Rapper Shot at NW Intersection
Police Probe Motive; Manager Alleges Carjacking
New York hip-hop artist Cameron "Cam'ron" Giles, visiting the District for Howard University's homecoming, was shot as he waited at a traffic signal in his 2006 Lamborghini. Giles, wounded in both arms, was treated at Howard University Hospital and released the same day. Although Giles's manager said he believes the violence came during a "botched carjacking," police are investigating other possible motives.
After leaving the nightclub H20 in Southwest Washington, Giles stopped at a red light at New York and New Jersey avenues NW about 12:15 a.m. Sunday, police said. Two men in a burgundy Ford Expedition pulled alongside, and an armed man exited the SUV and opened fire on Giles, police said.
After the shooting, the gunman left in the SUV, which crashed in the 600 block of U Street NW. The gunman shot out a window, and the men escaped, police said.
Mothers Allege Torture at Jail
Inquiry Turned Over to U.S. Attorney's Office
Mothers, identifying themselves as Mothers United to Stop Torture, appeared before the D.C. Council's Judiciary Committee to say their sons had been beaten and tortured by correctional officers at the D.C. jail. The Department of Corrections's interim director, S. Elwood York Jr., told the committee that the department looked into the allegations and turned the investigation over to the U.S. attorney's office.
Developer Pleads Not Guilty
Jemal, Two Others Face Bribery, Fraud Charges
Washington developer Douglas Jemal, son Norman Jemal and Blake Esherick, an executive in Douglas Jemal's development company, pleaded not guilty to charges that they bribed a D.C. contracting official and defrauded government and financial agencies. The three were indicted last month by a federal grand jury for allegedly conspiring to provide cash and gifts to a city employee in exchange for sweetheart contracts. A judge ruled that the defendants could remain free without bond until trial, scheduled for September.
City Moves to Seize Property for Ballpark
16 Owners Had Rejected District's Offer
The D.C. government began eminent-domain proceedings in D.C. Superior Court to seize $84 million worth of property from 16 owners at the proposed Southeast Washington site of the new baseball stadium. The action is designed to keep construction of the ballpark on schedule to open in March 2008.
The 16 property owners did not accept the city's offers to buy the land and will have 90 days to leave. The city's offers for the land are about 21/2 times last year's city assessments for tax purposes. The city deposited the $84 million in a court-monitored trust. Property owners have 20 days to challenge the constitutionality of the takeover.
Ladner Accepts Departure Deal
Ousted AU President to Receive $3.7 Million
Benjamin Ladner, the ousted American University president, agreed to accept nearly $3.75 million as part of a departure package that allowed him to resign rather than be fired. Ladner lost his presidency after an audit questioned his personal and travel expenses, and some students and faculty members objected to the settlement. Meanwhile, the Senate Finance Committee has requested all documents related to Ladner's severance package and compensation as part of an ongoing review of nonprofit organizations.
Council Committee Backs Smoking Ban
Bars Would Be Given Extra Time to Comply
The D.C. Council's Health Committee approved a proposal to ban smoking in all District bars and restaurants. The measure, if enacted by the full council and approved by the mayor, would immediately make the eating areas of restaurants smoke-free but would give bars and the bar sections of restaurants until 2007 to implement the ban.
The measure provides exemptions for outdoor areas, cigar bars, hotel rooms, retail tobacco outlets and facilities that research the effects of smoking.