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D.C. Wire: April 6, 2008 - April 12, 2008

Nats Ticket Showdown Continues...

At noonish, 19 tickets to tonight's Nationals game were delivered by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's office to the office of Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) to distribute to council members as he saw fit. But the chairman once again sent them back. "We would like to have the entire...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  April 11, 2008; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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D.C.'s Former First Lady Has Her Own Juice

Poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou celebrated her 80th birthday last weekend at Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach with a few of her closest celebrity friends, including a hometown one, Cora Masters Barry. Cora Masters Barry with writer Susan Taylor. Last weekend she was with Taylor again, and...

By Yolanda Woodlee  |  April 11, 2008; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Labor's Diss-Union 2

A few weeks ago, D.C. Wire reported about the bad blood between Washington Teachers' Union President George Parker and General Vice President Nathan Saunders. Saunders thinks Parker is too cozy with Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee and Parker thinks Saunders represents the old-school union model that favored confrontation over cooperation. The...

By Dion Haynes  |  April 11, 2008; 12:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Countdown to the Showdown

The Washington Nationals play the Atlanta Braves at 7:35 tonight, and council members are bracing for the dance they have been doing with Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) all week. Since Monday, Fenty's office has been doling out tickets to the council hours before a game. For some reason, four...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  April 11, 2008; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty , Nationals  
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MoJo -- The Future of D.C. Wire?

Your D.C. Wire correspondents just got out of a meeting with editors from washingtonpost.com about how to take video for the blog. You'll begin to see it pop up in the next few weeks in this space. For us, this is another step in the evolution of how we do...

By David A Nakamura  |  April 11, 2008; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Are You a Teacher Ready to Hit the Road?

Are you a teacher ready to take Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee's offer of a buyout? The Post's Dion Haynes writes this morning that as many as 700 teachers nearing retirement are considering the offer, which ranges from $1,000--$1,000?--to up to $20,000. D.C. Wire wants to hear from you. Tell us...

By Marcia Davis  |  April 11, 2008; 8:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Housing Crisis and Opportunity

During testimony on the Hill yesterday about the foreclosure crisis, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty noted that the problem has not been as severe in the District as it has been for other jurisdictions but still has serious implications for city residents. "As of last fall, residents of the District had...

By Marcia Davis  |  April 11, 2008; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Questions Linger on Lottery Contract

D.C. Council members Jim Graham and Marion Barry had kind words for the mayor when the city pulled the proposed lottery contract to W2I. "I'm very pleased," said Graham, the contract's harshest critic. "The public's interest is being served." Barry, who also said he had "serious" problems with the contract,...

By Yolanda Woodlee  |  April 10, 2008; 5:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  City Finances , D.C. Council  
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In Today's D.C. Extra

Meet the Winter All-Extra high school sports teams, featuring top performers in girls' and boys' basketball, girls' and boys' track and field, and more...Find out who's following in former Ward 5 Council member Vincent Orange's footsteps...Washington Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) plans to visit the Benning Terrace Soldiers' home field...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  April 10, 2008; 2:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fenty, Rhee Today to Detail Teacher Buy Outs

Mayor Adrian Fenty and Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee at 3 are scheduled to announce details of an early-out program for veteran teachers. As The Post reported first on March 27, the program is expected to spur a huge exodus of veteran educators who are fed up with declining working conditions...

By Dion Haynes  |  April 10, 2008; 12:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Mendelson Considering Hearing on Cameras

Council member Phil Mendelson (D-At Large) is fuming about the city's new plan to centralize the monitoring of its 5,000 security cameras around the District. But he's not sure what exactly to do about it. "It's too soon for me to know what steps should be taken," said the council...

By Marcia Davis  |  April 10, 2008; 12:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The CAFR: Read All About It

As we've been reporting this week, the city has received its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report from BDO Seidman and the news isn't great. Yes, D.C. scored a "clean" audit, which is critical for its standing on Wall Street. But the auditors, in their "yellow book" addendum, cited the city for...

By David A Nakamura  |  April 10, 2008; 10:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  City Finances , David Nakamura  
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Fenty Takes the Hill

Mayor Fenty is on Capitol Hill today to talk about strategies to calm the housing market in the wake of the subprime mortgage crisis. You can download his testimony in PDF format by clicking here....

By David A Nakamura  |  April 10, 2008; 10:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Tax Man and the Coffee Shop

The Office of Tax and Revenue may have its problems holding on to the city's money once it's collected, but officials are serious about getting what it's due from taxpayers on the front end. Yesterday Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi and his tax office director Stephen M. Cordi said...

By Marcia Davis  |  April 10, 2008; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Video: Hollywood Star Stumps for D.C.

The D.C. Notebook told you in February that "Heroes" star Hayden Panettiere promised to do work with D.C.'s shadow senator Paul Strauss on voting rights issues. Now she's delivered, filming a commercial with Strauss that will begin airing tomorrow on the D.C. government's two cable channels (Ch. 13 and 16)....

By David A Nakamura  |  April 9, 2008; 3:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  David Nakamura , Voting Rights  
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Father of Brittany Jacks Sues District

The Associated Press is reporting that the "father of one of four girls whose bodies were found decomposing in a southeast Washington rowhouse in January has filed a $25 million lawsuit against the city, alleging its agencies failed to adequately handle complaints that the girl was endangered." Read more here....

By David A Nakamura  |  April 9, 2008; 2:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety , David Nakamura  
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Breaking News: Lottery Contract Withdrawn

D.C. Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi just testified at a D.C. Council hearing moments ago that he and Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) have agreed to withdraw a controversial new lottery contract to a nine-month-old company. Some council members raised questions about the proposal and the firm's principals, including...

By David A Nakamura  |  April 9, 2008; 11:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  City Finances , David Nakamura  
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"Johnny Business" Heads to Sacramento

John Falcicchio, adviser to Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, has taken a leave to work on the mayoral campaign of former NBA all-star Kevin Johnson. Kris Deutschman, a volunteer spokeswoman for Johnson's mayoral bid in Sacramento, said Falcicchio "started maybe, what, three or four days ago." Former NBA star Kevin Johnson...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  April 9, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A Tree Grows in Ward 5

Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. seems to be trying hard to keep the focus on a campaign against violence in his ward. He said there have been at least 10 homicides in the ward this year. Last week Thomas called for a crime emergency, but that idea was turned...

By Marcia Davis  |  April 9, 2008; 6:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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MPD at Your Door: Gun Searches

By Marcia Davis  |  April 8, 2008; 3:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Knock, Knock. Who's There? MPD

District residents, police and District Council members last night debated the merits of MPD's controversial Safe Homes initiative, in which officers will offer to search homes for guns with the permission of the property owners. During a council hearing, several members warned that the initiative could violate residents' rights. The...

By Marcia Davis  |  April 8, 2008; 3:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Report: Most Schools Ready Day 1 for Disabled Students

A report released today by the school advocacy group D.C. VOICE has some good and bad news about special education: Eighty-four percent of principals in a survey said their schools were fully staffed and equipped to serve special education students on the first day of the school year. But those...

By Dion Haynes  |  April 8, 2008; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lottery Bids and Battles

Washington Post reporter Yolanda Woodlee writes about the D.C. Council hearing on the city's lottery contract in today's Post. One thing you quickly see about the two companies at the center of the fight over the lottery contract is that they have similar set ups. Both the current contract holder,...

By Marcia Davis  |  April 8, 2008; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Nats No Shows

So two games into the home schedule for the Washington Nationals and they draw only 20,487 in the 41,888-seat stadium. Was this a fluke due to the mildly chilly weather or a sign that maybe D.C. never really did want baseball back? And what about all that economic development that...

By David A Nakamura  |  April 8, 2008; 11:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Is He or Isn't He?

Council member Harry Thomas Jr. (D-Ward 5) became the latest Democrat to be elected a "superdelegate" - that all-powerful title that could make it or break it for Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama in their bid for the presidential nomination. During the Potomac Primary in February, Thomas said...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  April 8, 2008; 8:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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More on School Reform....At the D.C. Council Today

Beth Schmierer and Kristin Ehrgood, District residents who started an online petition that DC Wire told you about yesterday, are slated to testify before the D.C. Council this morning at the budget hearing for the school system....

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  April 8, 2008; 7:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Browse By Writer , D.C. Council , Education , Theola Labbé-DeBose  
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Special Ed Mess Far From Solved

It's no secret that special education is a major financial and legal morass in the District. The school advocacy group D.C. VOICE and a report coming out of a federal court hearing offer some insight into the ongoing challenges in special education. This morning at the John A. Wilson building,...

By Dion Haynes  |  April 8, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Politicians on Parade

If you didn't catch these photos of D.C. politicians on the march for votes last weekend at the MLK parade in Anacostia, take a look now on DC Wire. Council member Carol Schwartz (R-At Large) rides in her trademark yellow convertible. (Photo by Nikita Stewart)...

By Marcia Davis  |  April 8, 2008; 6:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A Hiccup With the Comments

Maybe you've tried to send a comment and didn't get through. We're having technical problems with our system. Sorry for any inconvenience. In the meantime, if you have a comment send it to Tellus@washingtonpost.com. Thank you for your patience!...

By Marcia Davis  |  April 7, 2008; 6:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A Lot of Lawyers at Lottery Hearing

You know there's a hot issue in the Wilson Building when you see these three: Fred Cooke, Scott Bolden, and a familiar face from the D.C. Council, Kevin Chavous. All three lawyers were at today's hearing before Jack Evans' Committee on Finance and Revenue. The issue: the city's lottery contract....

By Yolanda Woodlee  |  April 7, 2008; 5:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Washington Post Wins Six Pulitzers

The Washington Post won six Pulitzer Prizes for its journalism in 2007. The Pulitzer is journalism's highest award. And six in one year is a record for the paper....

By Marcia Davis  |  April 7, 2008; 5:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lottery Contracts: A Number of Issues

A D.C. Council committee hearing on a proposed $120 million lottery contract this morning promises to be an intense exchange. Read Yolanda Woodlee and Dan Keating's report....

By Marcia Davis  |  April 7, 2008; 9:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Parade of Politicians

While the annual Palisades July 4th parade is known for bringing out the city's politicians, the 29th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade drew enough candidates to be considered the unofficial kickoff of the 2008 local campaign season -- more than a month before candidates in the September primary can...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  April 7, 2008; 8:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Residents for School Reform

DC residents Beth Schmierer and Kristin Ehrgood felt like every time they turned on the news, all the commentary about Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) and Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee's efforts to improve the school system were negative. Rather than just gripe to friends, they decided to do something about...

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  April 7, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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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. It's official: Fenty is getting faster as mayor. Last week, he set a personal record in the National Marathon. But we thought maybe that Fenty, who is a much stronger 10-miler than he...

By David A Nakamura  |  April 7, 2008; 6:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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"Daddy" Madison's "House" Staying in D.C.

The trombone's and brass instruments were wailing Sunday at God's White House as hundreds of congregants reflected on the life of Bishop S.C. "Daddy" Madison, who led the District's most affluent congregation for the last 17 years. Madison died Saturday at the age of 86. While many downtown congregations have...

By Marcia Davis  |  April 7, 2008; 6:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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