Beltway Lanes to Close in Springfield
All but one lane of the outer loop of the Capital Beltway near the Springfield interchange will be closed tonight and tomorrow night from 10:30 p.m. to 5 a.m., project officials said yesterday.
Project officials said the closings are necessary to place a steel beam on an overhead ramp that is scheduled to open later this year and carry drivers from Interstate 395 south over the Mixing Bowl and onto the outer loop.
They said delays should be minimal.
Fenty Bill Seeks Bonds to Repair Schools
D.C. Council member Adrian M. Fenty (D-Ward 4) introduced a bill yesterday that would authorize a $1 billion bond issuance to fix up the city's deteriorating schools and get the facilities "back on track." The bond would be secured over 30 years by using a portion of lottery revenue starting in 2007.
Although council members agreed that the condition of schools is a top priority, some questioned whether enough lottery funds would be available to pay for the project.
Carol Schwartz (R-At Large) said that she wants to know which projects would have to be "defunded" for the money to be used for the schools.
Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), chairman of the council's tax and finance committee, was not optimistic. "There's no money available," he said.
Chairman of UDC Board to Step Down
Charles J. Ogletree Jr. announced his resignation yesterday from the board of the University of the District of Columbia, which he chaired for six years.
Ogletree will step down May 15 to become executive director of the new Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School.
"Professor Ogletree will be sorely missed," Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D) said in a statement. "He did an outstanding job as chairman of the UDC Board of Trustees, providing much-needed leadership throughout his tenure. UDC is a better school because of him -- and Washington is a better city."
Flower Vendor Mystery Solved, Police Say
A 25-year-old Mexican immigrant who disappeared while selling flowers at a Wheaton intersection on Sunday afternoon has been found, Montgomery County police said yesterday.