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D.C. Wire: May 11, 2008 - May 17, 2008

Jack Evans Switches to Obama, Opens Own Campaign

Updated: 5:19 p.m. Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) knows how to party every now and then---and to send a message or two. He threw a big cookout today to kickoff his reelection bid and to give a shoutout to Sen. Barack Obama, who's been busy lately trying to lock...

By Marcia Davis  |  May 17, 2008; 1:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2008 District Election , 2008 Presidential Race , D.C. Council  
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Breaking News: Council Gets Tickets

Just in. Attorney General Peter Nickles personally delivered baseball tickets for the rest of the season to Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray. More to come. UPDATED: The council received tickets to Suite 61 at the new Nationals Park, ending the standoff with Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D). The suite has...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  May 16, 2008; 2:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. Council  
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Judge Rejects Proposal Over Disabled Care

U.S. District Judge Ellen Huevelle today rejected a proposed agreement between the District and the Department of Justice over care of developmentally disabled people in group homes. The city had hoped the agreement would forestall continued litigation that has gone on for three decades over health care for the mentally...

By Marcia Davis  |  May 15, 2008; 5:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Mayor Fenty  
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Testing Continues at Fort Reno Park

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and health and environmental officials said this afternoon there is no "imminent health crisis" posed by the high levels of arsenic found in Fort Reno Park. Joined at a news conference by several city health officials, the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Park Service, the...

By Marcia Davis  |  May 15, 2008; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Mayor Fenty  
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You Know It's Campaign Season When...

But shouldn't the apostrophe be next to the 08?...

By David A Nakamura  |  May 15, 2008; 4:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  City Life , David Nakamura  
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Rhee Details Restructuring Plans for 26 Schools

D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee today announced her plans to overhaul 26 schools that have failed to meet academic targets for five straight years. Rhee said she is seeking dramatic changes in the schools to improve student achievement. Under the federal No Child Left Behind law, Rhee had five...

By Dion Haynes  |  May 15, 2008; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Education  
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Douglass Family Offers 2 Cents on Quarter

The descendants of Frederick Douglass are having their say about the District Quarter contest. The DC Wire broke the story about the images being considered for the quarter: Douglass, scientist Benjamin Banneker and composer Duke Ellington. Here is the story. So guess which one the abolitionist's relatives say is the...

By Marcia Davis  |  May 15, 2008; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  City Life  
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In Today's D.C. Extra

This year celebrating its 50th anniversary, Friends of the National Zoo has grown from four members to 100,000....At Ballou Senior High School students have begun a monthly prayer breakfast before the school day begins.... The Gertrude Stein Democratic Club hands out its candidate endorsements.....The Farmers' Market at the U.S. Department...

By Marcia Davis  |  May 15, 2008; 7:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  City Life  
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Mayor to Withdraw, Then Resubmit Lottery Contract (*Updated)

A day after the D.C. Council tabled a controversial D.C. Lottery contract, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty will withdraw it from consideration later today, administration officials said. The move is aimed at ensuring the deal is not declared dead by tomorrow's deadline for the council to vote on the matter under...

By David A Nakamura  |  May 14, 2008; 3:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  City Finances , David Nakamura  
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More Development Along the Anacostia River

Mayor Adrian Fenty announced today that the city is seeking bids for a master developer for the 50-acre site next to RFK Stadium known as Hill East, which includes the defunct D.C. General campus. The project will be the second major development along the Anacostia River announced by the...

By David A Nakamura  |  May 14, 2008; 1:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  David Nakamura , Economic Development  
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No More Stokes

For nearly five years, John A. Stokes has tried to sell city reporters on good news stories like summer meals for children and college tuition programs for D.C. high school students, as a spokesman for the state education office. Now he'll be doing it from a different perch, as the...

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  May 14, 2008; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Browse By Writer , City Hall Aides , City Life , Theola Labbé-DeBose  
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School Advocates Win Council Support on Hearings

Education advocates scored a big win yesterday over Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee when the District Council voted to reject the administration's proposal to strike the legal requirements for public hearings on the school budget. The mayor had proposed to kill the law in the...

By Marcia Davis  |  May 14, 2008; 11:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Education  
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Two Election Officials Resign

Two long-time District elections officials have announced their resignations at the end of May, leaving two key positions open just four months before the city's primary. Board of Elections and Ethics director Alice P. Miller is out after 12 years to accept a position as the chief operating officer of...

By Yolanda Woodlee  |  May 14, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2008 District Election  
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Merida Chats About Racism Story on Obama

Did you read Kevin Merida's very interesting story on racism and the presidential campaign for Sen. Barack Obama in today's post? Merida is doing a live chat right now....

By Marcia Davis  |  May 13, 2008; 4:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2008 Presidential Race  
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Mayor Williams to Honor Mayor Fenty Tonight

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and wife Michelle are scheduled to be honored at the Idealism in Action gala tonight at the Ronald Reagan Building where they'll be presented the Lifetime of Idealism Award by City Year Washington, D.C., a youth service organization. A co-chair of the event is former mayor...

By David A Nakamura  |  May 13, 2008; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  David Nakamura , Mayor Fenty  
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Budget Approved, Lottery Contract Tabled

The D.C. Council approved the budget in record time today, ending its meeting at 12:29 p.m. Come back to D.C. Wire on details. "Unbelievable," several council members said. In other business, the council tabled the controversial $120 million contract with new firm, W2I. Stay tuned.......

By Nikita R Stewart  |  May 13, 2008; 12:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Budget  
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Klingle to Stay Closed

The D.C. Council just rejected Council member Jim Graham's efforts to restore $2 million in funding in the budget that would have reopened Klingle Road, the controversial path through Rock Creek Park that has been up for debate for 17 years. The vote was 10 to 3. Graham (D-Ward 1)...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  May 13, 2008; 11:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Budget  
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Breaking News: Another Superdelegate for Obama

Superdelegate Anita Bonds, chair of the DC Democratic Party, announced last night that she will endorse Sen. Barack Obama at the Denver convention. Her announcement continued the superdelegate march toward Obama after last week's primaries in Indiana and North Carolina. Bonds's announcement was impromptu and prompted, she said, by Mayor...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  May 13, 2008; 7:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  2008 Presidential Race  
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No Self-Oppression on D.C Voting Rights; That's Congress' Job

The D.C. Council has whittled away and added to Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's $5.7 billion spending plan. Many of the changes are about dollars and cents, but the council has also found something that just makes sense, according to Chairman Vincent C.Gray (D). There's no money involved. Yet. The council...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  May 13, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Budget  
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Breaking News: Kinlow Already Out

updated: 10: 26 p.m. Eugene Kinlow, outreach director for DC Vote, announced tonight at the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club endorsement meeting that he is dropping out of the race for shadow senator. He just picked up petitions on Friday. Could that leave incumbent Paul Strauss without competion in the September...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  May 12, 2008; 8:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2008 District Election  
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Business Property Tax Cut is $21 Million

So say D.C. Council members and Barbara Lang, head of the D.C. Chamber of Commerce. The council will vote tomorrow on the fiscal 2009 budget and one of the most contentious issues has been how much tax relief to provide small businesses. In January, the council approved a bill that...

By David A Nakamura  |  May 12, 2008; 5:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  City Finances , David Nakamura  
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Fenty 2006: Yes to New Library

Mayor Adrian Fenty's announcement today that the city would build a hotel at the site of the old convention center dooms any hope of replacing the aging Martin Luther King Jr. Library with a new central branch. But make no mistake--Fenty (D) had been an ardent supporter of building a...

By David A Nakamura  |  May 12, 2008; 2:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  David Nakamura , Mayor Fenty  
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And They're Off!

Maybe one of them would prefer to be a representative since incumbent Michael J. Panetta was the only person to pick up petitions for the job. And finally, in what could be messy, hard to understand and hard to explain, candidates for the Democratic National Committee round out so far with former council member Arrington Dixon, community activist Douglass N. Sloan, Ward 4 Dems president Deborah Royster, Miriam Sapiro, Regan L. Ford and Fred Allen. Stay tuned for the story on how this shapes up.

By Nikita R Stewart  |  May 11, 2008; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  2008 District Election  
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