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D.C. Wire: June 29, 2008 - July 5, 2008

Petitions for Fall Vote Filed

Yesterday was the deadline for potential candidates to turn in nominating petitions to become official contenders in the primary races for council seats, nonvoting delegate to the U.S. House, shadow senator and representative, and spots on the Democratic State Committee. The petitions have yielded some interesting twists and turns for...

By Marcia Davis  |  July 3, 2008; 7:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2008 District Election  
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Political Blogger Shot in Adams Morgan

Liberal political blogger Brian Beutler, 25, was shot and wounded early today during an attempted robbery in Adams Morgan, D.C. police and friends said. He is recovering at a local hospital from gushot wounds to his shoulder and spleen. Beutler, 25, is a Washington correspondent for the Media Consortium, a...

By Marcia Davis  |  July 2, 2008; 6:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  City Life , Crime and Public Safety  
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Gun Ban Roundtable

Mendelson Upset About AG's Absence: Before D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson began today's public roundtable on the Supreme Court's decision that strikes down the city's longtime handgun ban, he vented. "I'm mystified," he said. Interim Attorney General Peter J. Nickles, nor anyone from his office, is appearing at today's hearing....

By Nikita R Stewart  |  July 2, 2008; 12:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Gun Ban Case  
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School Computer System On Sabbatical

In the midst of its busiest summer in memory, DCPS is shutting down its main computer system for three weeks, starting tomorrow. Erin McGoldrick, Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee's data chief, said the system, called D.C. Stars, is routinely taken off line in the summer for maintenance and upgrades. Last year,...

By Bill Turque  |  July 2, 2008; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Education  
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Roundtable on Guns at Council Today

District Council member Phil Mendelson (D-At Large) is holding a roundtable at noon today to discuss last week's Supreme Court ruling that struck down the city's strict handgun ban. Yesterday Mendelson introduced a bill that would overturn the ban and give those who say their weapons are for "immediate self...

By Marcia Davis  |  July 2, 2008; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  D.C. Council  
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It's Payday for City Summer Workers

The city may be on the road to working out its payment kinks in its Summer Youth jobs program. Today was the first payday for students who started work on June 16, and at least 10 participants were paid right on time. That hasn't been the case in years past,...

By Marcia Davis  |  July 1, 2008; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  City Life  
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Mendelson Introduces Gun Bill

D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson introduced legislation today that would overturn the city's long-standing handgun ban to comply with the historic Supreme Court decision last week. That ruling struck down the ban as unconstitutional. All 12 of his council colleagues signed on as co-sponsors of the bill, which also upends...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  July 1, 2008; 12:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Gun Ban Case  
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"Location, Location, Location"

The steet vending issue is back. Street vendors, who already battled the city to get spots in front of Nationals Park, are now upset with the location that city officials have carved out for them -- six blocks away from the new stadium. "It just infuriates those that are receiving...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  July 1, 2008; 10:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Nationals  
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School Letter-Writing Campaign to Council

School Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee and Allen Y. Lew, head of the school modernization efforts, teamed up late yesterday in a letter-writing campaign to the District Council. They want to make absolutely sure that the council is absolutely clear that if it doesn't pass the $83 million in building repair...

By Marcia Davis  |  July 1, 2008; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. Council , Education  
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WASA: Reduce Partial Pipe Replacement

The D.C. Water and Sewer Authority general manager recommended yesterday that WASA scale back its lead-pipe replacement program, but a board committee deferred judgment, saying it needed time to review the proposals. The Committee on Drinking Water Quality ran out of time before it had a chance to review WASA...

By Marcia Davis  |  July 1, 2008; 6:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  City Life  
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Mendelson to Introduce Bill to Repeal Gun Ban

Council member Phil Mendelson (D-At Large) has decided to introduce legislation tomorrow that will address the Supreme Court ruling on the city's gun ban. The bill would repeal the prohibition on handguns. He made the announcement at the council's news briefing held in preparation for tomorrow's meeting. It would still...

By Marcia Davis  |  June 30, 2008; 10:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety , D.C. Council  
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Eager Beavers Look for Guns to Buy

Apparently, some District residents aren't waiting on the District Council and the Fenty administration to work out the specifics of how to modify the gun ban to comply to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling last week. Gun shops in Maryland and Virginia suburbs told The Washington Post's Allison Klein that...

By Marcia Davis  |  June 30, 2008; 7:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety  
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