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D.C. Wire: June 15, 2008 - June 21, 2008

D.C. Surveillance Camera Regulations Set

Mayor Fenty entered new regulations governing the use of his controversial surveillance camera network into the D.C. Register yesterday. After the mayor announced his intention to link 4,500 cameras into a single network, civil liberty groups protested and the D.C. Council passed legislation requiring the mayor to submit regulations for...

By David A Nakamura  |  June 21, 2008; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety , David Nakamura  
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School Reuse Plan Released

The Fenty administration just released its long-awaited school reuse plans for seven of the D.C. public schools that will be closed this summer. Read the full press release after the jump and look for a story in Saturday's Post with more reaction and analysis....

By David A Nakamura  |  June 20, 2008; 5:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Education  
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Group Sues Over Checkpoints

A civil rights group filed a federal lawsuit today to halt the D.C. police department's new checkpoint program, saying that the screening of motorists is unconstitutional....

By Marcia Davis  |  June 20, 2008; 3:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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D.C. Quarter Vote Winner: Duke Ellington

(Photo By David Nakamura/TWP) Duke Ellington has edged out Frederick Douglass and Benjamin Banneker as the most popular image to be etched on the D.C. quarter, according to today's story in the Post by Mary Beth Sheridan. In all, 6,089 residents voted and Mayor Adrian Fenty sent the results...

By David A Nakamura  |  June 20, 2008; 10:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  David Nakamura , Voting Rights  
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Gertrude Stein Gives Brown Its Support

The Gertrude Stein Democratic Club has endorsed At-Large Council member Kwame R. Brown, saying Brown "has worked hard to ensure equal rights" for the District's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Brown was cited for his continued support for the rights of domestic partnerships, including co-sponsoring legislation that would allow...

By Marcia Davis  |  June 20, 2008; 8:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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More City Lawyers Win Restraining Order

A Superior Court judge yesterday issued a temporary restraining order blocking Interim D.C. Attorney General Peter Nickles from firing seven lawyers in his office. Judge Melvin Wright said that the termination letter sent to the employees were improper and that the firings could cause the employees irreparable harm, said Betty...

By David A Nakamura  |  June 19, 2008; 6:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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D.C. Lawyer Wins Temporary Restraining Order Against His Firing

A District government attorney won a temporary restraining order in Superior Court today against his firing by Interim D.C. Attorney General Peter Nickles. The attorney, who is 60 years old, argued before Judge Ronald Wertheim that his firing was based at least in part on his age and that it...

By David A Nakamura  |  June 18, 2008; 5:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Rhee Fires 22 Assistant Principals

D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee fired 22 assistant principals this week, her second round of school administrative terminations that came about a month after her dismissal of 24 principals. Rhee, who previously said some of the principals were terminated because she differed on the direction they were taking the...

By Dion Haynes  |  June 18, 2008; 4:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Congress, City Spar over WASA

Council members Carol Schwartz and Jim Graham are fighting back -- or, at least, talking back -- in the wake of the Senate's move Monday to overturn a District law passed last year that would have increased city control over the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority. As the Post reported...

By David A Nakamura  |  June 18, 2008; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  City Finances , David Nakamura  
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New Gig for Former D.C. Attorney General

Linda Singer, who lasted a year as Mayor Fenty's first D.C. attorney general before leaving in frustration in December, has landed a job with Zuckerman Spaeder LLP, where she will be co-chair of a new division called the Public Client Practice. According to a news release from the firm, Singer's...

By David A Nakamura  |  June 18, 2008; 10:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  City Life , David Nakamura  
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Local GOP Endorses Schwartz

The D.C. Republican Committee endorsed D.C. Council member Carol Schwartz (At-Large) last night for both the primary and general elections, but Patrick Mara the candidate challenging Schwartz in the primary said he's pressing ahead. So far, the GOP primary is emerging as one of the more interesting races in a...

By Marcia Davis  |  June 17, 2008; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Environmentalists: Nats' Advertiser Strikes Out

Nationals Park has been the subject of a number of protests--mostly from activists angry that the District used city money to pay for the $611 million-plus project. This Friday, a coalition of environmentalists will rally at the ballpark at 11 a.m. to voice objections to one of the team's biggest...

By David A Nakamura  |  June 17, 2008; 3:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Survey: Trinidad Residents Oppose Checkpoints

Council member Harry "Thommy" Thomas Jr. (D-Ward 5) has released results of a survey he conducted at a June 13 community meeting about the controversial checkpoints used last week by the D.C. police to attempt to stem a spate of shootings. According to a news release from Thomas's office, two...

By David A Nakamura  |  June 16, 2008; 5:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Police Checkpoints Debated at Hearing

The police are off the barricades in the District's Trinidad neighborhood--for now. But the debate over whether checkpoints in the violence-plagued area are doing more harm than good rages on. At a D.C. Council public safety committee hearing this afternoon, foes and fans of the plan continue the debate over...

By Marcia Davis  |  June 16, 2008; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Nickles: D.C. Has Too Many Lawsuits

D.C. Attorney General Peter Nickles responded to the lawsuit filed against him for terminating eight lawyers in his office, calling the legal move "ill conceived" and "frivolous." Nickles said that the lawyers he is removing have rights to appeal his decision, but that he has not heard of any such...

By David A Nakamura  |  June 16, 2008; 4:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Union Sues Nickles

The American Federation of Government Employees has filed a lawsuit in D.C. Superior Court seeking an injunction to block Acting D.C. Attorney General Peter Nickles from firing eight city lawyers in his office. Lawyers for the union said the employees "received satisfactory of better performance ratings in the most recent...

By David A Nakamura  |  June 16, 2008; 1:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Rhee Says She's No Drive-By Chancellor

D.C.'s public schools have burned through--and out--leaders with dreary regularity. Six came and went in the 10 years preceding Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee's arrival last June. Some DCPS-watchers expect Rhee to follow the same course, perhaps trading up for something in the next presidential administration or the private sector. But...

By Bill Turque  |  June 16, 2008; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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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. The mayor took part in the Lawyers Have Heart 10k in Georgetown on Saturday, a race that benefits the American Heart Association. Fenty clocked in at 41 minutes, 21 seconds, a 6:40 per...

By David A Nakamura  |  June 16, 2008; 10:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  David Nakamura , Mayor Fenty  
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Hearing on Policing Checkpoints

Council Member Phil Mendelson (D-At Large) holds a hearing on the city's controversial police checkpoints today and the concerns the policy has raised about civil liberties. Last week, the Metropolitan Police Department ended its checkpoint in the Northeast neighborhood of Trinidad. The checkpoint, in which police questioned motorists trying to...

By Marcia Davis  |  June 16, 2008; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Cheh Stands Her Ground on Klingle Road

Nearly 20 advocates of reopening Klingle Road flowed through the Firehook Bakery yesterday afternoon during D.C. Council Member Mary M. Cheh's (D-Ward 3) constituent hours, which took place at a sunny pair of tables near the front. Cheh periodically holds open hours, but these were some of the more contentious,...

By Marcia Davis  |  June 15, 2008; 7:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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