MARYLAND

Car Kills Man Clearing Street

A 52-year-old Wheaton man using a leaf blower to clear a road was fatally struck by a car Friday afternoon.

Robert G. Krauss was hit by a 1990 Mitsubishi Eclipse driven by Chez A. Lincoln, 22, about 3:30 p.m. Krauss was taken to Montgomery General Hospital and then to the Washington Hospital Center, where he died.

Police said that no charges have been filed and that the investigation is continuing.

Shot Man Found in Apartment

A 25-year-old man was found shot to death Friday night inside a vacant apartment in the 6500 block of Pennsylvania Avenue in Prince George's County, police said.

Prince George's officers responded to a report of a shooting about 9:45 p.m. and found the body of Melvin C. Rouise in the apartment. Rouise, who had no fixed address, had been shot several times.

Police have no information about suspects but said the investigation is continuing. This is the 156th homicide in the county this year.

Police are asking anyone with information to call the department's homicide unit at 301-772-4925. Those with information who wish to remain anonymous can call the Crime Solvers line at 1-866-411-TIPS.

Deer-Kill Count Moves Online

For the first time, hunters weren't lining up to register their kills at Maryland's country stores and sport shops yesterday, the first day of the state's firearm deer season.

This is the first season in which hunters must register deer kills online or by calling a toll-free number instead of taking the game to one of more than 100 checking stations for verification. The Department of Natural Resources says that the change, announced in March, will reduce the cost and simplify the process of collecting deer-herd data.

But the end of the 74-year-old system also ends decades of tradition in rural areas, where the first day of deer season typically brought dollars as well as bucks to mom-and-pop businesses.

"In years past, on opening day we checked deer just about until midnight," said Jim Mingle, owner of B.J.'s Store near Swanton in Garrett County. "It would keep five or six people busy doing that, and we'd be selling chili dogs and hot soup and sandwiches.''

VIRGINIA

Evolution Education Debated

A national study says students in Virginia public schools may be getting only a portion of the proper education about evolution, putting the commonwealth in the bottom half of 41 states surveyed.

The report, conducted by the Bethesda-based Editorial Projects in Education Research Center, culled 10 evolution-related themes from the National Research Council's recommended standards for science education.

Editorial Projects is a nonprofit group that produces school-oriented publications, including the newspaper Education Week.

It found that Virginia covered five of the 10 themes. Those included biological adaptation and survival and the evidence for extinct life-forms in fossils.

Not covered, according to the report, were such themes as common ancestry of species and the time frame of biological evolution.

The report focuses on Virginia's Standards of Learning, which provide a basic outline for how to cover topics in schools.

Jim Firebaugh, Virginia's director of middle and high school instruction, called the report unfair because the state's curriculum framework expands to cover all 10 themes in evolution.

"Our framework is where much of the detail is provided," he said. "In our framework, it's pretty clear we match up very well."

Library Tries Fingerprint Scans

The library card is history at Chesterfield Academy of Math, Science and Technology in Norfolk. Taking its place: a finger.

The school's media center is using a biometrics scanning system, a technology that recognizes people through such identifiers as fingerprints and eye scans. The system began this fall.

Schools have used the technology to monitor students getting on buses, to identify parents picking up their children, to take attendance and to pay for meals in the cafeteria.

With a scanner, which cost $995, a semiconductor measures the positive and negative impulses that comprise the ridges and swirls of the student's fingerprint, said Bob Engen, president of Educational Biometrics Technology. A computer program converts the measurements to a set of numbers that is listed in a database with the student's name.

Students checking out library materials press their fingers to a pad, and the measurements of their fingerprints are matched to the database.

"We screwed up. We shouldn't do those things. We're going to clean it up."

-- Anthony F. Pompa, head of accounting for the District's

chief financial officer, Natwar M. Gandhi, when he

was shown hundreds of millions of dollars

in unauthorized checks. -- A1

Compiled from reports by staff writer Lori Aratani and the Associated Press.