POWER OUTAGEElectricity Cut Off to Hotels in West EndElectricity was cut off for hours last night to a Northwest Washington zone filled with upscale restaurants and hotels. Lights went out about 6 p.m. in about 800 homes, buildings and businesses in part of the West End bounded by L, N, 21st and 24th streets, a Pepco spokeswoman said.

She said a feeder was knocked out by an incident at a construction site, taking two other feeders out of service. That made it necessary to shut down the three that remained. Adriaan Radder, an official with the Ritz-Carlton, said the hotel was "maintaining fairly well" on emergency systems. Pepco said power was restored by about 11:15 p.m.

-- Martin WeilNORTHEASTPolice Find Man Fatally Shot in the HeadA 23-year-old Hyattsville man was found fatally shot in Northeast Washington yesterday, D.C. police said. Officers found Marcus O'Neal of Greeley Road with a head wound in an alley in the 1700 block of D Street about 7 a.m.

-- Allison KleinSCHOOLSOut-of-Boundary Applications Due March 15D.C. parents who want to send their children to a school outside their neighborhood have until March 15 to complete the application, the school system announced yesterday. The out-of-boundary application for the 2007-08 school year will be accepted only online and is available at the D.C. public schools Web site, http://www.k12.dc.us. Public computers are available at D.C. libraries and recreation centers and in Room 8136 of school system headquarters, 825 North Capitol St. NE, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Students will be chosen by lottery March 22 at 6 p.m. at the Logan professional center, Third and G streets NE. Applicants will be notified by April 15. Questions will be answered at 202-442-5099 or 202-442-5181 for Spanish speakers.

-- Theola Labbé