After a Year, Zoo Director Is Chosen
New Chief Runs Fish and Wildlife Foundation
The zoo has a new keeper. He's a former Interior Department official who runs the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, which raises money for projects to save wild lands and creatures. John Berry, 46, who will become director of the National Zoo, was chosen after a year-long search to find a strong manager with a background in science and animal care.
Mayor Lobbies for ESPN Visit to District
Jesse Jackson, Mark Plotkin Criticize Snub to City
ESPN decided to send its main news show on a 50-state tour but, well, the District is simply not a state. But Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D), the Rev. Jesse Jackson and WTOP political commentator Mark Plotkin started complaining, with Williams sending a letter demanding that ESPN reverse its decision. No response to that. But then Jackson picked up the phone and called ESPN. Now, say ESPN officials, they're working with the mayor's office to find a site.
Congress Cancels Zoning Variance
Building Height Prompted Security Concerns
A zoning variance that would have allowed a developer to build 20 feet higher than the 110 feet permitted in the unit block of Louisiana Avenue NW has been voided by an act of Congress. The deal prohibits the city from granting a new variance unless federal officials agree that it's not a security threat. Senate Sergeant-at-Arms William H. Pickle, who initiated the action with his concerns, said, "We want to be good neighbors, but we're in a time of war."
Heat, Humidity Leave Region Steaming
Thunderstorms a Relief, but Cause Power Outages
Heat, storms and misery. All in a week. High temperatures and stifling humidity plagued the area much of the week, and the only relief came in the form of thunderstorms that caused power outages.
Airspace Violators Could Be Fined
Legislation Introduced After 3 Incidents
Errant pilots, beware. Legislation has been introduced that would hold pilots who violate the city's restricted airspace liable for fines up to $100,000. The bill is the product of lawmakers' displeasure at false alarms and panic at the Capitol when planes strayed into the airspace on two recent occasions and one a year ago. Lawmakers also warned that errant pilots face a growing danger of being shot down.
Judge Violated Code of Conduct
Speeding Ticket Led to Incident in Question
D.C. Superior Court Judge Susan R. Winfield violated the code of judicial conduct, a disciplinary body has found. Winfield was arrested March 6 for refusing to obey an officer's order to return to her car. She later paid a $75 fine. The incident drew the attention of the disciplinary body. In an interview after her arrest, Winfield said she did not believe she had been driving more than a mile or two over the 30 mph limit. She said she told the officer that she was a judge so that he would know she was well-intentioned and law-abiding. The panel concluded that she was trying to do more than that.
Official's Neighbor Sentenced in Slaying
Man Using Drugs Killed D.C. Liaison to Gays
The man arrested in the March 16 slaying of Wanda Alston, a civil rights activist who was the mayor's liaison to gays and lesbians, was sentenced to 24 years. William Parrott Jr., who described Alston, a neighbor, as his friend, was bingeing on crack cocaine and apparently desperate for money to buy more when he attacked Alston.
Across the Region
Scout Leaders Die; Harbor Plans Held Up
* Four Boy Scout leaders from Alaska were electrocuted Monday, and another was injured along with a contractor, as the men tried to erect a dining canopy at the Boy Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill.
* Plans to add at least 2,500 houses to National Harbor, the hotel, office and retail center under construction on the Potomac River waterfront in Prince George's County, are held up in part to try to give black entrepreneurs equity in the $2 billion project.