WEEK IN REVIEW
Sunday, April 24, 2005; Page C04
The D.C. attorney general declared that gay couples married last year in Massachusetts may file joint tax returns in the District. Robert J. Spagnoletti added, however, that the D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue "reserves the authority" to reject their filings. The subject quickly drew the attention of Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.), who warned that a move to recognize gay marriages in the nation's capital would trigger a sharp review by lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
Mayor Anthony A. Williams said he has not decided whether to seek reelection next year, but the answer could come this summer.
A lot of people are going to be leaving Washington in the next 25 years, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Its demographers are predicting that the city's population will plummet from 572,000 residents to just over 433,000 by 2030. D.C. officials, however, predict a total of 712,000 residents by 2030.
The National Teacher of the Year is a math instructor at John Philip Sousa Middle School in Southeast Washington. Jason Kamras was feted in a White House ceremony. He is the first winner from a D.C. public school in the contest's 53-year history. Kamras, hailed for his dedication and imagination, said that the students "inspire me every day with their intelligence, creativity and humor."
The D.C. government and CSX Transportation Inc. are awaiting word from an appellate court on the city's plan to ban rail shipments of hazardous materials. A federal judge refused to stop the ban from taking effect last week, but it remains on hold. CSX won more time from the D.C. Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals, which is weighing legal arguments.
Saying he was ashamed and sorry, a neighbor pleaded guilty to killing Wanda R. Alston, an adviser to the mayor, in a robbery at her Northeast Washington home. William Martin Parrott Jr. could face 40 years in prison for second-degree murder. He told a judge that he was high on drugs when he stabbed Alston on March 16. She was the mayor's liaison to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.
The Washington Nationals drew more than 220,000 fans to their first homestand at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, including the baseball team's new mascot: Screech, a 6-foot-2 eagle. Some adults said Screech looks more like a chicken than an eagle, but overall, the mascot, like the team, is getting good reviews from baseball-starved fans.
A fatal crash in Arlington rekindled debate about whether school buses should have seat belts. The crash Monday, involving a bus that lacked seat belts, killed a 9-year-old girl and injured a 7-year-old boy who died two days later.