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D.C. Wire: April 27, 2008 - May 3, 2008

Camp Obama, Camp Clinton in Indiana

Camp Obama: Jason Berry Hi Washington! Greetings from Indianapolis, Washington! I'm one of the 4,000 supporters of DC for Obama - the grassroots movement in the District supporting Senator Obama's presidential bid this year. In addition to helping Obama win 76 percent of the vote in DC, my wife and...

By Marcia Davis  |  May 3, 2008; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
Categories:  2008 Presidential Race  
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Convention Center Head Resigns

Reba Pittman Walker resigned yesterday from her position as chief of the Washington Convention Center Authority. Look for more details in Sunday's Post....

By Marcia Davis  |  May 3, 2008; 1:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Economic Development , Mayor Fenty  
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Democratic Party Superdelegates

D.C.'s Democratic Party holds it local convention today at the District of Columbia and organizers say more than 500 participants are expected to attend. The party has only four remaining uncommitted superdelegates, including well-known party activist and former Al Gore campaign director Donna Brazile. In the Washington metro area, those...

By Marcia Davis  |  May 3, 2008; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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First School, Then Baseball

From Chancellor Michelle Rhee's communications team: MEDIA ADVISORY Rhee Celebrates the Close of Saturday Scholars with Students at a Washington Nationals Game WHAT: Chancellor Rhee will officially close the inaugural Saturday Scholars program by celebrating with students who achieved perfect attendance throughout the14-week program. Saturday Scholars was an academic initiative...

By David A Nakamura  |  May 2, 2008; 6:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  David Nakamura , Education  
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Guest Bloggers From Clinton and Obama Camps

Your read our guest blogs from the Pennsylvania primary. Watch this space from Saturday through Tuesday, primary day in Indiana and North Carolina, for D.C. campaign volunteers' notes from the ground war. Campaign workers will blog about the battle for Indiana....

By Marcia Davis  |  May 2, 2008; 5:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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DC Tax Scandal Guilty Plea

Ricardo Walters, a nephew of accused D.C. tax embezzler Harriette Walters, became the first defendant to admit wrongdoing in the massive fraud case, pleading guilty today in federal court in Maryland to charges punishable by up to 30 years in prison. Paul Duggan...

By Marcia Davis  |  May 2, 2008; 5:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Yes, Mr. Mayor, Your Staff is Hard at Work

Mayor Fenty's aides work their BlackBerrys before today's mayor-council breakfast. (By David Nakamura--TWP)...

By David A Nakamura  |  May 2, 2008; 3:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Dorothy Brizill's Slot Battle in Guam High Court

Dorothy Brizill may have defeated the slots initiative in the Disrtict, but she'll have to defend herself against defamation charges filed by gambling promoters tonight in Supreme Court in Guam. Yes, Brizill is being sued by John Baldwin and the case will appear before a three-judge panel in the Supreme...

By Yolanda Woodlee  |  May 2, 2008; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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D.C. Wire Exclusive: The D.C. Quarter Finalists

These three designs will be submitted soon to the U.S. Mint as finalists for the D.C. quarter. Look for a longer story on washingtonpost.com soon (we'll post the link on D.C. Wire once that story is up). Below are Benjamin Banneker, Frederick Douglass and Duke Ellington. We want to know...

By David A Nakamura  |  May 2, 2008; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  David Nakamura , Voting Rights  
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What Should Appear on the D.C. Quarter?

The city is getting its very own quarter. Designs of a potential D.C. quarter featuring Frederick Douglass, Benjamin Banneker and Duke Ellington will be sent to the U.S. Mint, which will hold a public vote before announcing a winner....

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  May 2, 2008; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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WASA and Verse

Last night's WASA Board of Director's hearing concerning the authority's lead service replacement program -- a $93 million effort so far to produce minimal success in reducing lead levels in water--garnered the routine round of witnesses. Some activists and residents complained about the agency's leadership and a lack of understanding...

By Marcia Davis  |  May 2, 2008; 11:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Father of Rawlings Speaks Out Against Prosecutors

Charles Rawlings, the father of 14-year-old DeOnté Rawlings, said federal prosecutors were "protecting" the off-duty D.C. police officers who shot his son in September. He said the prosecutors were angry about the $100 million lawsuit the family has filed in the case. "They're looking at this and think it's about...

By Marcia Davis  |  May 2, 2008; 7:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Police Union Chief: Rawlings Case a "Complete Failure" by Fenty, Lanier

Baumann. (File photo: By James A. Parcell--TWP) Kris Baumann, head of the D.C. police union, hailed the decision by federal prosecutors yesterday not to charge two off-duty officers in the fatal shooting of 14-year-old DeOnté Rawlings as a vindication for the officers. In an interview with the Post yesterday...

By David A Nakamura  |  May 2, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety , David Nakamura  
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McCain Gets Rhee's Vote on "No Child Left Behind"

D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee calls herself a "card-carrying Democrat," but said Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain is her guy when it comes to his support for the federal "No Child Left Behind" law. Rhee, speaking this evening in Chinatown to the Korean American Coalition D.C. Chapter, accused Democratic...

By Bill Turque  |  May 1, 2008; 9:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2008 Presidential Race , Education  
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Update: Sports Commission is "alive and well"

The D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission might survive after all. During a D.C. Council committee markup, today, Kwame R. Brown (D-At Large) accepted a friendly amendment to nix his plans to move the maintenance of RFK stadium out of the hands of the DC Sports & Entertainment Commission and give...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  May 1, 2008; 3:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Political Reaction to Ruling in Rawlings Shooting

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty issued the following statement regarding the decision to file no charges in the Deonte Rawlings shooting. "The death of Deonte Rawlings was a tragic loss for his family and the entire community continues to mourn for them. After an exhaustive, independent investigation, the US Attorney and...

By Marcia Davis  |  May 1, 2008; 2:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Where D.C. Madam Was Found

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By washingtonpost.com editors  |  May 1, 2008; 2:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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DC Madam Commits Suicide in Florida

ALLISON KLEIN AND CAROL D. LEONNIG Washington Post Staff Writers Deborah Jeane Palfrey was convicted last month of running a high-end prostitution service in Washington. More Post Coverage: .headlineLinks ul { list-style: none; margin: 0 0 2px 0; padding: 0; } .headlineLinks ul li { background: transparent url('http://media.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/shared/gr/dk_gray_bullet.gif') no-repeat 0...

By Marcia Davis  |  May 1, 2008; 1:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (368)
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Looking for Meters

Though today is no longer the deadline for D.C. taxis to have meters (today used to be the deadline, before the city recently extended it to June 1) it seemed like a good time to walk the streets and try to gauge how many drivers are getting with the program....

By Marcia Davis  |  May 1, 2008; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  City Life , D.C. Taxis  
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Meters or Zones Today?

Yesterday, after attending the Capitol Hill hearing on the city's federal budget allocation, I jumped in a taxi to head back to the office. I noticed the car did not have a time and distance meter on its dashboard, so I asked the driver if he would have one by...

By David A Nakamura  |  May 1, 2008; 12:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  D.C. Taxis , David Nakamura  
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Breaking News: No Charges in Rawlings Shooting

Federal prosecutors said there will be no charges filed against two off-duty D.C. police officers involved in the fatal shooting last September of 14-year-old DeOnté Rawlings. More Post Coverage: .headlineLinks ul { list-style: none; margin: 0 0 2px 0; padding: 0; } .headlineLinks ul li { background: transparent url('http://media.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/shared/gr/dk_gray_bullet.gif') no-repeat...

By Marcia Davis  |  May 1, 2008; 12:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Breaking News: Ruling in Police Shooting in minutes...

DeOnte Rawlings (Family Photo) Federal prosecutors announcing decision for two off-duty D.C. police officers involved in the fatal shooting last September of a 14-year-old DeOnté Rawlings. The shooting generated neighborhood tensions as well as a lawsuit from the youth's family....

By Marcia Davis  |  May 1, 2008; 11:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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What Comes Around Goes Around

Let's continue down Klingle Road by taking a trip down memory lane. For Wilson Building insiders, yesterday's move by Council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3) might have looked familiar. Cheh, along with Council members Yvette M. Alexander (D-Ward 7) and Kwame R. Brown (D-At Large), managed to possibly stop...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  May 1, 2008; 6:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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DC Cameras: Big Brother Arrives In a Big Way?

The District of Columbia launches its controversial camera network today. The program will link thousands of cameras under one roof. Cameras from public housing, schools, traffic and government buildings will feed into one central system. Some see it as a cutting-edge way to battle crime and deal with homeland security....

By Marcia Davis  |  May 1, 2008; 6:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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In Today's D.C. Extra

Longtime cab driver William Wright, 84, recalls years of battling to keep the zone system as the new era of meters begins. ... Music teacher Yusef Chisholm, winner of the 2008 Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award, explains how music can save lives. .... Michael A. Brown is running again --...

By Marcia Davis  |  May 1, 2008; 6:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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"Mr. Mayor, do you like the Yankees?"

Question: What was the clearest thing we learned at the House subcommittee's oversight hearing on President Bush's federal budget allocation to the District this afternoon? Answer: Subcommittee chairman Jose E. Serrano (D-NY) really, really, really loves baseball. Before even turning the microphone over to Mayor Fenty, D.C. Council Chairman Gray...

By David A Nakamura  |  April 30, 2008; 6:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Congressional Oversight , David Nakamura  
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Gotta Keep Hydrated

From today's hearing on the city's federal budget allocation on Capitol Hill.(Photo by David Nakamura)...

By David A Nakamura  |  April 30, 2008; 5:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Seeking D.C. Residents On Road for Clinton, Obama

Are you heading to Indiana this weekend? Maybe North Carolina? You read our guest bloggers this week, campaign volunteers who worked in the Pennsylvania primary for Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. Well, D.C. Wire is looking for others who are traveling for the May 6 primaries. We...

By Marcia Davis  |  April 30, 2008; 4:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Barbara Reynolds Sticks to Her Guns on Wright

Barbara Reynolds has been the subject of speculation and debate this week, after the Rev. Jeremiah Wright's controversial appearance at the National Press Club. Reynolds, who sat next to Wright at the press club, was one of the main organizers of Wright's appearance Monday. Some supporters of Barack Obama have...

By Marcia Davis  |  April 30, 2008; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Breaking News: Klingle Road Likely to Remain Closed

The D.C. Council Committee on Public Works and the Environment just voted 3 to 2 to keep Klingle Road closed. Klingle Road, which has been the subject of debate since it closed 17 years ago, would have been reopened under Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's budget plan after an 8 to...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  April 30, 2008; 3:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fenty on Capitol Hill

Mayor Fenty, Council Chairman Gray and CFO Gandhi are on Capitol Hill this afternoon to testify on the President's federal budget request for the District. As the Post reported in February, Bush has added an additional amount to support the reform efforts of Fenty and school Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee....

By David A Nakamura  |  April 30, 2008; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Pace Setter (Midweek Bonus Edition!)

A feature in which D.C. Wire charts Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's quest for athletic glory. Mayor Fenty started his day at the ACLI Capital Challenge, a long-running (pun intended) tradition in which the various branches of the federal government -- executive, legislative, judicial--compete, along with the media, in team running...

By David A Nakamura  |  April 30, 2008; 12:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  David Nakamura , Mayor Fenty  
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Are the Days Numbered for the D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission?

This afternoon, Gregory O'Dell, chief executive of the D.C. Sports and Entertainment, will throw out the first pitch at the Washington Nationals' game. It's good he's getting the chance now because it is not clear what the future holds for his agency. Some D.C. Council members are itching to get...

By David A Nakamura  |  April 30, 2008; 10:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  David Nakamura , Economic Development  
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Fenty Jokes in Courtroom

The Reliable Source sent along some other details concerning Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's jury duty yesterday. According to a tip to the RS, Fenty, who was being considered for a drug case, arrived at 8 a.m. He was put in the jury box as potential juror number 11, and was...

By Marcia Davis  |  April 30, 2008; 7:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Rhee Blasts Gray's School Budget Cuts

D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee says the $18.1 million cut in the DCPS budget proposed by Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray would not only threaten plans to bring music, art and PE teachers to every public school in the district, it would give public charter schools an edge in...

By Bill Turque  |  April 30, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Rev. Jeremiah Wright Mostly Quiet at Panel, Talks to The Post

The chapel of the Howard University School of Divinity was filled with religious leaders from across the country today as they discussed the implications of Rev. Jeremiah Wright's controversial comments in the context of the black church experience. Though Wright spoke for more than hour at the National Press Club...

By Marcia Davis  |  April 29, 2008; 5:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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No Jury Duty for Fenty

The mayor escaped service. He was called in front of Judge Boasberg for a drug case, but was not selected to serve and left shortly after 3:30 p.m. More in tomorrow's Post....

By David A Nakamura  |  April 29, 2008; 4:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Breaking News: Thomas Cancels Presser After School Shooting

D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr. (D-Ward 5), who has been tackling a recent spike in homicides in his ward, had to cancel a 3:30 p.m. news conference about his plan to address the issue to go to the scene of yet another shooting. The podium that had been set...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  April 29, 2008; 3:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Rhee's Proposed School Contractor Under Federal Probe

School activists are buzzing about allegations surrounding the head of St. HOPE Public Schools, one of six nonprofit education organizations that Chancellor Michelle Rhee is considering hiring to overhaul some of the 10 D.C. high schools in restructuring. Circulating through listserves are articles from the Sacramento Bee alleging that St....

By Dion Haynes  |  April 29, 2008; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fenty Awaiting Potential Jury Duty

Mayor Fenty is in Superior Court today doing his patriotic duty--serving a summons for potential jury duty. Fenty is among a pool of candidates in Judge James Boasberg's courtroom, although he has not yet been selected to serve on a jury for a trial. We'll keep you posted....

By David A Nakamura  |  April 29, 2008; 12:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Deputy Mayor's Budget Sliced

D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray hasn't made a secret of his skepticism of the office of Deputy Mayor for Education Victor A. Reinoso. At a budget hearing a couple weeks ago, Gray repeatedly suggested that the office was redundant and perhaps unnecessary. Today, during a Committee of the Whole...

By David A Nakamura  |  April 29, 2008; 11:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Residents Discuss Crime Spike With City Leaders

Hundreds of residents attended the meeting at Turkey Thicket in Northeast Washington last night to discuss the recent spike in violent crime. As Postie Elissa Silverman writes, it was a tough meeting for the city officials on hand, which included Mayor Adrain M. Fenty, Council members Harry Thomas Jr. and...

By Marcia Davis  |  April 29, 2008; 7:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Just Wondering: Are We Numb to the Body Count?

What will it take to put an end to the violence in this city that continues to destroy the lives of so many young African American men? Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, Council member Harry Thomas Jr. (D-Ward 5), Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier, and a host of community activists spent...

By Marcia Davis  |  April 28, 2008; 5:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Labor's Diss-Union III

The saga continues. Turmoil in the Washington Teachers' Union is escalating, with the vice president suing the president of the organization over free-speech issues. Nathan Saunders, the union's general vice president, filed suit against President George Parker in U.S. District Court on Friday. The dispute, as D.C. Wire reported last...

By Dion Haynes  |  April 28, 2008; 2:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Truckers Closing In On Capitol

Those truckers planning to protesting the high price of gas were delayed because they didn't anticipate the traffic congestion on I-270, where they got caught in the morning rush hour. They are just beginning to close in on the U.S. Capitol. Their rally to protest gas prices was supposed to...

By Marcia Davis  |  April 28, 2008; 11:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The Rev. Wright Attending D.C. Conference

The focus may be on the Rev. Jeremiah Wright today when he speaks at the National Press Club, but Barack Obama's former pastor is joining other black ministers and theologians for the two-day Samuel DeWitt Proctor conference at Howard University. The conference, "The Prophetic Witness in the African American Religious...

By Marcia Davis  |  April 28, 2008; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2008 Presidential Race  
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Dispatches from Camp Obama and Camp Clinton

DC Wire invited two residents to be guest bloggers. Barack Obama supporter Keshini Ladduwahetty and Hillary Rodham Clinton supporter Tom M. Smith share their experiences from working in the Pennsylvania primary last week, and what's ahead in the coming days-- the Indiana and North Carolina primaries on May 6. On...

By Marcia Davis  |  April 28, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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