No Surprise Here: City Backs Kerry
Voters Choose Barry, Change School Board
The general election produced decisive if not always surprising results in the District. Sen. John F. Kerry won more than 90 percent of votes for president. Only about 8 percent of the city's voters are registered as Republicans.
Former mayor Marion Barry was overwhelmingly elected to the D.C. Council to represent Ward 8, and newcomers Kwame R. Brown (At Large) and Vincent C. Gray (Ward 7) were easily elected after ousting longtime council members Harold Brazil and Kevin P. Chavous in the Democratic primary.
The most heated races in the general election were for school board. Victor Reinoso beat incumbent Dwight E. Singleton and five other candidates to represent Wards 3 and 5. Reinoso, who holds an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is the director of education initiatives for the Federal City Council. In Wards 1 and 2, Jeffrey B. Smith claimed the school board seat vacated by Julie Mikuta. Smith is a graduate of Howard University and its law school and works for the city Department of Human Services.
Eleanor Holmes Norton was easily reelected to her nonvoting seat in the House of Representatives.
D.C. Guard Jet's Gunfire Strikes School
N.J. Building Accidentally Hit During Training
Military officials are investigating how a D.C. Air National Guard fighter jet based at Andrews Air Force Base accidentally fired about two dozen rounds of ammunition during a training mission. The ammunition pierced the roof of a school in southern New Jersey. No one was injured in the nighttime incident, but six projectiles were found inside the Little Egg Harbor Intermediate School on Thursday morning.
The Air National Guard is trying to determine whether the discharge was the result of a mechanical malfunction or an error by the pilot of the single-seat F-16 fighter jet.
Bigger Hospital Proposed for SE
Howard's Plans Include Research
Plans for a 110-bed hospital in Southeast Washington have more than doubled in size and scope, with the city and Howard University now talking about a medical complex with 300 beds, a trauma center and groundbreaking research.
The hospital would be built largely with public money on the grounds of the former D.C. General Hospital. Hospital officials from across the city expressed surprise at the growth of the plan and questioned where the city would find dollars to pay for it.
Murder Charge in Motorbike Death
SE Man Allegedly Ran Down Two Boys
A Southeast man has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder after he allegedly ran down two young boys with a motorbike. Lawrence Yelverton, 5, died after being stuck by a speeding motorbike, and a 4-year-old remains hospitalized.
Prosecutors said that Christopher B. Powell was warned minutes before the accident to be careful around children but that he smirked and drove off.
Across the Region
D.C. Coyotes; Hazmat Route; Rotten River
* Once a creature only of the prairie, the coyote has been officially spotted in Rock Creek Park. Twice in August, dogs running off leash in the park were attacked. Coyotes have been entrenched in the D.C. suburbs for a few years, and naturalists now confirm that the coyote is a resident of the nation's capital.
* District officials are battling with the Bush administration over whether to divert rail shipments of hazardous materials from Washington. Three Democratic members of Congress said CSX Corp. has been redirecting some rail shipments away from Washington since March. City leaders want to permanently bar shipments of such substances as chlorine, ammonia and hydrochloric and sulfuric acids.
* The state of the Anacostia River is wretched, according to a report by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. The foundation gave the river a score of 17 out of a possible 100. Foundation officials said runoff from sewage pipes and urban streets is sometimes so bad that the river stinks.