In a small snow-covered park in Friendship Heights, in Washington, D.C., Mayor Adrian Fenty and the family of former New York Times journalist David Rosenbaum announced an unusual settlement Thursday of a lawsuit against the District, which stemmed from widespread failures in the emergency response to Rosenbaum’s brutal beating by a pair of muggers.

Rosenbaum, 63, died at Howard University Hospital two days after his mugging on Jan. 6, 2006, in a case that prompted widespread media coverage and a scathing report from the D.C. inspector general.

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