Man Guilty in 2003 Tavern Slayings
Three Colonel Brooks' Workers Shot to Death
The last of four men accused of taking part in the killing of three employees of Colonel Brooks' Tavern in 2003 was found guilty. Rodman Durham was convicted of murder and other charges. The victims were herded into a walk-in refrigerator at the Northeast Washington restaurant and shot execution style. One of those accused committed suicide, and two pleaded guilty.
Williams Wants Tax Cut Reconsidered
Mayor Says Relief Should Help Less Wealthy
Looking for a little property tax relief? Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D) wants the D.C. Council to eliminate its planned cut because he thinks too much of the money would roll back to the city's most affluent areas. He says the tax relief should be targeted to homeowners and neighborhoods least able to cope with rising taxes. It goes over to the council for another vote. Stay tuned.
SE Man Admits to Arsons in Region
Guilty Pleas Made in Deaths of 2 Women
The man suspected of being the serial arsonist who struck dozens of homes in the area admitted he set the fires and kept setting them even after two of them killed elderly women in Northeast Washington. Thomas A. Sweatt, 50, of Southeast Washington is a former fast-food restaurant manager. He pleaded guilty to arson and murder charges. He was arrested less than six weeks ago.
Police Pay to Increase 21 Percent
Raise is First for Officers in 2 Years
Police officers' salaries will be going up for the first time in nearly two years. Under a pay package approved by the D.C. Council, some unionized officers will get a 21 percent raise over the next 31/2 years. Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D) recommended that the city's nonunion senior officers get the same increase. The 3,460 officers represented by the Fraternal Order of Police have worked without a contract since Sept. 30, 2003.
Deutsche Bank Has Sole Stadium Plan
Decision Expected in Next Few Weeks
Remember the funding plan for the new baseball stadium that Council Chairman Linda W. Cropp (D) favored? The city's chief financial officer said it was too risky, and Cropp asked him to take another look. He wrote that nothing in a revised plan changed his decision not to certify it. That leaves the city with one plan, from Deutsche Bank. A decision is expected in the next few weeks, Cropp said.
Candidates Must Identify Donors
Council Approves Disclosure Legislation
The D.C. Council approved legislation to make four mayoral contenders identify their donors and disclose how they spent money raised through unregulated exploratory committees. This year, as Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D) nears the end of his second term, a number of potential challengers have used the committees to raise large amounts of cash, triggering concerns among those who advocate open government.
U.S. Attorney's Office Chief Chosen
Acting Head Wainstein Tapped for Position
Kenneth L. Wainstein, who has served a year as acting head of the office of the U.S. attorney for the District, was nominated to serve as the main man. Wainstein, 43, took over for Roscoe C. Howard Jr., who left for private practice.
Across the Region
Davis Calls for Metro Probe; Marshal Convicted
* Rep. Thomas M. Davis III (R-Va.) announced that he is asking the Government Accountability Office to investigate the way Metro managed nearly $1 billion in programs to buy new rail cars, rebuild middle-aged cars and renovate its escalators.
* A Montgomery County jury convicted Arthur L. Lloyd, 54, a former deputy U.S. marshal, of voluntary manslaughter for shooting a 20-year-old Navy seaman after a traffic dispute on Rockville Pike.