Superintendent May Be Short-Term

D.C. Pursues Pick Who May Leave After a Year

D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D) and the school board have agreed that Carl A. Cohn, a consultant and University of Southern California professor, is the right person to head the schools -- even if he won't sign up for more than a year.

Negotiations to bring Cohn to the city's top schools post are underway.

Lead Law Violations Cited

EPA Finds WASA Failed to Notify Public

The contaminated city water saga continues, with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concluding that the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority violated the law by failing to notify the public of unsafe levels of lead.

A WASA official said the utility would do more than federal law required to address concerns and to restore confidence.

Cancer Screenings for Poor Resume

Program Halted After City Withheld Funds

Outreach workers will be at malls and other public spaces to recruit low-income women for breast and cervical cancer screening.

The workers, hired on contract, were sent out after cancer doctors publicized complaints that screening programs came to a halt because the D.C. Health Department failed to spend its $1 million grant for the measures.

When he heard about the problem, City Administrator Robert C. Bobb said, he was "totally and completely outraged."

Homeland Security Right at Home

Department to Stay in NW for at Least 5 Years

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is in the District to stay, keeping its headquarters in Northwest for at least five years, Bush administration officials said.

The department will consolidate operations now spread throughout the region.

The decision was welcomed by District officials, who say it will keep thousands of federal jobs in the city.

Vandals Strike Panda Sculptures

At Least Seven Public Art Pieces Damaged

Vandals have struck some of the panda sculptures placed across the city.

Miscreants damaged or ripped off parts of some sculptures, and graffitists hit others -- at least seven of the 150 statues produced and painted for the PandaMania public art project have been vandalized.

The donkey and elephant sculptures also were vandalized when they were displayed two years ago.

Proposal Aims to End Homelessness

Mayor Unveils 10-Year Plan to Add Housing

A plan to provide stable housing for all the city's homeless people within 10 years was unveiled in draft form by Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D).

The initiative, "Homeless No More," will be discussed at five public meetings over two weeks and is part of a national effort.

Businesses Brace for Taxes

Stadium Could Require $20 Million a Year

D.C. officials told business leaders that companies might have to pony up as much as $20 million in new taxes each year to fund construction of a major league ballpark.

Business leaders said that they support bringing a major league team to the District and that they expect to pay to make it happen.

But for that much money, they said, they want more information.

Former School Counselor Convicted

Man Was Tried Before on Sex Crime Charges

A former Ballou Senior High School counselor was convicted of sexually assaulting one student and assaulting another.

John T. Jones had been tried twice before on sex crime charges but never convicted.

Pandas in peril: Judi Byers inspects damage on Cro-Magnon Panda, which had a piece torn off its head. At least six other statues have also been damaged.