Mayor Endorses Modern Stadium Design

Glass Exterior Wall Would Provide View

Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D) has endorsed a design for the city's new baseball stadium that features glass, stone and steel, in contrast with the red-brick exterior used in many ballparks built recently.

Although no final decision has been made, Williams and several other city officials said they like the design developed by the project's architectural team. The stadium's glass exterior wall would allow fans inside to see the surrounding neighborhood in near Southeast Washington and, for those on the outside, offer glimpses of the game.

Congress Approves D.C. Budget for 2006

Aid for School Choice, Bike Paths Included

Congress approved the District's 2006 budget, including more than $100 million in federal aid that Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D) requested for programs such as expanding school choice, paving bike trails and enhancing security.

Williams and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) called the passage of the budget a victory for home rule, noting that a House-Senate conference committee took out provisions that would have weakened or repealed the city's handgun ban.

Home Buyers Priced Out of D.C. Market

Study Urges Moderate Housing in Upscale Areas

A household with an annual income of $44,926 -- the median income in the District -- could not afford more than 80 percent of the properties for sale in the city last year, according to a new report on soaring home prices.

The Urban Institute report said the rise in prices is a warning sign that less-affluent people and racial minorities are being pushed out of the city. Minority purchasers made up 37 percent of D.C. home buyers in 2003, compared with 43 percent in 2000.

The study said city officials need to encourage more moderate-priced housing in wealthier neighborhoods and focus on saving affordable housing in fast-changing neighborhoods where luxury units are going up.

Plan Would Preserve Affordable Housing

Mayor Proposes Redeveloping Blighted Area

Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D) is proposing to spend $558 million to preserve affordable housing in a rapidly gentrifying area 10 blocks north of the U.S. Capitol.

The money, much of which would come from private investors, would pay for the first installment of the mayor's New Communities initiative. Under that plan, blighted housing would be replaced by new townhouses and apartments, and the profits would help subsidize homes for working-class families.

Judge William B. Bryant Dies

First Black Chief of Washington's Federal Court

William B. Bryant, 94, the first black chief judge of Washington's federal court, died at his home in the District. At his funeral, mourners praised him for overcoming racial barriers and scaling the judicial ranks without losing the modesty that defined his character.

"Something vast and noble has passed from among us," said prominent Washington lawyer Vernon E. Jordan Jr., speaking in Dunbarton Chapel at Howard University's law school.

Across the Region

Pollution Restrictions; MetroWest Land Sale

* Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) announced tighter rules aimed at reducing the amount of pollution spewing from the smokestacks of the state's six largest coal-fired power plants. The requirements, which take effect next summer, could help Maryland meet most federal air-quality standards well ahead of a 2010 deadline.

* Metro's board of directors agreed to sell land at its Vienna Station for development of a mini-city of homes, offices and stores to be called MetroWest. The $6.5 million sale will transfer 3.75 acres south of the station to Pulte Homes, the developer of MetroWest. The property is a critical link between the Metro station and 56 acres where Pulte is seeking county approval for 13 residential, retail and office towers, including 2,250 homes.

Services at Risk Tara Esler, right, and Negar Adib work with Cailin Meja-Santos, 3, at the Easter Seals Child Development Center, a Medicaid beneficiary that could be hurt if Congress makes cuts.