Flu Shots Limited to High-Risk Groups
Hospitals, Nursing Homes Have Few Vaccines
The District's acting health director issued an emergency order prohibiting anyone not in a high-risk group from being given a flu shot. Hospitals and nursing homes have very limited supplies as winter approaches. The federal government announced that it will oversee distribution of the vaccine not yet shipped to see if it can divert supplies to areas with the greatest shortfalls.
Expos' Officials Establish D.C. Office
Mayor Chastised for His Baseball Boosterism
With Major League Baseball's spring training four months away, the president of the Montreal Expos and his right-hand man set up shop in the Washington Hilton. There is too much to do to wait for the D.C. Council's approval of stadium financing, said Tony Tavares, starting with picking a company to help sell tickets, visiting Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium and meeting with a public relations firm. Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D) met with Ward 7 residents who asked him to fight for schools and a hospital as hard as he fought for baseball.
Metro Keeps Redskins Fans Idling
System Officials Vow It Won't Happen Again
It was bad enough when the Redskins lost to the Ravens on Monday night, but the trip home was even worse for thousands of Metro riders. Metro managers idled trains at L'Enfant Plaza Station for as long as an hour to focus on the "efficient use of trains," rather than getting fans home fast. Top Metro officials said they were "outraged," apologized to fans and promised it wouldn't happen at the next night game, Dec. 12.
Columbus Day Observance Successful
Shoppers Pack Stores, Celebrants Hail Explorer
Columbus Day found District public schools closed, stores busy and the annual observance at the statue of Christopher Columbus in front of Union Station a success. The Italian American Foundation drew a good crowd, bands played and "nobody threw any blood on the statue this year," said Executive Director John B. Salamone.
Mother Sues in Death of Teen
Note Saying She Needed Urgent Care Sent Home
The mother of Cindy Alvarado has filed a $10 million suit against the city, charging that city employees are responsible for her death from a curable ailment. Cindy, 13, died of an intestinal blockage after she stopped breathing on a school bus on her way to her foster home. After she died, a note saying she needed urgent care was found in her backpack.
Downtown Experiencing Retail Boom
Pent-Up Shopping Demand, Officials Credited
A retail revival is under way in downtown Washington as nine national retailers have opened up in the shopping district east of the White House in the past five years. Developers credit pent-up demand for downtown shopping, a growing population of private-sector employees and an aggressive effort by city leaders to court retailers.
15-Year-Old Found Dead in Stolen Car
Number of Juveniles Slain in City Rises to 22
The number of juveniles slain in the District this year rose to 22 Tuesday when Shawn J. Riley, 15, was found dead in the back seat of a stolen car. His mother at first didn't believe the caller who said her son was dead in an alley in Southeast.
Across the Region
Residents Register; Man Charged in Boy's Death
* As the registration deadline approached, election officials throughout Maryland said residents were flooding in to sign up to vote in the November election. Statewide, the number of registered voters was approaching 3 million, up nearly 10 percent from the presidential election in 2000.
* Two weeks after a 3-year-old Caroline County boy disappeared in the care of his mother's boyfriend, the man has been charged. Herman L. Black, 45, was charged with second-degree murder in the disappearance of Tyreek Davis. Authorities would not say what evidence they have that the boy, not seen since Sept. 29, is dead.