Banking on a New Superintendent
Mayor Shops for a Star; Board Cuts Teaching Jobs
The same week the District Board of Education decided to eliminate jobs of 557 school-based employees, 285 of them teachers, Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D) and other officials said they might ask the business community to kick in for a compensation package approaching $600,000 for the next superintendent. Annual salary would be about $250,00 after the first year, which would be boosted with bonuses to about $350,000.
On the job cuts, board members did not seek help from the business community. They voted to cut to balance the budget, drawing harsh reaction from school activists and teachers union officials.
In the running for the top spot in the schools were a former airline executive, the superintendent in Syracuse, N.Y., and former schools chiefs in New York City and Long Beach, Calif. The former New York City official, Rudolph F. Crew, already has been offered the top job in the Miami schools, but Williams is trying to lure Crew to the District.
Making a Stand for Section 8
City Vows to Keep Buildings in Federal Program
The District is girding for battle with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, said City Administrator Robert C. Bobb.
If the agency yanks subsidies and evicts Section 8 tenants, he said, owners could duck responsibilities to low-income tenants and convert their buildings to luxury residences. At least three complexes in Northwest could be cut from the Section 8 program because they failed at least two inspections. Residents think the rules tempt owners to let buildings fail so they can drop Section 8 tenants and sell at market rates. Bobb said the city will go to court if needed.
Two Young Men in Custody
Brothers Charged in 8-Year-Old's Death
Less than a week after 8-year-old Chelsea Cromartie was buried, two brothers were in custody.
Prosecutors said the brothers told police that they were shooting at two teenagers outside the Northeast Washington house where the girl was watching television. The shots missed the teenagers, and one killed Chelsea.
Raashed Hall, 21, and his brother, Ricardo, 23, were charged with first-degree murder and gave police statements that the shooting was an act of revenge gone awry.
Murder Inc. Conviction
Jurors Reach Verdict After One Is Replaced
A federal jury reshaped after the removal of one juror found the last of six defendants guilty Monday in the trial of lieutenants of the street gang Murder Inc.
The six-month case was one of Washington's longest-running and highest-security criminal trials, with bulletproof glass surrounding judge and jury and defendants wearing electric stun belts to control their movements.
New Downtown Bus Service
Metro Aims to Cover Main Tourist Stops
Buses will link some of the city's hottest tourist spots and major business centers by early next year, under a new Metro plan. Riders will be able to travel between Union Station, the Washington Convention Center and Georgetown, with stops on K Street, or between the Convention Center, the Mall and the Southwest waterfront. A ride will cost 50 cents.
Across the Region
Machete Charges; Arson Spreads; Big Jobs
* A Fairfax County teenager has been charged in the machete attack on a 16-year-old boy in Springfield, and police are investigating whether the assault was related to a gang fight at a carnival at the Potomac Mills mall 10 days earlier.
* Authorities are investigating a fire early Thursday that rousted a Fairfax County couple from their home as another of the area's string of arsons. More than 35 fires are part of the probe, mostly in the District and Prince George's County.
* Highway officials announced milestones at two of the region's major road projects, with key work shifting to land at the new Woodrow Wilson Bridge and an important lane shift about five miles down the interstate at the Springfield Mixing Bowl.