VIRGINIA

2 Teens Wounded in Separate Stabbings

Two teenagers were wounded last night in separate stabbings in Reston, authorities said. Fairfax County police said the incidents may have involved the same attackers, possibly gang members.

Police received a call shortly after 7:30 p.m. that a 15-year-old male on a wooded path had been stabbed once in the chest. Afterward, the youth went by foot to his home in the 2200 block of Southgate Square, said Mary Ann Jennings, a police spokeswoman.

Minutes later, police received a call that an 18-year-old man on a wooded path about a quarter-mile from the scene of the first assault had been stabbed once in the upper body. He ended up at a friend's house in the 2200 block of Winterthur Court, Jennings said.

Both youths were flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital, where they were being treated late last night for injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening, Jennings said.

The victims apparently did not know each other, she said, and it was not clear whether either teen knew his assailant. She said that the attacker or attackers were in a group and that their general descriptions seemed to match.

Jennings said neighbors speculated that gang members were involved in the stabbing. Police were looking into that possibility, she said, and as of last night, there were no clear motives.

Attorney General Race Tightens Further

In the race for attorney general, the margin narrowed even further over the weekend between state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath) and Del. Robert F. McDonnell (R-Virginia Beach) as officials continued to pore over vote totals and provisional ballots in electoral boards throughout the state.

By Saturday evening -- when the most recent figures were posted on the state electoral board Web site -- McDonnell was ahead of Deeds by 410 votes, or about 0.02 percent of the more than 1.9 million votes cast. On Friday, the margin was 619.

Additional provisional ballots, some absentee ballots and the discovery of some errors in original vote totals are responsible for the tightening margin, officials said. Electoral board officials have completed their examination of results throughout most of the state.

Virginia law says that the loser in an election may request a recount within 10 days after the state board certifies the results, which will occur Nov. 28. A three-judge panel would oversee any recount.

Both men have appointed transition teams, and McDonnell has declared victory. Deeds has not conceded.

Less Pollution Reported at Shenandoah

Shenandoah National Park is registering less air pollution and fewer days of dangerous ozone levels than a decade ago, park officials said. Federal Clean Air Act provisions that took effect last year are credited with the improvement.

Of particular concern have been older, coal-fired electricity-generating plants. But stricter standards for power plant smokestacks, even as far away as the Ohio Valley, have made a difference, park officials said.

THE DISTRICT

Forum on Improving Schools Is Tonight

D.C. public schools will host a community forum tonight on reshaping the 62,000-student system.

The event, one in a series, will be from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at McKinley Technology Senior High School, 151 T St. NE. Hilda Ortiz, the system's chief academic officer for schools, and Michelle J. Walker, chief of strategic planning and policy, will attend.

Additional forums are scheduled for tomorrow at Cleveland Elementary School, 1825 Eighth St. NW, and Thursday at Janney Elementary, 4130 Albemarle St. NW.

"It's to get community ideas and opinions about what kind of system they want," schools spokeswoman Alexis Moore said.

Superintendent Clifford B. Janey is expected to announce his master plan for the future of the school system early next year.

MARYLAND

3 Charged in Fight With Police at U-Md.

Three men were arrested early yesterday after a party at a University of Maryland dormitory ended in a fight between students and police officers, campus police said.

Police said they received a complaint about loud noise coming from a room in the Leonardtown student housing complex. When police arrived, they found alcohol being served at a party of about 100 people, including minors, Maj. Cathy Atwell said.

Police asked roommates George Richard Small and Mallory Watkins, both 19, to stop the party. But the students were uncooperative, Atwell said. Watkins allegedly pushed an officer, injuring him slightly. Police used pepper spray to bring Watkins under control, Atwell said.

Both men were charged with assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest. Police said another man at the party, Marcus Nolan, 23, of Valley Lee also fought with officers. He was charged with second-degree assault and resisting arrest.

Apartment Fire Displaces 30 Residents

A fire yesterday damaged 10 units in a garden apartment development in the Laurel area and displaced 30 residents, a Prince George's County fire department spokesman said.

The 1:30 p.m. fire was caused by a furnace malfunction in a unit in one building and spread to another building, Mark Brady said. Damage was estimated at $500,000.

3 Involved in Beltway Crashes Identified

Maryland State Police yesterday released the identities of three friends involved in two related car crashes early Saturday that left one woman dead and another injured.

Police said Ebone Washington, 23, of Orange, Va., was driving to her brother's home in a 1991 Toyota Celica when she lost control of the car. She died after crashing into a guardrail on the inner loop of the Capital Beltway near College Park, police said.

Cpl. Arthur Betts said that he was unsure how fast she was driving but that speed may have been a factor in the accident.

Sophia Dupart, 25, of Chicago was following Washington in a Hummer H2 driven by Antonie Terrell of Greenbelt, Betts said. Terrell pulled the vehicle onto the shoulder when Washington crashed, and Dupart got out to help her friend, police said. Dupart was then struck by a car and injured. The driver of that car was charged with driving under the influence.

Police did not know Dupart's condition late yesterday afternoon. Betts said police are investigating whether the driver who hit Dupart also struck Washington.

"There's no one, specific initiative that ends up eating into the agricultural reserve. But little by little, it becomes like Pac-Man . . . potentially eating its way into the commitment of the ag reserve."

-- Tom Perez (D-Silver Spring), president of the Montgomery County Council, which will hold a hearing on a proposed moratorium on building sand mounds as alternatives to a traditional septic system in the county. -- B1

Compiled from reports by staff writers Allan Lengel, Ylan Q. Mui, Cheryl W. Thompson and Martin Weil and the Associated Press.