City Ecstatic at Baseball Return
Montreal Expos Could Play at RFK by April
Baseball is back, and the city is back in the big time. Even Mayor Anthony A. Williams, who was sick, was smiling. The week unfolded with an announcement by the city of a stadium site along the Anacostia River, which various planners said would accelerate the development planned there. Then city officials said they were virtually assured that they had a deal. Virtually, so it wasn't until after a tense wait for a call from Major League Baseball that the District could erupt in joy -- Montreal's Expos will be the city's team.
The baseball team -- there hasn't been one since the Senators left in 1971 -- will play first at a refurbished Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium before its new home is built. The team's name? To be determined. Fans can sign up for tickets, though.
Juvenile Slayings Reach 21
Shootings Claim 2 in a Single Week
Neighborhoods were left concerned as the District's juvenile death toll reached 21 on Tuesday. Parents and even some youths began making changes in their lives for safety. Parents told their children to phone as soon as they arrived at school, and some teenagers said they felt uneasy waiting at a bus stop. Officials said the usual factors were at work pushing the rate up; 12 died in all of 2003. They cited too little parental involvement and a lack of after-school programs and other activities to keep kids busy.
Gun Law Repeal Passes in the House
Push Condemned as an Affront to Home Rule
Members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted to repeal most of the District's gun laws despite vociferous opposition from city leaders, who said the vote was a historic violation of home rule. They held out hope, though, that the House would not prevail. The Senate shows little inclination to approve the measure. The House bill eliminates many restrictions on firearms and prevents the city from enacting any laws that would discourage firearm ownership. Rep. Mark Edward Souder (R-Ind.) sponsored the bill and said the vote in the House, which was 250 to 171, was a victory for District residents' right to bear arms.
Slots Effort Cashes Out
Ruling Backs Rejection of Petition Signatures
There won't be a measure to approve slot machines for the District on next month's ballot. The D.C. Court of Appeals upheld the city's decision to toss thousands of petition signatures gathered in support of the measure.
Council Member Opts Out of GOP
Rift Over Same-Sex Marriage Prompts Move
The D.C. Council became even less Republican than it had been when David A. Catania said he would change his registration to independent in city voting records. The decision by Catania, who joined the GOP when he was 16, leaves one Republican on the 13-member body. The rift began when President Bush hinted at his support for a federal ban on same-sex marriage. Catania, who is gay, had raised money for Bush but now supports John F. Kerry.
Quadriplegic Md. Man Dies in Custody
Critics Question Care During 10-Day Sentence
A man paralyzed as a child and unable to breathe on his own died after being shuttled between the D.C. jail complex and Greater Southeast Community Hospital. Jonathan Magbie, 27, of Mitchellville, was jailed for marijuana possession. An investigation is underway.
Across the Region
Moore Speech Canceled; WSCC Official Resigns
* George Mason University canceled a speaking engagement by "Fahrenheit 9/11" filmmaker Michael Moore after two Virginia legislators and others complained that public money should not support an overtly political event.
* The vice chairman of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission resigned after Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan (D) threatened to oust him if he did not step down.