D.C. May Add Surveillance Cameras
London Attacks Renew Debate on System
A debate over surveillance cameras in the city has been reopened, three years after D.C. Council members found out that a 14-camera system for the police had been installed without their knowledge. Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D) said his administration will look into increasing the use of such cameras as part of the city's response to the London bombings.
Plan for Medical Center Questioned
Williams Seeks $200 Million for Project
Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D) is calling for at least $200 million to build and support a 250-bed medical center that Howard University would own and operate on the grounds of the former D.C. General Hospital. The project, announced in much smaller form about two years ago, has raised questions from city medical organizations about whether it is the best way to address the needs of District residents.
Senator Drops Voucher Expansion
Plan Would Have Allowed Use Outside D.C.
A Republican senator who had proposed allowing the city's voucher students to attend private high schools in Maryland and Virginia pulled the plan, saying there wasn't enough time to pass legislation to help students this fall. The proposal had drawn criticism from city and school officials and from Democrats. Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas said he remains concerned about a shortage of high school slots for voucher students and plans a hearing.
30-Minute Rule to Be Lifted on Flights
Better Security Credited at National
Passengers no longer will be required to stay seated for 30 minutes while approaching or taking off from Reagan National Airport. The rule, instituted after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, will be lifted as part of a restructuring of the Department of Homeland Security. Better security, including hardened cockpit doors and air marshals aboard Washington flights, was cited as a reason for the change.
White House Offers U.S. Land to D.C.
82 Acres Near RFK, SE Parkland Among Areas
Eighty-two acres near Robert F. Kennedy Stadium and 100 acres of parkland in Southeast Washington are among land proposed by the White House for transfer to District authority. The Office of Management and Budget offered to hand over the sites and federal reservations across the city after a review ordered in the 2006 budget.
Cropp Supports Stadium Financing
Proposal Could Lower Business Tax Burden
D.C. Council Chairman Linda W. Cropp has been won over by a financing plan that would provide $246 million in private money for a baseball stadium because, she said, the funding would reduce the tax burden on local businesses. Cropp's change of heart from her previous ambivalence means the District could soon enter into an agreement to build a stadium.
School Guards Had Criminal Records
Police Had Approved Security Workers
Several school security guards have criminal records, according to the city inspector general's office, and were issued licenses by the D.C. police department. The report said some guards might not have been permitted to work in the schools if their backgrounds had been sufficiently reviewed. Assistant Police Chief Gerald M. Wilson, who oversees school security, said that more extensive background checks and training are being done and that 13 guards were released.