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D.C. Wire: June 22, 2008 - June 28, 2008

O Street Market Gets a $35 Million Boost

Many worried about the historic O Street Market may rest a little easier with the news that the city will kick in on the $260 million redevelopment project being led by Roadside Development. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty announced a $35 million tax increment financing package for the project yesterday in...

By Marcia Davis  |  June 28, 2008; 9:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Economic Development  
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Fenty Seeks Tenants for Closed Schools

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty announced today that the city is seeking applications from charter schools and agencies interested in leasing eight school buildings that are closed. Earlier this year, Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee decided to close 23 under-enrolled schools, mostly this summer. The move was in response to a...

By Dion Haynes  |  June 27, 2008; 5:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Education  
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Fenty Nominates Nickles as Attorney General

UPDATED: 11:30 a.m. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty announced his nomination of Peter J. Nickles to the attorney general post this morning. The Washington Post reported earlier this week of the mayor's plans. They were joined on the steps of the John A. Wilson Building by council members Marion Barry (D-Ward...

By Marcia Davis  |  June 27, 2008; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Mayor Fenty  
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Police Chief's Memo on Supreme Court Ruling

Police Chief Cathy Lanier sent the following memo to District residents yesterday evening in the wake of the Supreme Court's ruling on the city's gun ban. From: Lanier, Cathy (MPD) Sent: Thursday, June 26, 2008 6:35 PM Subject: Supreme Court Update Residents, Unfortunately, the Supreme Court today struck down part...

By Marcia Davis  |  June 27, 2008; 6:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Gun Ban Case  
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Council Members React To High Court Ruling

Several D.C. Council members issued statements yesterday about the Supreme Court ruling on the city's gun ban. Here's what they had to say: Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) issued a statement that was a lengthy explanation about what happens now. On a personal note, he said this: "Although I am...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  June 27, 2008; 12:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  D.C. Council  
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Ward 2 Democrats Endorse Evans, Brown

Longtime Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) won the endorsement of the Ward 2 Democrats last night in his re-election bid. In a media release, Evans's campaign touted the support he has already received from Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) and the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club. "These endorsements prove that...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  June 27, 2008; 12:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Video Reaction to Supreme Court Ruling

D.C. Wire took this video today of Mayor Fenty, Police Chief Lanier, Attorney General Nickles and Supreme Court advocate Walter Dellinger, who argued the city's position in the handgun case, responding to the high court's decision to overturn the D.C. handgun ban....

By David A Nakamura  |  June 26, 2008; 3:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  David Nakamura , Gun Ban Case  
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Police Union Chief: City's Reaction Insufficient

Police union chief Kristopher Baumann said he was disappointed at the reaction to the Supreme Court ruling from Mayor Adrian Fenty and Police Chief Cathy Lanier, who said they will craft gun registration rules and work with the D.C. Council to develop new laws governing the storage of guns in...

By David A Nakamura  |  June 26, 2008; 3:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  David Nakamura , Gun Ban Case  
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Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton Responds to Gun Ruling

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) responded with the following statement: "Fortunately, the expected overturn of the District's absolute gun ban leaves considerable room for new, strict hand gun bans and other gun restrictions here. Despite the use of guns far more often for domestic violence and suicides than for self...

By David A Nakamura  |  June 26, 2008; 2:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  David Nakamura , Gun Ban Case  
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D.C. Government Phone Number For Gun Questions

Police Chief Cathy Lanier said residents can call 202.727.4275 between 7 am and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday to get answers to basic questions about what the Supreme Court's ruling means for the city's gun laws. In a few days, she added, there will be a toll free hotline with...

By David A Nakamura  |  June 26, 2008; 2:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  David Nakamura , Gun Ban Case  
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Rand Report: Health Care Funds for Urgent Care

It may not get much emphasis today, given all the focus on the Supreme Court's gun ban decision, but D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty ( D) unveiled this morning a report that outlines how the city should spend $135 million in tobacco settlement money. The independent Rand Corp., commissioned in...

By Marcia Davis  |  June 26, 2008; 2:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Mayor Fenty  
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Mayor: Three Weeks Until Handguns Can Be Registered

(Photo By David Nakamura) At a midday news conference, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty said the Metropolitan Police Department will take 21 days to develop the requirements for registering a handgun in the city. During that period -- which is roughly the time expected for the Supreme Court's ruling to...

By David A Nakamura  |  June 26, 2008; 1:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Reaction to Gun Ruling (*Updated)

We'll be posting reaction throughout the day on the Supreme Court's decision to overturn D.C.'s longtime hangun ban. The first comes from D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson (D-At Large), who chairs the Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary. He has scheduled an oversight hearing for Wednesday, July 2, at...

By David A Nakamura  |  June 26, 2008; 10:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  David Nakamura , Gun Ban Case  
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D.C Gun Ban Decision: Poll and Comment

You can read The Post's coverage of the story here and comment below. In a recent Washington Post poll, 72 percent of all Americans said they believe individuals have gun rights under the Second Amendment, that such protections are not limited to "militias." Twenty percent thought the constitutional guarantee...

By Washington Post Editors  |  June 26, 2008; 10:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (628)
Categories:  Gun Ban Case  
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D.C. Attorney General: All Guns Must Be Registered

The Supreme Court has struck down D.C.'s longtime ban on handguns, with a 5-4 ruling. Ruling can be read here. The question for city officials is: What now? In a recent interview (before the court ruled), Interim D.C. Attorney General Peter J. Nickles was asked what would happen if the...

By David A Nakamura  |  June 26, 2008; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (376)
Categories:  David Nakamura , Gun Ban Case  
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A Busy Day in the District: Courts to Health Care

It's a big news day in the District. The city waits for the Supreme Court ruling on its gun ban case, which is expected this morning. But also, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty will be announcing the RAND recommendations on the city's health care. Millions of health care dollars at stake....

By Marcia Davis  |  June 26, 2008; 8:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Mayor Fenty  
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Supreme Court Gun Ban Ruling Expected Tomorrow

The U.S. Supreme Court today did not release its long-awaited ruling on whether the District's handgun ban violates the Second Amendment. That means the potentially landmark decision will almost certainly come tomorrow morning when the court is planning to issue the last of its rulings for the term. The case,...

By Marcia Davis  |  June 25, 2008; 12:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety  
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Barry, Others Call for EPA Tests

Surrounded by TV crews and other media, Council Member Marion Barry and a few concerned activists, stood outside Anacostia High School this morning and called for EPA testing of school athletic fields. The group said it's concerned that the toxic silica sand has been used in the renovations of six...

By Marcia Davis  |  June 25, 2008; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  City Life , D.C. Council , Education  
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Barry, Activists Calling for EPA Testing on School Fields

Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) is holding a news conference this morning alongside community activists, parents and educators outside Anacostia High School to demand the EPA do immediate testing on all public school and recreation fields for toxins associated with silica sand. Activists say the fields refurbished by the...

By Marcia Davis  |  June 25, 2008; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  City Life , D.C. Council , Education  
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City Pushing Back Hard at CareFirst

The Committee on Public Services and Consumer Affairs voted today to investigate Group Hospitalization and Medical Services, Inc., CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (GHMSI), and its parent company, CareFirst, Inc. And in a second blow, interim Attorney General Peter J. Nickles has announced he is entering a lawsuit against CareFirst, trying to...

By Marcia Davis  |  June 24, 2008; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. Council  
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Donna Brazile Testifies About Naming Park For Capitol Hill Legend

Political pundit Donna Brazile, better known for her appearances on cable news television, appeared on Channel 13 today as she testified about naming a small park in Capitol Hill for late friend and neighborhood legend Lola Beaver. Beaver died Nov. 28, 2006, at age 96. She lived a full life...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  June 24, 2008; 4:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  City Life  
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Mayor Fenty Talks About Wife's Pregnancy

Mayor Fenty, who has twin 8-year-old sons, announced that his wife Michelle is pregnant with their third child, due this fall. We caught up with the mayor to get his reaction today....

By David A Nakamura  |  June 24, 2008; 4:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Environmentalists Sue Over Poplar Point

As our colleage Marc Fisher wrote today, a coalition of environmentalists have filed a notice of intent to sue the federal and District governments over Poplar Point, the 110-acre swath of national parkland along the Anacostia River in Ward 8. You can read the letter here. The fate of Poplar...

By David A Nakamura  |  June 24, 2008; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Soccer Stadium  
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For Your Viewing Pleasure: Marion Barry

Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) formally launched his reelection campaign Saturday. By Nikita Stewart's account, it was quite a production, complete with prayers and choirs and tributes to the 72-year-old politician. There was even a 45-minute biographical video about the city's mayor-for-life, who is facing an army of challengers...

By Marcia Davis  |  June 24, 2008; 12:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2008 District Election  
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New Principal for Oyster-Adams

Oyster-Adams Bilingual School, caught up in a nasty dispute last month over D.C. Chancellor Michelle Rhee's firing of principal Marta Guzman, has a new leader. Rhee, whose two daughters attend the Woodley Park school, has chosen someone with close ties to her top staff. Monica Liang Aguirre is a distinguished...

By Bill Turque  |  June 24, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Education  
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Michelle Fenty Expecting

First Lady Michelle Cross Fenty and Mayor Adrian M. Fenty are expecting a third child in late fall, according to a press release issued by Carrie Brooks, the mayor's spokeswoman. The Fentys already have 8-year-old twins, Andrew and Matthew. "Michelle Fenty says she is feeling great and is looking forward...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  June 23, 2008; 7:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Mayor Fenty  
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Lawyers Union: Three Reinstated at AG's Office

Interim D.C. Attorney General Peter J. Nickles has reinstated three of the eight lawyers he fired last month, according to union representatives who have been fighting Nickles in court. Union President Steven J. Anderson said Nickles informed the lawyers of his decision on Friday, a day after the union won...

By David A Nakamura  |  June 23, 2008; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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