Voters Sack 3 D.C. Council Incumbents
Unhappy Eastern Wards Bring Back Ex-Mayor
Three challengers rode a tide of apparent frustration in two eastern wards to unseat D.C. Council members in the Democratic primary. Given the District's heavily Democratic voter rolls, the three are expected to have no trouble in November.
The most dramatic win was that of former mayor Marion Barry, who won the Ward 8 seat at the table, ousting Sandy Allen. In Ward 7, incumbent Kevin P. Chavous was defeated by Vincent C. Gray. The at-large seat of Harold Brazil went to a political newcomer, Kwame R. Brown.
Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D) said the results showed that his administration must do a better job communicating achievements and reaching out to residents who do not feel a part of the city's economic renewal.
Election Puts Pressure on Stadium Deal
Financing in Peril, Baseball and District Act
Officials said Major League Baseball was prodded to move quickly by the Democratic primary results and planned to expedite a long-promised decision on whether a team will come to the District.
The three victorious D.C. Council challengers have said they do not want public money used to finance a baseball stadium, and they could change the city's posture. Baseball officials indicated a decision could come this week.
GOP Moves to Lift District Ban on Guns
Senator Wants Repeal Added to 2005 Budget
Once the nation's assault weapons ban expired, it took about a day for gun proponents to take aim at the District's gun restrictions. Then a move to repeal virtually all the District's restrictions got a boost in the Senate, where gun rights supporters are trying to have the language passed as an amendment to the city's 2005 budget.
Charge Dropped in Pastor's Slaying
Lack of Evidence Cited in Gas Station Shooting
A murder charge against a man accused of killing a pastor at a service station in Northeast was dropped after prosecutors decided they did not have enough evidence to proceed. Samuel Davis III, 24, was accused of killing Fletcher M. Lyles, 66, but Davis's attorney has said his client was somewhere else at the time of the shooting.
Janey to Lead Troubled School District
Board Approves Salary of $250,000, Incentives
The District's public schools have their fifth superintendent in a decade. Clifford B. Janey won unanimous approval from the D.C. Board of Education, which also approved a contract for an annual salary of $250,000 and performance incentives of as much as 20 percent. Janey, a career educator, takes over a 65,000-student system beset with problems, from violence in the schools to poor academic performance.
Survey Finds Lapses in School Security
Unattended Doors, Lack of Guards Detailed
One of the problems with schools is security, according to a report by the D.C. inspector general, who found unguarded doors, broken surveillance equipment and an insufficient number of guards at schools surveyed. The study was part of a series of reports on school security. Last week, the inspector general's office found lax record-keeping of crimes on school grounds.
Zoo's Wait for Panda Brood Continues
Watch Concludes 'Pregnancy' Was False
The National Zoo will not be fussing with a panda cub this year. The zoo's staff had started a round-the-clock watch on the female panda, Mei Xiang, for signs of pregnancy when her hormone levels increased. The pandas had failed to mate successfully, but workers artificially inseminated Mei Xiang. However, officials said hormone levels were down, and the panda turned out to have had a false pregnancy.