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D.C. Wire: June 1, 2008 - June 7, 2008

Mendelson Seeks More Info on Safety Zones

Council member Phil Mendelson (D-At Large) wants police Chief Cathy L. Lanier to provide him with the special order that gave her the authority to establish the controversial Neighborhood Safety Zones that will kickoff this weekend in Trinidad. Mendelson also wants the legal opinions from the office of Acting Attorney...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  June 6, 2008; 1:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety  
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More About DCPS' "Emergency Request"

DCPS had more to say today about this week's emergency request to the State Board of Education. School officials, eager to get a handle on fall enrollment, wanted to get an earlier start on verifying where families live--the basis for their eligibility to send children to D.C. schools. They asked...

By Bill Turque  |  June 6, 2008; 12:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Education  
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Enrollment First, Legal Requirements Later

D.C. school officials are facing a sea of uncertainties this summer. With dozens of schools closing, consolidating or facing federally mandated overhaul, figuring out just how many students will show up for the fall term has been a murkier-than-usual-exercise. So D.C. Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee thought it would be a...

By Marcia Davis  |  June 6, 2008; 7:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Education  
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More Council Members Criticize Lanier Checkpoint

As Post staff writers Allison Klein and Nikita Stewart report this morning, the criticism is growing among council members for Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier and Mayor Adrian Fenty's decision to set up a police checkpoint on a street in the Northeast neighborhood of Trinidad, where deadly violence has been...

By Marcia Davis  |  June 6, 2008; 7:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  D.C. Council  
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Anti-Soccer Stadium Petition Launched

Don't look now, but the drumbeat of opposition to a new, publicly subsidized soccer stadium for D.C. United has gotten started. Friends of the Earth, which is lobbying to keep much of Poplar Point devoted to environmentally friendly development, has launched a petition on its Web site, asking residents to...

By David A Nakamura  |  June 5, 2008; 4:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  D.C. United , David Nakamura  
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Mayor For Life

Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8), often recognized as "mayor for life," will kick off his re-election campaign June 21 at theTemple of Praise Church in Southeast. He announced the kickoff and his plans for re-election today with a media release. According to the release, 72-year-old Barry, who had a...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  June 5, 2008; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  2008 District Election  
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Gray Has Questions About Police Checkpoint

D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray told the D.C. Wire late last night that he has some questions about Police Chief Cathy Lanier's plans to set up a checkpoint on a street in Trinidad, the Northeast neighborhood that has been plagued by violence in recent months. Lanier, with Mayor Adrian...

By Marcia Davis  |  June 5, 2008; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  D.C. Council  
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In Today's D.C. Extra

Meet the Spring 2008 All-Extra high school sports team...Students from the D.C. Creative Writing Workshop -- a mix of kids from elementary, middle and high schools -- are making their mark in area poetry competitions....Caribbean American Heritage Month brings a film series, literary festival and more to the District.... Also,...

By Marcia Davis  |  June 5, 2008; 11:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  City Life  
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Buff 'n' Scrub Round 2 Goes to Fenty

Two weeks ago, we told you about the pushback Mayor Fenty was getting from the business community about his effort to enlist developers for the school system's second summer of "buff and scrub." Well, the administration held a second meeting about the program today at the Warner Building at 1299...

By David A Nakamura  |  June 4, 2008; 2:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  David Nakamura , Mayor Fenty  
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Lanier: "More Extreme Tactics" Necessary

Police Chief Cathy Lanier and Mayor Adrian M. Fenty today announced new measures to fight a rash of shootings in Ward 5, saying officers will be stationed in designated neighborhoods and stopping all vehicles attempting to enter. Anyone with no legitimate reason to enter, authorities said, will be turned...

By David A Nakamura  |  June 4, 2008; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety , David Nakamura  
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New Anti-Crime Efforts

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Police Chief Cathy Lanier plan to announce new crime initiatives this morning, as officials continue to try to battle a mounting body count in the District. In February, Lanier told the District Council that violent crime was down and the city was on the right...

By Marcia Davis  |  June 4, 2008; 7:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety , Mayor Fenty  
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Council Nixes Increase in Ambulance Fees

The D.C. Council has rejected Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's plan to double ambulance fees. In a lively legislative meeting yesterday, council members approved an amendment opposing the hike while also voting unanimously for the budget support act of the fiscal 2009 spending plan. The Fenty administration had estimated that the...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  June 4, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Budget  
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Council Approves Noise Bill, or Does It?

UPDATED: Full story on Noise vote... The D.C. Council gave final approval today to a heavily amended noise bill in a 9 to 4 vote after a hard-hitting lobbying campaign by labor unions that several council members described as mean-spirited and unfairly targeted at two members who are up for...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  June 3, 2008; 1:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. Council  
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Gray, Wells Introduce Charter School Legislation

D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) and Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) introduced a bill today that would change how charter schools are regulated. It would require members of the D.C. Public Charter School Board to live in the District, require a 15-month planning period of newly approved...

By Marcia Davis  |  June 3, 2008; 1:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. Council  
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Ban On Fireworks Appears to Be Fizzling

D.C. Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) said this morning that he will propose an amendment to emergency legislation that could ban fireworks a month before the Fourth of July. There would be an 11 p.m. curfew instead of the outright ban proposed by Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1)...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  June 3, 2008; 10:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. Council  
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Mendelson May Try to Derail City's Camera Program

D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson (D-At Large) says he may propose language in the Budget Support Act today that would block the city's camera surveillance program. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty announced the initiative, VIPS, or the Video Interoperability for Public Safety Program, in April. The plan, which has agitated several...

By Marcia Davis  |  June 3, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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No Tanzania Trip For Barry

Marion Barry was in still in town doing council business today, even though he told us last week he was headed to Tanzania for a leadership conference. When asked by the Post why he didn't go, Barry said only that there was some "emergency council business" that he did not...

By David A Nakamura  |  June 2, 2008; 6:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. Council , David Nakamura  
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Prince George's Woos D.C. United

Prince George's County has not been coy in its interest in wooing D.C. United if the team does not come to terms with District leaders for a new stadium. Now, some county officials say their aggressive courting may have been what sparked a coalition of D.C. Council members to begin...

By David A Nakamura  |  June 2, 2008; 2:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. United , David Nakamura  
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D.C. Taxis Face Meter Deadline

By Sunday, June 1, all District taxicabs should be using meters, rather than the old zone system, for calculating fares. What has your experience been? Please take this quick poll and share further thoughts in the comments section below....

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  June 2, 2008; 6:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. Taxis  
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A D.C. View of Historic DNC Meeting

Several District residents had a presence at the Democratic Party's rules committee meeting this weekend in Washington. Donna Brazile, a member of the committee, invited local activists such as Lawrence Guyot to attend, noting, "it is because of the historic achievement of Lawrence Guyot, Fannie Lou Hamer and a generation...

By Marcia Davis  |  June 2, 2008; 1:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2008 Presidential Race  
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