Congress Withholds $13 Million

Members Fault D.C. Schools' Spending Plan

Members of Congress said they plan to withhold $13 million they had approved earlier for D.C. schools because the District turned in an inadequate plan to spend it.

At a budget hearing, Sen. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) said he intends to withhold the money, approved to complement a new federally funded school voucher program, until a new superintendent is hired for the 64,200-student system.

The loss of the money comes after the school board decided this month to eliminate 557 jobs, including 285 teaching positions.

Schools Chief Finalist Takes Another Job

Crew Says Governance May Dissuade Others

The search for the person who might help restore confidence in the D.C. school system did not go well. The mayor's preferred superintendent candidate, Rudolph F. Crew, took the top job in Miami-Dade County instead and said later that a major factor in staying away from the District was concern about who would actually run the schools.

Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D) wants the superintendent to report to him, but the D.C. Council voted to extend the current system -- a school board with five elected members and four mayoral appointees.

Crew said that the struggle for control would distract from improvement in the schools and that it would scare away worthy candidates.

D.C.'s Inequity in Mammograms

Black, Poor Women Less Likely to Be Screened

Mammography screening in the District is not as likely for elderly and disabled women if they are African American or live in poorer wards, according to a report analyzing Medicare claims.

The report showed that only 51 percent of black women ages 50 to 67 had had a mammogram in 2001 or 2002, compared with 61 percent of white women in that age group.

Breast cancer often can be controlled if detected early, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The latest figures show the District's death rate, at 42.6 deaths per 100,000 women, was higher than any state's.

A New Home for Children's Museum

2008 Reopening Planned in L'Enfant Plaza

The Capital Children's Museum will go dark by year's end, to light up again by early 2008 as the National Children's Museum in L'Enfant Plaza, if everything goes as planned.

The museum, behind Union Station in a 19th-century complex built as a Catholic convent and home for the poor and elderly, has contracted those buildings to a developer who plans condos.

D.C. Eases Rules on Late-Night Liquor

Hours for Some Stores Could Extend to Midnight

Liquor stores in the District no longer have to close at 10 p.m., but later hours aren't automatic.

An amendment to the Alcoholic Beverage Amendment Act of 2004 passed 7 to 6, giving the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board authority to extend hours to midnight for the city's 600 liquor stores. Stores must apply, and applications will be granted on a case-by-case basis.

U.S. Attorney in D.C. to Step Down

Prosecutor to Become Partner in Law Firm

Roscoe C. Howard Jr., head of the U.S. attorney's office in the District, is leaving to become a partner in the Washington office of a California law firm.

He was confirmed as the District's top prosecutor a few days after Sept. 11, 2001, and ran the office during expansion of anti-terrorism efforts, through the anthrax mailings investigation and the conviction of members of the Murder Inc. drug gang. No replacement has been nominated.

Across the Region

17 Businesses That Transmit Money Raided

* Federal agents have raided 17 money-transmitting businesses in the region that allegedly sent millions of dollars abroad without obtaining licenses, part of a nationwide crackdown aimed at curbing the ability of terrorists to move cash.

Flyover finished: A mile-long overpass designed to route traffic 10 stories high and around the Springfield Mixing Bowl opened Wednesday.