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D.C. Wire: July 6, 2008 - July 12, 2008

D.C. Wire Video: Obama-Clinton Unifying Event at Local 16 in Dupont Circle

Hundreds of young local Democrats came together Thursday evening for an evening of drinks and political talk at Local 16 in Dupont Circle. The event. co-sponsored by D.C. Young Lawyers for Obama and 17 other groups, was billed as a unification for supporters of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and...

By David A Nakamura  |  July 11, 2008; 5:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2008 Presidential Race  
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Adam Clampitt Drops Out, Mike Brown Gets More Than Endorsement

Independent at-large candidate Adam Clampitt will announce Monday that he is dropping out of the race and endorsing fellow independent Michael A. Brown. But Brown is getting more than his endorsement, he will get Clampitt's team. Clampitt's political director, field director and campaign manager will move over to Brown, said...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  July 11, 2008; 5:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2008 District Election  
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Fenty: Lerners "Very Sincere"

Mayor Fenty appeared on WTOP host Mark Plotkin's Politics Program this morning, where he was asked about the Post's story on the dispute between the city and the Lerner family that owns the Nationals over whether the ballpark is "substantially complete." To recap: the family has refused to pay $3.5...

By David A Nakamura  |  July 11, 2008; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  David Nakamura , Nationals  
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Fenty Met By Protesters Over Library-School Development

It wasn't pretty yesterday when Mayor Adrian M. Fenty announced the developer for a new library-school project in Tenleytown. About two dozen residents and activists opposed to the plan because they fear the loss of green space for Janney Elementary School heckled the mayor as he explained that the LCOR...

By Marcia Davis  |  July 11, 2008; 9:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Mayor Fenty  
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Charting the D.C. School Test Scores

The rise in test scores for elementary and high schools has rightly been big news this week. Click here to compare your school's 2007 and 2008 performance....

By Marcia Davis  |  July 10, 2008; 5:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Education  
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LCOR Chosen for Tenley Project

The District has chosen LCOR to develop the 3.6 acre Tenley Library/Janney Elementary School development site. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty made the announcement at a news conference this morning. "We've got a real opportunity to leverage this site to help pay for the cost of improving Janney Elementary, enhance the...

By Marcia Davis  |  July 10, 2008; 3:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Economic Development , Education , Mayor Fenty  
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Fenty to Announce Developer for Tenley Library

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) will go to the site of a demolished branch library in the Tenley neighborhood of Northwest Washington this morning to announce that he has chosen a developer to build a replacement library and more than 120 apartments on the land -- a choice parcel...

By Washington Post Editors  |  July 10, 2008; 9:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
 
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The Mayor's Friday Bad News Dump?

It's one of the oldest media-management strategies in the book: Release all controversial or bad news late Friday, when it's more likely to get lost in the weekend shuffle. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) seems to have added that strategy to his public-relations playbook lately. On June 20, a Friday,...

By David A Nakamura  |  July 10, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Mayor Fenty  
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CFO Gandhi Warns About Over-Borrowing

Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi released his annual debt letter to Mayor Fenty and the D.C. Council today, heightening previous alarms that the city is at risk of borrowing too much money for its economic development projects. Gandhi issued a similar letter a year ago and is again calling...

By David A Nakamura  |  July 9, 2008; 4:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  David Nakamura , Economic Development  
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Fenty: D.C. Schools Test Scores Up

Could Mayor Adrian Fenty's school takeover be working faster than anyone could have imagined, or did former School Superintendent Clifford Janey's reforms finally take hold--a year after Fenty fired him? That's the question today after Fenty and schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee announced that test scores for public school students rose...

By David A Nakamura  |  July 9, 2008; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
Categories:  Education  
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A Rise in School Test Scores

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Michelle Rhee are set to announce that test scores are on the rise, with elementary and high school students improving in reading and math. Just how high much those numbers have jumped will have to wait until Fenty and Rhee offer details at 9 a.m....

By Marcia Davis  |  July 9, 2008; 7:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Education  
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Edwards Speaks to Students in District

John Edwards told more than a thousand college students yesterday that they must join the fight against poverty and offered policy changes that he said could improve the economic lives of 18 million poor in 10 years. Edwards spoke at the Campus Progress National Conference in at the Omni Shoreham...

By Marcia Davis  |  July 9, 2008; 6:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  City Life  
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Mendelson Introducing Emergency Gun Bill

Councilmember Phil Mendelson (D-At Large) has decided to submit his gun bill as emergency legislation, the councilmember said today. Last week Mendelson introduced a bill that would end the city's handgun ban and make it legal for residents to keep firearms in their homes without requirements that trigger locks be...

By Marcia Davis  |  July 8, 2008; 5:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  D.C. Council  
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Alleged Tax Cheat Harriette Walters Speaks: Hear It Here

Seems someone forgot to disconnect an old office number for Harriette Walters, the alleged mastermind of the $50 million D.C. tax office scam. She can still be heard sounding very helpful on a voice message from an old phone extension at the D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue: 202.442.6762. Call...

By David A Nakamura  |  July 8, 2008; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  City Finances , David Nakamura  
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City Invests In Nonprofits To Reduce Gang Activity

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) and Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) announced this morning that $200,000 in funding will be split among 25 nonprofits that are working with youths throughout the city to curb gang violence. The money was funneled from the District police to the Citywide Coordinating...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  July 8, 2008; 1:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety  
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A New Gang Strategy?

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and D.C. Councilmember Jim Graham are teaming up this morning to announce a new gang strategy. The two will be sharing their plan at the Reeves Center at 10:15 am....

By Marcia Davis  |  July 8, 2008; 8:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Herb Miller Settles With D.C. In Ballpark District Suit

Developer Herbert Miller has settled his $40 million lawsuit against the District government over the failed plan to build two 13-story condominium towers just outside Nationals Park. Under the settlement, the city will pay Miller's Western Development $2 million and the company will drop its legal grievances, according to Miller's...

By David A Nakamura  |  July 7, 2008; 4:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Nationals  
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