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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.


The council received tickets to Suite 61 at the new Nationals Park, ending the standoff with Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D).

The suite has 19 seats. With 13 council members, the chairman will create a "fair rotation," said Dawn Slonneger, Gray's chief of staff.

The chairman would like to have nine more seats in the lower section so that the council has 28 tickets, the number it had to RFK stadium where the Washington Nationals played before the

new stadium opened this spring, she said. Under the old system, Gray received four tickets to each game while the other 12 members got two each.

Last month, baseball tickets became a symbol of the relationship the mayor has with the council. Hours before the games the week of April 7, Fenty's office delivered two tickets each to eight council members and three tickets to Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2).

Four council members -- Yvette M. Alexander (D-Ward 7), Kwame Brown (D-At Large), Phil Mendelson (D-At Large) and Carol Schwartz -- received none.

In a show of solidarity, the council members who received tickets sent them back to Fenty's office to protest what they saw as a last-minute and unfair delivery of the tickets.

Some council members said they give the tickets away to constituents so getting the tickets hours before the game made them impossible to distribute. Others said it was petty to single out four council members.

The issue was similar to a standoff between the mayor and the council over tickets at the Verizon Center. In that case, Fenty gave the council no tickets at all. Washington Wizards owner Abe Pollin solved the dilemma by giving the city another suite to be used by the council.

At about 10:30 a.m., Nickles delivered the tickets, Slonneger said.

There is a game on Monday.

By Nikita R Stewart  |  May 16, 2008; 2:08 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. Council  
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