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D.C. Wire: April 13, 2008 - April 19, 2008

Police Focus to Increase in Fifth District

The D.C. police department will double its deployment of officers on the streets in the Fifth District in the wake of five homicides in four days, including one yesterday in the 2800 block of 12 Street NE, officials said today. The outbreak of violence -- part of eight murders city-wide...

By David A Nakamura  |  April 18, 2008; 2:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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New Gandhi Spokesman

Chief Financial Officer Natwar Gandhi has hired a new spokesman to replace Maryann Young, who departed in January to take over as the director of elections for Lackawanna County, Pa. David Umansky, who began this week, has had a long career in public relations. According to his biography, Umansky began...

By David A Nakamura  |  April 18, 2008; 11:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  City Finances , David Nakamura  
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Three Taken to Hospitals During Pope's Mass

District rescue workers responded to 37 calls for service this morning for the pope's mass, said Alan Etter, spokesman for the D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services department. The majority of the people were treated on the scene for problems like scrapes after falling down, he said. However, three people...

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 17, 2008; 6:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Nonprofit Firms Running D.C. Schools: Your Opinion

As reported in today's Post by V. Dion Haynes, D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee plans to hire up to six nonprofit educational companies to help run the city's 10 comprehensive high schools and has invited parents to meet with her tonight to discuss the details. Do you support this...

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 17, 2008; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Education  
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In Today's D.C. Extra

New leader of the D.C. Health Department Pierre Vigilance appears unworried that he's the District's fifth director in a decade, calling his job "a really good opportunity." .... A report shows that the District has the fourth largest incarceration rate in the nation and questions the cost... Jacqueline Dupree says...

By Marcia Davis  |  April 17, 2008; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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More Evidence Fenty Remains Popular

In case his 72 percent approval rating in the Post's January poll wasn't enough, the mayor just won "Best Local Hero" in the Washington City Paper's first reader poll in 20 years. Fenty beat out Marion Barry, Eleanor Holmes Norton and rocker Ian MacKaye for the honor. We're not sure...

By David A Nakamura  |  April 17, 2008; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  David Nakamura , Mayor Fenty  
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In D.C. Schools, It's All About the Name

Parents, teachers and students this evening will get the chance to comment on Chancellor Michelle Rhee's proposal to hire up to six nonprofit education organizations that would help manage 10 academically troubled D.C. high schools. As with several of Rhee's other initiatives, semantics are everything. Formally, the proposal is called...

By Dion Haynes  |  April 17, 2008; 12:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Education  
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Clinton and Obama on D.C. Gun Ban

If you watched the Democratic Party debate between presidential candidates Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama last night in Philadelphia, then you probably heard their responses to a question about gun control and specifically about the District of Columbia's case defending its handgun ban now being considered by the U.S....

By Marcia Davis  |  April 17, 2008; 11:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. Democrats & Republicans  
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Gray to Take Communion

Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) said today will be one of his most memorable. Gray, who is Catholic, will take communion directly from the Pope today at mass at Nationals Park. "It is a momentous occasion, certainly one I will never forget," he told the D.C. Wire....

By Marcia Davis  |  April 17, 2008; 7:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Barry Aide Talks About Plans

Keith Andrew Perry couldn't resist the D.C. Wire's quest to learn what he plans to do this time after leaving the John A. Wilson Building. Barry's soon-to-be-former chief of staff, who will depart on Friday, called to say he's launching a consulting business. He's been toying with the idea for...

By Yolanda Woodlee  |  April 17, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Breaking News: Thomas Backs Obama

You heard it here first. Council member and newly elected superdelegate Harry Thomas Jr., initially a supporter of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, is announcing in minutes that he will cast his vote at the Democratic National Convention in Denver for Sen. Barack Obama....

By Nikita R Stewart  |  April 16, 2008; 9:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (112)
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Constitution Project to Mayor: Watch Those Cameras

More concerns are being raised about Mayor Fenty's plan to combine more than 5,000 surveillance cameras into a single network monitored by the city's homeland security agency. Today, the Constitution Project, a legal advocacy group, has issued a release urging Fenty to instruct the agency to adopt policies protecting people's...

By David A Nakamura  |  April 16, 2008; 4:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A Piece of the Economic Pie

Nyasha Harley, a graduate of the Excel Institute, completes a tune up on a MetroAccess van. (By Nikita Stewart) The issue that seems to be crystallizing in the District lately is how to get more residents in on what remains of the economic boon that the city has experienced...

By Marcia Davis  |  April 16, 2008; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Economic Development  
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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. Okay, so it's Wednesday, but we just got the results of Fenty's first triathlon of the season--the Georgetown IronMed--thanks to Georgetown University Medical School student Matthew Ronan, who helped organize the event. The...

By David A Nakamura  |  April 16, 2008; 11:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  David Nakamura , Mayor Fenty  
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Oh, the Noise! Noise! Noise! Noise!

The ruckus over the ruckus is back. The D.C. Council voted unanimously yesterday to revive legislation aimed at quieting demonstrators in residential neighborhoods after tabling the measure in a narrow 7 to 5 vote in February. The Noise Control Protection Amendment Act of 2008, which would limit noncommercial public speech...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  April 16, 2008; 7:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Chancellor Rhee Ties That Do or Don't Bind?

We told you once, then twice, about DC resident Kristin Ehrgood, and the group she helped put together, DC School Reform Now. A reminder: they are citizens and parents circulating a petition in support of the education reform plans of Mayor Fenty and Chancellor Rhee. Then D.C. Wire heard an...

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  April 16, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Browse By Writer , Education , Theola Labbé-DeBose  
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Barry Top Aide Quits

D.C. Council member Marion Barry's Chief of Staff, Keith Andrew Perry, has resigned. Perry, who came to work for Barry (D-Ward 8) in April 2006, will leave the office Friday. Perry was Barry's third chief of staff since he took office in 2004. Prior to Perry, Linda Greene and E....

By Yolanda Woodlee  |  April 16, 2008; 6:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fenty to Hang With Pope

Seems the mayor will be courting his newest constituent -- Pope Benedict XVI -- over the next few days. Fenty is scheduled to be with him at the White House tomorrow, attend mass at Nats Park on Thursday and then bid him farewell at Andrews Air Force Base on Friday,...

By David A Nakamura  |  April 15, 2008; 5:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  David Nakamura , Mayor Fenty  
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Teacher Quality Is the Question After Buyout

Teachers have been in the news a lot lately, with Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee and some leaders of the Washington Teachers' Union at odds over her buyout offer aimed at luring hundreds of educators out of the school system. In coming months, the debate over the buyout will shift...

By Dion Haynes  |  April 15, 2008; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Taxation Without Representation

This being Tax Day and all, it figures that D.C. Vote would pop up with more stunts to gain attention for its push for congressional representation in the District. The group is passing out wooden nickles -- at Union Station, the Senate Building and the National Capitol Post Office --...

By David A Nakamura  |  April 15, 2008; 11:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  David Nakamura , Voting Rights  
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So Who Worked on the DC Catholic-Charter Conversions?

With the local arrival of Pope Benedict XVI today, D.C. Wire is reminded of a story last week about the state of Catholic education in the U.S. Archbishop of Washington Donald W. Wuerl toured Nationals Park yesterday in preparation for Thursday's Papal Mass. (Nikki Kahn-The Washington Post) That piece included...

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  April 15, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Security Officers Get Some Love

Four security companies and the SEIU Local 32BJ have entered four-year contracts that provide raises, health insurance and other benefits to about 1,500 security officers who work at three-quarters of the District's commercial office buildings, according to the union. Security officers and other members of the union joined council members...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  April 15, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lanier: 80 Percent of Young Arrestees Are Fatherless

Channel-hopping briefly on Saturday night, we stumbled onto a panel discussion about race relations in America on MSNBC. Among the guests was D.C.'s own Police Chief Cathy Lanier, who was selected, we presume, for her unique role as a white, female chief in a predominantly black and male department. (She...

By David A Nakamura  |  April 14, 2008; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Police Achieve Milestone (*Updated)

Mayor Fenty and Police Chief Cathy Lanier announced today that the city has been allowed to terminate its Memorandum of Agreement with the Department of Justice, under which the police were subject to oversight by an independent monitor. The arrangement, created in 2001, came in the wake of a Washington...

By David A Nakamura  |  April 14, 2008; 1:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Paying Respects to the Bishop

Thousands watched as Bishop Madison's casket moved through the street yesterday. (By Gerald Martineau-The Washington Post) Several thousand gathered at God's White House at the intersection of Sixth and M Street NW yesterday to view the open casket of Bishop S.C. "Daddy" Madison, the longtime leader of the powerful...

By Marcia Davis  |  April 14, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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