Income Gap as Wide Here as Elsewhere
Experts Say It Hasn't Improved Since 1999
Rich and poor are as far apart in the District as they are in any other major city, according to a study based on census figures. The rich -- those households in the top 20 percent -- had an average income of $186,830 a year according to the 2000 Census; the poor -- those households in the bottom 20 percent -- had an average income of only $6,126.
Experts don't think it has gotten better since 1999, when the census was taken.
Secretive Schools Chief Search
Committee Picks 4 Finalists for Superintendent
Stealthily, the city renewed its search for a superintendent of schools, with some members of the search committee not knowing whom they'd be interviewing before the moment arrived.
Four of the seven candidates emerged as finalists when the interviews were over Friday. All four are veteran educators; they have led school districts in Rochester, N.Y.; Toledo; Shreveport, La.; and Pittsburgh. The process stalled earlier when two candidates backed out.
House Approves Federal Aid to D.C.
Gridlocked Senate to Take Up Budget Bill Later
Another week, another approval for the District's 2005 budget. The House of Representatives approved it and $560 million in direct federal aid after Republican leaders promised to keep the D.C. Council from granting some noncitizens a vote in city elections.
With gridlock on the calendar, the Senate expects the $8.2 billion bill to be folded into a catchall spending measure this year and differences to be worked out between House and Senate negotiators.
Tuberculosis Bureau Criticized
Doctors Say Staff Turned Away Patients
The D.C. Health Department's Tuberculosis Control Bureau may not be able to adequately serve low-income residents and protect public health, some in the medical community said. Doctors who refer patients there said staff had mishandled treatment and turned away people seeking TB screening because an X-ray machine was old and broke down often.
The Health Department promised improvements in performance at the building on the campus of the shuttered D.C. General Hospital.
Academic Appetites Shun Junk Foods
Resolution Calls for Healthier School Snacks
Students' choices of snacks will be more limited under a resolution by the D.C. Board of Education, which stipulates that healthier snacks and fruit juice should replace junk food and sodas in vending machines at seven public schools in October and throughout the system by February.
Juvenile Violence Numbers Rising
16 Slain This Year; Car Thefts a Problem
More casualties in the surge of juvenile violence in the city. This year, 16 juveniles have been slain -- four more than were killed all of last year. Many have been wounded.
Police earlier in the week unveiled a crime emergency plan, similar to one last year to get more officers onto the streets. And Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D) said juvenile car thieves were creating a crisis in the District and pledged to put more resources into the effort to stop them.
Ethics of Slots Petitions Reviewed
Some Circulators Took the Fifth Before Board
The D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics, checking out complaints of fraud and forgery in connection with the campaign to put an initiative on the ballot for making slots possible, ran into a wall. That wall was the Fifth Amendment, invoked by some who participated in the drive.
But the wall broke down a bit Friday, when two witnesses testified that signatures presented as theirs were forgeries.