WEEK IN RE­VIEW

March 25-31

The Washington Post Sunday - - D.c. Sunday -

K More than 300 of the orig­i­nal Tuskegee Air­men — pi­lots, nav­i­ga­tors, bom­bardiers, nurses, me­chan­ics, en­gi­neers and oth­ers — were hon­ored at a Capi­tol Ro­tunda cer­e­mony. The famed black World War II cadre re­ceived the Con­gres­sional Gold Medal, the high­est honor Congress can give to civil­ians. K Metro has scrapped a plan to raise fares be­cause Gen­eral Man­ager John B. Ca­toe Jr. said he can work to­ward clos­ing a bud­get short­fall by elim­i­nat­ing po­si­tions and tight­en­ing spend­ing. But he said an in­crease may be nec­es­sary next year. Ca­toe set aside a com­pli­cated plan that would have raised bus and train fares and fees at sub­ur­ban park­ing lots.

Webb Aide Ar­rested on Gun Charge Weapon De­tected at Hill Build­ing En­trance

A top aide to Sen. James Webb was charged with try­ing to carry a loaded pis­tol and ex­tra am­mu­ni­tion into a Se­nate of­fice build­ing. Phillip Thompson told po­lice that the gun be­longed to Webb (DVa.) and that he had it for “safe­keep­ing.”

He was ar­rested at an en­trance to the Rus­sell Se­nate Of­fice Build­ing when an X-ray ma­chine spot­ted the gun in a brief­case. There were no in­di­ca­tions that Thompson, 45, meant any harm.

Webb said he never gave the weapon to Thompson, a long­time friend, but that he was cer­tain the in­ci­dent was a mix-up.

Mem­bers of Congress are per­mit­ted to have guns in Capi­tol build­ings, but D.C. law pro­hibits car­ry­ing guns on D.C. streets.

Vot­ing Rights to Get An­other Air­ing Democrats Hope to Re­move Link to Gun Laws

The House will re­sume ac­tion on a D.C. vot­ing rights bill in mid-April, top Democrats say.

House Democrats had ex­pected to pass the bill, which would give the Dis­trict its first full-fledged vote in the cham­ber, on March 22. But Repub­li­cans moved to send the mea­sure back to com­mit­tee, at­tach­ing new lan­guage that also would have thrown out the Dis­trict’s strict anti-gun laws. Democrats said they ex­pect to pre­vent such lan­guage from be­ing in­serted the next time around.

Schools Add Grad­u­a­tion Re­quire­ments Pol­icy Will Re­quire More Rig­or­ous Course­work

Earn­ing a D.C. high school diploma is about to be­come more chal­leng­ing.

Su­per­in­ten­dent Clifford B. Janey an­nounced a new grad­u­a­tion pol­icy that will re­quire all stu­dents to take four years of math, science, so­cial stud­ies and English — an at­tempt to in­crease aca­demic rigor and make the diploma more mean­ing­ful.

The pol­icy will be­gin with stu­dents who will be in ninth grade next school year and will ap­ply to all high school stu­dents by 2010.

Man Con­victed in By­s­tander’s Death Wo­man Watch­ing TV Was Hit by Stray Bul­let

A grand­son of for­mer D.C. Coun­cil mem­ber Sandy Allen was con­victed of mur­der in the killing of a 46-year-old wo­man who was hit by an er­rant bul­let while in her South­east Wash­ing­ton apart­ment. Dorine Fos­tion had been watch­ing television.

Rus­sell Mitchell, 19, one of at least seven peo­ple sus­pected to have opened fire in the Aug. 17, 2005, in­ci­dent, is the only one charged so far in the death.

Zoo Be­gins Plan­ning Panda Preg­nancy San Diego Bear Could Be Next Fa­ther

The Na­tional Zoo is hop­ing for an­other gi­ant panda cub. But this time the fa­ther would not be Tian Tian, who helped pro­duce the pop­u­lar cub Tai Shan in July 2005.

The zoo in­tends to ar­ti­fi­cially in­sem­i­nate Tai Shan’s mother, Mei Xiang, with sperm from a gi­ant panda kept at the San Diego Zoo. Gao Gao has a less com­mon ge­netic makeup than Tian Tian, and the idea is to help di­ver­sify the world’s gi­ant panda pop­u­la­tion.

Across the Re­gion Gold Medals; Metro Fares; and Fees

BY BILL O’LEARY — THE WASH­ING­TON POST

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