Panel Approves Closure of Walter Reed

City Looks Ahead to Redeveloping Hospital Site

Walter Reed Army Medical Center was a loser in the vote by the federal base-closing commission, and officials were preparing for the closing of the institution, which has been part of the city for nearly 100 years and has treated thousands of casualties from the war in Iraq. City officials want control of the site, which could offer development opportunities for a neglected stretch of Georgia Avenue and add to the tax base.

Builder Selected to Construct Stadium

$23 Million Contract Requires Council Approval

The D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission voted to award a $23 million contract to Clark Construction Group LLC of Bethesda to build a stadium for the Washington Nationals. The contract, which needs approval from the D.C. Council, includes a $9.4 million fee for managing the project and $13.9 million for expenses. The deadline for completion is March 2008.

Advocate Will Lead City's AIDS Effort

New Administrator Picked to Improve Agency

The troubled HIV/AIDS Administration has a new leader, a week after its chief was fired. Marsha Martin, who has served since 2002 as executive director of AIDS Action, was named to start work as director Sept. 7. She said she hoped to make the response to HIV-AIDS in the city, where one in 20 residents is infected with the virus, "a model for the nation."

Influx of New Principals at D.C. Schools

44 Leaders Hired to Fill Record Vacancies

Many students returning to District schools will have a new principal waiting. About a third of the public schools in the District will have a new principal when school starts this week, an unprecedented turnover that reflects a high number of retirements and an effort to weed out those not performing adequately, said Superintendent Clifford B. Janey.

Funding of Schools Found to Be Uneven

Study Suggests Charters Get Less Money

Charter schools in the District get less per-pupil funding than regular public schools, according to a study by an organization that supports school reform. The researchers acknowledged that their findings were based on the 2002-03 data and that funding has increased significantly since then. They found the funding gap reflected in the earlier data was $3,552 per student, higher than the average $1,801 in the jurisdictions they studied. One official of the organization added that the charter school movement here is, in some respects, a model for the nation.

Incorrect Tax Penalty Notices Mailed

Nearly 6,000 Homeowners to Receive New Bills

The city sent property tax bills to 5,900 homeowners that erroneously told them that their payments were late for the first half of 2005 and that they would be charged penalties and interest. The culprit, District tax officials said, was a computer glitch. New bills are in the mail, one official said.

AU President Suspended During Audit

School Reviewing Personal, Travel Expenses

American University's president, Benjamin Ladner, was placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an audit of his expenses, officials said. The investigation was spurred by an anonymous letter that criticized personal spending. Ladner's base salary for last year was $633,000.

Call Goes Out for a Name for Panda Cub

Web Site Offers Chance to Vote on Five Options

The public can vote for a name for the panda cub, who opened his brown eyes last week. Pick from the accepted list of five names on the zoo's Web site, www.fonz.org/cubname.htm.

A New Leaf Marion Barry, at a celebration of the rebuilt Elvans Road SE, is focusing on such things as streets as he tries to shape a legacy as a D.C. Council member.

SLUG: ME/BARRY DATE: 7/23/05 CREDIT: Bill O'Leary CAPTION: Marion Barry, city councilman from ward 8, mingles with his constituents at a ribbon cutting to celebrate paved roads and sidewalks on Elvans road, SE. Pictured, Barry greets supporters as he arrives for the ceremonies. StaffPhoto imported to Merlin on Sun Jul 24 16:27:02 2005