Police Chief's Car Stolen in Southwest
Ramsey's Vehicle Contained Radio, Riot Gear
Although car theft in the District has decreased, it is on the radar of the city's police chief. The department-owned Ford Crown Victoria usually driven by Charles H. Ramsey was stolen from where it was parked on a street in Southwest Washington. Ramsey said he could not find the car last Sunday when he looked for it. The car contained no weapons but did contain a police radio and a duffel bag holding riot gear.
Nationals Eyeing $20 Million Profit
Labor Deal, High Court Ruling Boost Ballpark
The Washington Nationals keep coming up winners, and not just on the scoreboard. The team is on track to make a pretax profit of $20 million -- a turnaround from the ballclub's chronic economic underperformance when it was in Montreal. In addition, the D.C. Council approved a labor agreement for building a stadium, and the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on eminent domain, which could help the city more easily acquire land needed for a ballpark.
Business Tax Stirs Anger, Uncertainty
Some Owners Pay Ballpark Fee Under Protest
Not all is rosy with baseball. The District's attempts to collect the first installment of a business tax to build a stadium has outraged some company owners, confused others and renewed a political discussion about the tax. Some owners said that they would pay under protest and that they are considering legal action.
D.C. Plans Flexible Path to Diploma
Students Could Graduate in 3 or 5 Years
Starting in fall 2006, the District's public schools plan to offer an option for students who have trouble finishing high school in four years: an extra year to complete studies for graduation. Superintendent Clifford B. Janey said his goal is to provide flexibility to students. He said he also plans to establish a three-year track for students who want to finish early.
School officials said the moves are part of redesigning the high school curriculum to help students juggle challenges.
Whitman-Walker Gets $300,000 Grant
Williams Vows to Submit Funding Plan
Three weeks after it revealed serious cash-flow troubles and made sweeping cuts in services for the region's AIDS patients and gay and lesbian community, Whitman-Walker Clinic received a $300,00 grant for a site in Southeast Washington. In addition, Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D) promised to submit a plan to provide funding to the clinic from the city's Department of Health. The grant, from D.C. Chartered Health Care Plan, will help the clinic's Max Robinson Center.
D.C. Oversight of HIV Services Faulted
Audit Cites Funding, Monitoring Failures
The District's HIV/AIDS Administration has failed to properly monitor service providers, has prepared questionable reports and has funded groups not necessarily involved with AIDS, according to a report by the city's inspector general's office.
Orange Announces Mayoral Candidacy
Council Member Follows Fenty Into Race
Add D.C. Council member Vincent B. Orange Sr. (D-Ward 5) to the field of those who would be mayor. Orange addressed dozens of supporters at a picnic at his Northeast Washington home, taking credit for helping nurture the city's financial turnaround during two terms on the council. Orange, 48, is the second declared candidate for next year's election, after fellow council member Adrian M. Fenty (D-Ward 4). Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D) has not said whether he will run for a third term.