IRAQ WAR3 Protesters Arrested After Charlottesville VigilThree war protesters were arrested for trespassing yesterday afternoon after attempting to occupy the Charlottesville office of U.S. Rep. Virgil H. Goode Jr. (R-Va.) and refusing to leave, a police official said.

The three, whose names were not immediately available, were taken to a regional jail for processing, according to Sgt. M.G. Davis of the Charlottesville police. He said the city's judges usually impose fines on first-time offenders.

In a news release, the protesters called on Goode to oppose funding for the increase in troops in Iraq proposed by President Bush.

-- Michael D. ShearEQUINE VIRUSHealth Center Tests Positive; 8 Horse Farms QuarantinedHealth officials yesterday imposed a quarantine on eight horse farms in Maryland and one in Loudoun County, saying horses there may have been exposed to a highly contagious equine virus. The quarantine means that horses cannot leave or enter the farms.

The action was taken after a horse at the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg tested positive for a strain of equine herpes virus known as EHV1. The hospital, which is owned by Virginia Tech, also imposed a quarantine that officials said could last 14 to 28 days.

EHV1 affects the respiratory system of horses and occasionally causes neurological disease. Symptoms include fever, coughing, nasal discharge and loss of balance. The virus is transmitted through body fluids and does not affect humans.

Maryland and Virginia officials said horses at the quarantined farms may have come into contact with the virus while staying at the medical center. They declined to identify the farms, citing state confidentiality laws.

They said concerned horse owners should contact their veterinarian or call Virginia's agriculture department at 804-692-0601 or Maryland's at 410-841-5810.

-- Arianne AryanpurVALLEY FORGETent Fragment Identified; Washington Slept ThereA large scrap of cloth discovered at George Washington's estate in Mount Vernon is a missing piece from the tent used as his headquarters at Valley Forge, historians said.

The American Revolution Center, which is working to build a museum at Valley Forge in Pennsylvania, owns the tent and made the finding public in advance of today's commemoration of Washington's 275th birthday.

"The serrations actually fit together," said Tom Daly, the center's president and chief executive. "The thread-count analysis verified it was the same piece of textile."

The 2-foot-by-2 1/2 -foot fabric panel was found almost two years ago at Mount Vernon by textile expert Loreen Finkelstein, who was working to conserve the tent. But it wasn't until last month that she was able to see the fragment and tent together -- a moment she called "extraordinarily exciting."

Washington used the tent, also called a marquee, as his primary residence at Valley Forge for about a week in December 1777. The discovery was reported Tuesday in the New York Times.

-- Associated Press