Whitman-Walker Cuts Spending
AIDS Clinic Plans Layoffs, Program Reductions
Whitman-Walker Clinic, the region's oldest and biggest provider of services for those who have HIV, announced it would pull out of the suburbs, lay off about a quarter of its staff of 260 and trim other programs, including the District's food bank. The clinic's board ordered the moves, aimed at saving $2.5 million, but they are seen as just part of the solution to a severe cash crisis. The organization's donations shrank and federal grants did not grow, and the clinic's interim executive director said the belt-tightening probably should have come earlier.
Stadium Funding Reevaluated
Cropp Indicates Openness to Public Financing
D.C. Council Chairman Linda W. Cropp (D), who cast the decisive vote on the $535 million baseball stadium financing package that required Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D) to seek at least $140 million in private money, said she is still looking for the right private financing plan for the home for the Washington Nationals. She said she would drop the cause unless a "significant" plan is found soon. Cropp said she would be comfortable with public funding if "it's more cost-effective and beneficial to taxpayers."
City Considers Ferry Services
Commuters, Tourists Could Benefit
With roads clogged, the city is thinking about starting ferry service on the Potomac and Anacostia rivers, hoping to have something afloat by next spring. Officials said several companies are interested in a half-million-dollar contract for an 18-month pilot program to run a water coach or ferry in the mornings and evenings for commuters and during the day for tourists.
Teen Slain in NW
Drive-By Shooting Injures Second Youth
A drive-by shooting in the Sursum Corda housing complex, off North Capitol Street, left a 17-year-old youth dead and a 15-year-old wounded. Police said the shooting may have stemmed from a dispute at a go-go club, but they were investigating several possible motives. The two teenagers were among dozens of people standing around, some near an ice cream truck, shortly before 9 p.m. Police identified the dead youth as Andre Belton of the 4400 block of 23rd Parkway in Temple Hills. The wounded youth was not identified because he is a witness.
Fenty Declares Bid for Mayor
Council Member Is First Official Candidate
D.C. Council member Adrian M. Fenty (D-Ward 4) made official something he has been exploring for months: He is running for mayor. Fenty became the first official candidate among several who are thinking of challenging Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D). Fenty, a council member for a little more than four years, said he is an engaged and energetic politician who has a vision of "a better, more inclusive city." If elected, Fenty, 34, would be the youngest District mayor in three decades of self-government.
City Ordered to Pay in Abuse Case
Boy Was Victimized at D.C.-Run Summer Camp
The family of a boy who was sexually abused at a city-run summer camp was awarded $550,000 by a federal jury. The U.S. District Court jury found that the city's Department of Parks and Recreation had been negligent in the incident, which occurred in 2001. The city paid $371,000 to settle another case involving the same camp and the same older camper.
Across the Region
Hinckley Seeks Passes; Tree Removal Revisited
* John W. Hinckley Jr., who tried to kill President Ronald Reagan in 1981, again asked a judge to allow him to visit his parents overnight in Williamsburg. A hearing is scheduled in September.
* A National Park Service official and environmental leaders who once backed the federal government's decision to allow Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder to remove 130 mature trees from protected land near the C&O Canal say they are not sure it was the right decision. Montgomery County is investigating whether the arrangement violated local law.