WARD 4Ban on Sales of Single Beers Is UpheldA bill that would ban the sale of single cans and bottles of beer in parts of Northwest Washington got new life yesterday. A federal appellate panel ruled in favor of the D.C. government on a challenge to the law by two businesses that have liquor licenses. D.C. officials said they plan to enforce the ban as soon as possible.

Prodded by Adrian M. Fenty (D), now mayor but then the Ward 4 council member, the D.C. Council passed the ban in 2004 on sales of single cans and bottles of beer from all 73 liquor stores in Ward 4. The law never took effect because of the court case.

A federal judge ruled in favor of the businesses in June 2005, finding that the council passed the measure without meeting public notice provisions required by law. In yesterday's ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals said the judge had no jurisdiction to throw out the ban.

-- Elissa SilvermanCandidate Forum to Be Open to All HopefulsA Ward 4 candidate forum scheduled for this evening will be open to all hopefuls who have handed in at least 500 signatures on nominating petitions, even though a sponsor of the event previously said the forum would be restricted to those who had raised $10,000 or collected at least 300 contributions. Ward 4 Democrats President Dwayne Toliver said last night that he decided to extend invitations to all 19 candidates who handed in nominating petitions last week to qualify for the May 1 special election, which will fill the seat vacated by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D). Toliver decided late yesterday to include all candidates after being called by media outlets.

-- Elissa SilvermanPOWER OUTAGECourt Expected to Regain Electricity, ReopenD.C. Superior Court is expected to be fully open today, after a power outage there that began Monday afternoon. Court spokeswoman Leah Gurowitz said people should check the court's Web site, http://www.dccourts.gov, to make sure the courts are open. But she said Pepco officials had said power would be restored by early today.

The court shut down late Monday afternoon and was closed yesterday, though adult arraignments were conducted, Gurowitz said.

-- Allan LengelSOUTHEASTPolice Seek Help Finding Missing ManD.C. police are seeking the public's help in finding a Southeast Washington man who has been missing since Friday. Imani Smith, 26, was last seen in front of his residence on Wahler Place, police said. They described him as black, with a medium complexion, 5-foot-5 and about 270 pounds.

Police said he might appear disoriented and needs medication.

Authorities urged anyone with information to call police at 202-727-9099.

Man, 51, Dies After StabbingA 51-year-old man stabbed multiple times in Southeast Washington on Monday night died yesterday morning, D.C. police said.

James Young was stabbed about 9:45 p.m. in the 1700 block of A Street, where he lived, police said.

-- Allan Lengel