D.C. Tourism Up 11% Since 9/11
Area Drew Nearly 19 Million Visitors Last Year
Washington's tourism has rebounded since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, tourism officials said. More than 18.75 million visitors traveled to Washington last year, nearly 11 percent more than three years ago.
William A. Hanbury, president of the Washington D.C. Convention and Tourism Corp., said the economic upturn and new convention center have helped.
The National World War II Memorial and the National Museum of the American Indian also have been big draws, he said.
Washington ranks No. 4 on the list of most popular U.S. travel destinations, according to a national survey by the Travel Industry Association of America.
Mayor Explains Vacillation on 3rd Term
'Spectrum of Views' on Reelection Cited
Mayor Anthony A. Williams has a new explanation for those conflicting signals he has been giving about whether he'll seek reelection next year: "Whenever someone's in an undeterminate state, you're going to get a spectrum of views."
Williams (D) made the comment after a Bloomberg News Service report quoted him as saying that he was leaning against seeking a third term.
That was just his mood at the time, he said, warning against reading too much into it. "Some days I'm leaning one way, some days I'm leaning another. That's part of being in an undeterminate state."
City's AIDS Support Is 'Far Short'
Study Blames Understaffing, Poor Coordination
The D.C. government is falling "far short" of meeting the needs of people who have HIV and AIDS, according to a report by the D.C. Appleseed Center for Law and Justice.
The study found the city's efforts badly understaffed, poorly coordinated and lacking, especially for youths and other at-risk groups. City officials said they will form a task force to push for improvements.
Bioterror Grants Not Tracked Properly
Half of $3.6 Million Is Unspent, Audit Says
The D.C. Department of Health failed to properly track $3.6 million in federal grants meant to prepare hospitals for a bioterrorism attack, a federal audit found. Nearly half the money -- awarded since 2002 -- has gone unspent, the audit reported. Gregg A. Pane, Health Department director, said the city is working to get back on track and has not lost any of the federal aid.
The report comes after another federal review found that the Health Department failed to spend about half of $24.5 million in federal grants awarded since 1999 for public health preparedness.
Broader Stadium Development Sought
5 Additional Acres Being Considered
Planners want to expand the reach of development beyond the 20-acre area for the baseball stadium in Southeast Washington, moving toward creating a ballpark district that would feature restaurants, stores, commercial buildings and residential units.
Additional land being considered includes 3.2 acres owned by Metro north of the planned stadium and at least two acres east of First Street that are owned by the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority.
Bridge Mishap Snarls Traffic
Police Cite Truck Driver on Kenilworth
Motorists in the eastern part of the city endured gridlock Tuesday after a truck hauling a backhoe on Kenilworth Avenue NE scraped chunks of concrete that morning from the Eastern Avenue overpass.
Authorities spent hours examining the bridge before reopening a stretch of Kenilworth to traffic. Police cited the truck driver. The owner of the backhoe said the equipment was loaded improperly.