SE Man Charged in Teenager's Death

Police Say Victim Was Not Intended Target

A teenager was killed in Northeast Washington, and a man accused in the shooting has admitted it, prosecutors said in filing papers. Joshua Ross, 20, of Southeast Washington was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Myesha Lowe, 15. The teenager, who was to leave the next day on a group trip to Niagara Falls, was not the intended target, police said. She was sitting in a parked car with two friends when shot, the latest in a series of juvenile homicides in the District this year.

Some Slots Petitions Withdrawn

Backers Say They Have Enough for Ballot

After eight days of hearings into the validity of petitions to put an initiative on the November ballot to legalize slot machines in the District, the committee behind the initiative withdrew about 10 percent of 3,869 petitions it had submitted. Organizers said they have more than the 17,599 valid signatures needed. The elections board must rule on challenges and then on whether enough signatures remain for the measure to qualify for the ballot.

Superintendent Finalists Down to 3

Candidate From Pittsburgh Drops Out

One of four finalists to lead the District's schools has withdrawn from consideration. John W. Thompson, 59, schools chief in Pittsburgh, said in an e-mail that he was withdrawing because he was publicly identified as a candidate, according to the search firm hired by the city.

Finalists have been forwarded to a special city panel responsible for making recommendations to the school board, which hires the superintendent.

City Museum Lacking in Attendance

Supporters Say They Thought More Would Visit

The City Museum, established across from the Washington Convention Center with an aim to explain the District's history, is hurting. Organizers said they overestimated attendance, on which the museum had counted to help pay its way.

Recall Petition Lacks Signatures

Effort to Remove Williams Fails

Remember the petition to recall Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D)? You can forget it. The petition to put a recall question on the November ballot came up short on signatures.

City Campaign Targets Illiteracy

One-Third of District Adults Need Services

Illiteracy is the target of a major campaign this month to increase public awareness of the city's adult education programs. Posters, radio and TV spots and Metrobus and rail signs will be urging enrollment in literacy programs for those who need them. City officials say at least one-third of adults need literacy services. Only a fraction get them.

Barry Friend Endorses Incumbent

Allen Gets Support From Most Council Members

There was rough sledding for former mayor Marion Barry in his bid to unseat D.C. Council member Sandy Allen (D-Ward 8). Most council members endorsed Allen, and then the Rev. Willie F. Wilson, Barry's influential pastor at Union Temple Baptist Church, said he and other religious leaders in the ward backed Allen and would try to deliver votes. Barry said he felt a sense of betrayal.

Police Officer's Killer Gets Life Sentence

Judge Adds 100 Years for Unrelated Charges

Walter O. Johnson, convicted in the June 2001 slaying of a Metro Transit Police officer who confronted him in what seemed a routine case of fare evasion, was sentenced to life without parole. The judge added 100 years for other charges related to the shooting, and told Johnson, 36, that not only had he deprived Marlon F. Morales of a career, but he had crushed his family's hopes and dreams.

Phone Use While Driving Can Bring Fine

Police Had Been Issuing Warnings in July

Put on your ears if you're driving and talking on a cell phone. Starting today, anyone using a hand-held cell phone while driving in the District risks a ticket with a fine of up to $100. Police had been issuing warnings to violators for the past month.

After the storms: Emma Setchell and Ruari Markham, 11/2, watch cleanup of Sligo Creek Parkway after heavy rains.