampton Roads area would cause up to $60 billion in damage, flood coastal communities and force the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people, according to state estimates.

Although Virginia's emergency officials say they have worked to prepare the state for such a storm, the experience of Hurricane Isabel in 2003 has made some local officials skeptical.

Newport News Mayor Joe Frank said he believes that the state has underestimated the time needed to safely evacuate the region and that it does not appear the evacuation plan will work.

Suspect Is Not Phone Bandit

A woman was arrested yesterday in connection with a bank robbery in Arlington but police there said they had no indication that she was connected to the "cell phone" robberies.

Arlington police said a woman held up a bank in the 5300 block of Lee Highway about 11:20 a.m. by giving a teller a note saying that she was armed and wanted money. Police said Susan Hooban, 20, of Arlington was later arrested and charged with robbery.

In the cell phone robberies, a woman recently held up four bank branches in other parts of Northern Virginia while appearing to be conversing on a cell phone.

"It ain't about me. What it's about is, the soldiers in Afghanistan will not be like the boys of the Vietnam era. They won't be forgotten. I won't let them be forgotten."

-- Pat Jacobs of Culpeper, Va., on efforts to send holiday packages to 700 soldiers serving with her son. -- B1.

Compiled from reports by staff writers Phuong Ly and Martin Weil and the Associated Press.