Neighbors Rescue Attack Victim

Suspect Alleged to Have Been Using PCP

Neighbors raced from their homes in Northwest Washington to rescue a woman who was being chased by a man with a knife, separated the two and held the assailant until police arrived.

"Without them . . . he might have killed her," said Diane Groomes, a police inspector. The woman is recovering.

The suspect, identified as Reginald Jones, 21, was charged with assaulting and attempting to kill the woman in a drug-fueled rage. Police said he was high on PCP while celebrating his birthday.

City Dashes Little League Dreams

Playoffs Out of Reach After Fees Not Paid

District Little Leaguers who hoped to advance to the regional playoffs this year, and perhaps further, won't have that chance. The city's Department of Parks and Recreation, which operates five of the District's eight league programs, failed to pay the fees and file the forms required.

The league gave D.C. players a pass after a similar occurrence last year but refused to do so again.

UDC Law School Accreditation Nears

Bar Association Gives Its Approval

The University of the District of Columbia's law school became a step closer to full accreditation, and the accreditation of the university as a whole has been reaffirmed. The law school accreditation was delayed in 2003 because the rate of students passing the bar exam was one of the lowest in the country.

The vote by the American Bar Association to grant full accreditation -- with final approval expected -- signals a turnaround for the law school.

July 4 Evacuation Drill Gets Passing Grade

Experts Warn That Exercise Wasn't Realistic

The District's test of evacuation procedures, carried out after the Fourth of July fireworks show on the Mall, worked well, city officials said. Terrorism experts cautioned that it was a good idea to test procedures, but the test included artificial aspects, no panic and a group of people in one place.

What was not artificial was the cleanup the next day, which officials said was easier than in past years. They credited that, at least in part, to people toting fewer sofas, mattresses and kegs to the Mall that get left behind. Post-9/11 security screenings have made it difficult to slip in with large items, officials said.

Nationals' Bidder Gets Council Backing

4 Members Announce Support for Ledecky

With the Washington Nationals the hottest ticket in town, four D.C. Council members turned out to support the bid of local entrepreneur Jonathan Ledecky to buy the baseball team, saying he would provide new resources for the city.

For starters, Ledecky said he would donate $100,000 to start a trust aimed at renovating fields and recreation centers in the District.

Families Drop Suit Over Lead in Water City's Water Quality Said to Be Improving

The lawsuit against the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority over its management of lead contamination was dropped because the utility has taken steps to improve water quality, the attorney for two families that filed the suit last year said.

The suit had claimed that utility officials knew the city's drinking water had high lead levels in 2001 but failed to protect the public. It was a class action and sought damages for pregnant women, parents and property owners who spent money for filters, lead pipe replacement and on other costs.

Across the Region

Gas Leaks Called Fixable; Early Primary Sought

* Washington Gas said it can fix the damaged seals that have caused thousands of leaks in Prince George's County by mixing additives into the imported liquefied gas it receives.

* Some Maryland Democrats want to move next year's primary election from September to June, a change they believe could help them win back the governor's mansion and hold on to a key U.S. Senate seat.

Fireworks Flotsam Park Service employee Jimmie Mauldinuses flushes debris from the World War II Memorial after Fourth of July festivities.