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D.C. Wire: March 30, 2008 - April 5, 2008

9 D.C. Students Win GW Scholarships

Taylor Moore, 18, had an inkling something was up this morning when her mother asked her to wear dress slacks to Benjamin Banneker High School instead of her usual jeans. Her suspicions were confirmed later when she saw her parents trying to sneak undetected into the auditorium of the Northwest...

By Dion Haynes  |  April 4, 2008; 5:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Weekend Events for King Anniversary

Dr. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968. The Post takes an extensive look at the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Find a list of area events on this 40th anniversary weekend. In our online special report, find photos, videos, and more, as well as, these features:Friday:...

By Marcia Davis  |  April 4, 2008; 4:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fenty, Rhee Talk Education in Memphis

Mayor Fenty didn't have any public events on his schedule yesterday, a rarity. The reason? He and school Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee traveled to Memphis to participate in Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network's national conference, on the eve of the 40th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s death....

By David A Nakamura  |  April 4, 2008; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  David Nakamura , Education , Mayor Fenty  
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Breaking News: City to Sue Landlords

The District of Columbia is suing 23 landlords who together own 70 buildings across the city, and are asking a judge to appoint a court receiver to collect rent at 13 of those buildings. The city use the money to force the landlords to repair the code violations. Landlords include...

By Marcia Davis  |  April 4, 2008; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Pressing for a Crime Emergency in Ward 5

Councilmember Harry Thomas, Jr. (D-Ward 5) called yesterday for D.C. police to declare a "crime emergency" in his ward, the second council member to raise an alarm about neighborhood violence this week. Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) held an emergency meeting Tuesday night to discuss the two homicides last weekend in...

By Marcia Davis  |  April 4, 2008; 7:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Fenty v. Council on Business Tax Relief

Several District Council members, including Chairman Vincent C. Gray, aren't buying Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's tax relief plan for city businesses, a proposal that counter's the council's initiative earlier this year. When the D.C. Council approved a tax relief package for businesses in January, the expectation was that the plan...

By David A Nakamura  |  April 4, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  City Finances , D.C. Council , David Nakamura  
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Washingtonpost.com Reader Poll: D.C. Homelessness

In an ambitious effort to end chronic homelessness in the District, city officials yesterday announced plans to move 400 of the "most vulnerable" people into apartments by Oct. 1....

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  April 4, 2008; 6:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Housing the Chronically Homeless

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's plan to provide permanent housing and supportive social services for D.C's chronically and "most vulnerable" homeless population is laid out in a plan that is open for public comment for 45 days after the plan was announced. The mayor unveiled the plan on Wednesday, April...

By Sylvia Moreno  |  April 4, 2008; 6:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Barry: Ward 8's Future "Bright"

D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8), who has adopted poverty in the city as a key issue of his platform, will hold his annual State of the Ward address tonight. He will give his speech titled "The New Ward 8," at Matthews Memorial Baptist Church, 2616 Martin Luther King...

By Yolanda Woodlee  |  April 3, 2008; 4:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Nats' New Fan?

Nikita Stewart filed this in today's D.C. Political Notebook in the Extra section... Could the biggest critic of public financing of the Washington Nationals' baseball stadium be having a change of heart? No, we're not talking about Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D), who was probably the second-leading critic when he...

By David A Nakamura  |  April 3, 2008; 1:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. Council , David Nakamura , Nationals , Nikita Stewart  
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Brown: "I am DCPS"

The Ward 4 Democrats held a forum last night on the upcoming Democratic primary for a council at-large seat, and it was a one-man show. Council member Kwame R. Brown is the only declared candidate so far, but he said, "we're going to act like there are 100 people running."...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  April 3, 2008; 12:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2008 District Election  
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'Tower of Power' to Come Down

After years of being derided for a range of structural problems including broken escalators and a far from attractive appearance, H.D. Woodson High School in Northeast Washington is slated to be torn down this summer to make way for a new $99 million school. Woodson High School, otherwise known as...

By Dion Haynes  |  April 3, 2008; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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New High School Baseball Series at Nats Park

During the long and bumpy road that was the debate over the Nationals' publicly financed baseball stadium, critics of the project often asked, "What's in it for the city?" The inaugural invite. (David Nakamura) Well, D.C. Wire just learned about at least one little piece of that puzzle. We got...

By David A Nakamura  |  April 3, 2008; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  David Nakamura , Education , Mayor Fenty , Nationals  
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Whither the CAFR?

Officials on various floors of the John A. Wilson Building have been waiting on pins and needles for the release, probably next week, of the D.C. government's long-delayed Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. And D.C. Wire has gotten word that City Hall is bracing for a critical review by BDO Seidman,...

By David A Nakamura  |  April 3, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  City Finances , David Nakamura  
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Schwartz Says She's Looking Out for Taxpayers

Council member Carol Schwartz says she's saved taxpayers money on the leasing agreement for the police department's evidence warehouse in Southeast Washington. Last month, the council approved a $1.1 million, 15-month lease that had previously cost $264,000 annually. Phil Mendelson (D-At Large) and Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) objected to increase,...

By Yolanda Woodlee  |  April 3, 2008; 6:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Breaking News: Plan to End Homelessness

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty announced this afternoon a plan to help end chronic homelessness in the city, pledging initially to house 480 people in six months at a cost of $19.2 million....

By Marcia Davis  |  April 2, 2008; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Council Repeals Landlord Exemption

In today's Washington Post, Nikita Stewart writes about the District Council's decision to repeal the landlord exemption that allowed property owners to let their buildings deteriorate as a way of emptying the property of tenants and making way for bigger profit possibilities. You can also read The Post series that...

By Marcia Davis  |  April 2, 2008; 2:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Budget Hearings: Talking Dollars and Needs

April is tax season, but it's also the season for budget hearings, where the council combs through the mayor's proposed budget and talks to agency after agency and department after department to figure out who gets what. This morning it was Brenda Rhodes Miller, the executive director of the D.C....

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  April 2, 2008; 12:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C. Council , Education , Theola Labbé-DeBose  
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Council to Examine Education, Facilities Budgets

Education activists have made lots of noise this budget season about what they consider a lack of transparency in how Mayor Adrian Fenty's administration proposes to spend dollars in the 140 schools next year. Today D.C. Council members likely will address some of the as-yet unanswered questions at two hearings....

By Dion Haynes  |  April 2, 2008; 7:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Is It Affordable or Is It Not?

The District will soon begin scrutinizing developers who get public land or public financing to make sure they actually keep their promises to build affordable housing, as well as to hire District residents during construction, contract local minority-owned businesses and meet environmental standards. A bill, sponsored by Council Member Kwame...

By Sylvia Moreno  |  April 2, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Affordable Housing , Economic Development  
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Fenty Proposes More Money for Children

The lunch bell at Simon Elementary School rang at 11 this morning as D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty was making a presentation to media on city funding for children's programs. "It reminds me of my youth," said Fenty, who was standing in the foyer of the Southeast Washington school during a...

By Dion Haynes  |  April 1, 2008; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Thomas Wants Civil War Memorial, Library Linked

A group places a wreath at the African American Civil War Memorial. (Frank Johnston) The Civil War Memorial Museum, dedicated to displaying and documenting the contributions of blacks in the Civil War, could get a big boost under a partnership with the D.C. Public Library, and idea proposed today...

By Marcia Davis  |  April 1, 2008; 1:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Wilson Students Push Peace Initiative

Student leaders at Wilson High School in Northwest Washington said they will intensify their campaign to establish their Wilson Peace Initiative to address violence on campus. Angelica Gregory, the student body president, said she and others are working on two fronts: They are trying to get their peers to support...

By Dion Haynes  |  April 1, 2008; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Official Winter is Over; Back to the Streets

The District's hypothermia, or winter, shelters close this morning, leaving more than 300 homeless men with no place to go other than back to the streets, according to the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless. At the official start of hypothermia season -- last Nov.1 -- the city temporarily...

By Sylvia Moreno  |  April 1, 2008; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Taking It to the Streets

Street vendors want the right to operate outside of Nationals Park the way they did at RFK. (Nikki Kahn) What's baseball without the hot dog? Like a hot dog with no bun, according to Council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3). She said she will introduce legislation today that...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  April 1, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Happy Talk

Things weren't always cozy between the city and the Nationals as the new publicly funded $611 million ballpark project was under construction in Southeast. They jousted over parking and how much there could be and over who would pay for what. But with a smooth opening day under their belt...

By Daniel LeDuc  |  April 1, 2008; 6:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Wilson High Students Protest Rhee Policy

About 70 Woodrow Wilson High School students walked out of the building and streamed onto the football field today to protest the loss of their free lunch period, part of Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee's new security plan aimed at quelling violence at the Northwest Washington campus. Responding to the recent...

By Marcia Davis  |  March 31, 2008; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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D.C. Workers to Fenty: Hasta La Vista!

The exodus of city employees interested in taking up Mayor Adrian M. Fenty on his offer to give them up to $25,000 to retire under a special program begins in April. The corporate world calls it a buyout; the District government calls it an "easy out/early out." The incentive...

By Sylvia Moreno  |  March 31, 2008; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Catania Planning Health Care Bill

During a press briefing today, Council member David A. Catania (I-At Large), who said he was ironically a "little congested," announced his intentions to introduce a comprehensive health plan in the Council tomorrow. He said the plan, which The Post's David Nakamura wrote about last week, will capture residents who...

By Marcia Davis  |  March 31, 2008; 12:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fenty's Budget Testimony (*Updated)

The D.C. Council's public hearing on Mayor Fenty's budget has begun and you can watch it live on Ch. 13 or on the council's website. *12:40 p.m.: Here's a summary just in from D.C. Wire's Nikita Stewart, who is in the chambers. Fenty testified before council members today that his...

By David A Nakamura  |  March 31, 2008; 12:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Barry vs. Fenty in Budget Slugfest?

Today may bring some intense exchanges between Marion Barry and Mayor Adrian M. Fenty. Barry is trying to push the mayor to set aside as much as $200 million in anti-poverty program funds. When Fenty comes before the District Council today, Barry promises it won't be a lovefest. Fenty will...

By Yolanda Woodlee  |  March 31, 2008; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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The Pace Setter

A Monday morning feature in which D.C. Wire charts Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's quest for athletic glory. The 37-year-old mayor is well known for his love of running and triathloning. And all that training--and Vitamin Water--is paying off. Fenty (D) participated in the 2008 National Marathon on Saturday and, despite...

By David A Nakamura  |  March 31, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Five in Five: Wal-Mart Focuses on Small Businesses

Who says Wal-Mart isn't making inroads into the District? After deciding Brentwood, which just so happens to be in Ward 5, was not the right place to call home a few years ago, the giant discount chain has come bearing gifts. It is giving free advertising to several businesses in...

By Yolanda Woodlee  |  March 31, 2008; 6:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Big Ticket Souvenirs

Some people--and it's a good guess that among them will be a few who were at Nationals Park tonight-- won't be too happy when they go looking for their cars. The city was making good on its promise to ticket and tow cars that didn't have a residential parking sticker...

By Marcia Davis  |  March 30, 2008; 11:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Zimmerman Brings It All Home

The Nationals put the final touches on Opening Day, with a game-winning homerun by third baseman Ryan Zimmerman in the bottom of the ninth inning, after coughing up a 2 to 1 lead. For those of you who don't know baseball lingo, that's what you call a "walk-off homerun," says...

By Marcia Davis  |  March 30, 2008; 10:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Neighbors of Nationals Park Aren't All Cheering

We've heard the stories of excited fans, but there's another side of the Nationals Park story. Post reporter Hamil R. Harris spent time in the area surrounding the stadium both Saturday and Sunday nights and found some interesting contrasts. He writes: South Capitol Street was a crossroads of optimism and...

By Marcia Davis  |  March 30, 2008; 8:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ebenezer Isn't on Easy Street

While parking restrictions have helped some residents, there are neighborhood fixtures that suffer, even when they're more than a mile from the ballpark. At the Ebenezer United Methodist Church on Fourth Street SE, parking for those without a residential permit is now limited to two hours on Sundays as well...

By Marcia Davis  |  March 30, 2008; 8:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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First Pitch is a Strike

Let the record show, the first official game pitch in the stadium is a strike!...

By Marcia Davis  |  March 30, 2008; 8:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The First Pitch

Here comes President Bush to throw out the first pitch. He's wearing the red Nationals jacket. The crowd is cheering, and he actually gets the ball over home plate. The president's appearance caused long waits in security lines, but by the time that ceremonial pitch was thrown, that didn't seem...

By Marcia Davis  |  March 30, 2008; 8:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Nationals Take the Field

The team has taken the field and the color guard is at home plate. Homegrown opera singer Denyce Graves is singing the national anthem....

By Marcia Davis  |  March 30, 2008; 8:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Fans, Fans, Fans....

They keep pouring into the stadium and they've mostly got good things to say about what they're seeing. We're less than an hour away from the first pitch and the game-goers are keeping themselves busy, exploring the new facility. The Post's David Nakamura reports that some people are actually taking...

By Marcia Davis  |  March 30, 2008; 7:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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No Glass Slipper for Davidson

Kansas takes it, 59-57....

By Marcia Davis  |  March 30, 2008; 7:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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First No Voting Rights, Now This...

Let's hope tonight the parking is a little better than last night. Washington Post Reporter Mary Beth Sheridan was out at the exhibition game last night and witnessed a dispute between an aide for Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) and the police. An aide to the congresswoman was outside one...

By Marcia Davis  |  March 30, 2008; 7:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Baseball? What Baseball Game....

All right, so we know the Nats and the Braves are supposed to be playing soon, but don't tell that to the folks at the Red Porch restaurant, in the new stadium. Folks there are glued to the television set for a little March Madness. It's Davidson and Kansas battling...

By Marcia Davis  |  March 30, 2008; 6:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Two Guys Get Their Own Practice In...

Longtime co-workers, friends and season ticket holders Steve Wilson and Joe Martin began to plan their route to the new stadium this winter. The two Annapolis mailmen -- they prefer the title "communication specialists" -- decided early on that driving was out of the question because parking close to the...

By Marcia Davis  |  March 30, 2008; 6:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Play Ball!

Well, here we go folks. The official first baseball game at Nationals Park starts in less than two hours, (8:15 p.m.), but as you saw in today's Washington Post (please tell me you saw it in today's WP), last night's exhibition game seemed to go off with little major problems....

By Marcia Davis  |  March 30, 2008; 6:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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