Convoy Heads Out to Help New Orleans
D.C. Armory to House as Many as 400 People
The District sent 10 buses to the New Orleans area, hoping to bring back as many as 400 people from the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. They will be housed at the D.C. Armory. Council member David A. Catania (I-At Large), who led the effort, said he hoped more space would be made in the area for others. Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D) issued a challenge to mayors across the country to open armories, stadiums and gyms to the displaced.
Gallaudet President Stepping Down
Leader Symbolized Deaf Rights
The man who for 17 years symbolized rights, abilities and strengths of deaf people is stepping down from the presidency of Gallaudet University. I. King Jordan took the helm after a deaf rights movement erupted in 1988, and students marched to demand a president who was deaf. Jordan's appointment as the university's first deaf president quelled the uproar.
Students Find Schedules Mixed Up
Computer Conversion Blamed
Returning secondary school students found mistakes in schedules, and school officials blamed the errors on conversion to a new computer system. About 5 percent of the schedules at the secondary level were affected, according to officials.
Gas Surcharge for Taxis Expires
Commission Fails to Vote for Extension
With gas prices soaring, the $1 surcharge to offset fuel costs for D.C. cabdrivers expired. The city's Taxicab Commission failed to vote for an extension, and the interim chairman explained that, for one thing, most commissioners were on vacation in August. If the commission votes to reinstate the surcharge, it could take effect Oct. 1.
Storm-Displaced Veterans Welcomed
Military, Civilians Greet Mississippi Survivors
Veterans evacuated from the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Gulfport, Miss., because of Hurricane Katrina began arriving to take up temporary refuge in the District's Armed Forces Retirement Home. The first busload arrived to cheers from military personnel and civilians.
Stolen Bronze Eagle Replaced
Figure Removed From Sculpture 29 Years Ago
The eagle has landed. A bronze eagle stolen from a sculpture of Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman in 1976 has been replaced 29 years after the theft. It's on the statue at 15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW, near the White House.
City Settles Inmates' Lawsuit
Prisoners Jailed Longer Than Mandated
The city agreed to pay $12 million to settle a lawsuit on behalf of inmates who said they were jailed longer than they should have been, in some cases even when charges had been dropped.
Former Union Aide, Treasurer Convicted
One Defendant Cleared in Embezzlement Case
Gwendolyn M. Hemphill, an aide to the former Washington Teachers' Union president, and James O. Baxter II, formerly the union treasurer, were convicted on 23 embezzlement counts. Sentencing is in December. A third defendant, accountant James A. Goosby Jr., was cleared of all six counts against him.
Across the Region
BWI to Be Renamed; Warner Won't Take On Allen
* The Maryland Board of Public Works made it official: Baltimore-Washington International Airport will be renamed in honor of the late Thurgood Marshall, the nation's first black Supreme Court justice and a Baltimore native.
* Virginia Gov. Mark R. Warner (D) announced that he will not challenge Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) next year. Observers said the decision leaves the governor free to explore a presidential bid.