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The settlement Wednesday is the largest payout to date by the city for police actions during the Sept. 27, 2002, protests.

Charles H. Ramsey, who was police chief at the time, initially defended the arrests but later acknowledged they were improper. Police failed to order the crowds to disperse or warn that they faced arrest.

A larger class-action lawsuit is pending, covering more than 400 people who said they were illegally arrested at Pershing Park near the White House.

The city previously agreed to pay more than $640,000 to settle lawsuits filed by 14 other demonstrators who said they were illegally rounded up by police.

Mayor coy on taxi fare issue

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty said there are two sides to the issue of how cab fares are calculated in the District.

But he’s not saying which side he is on.

Mr. Fenty has until October to make a decision under legislation that Congress passed last year.

In his weekly appearance on WRC-TV (Channel 4), Mr. Fenty said he is eager to hear the results of a survey the Taxicab Commission is conducting on the issue.

Unlike most cities, where taxis have meters, fares in the District are calculated based on geographic zones. Many visitors to the District complain that it is confusing.



Elderly cancer patient raped in her home

An 88-year-old cancer patient is recovering at her Southeast Baltimore home after being raped Wednesday morning by a man impersonating a maintenance worker, neighbors and police said.

After raping her, the man demanded money and left through the back of her house after taking $6.

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