Stadium Vote Set for Nov. 30
Council Members Reject Private Funding Plan
The D.C. Council's vote to build a baseball stadium in Southeast Washington is set for Nov. 30, three weeks later than initially scheduled. A slim majority favors it.
Members refused to endorse a plan to use private money for the stadium because it would require reopening negotiations with Major League Baseball.
A new plan being aired by backers would allow a private company to charge fees for 4,000 parking spaces near the stadium.
D.C. Cabdrivers Stage Strike
Proposal to Abolish Commission at Issue
Cabdrivers went on strike, refusing for 12 hours to accept passengers. Several cab companies said many drivers participated in the job action that started at 11 a.m. Wednesday to protest Mayor Anthony A. Williams's proposal to abolish the D.C. Taxicab Commission.
Williams (D) also would like to explore changing the zone fare system.
Man Burns Himself Near White House
Reputed al Qaeda Informant Criticizes FBI
Hours after announcing his suicide attempt, a Falls Church man who said he was working as an informant on terrorism set himself on fire in front of the White House.
Mohamed Alanssi, 52, was wrestled to the ground by Secret Service officers and taken to Washington Hospital Center. He had burns on about 30 percent of his body, authorities said.
Alanssi's attempted suicide came after he alleged in interviews and a handwritten note that the FBI failed to keep all of its promises to him after he helped the organization obtain evidence against a Yemeni cleric who is facing trial in New York on charges of providing material support to al Qaeda.
Wedding Guest Killed in Robbery
Incident May Be Linked to Other NE Assaults
A Philadelphia area wedding guest was fatally shot in a robbery after the reception in Northeast Washington, police said.
George F. Longshore was shot in the chest, and detectives were examining recent reports of assaults and robberies in the Brookland area to see whether they are linked. Five days after the slaying, Brookland residents met with police and complained about poor police response and presence and asked for more protection.
Agents Arrest 19 in Adams Morgan
Illegal Identification Documents Targeted
An afternoon raid on the sidewalk of an Adams Morgan commercial strip netted 19 people who federal agents said were to be charged with selling illegal identification documents.
The arrests were the latest in Operation Card Shark, an effort by federal agents to stop sales of fake identification in the area.
Capitol Hill Checkpoints Reinstated
City Officials Say They Were Not Consulted
They're back, and so are the protests. U.S. Capitol Police reestablished 14 checkpoints across Capitol Hill and said such posts would be used intermittently to prevent terrorism.
City officials, hearing that no new intelligence prompted the move, said federal police ignored District leaders and did not consult with city agencies before they made their decision.
Toxic Chemical Found in Water
No Health Risk Posed, Officials Say
A test of the water in the Washington Aqueduct has revealed the presence of a toxic chemical, despite a theory of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials that contamination from buried World War I munitions in the Spring Valley area poses no threat to Dalecarlia Reservoir.
The aqueduct's chief said the amount of perchlorate -- typically found in weapons and explosives -- does not pose a health risk but wants weekly tests. Council member Carol Schwartz (R-At Large) held a hearing on the Spring Valley issue.