THE DISTRICT

Shooting Death in Northwest

An unidentified man was fatally shot early yesterday morning in Northwest Washington. Police responded at 4:15 a.m. after a reported shooting in the 400 block of Kennedy Street NW. The victim suffered gunshot wounds to the head and body. The man was taken to the medical examiner's office, where he was pronounced dead. Police are investigating the homicide and the man's identity.

Columbia Heights Development

Work has begun on a 229-unit condominium project atop the Columbia Heights Metro station, at a vacant lot on the southwest corner of 14th and Irving streets NW that has sat mostly empty since the 1968 riots.

The $87 million Highland Park project includes an underground parking garage and a landscaped garden rooftop to filter rainwater before it enters storm drains. Approximately 68 of the condominiums will be reserved at below-market prices for low- and moderate-income residents.

The development team, led by Bethesda-based Donatelli & Klein, also is building a 153-unit apartment project across 14th Street from the Highland Park site. The two complexes are among several major projects planned and underway in Columbia Heights, including the renovation of the Tivoli Theatre and a new Giant supermarket.

THE REGION

Plea in Gun Store Case

A former co-owner of a gun store that figured in the Washington-area sniper shootings pleaded guilty last week to an income-tax charge, said the U.S. attorney's office in the western district of Washington state.

Brian D. Borgelt, 41, of Lakewood, Wash., who once owned Bull's Eye Shooter Supply in Tacoma, pleaded guilty to failing to file a federal tax return, the prosecutors said. Lee Boyd Malvo, one of the two men convicted of murder in the sniper case, told investigators he stole the rifle used in the shootings from the Tacoma store.

It could not be determined whether there was a connection between the tax investigation and the inquiry into the history of the rifle.

An official from the criminal investigation division of the Internal Revenue Service, however, said in a statement that the plea "serves to reaffirm the legal requirements to file" tax returns and pay the associated tax.

MARYLAND

U.S. to Audit Schools' Billing

The federal government plans to audit 20 of Maryland's 24 school systems, focusing on their Medicaid billing records.

The audit could cost the systems millions of dollars, and it exacerbates a dispute between the state education department and Baltimore City school officials.

School systems receive Medicaid reimbursement to cover part of the cost of medical services provided to special education students from low-income families. The money also covers the cost of students' transportation to school on days they receive those services.

City school officials say the expansion of a previous audit proves that the problem with Medicaid billing records is statewide. But state officials say they are primarily concerned about what the auditors will find in Baltimore.

Boy Hit by Car Dies

A 12-year-old boy who was struck by a car while crossing a road in Frederick County on Tuesday died Thursday, police said yesterday.

Mohammed Yussuf died at Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

The boy was hit by a 1992 Cadillac Deville as he attempted to cross New Design Road just south of Robin Drive, police said. The driver of the car, Amy M. Winter, 30, of Knoxville has not been charged, police said.

Tourist Train's Cost Conflict

The state and the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad have a million-dollar disagreement over future costs for the tourist attraction, according to figures released last week.

The discrepancy emerged at a meeting of state, local and railroad officials who are studying the tourist train's survival prospects after state subsidies end this year.

The Department of Transportation's cost projections for maintaining the track, bridges, tunnels and equipment through 2010 exceeded the railroad's estimates by at least $1.1 million.

Railroad board President Charles Amos said that if actual costs exceed the railroad's projections, the state should continue subsidizing the tourist train.

"He has a special e-mail they can reach him at. They can call him on his private line. It's not a one-time visit with the bishop -- it's whatever you need with the bishop."

-- Susan Gibbs, spokeswoman for the Washington archdiocese, on the accessibility of Auxiliary Bishop Kevin J. Farrell, who is Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick's point man for victims of clerical sex abuse.

Compiled from reports by staff writers Eric Rich, Martin Weil, Debbi Wilgoren and Nia-Malika Henderson and the Associated Press.