Bank Robbery Suspects Arrested

Authorities Raid Ring Blamed in Six Holdups

Authorities believe they have solved a string of daring daylight bank robberies. They made arrests and raided residences, hauling out assault weapons, body armor and money stained by red ink like that used in a dye pack that exploded during the most recent robbery. Authorities -- police and agents from the FBI -- were looking for a gang involved in six robberies since January, netting more than $350,000.

Report Faults Communication at WASA

Internal Conflicts Hindered Response to Lead

Lead levels in the District's drinking water began to rise at a time the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority suffered from communication breakdowns and internal conflicts, keeping senior managers from promptly detecting and disclosing the problems, according to an independent report. It said senior agency managers played down initial findings of excessive lead levels in 2002 and failed to address the problem until December 2003.

Slots Proponents May Be Out of Luck

Opposition Mounts on D.C. Council, in Congress

Most D.C. Council members don't want slot machines in the city, and influential members of Congress said any move to put slots in the District would face stiff opposition on Capitol Hill. The voters, though, should have the final say, said Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D), who said he also opposes gambling. Proponents of putting slot machines in the District turned in petitions that are being reviewed; if enough of the signatures are ruled valid, the issue will be on the November ballot.

Status Quo for School Governance

Council Rejects Mayor's Bid for Direct Control

The furor over who will run the District's public schools is over -- for now -- after the D.C. Council voted to hang on to the Board of Education's mix of elected and appointed members until 2008. Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D) had fought to bring the system under the mayor's direct control, leading to a situation that two candidates for the system's top spot said made them wary of taking the job. The hunt for a schools chief is still on.

Williams's Chief of Staff Faces Charges

Aide Resigned; Election Law Breach Alleged

Kelvin J. Robinson resigned as chief of staff for Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D) just days before the U.S. Office of Special Counsel announced that it had charged him with urging government employees to work for the mayor's 2002 reelection campaign. A spokesman with the office said Robinson's departure would not stop the proceedings.

Two Teenage Friends Shot to Death

Police Say SE Slayings Weren't Random

Two teenagers described as best friends were killed when someone shot five people in Southeast. Police said that it might have been a result of neighborhood rivalries and that it was not a random act.

Former Redskin Receives Probation

Cocaine Possession Leads to 1-Year Sentence

George Starke, who gained fame as one of the original "Hogs" of the Washington Redskins and then became a counselor to troubled youth, got a year's probation for possession of cocaine.

House Panel Approves D.C. Budget

But Senate Action Not Likely Until September

The District's $8.2 billion budget for 2005 cleared a House committee and will go to the floor for a vote. Senate action is not expected before September.

Across the Region

Baseball Battle; No West Nile

* As Northern Virginia and the District compete for a Major League Baseball team, the Montgomery County Council unanimously urged baseball officials to return a team to the District.

* West Nile virus activity in the Washington region has been minimal this year, with no human cases in Maryland, Virginia or the District.

Checkup time: Zookeeper Tracey Barnes holds one of the National Zoo's three Sumatran tiger cubs while veterinarians prepare to examine it.