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D.C. Wire: July 13, 2008 - July 19, 2008

City Officials Meet With CFSA Senior Staff

Acting Attorney General Peter J. Nickles and the City Adminstrator Dan Tangherlini met with senior staff of the Department of Children and Family Services today, including the new interim director Roque Gerald, Nickles said. They met to discuss caseloads and other issues raised by the court monitor as the city...

By Marcia Davis  |  July 18, 2008; 6:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  City Life , Crime and Public Safety  
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Linda Parke Gallagher Dies

Linda Parke Gallagher, 64, has died. Gallagher, who owned a management and development consulting business, will be remembered for many things, but especially for her role in revitalizing Eighth Street in Southeast, or Barracks Row. She died yesterday at Washington Hospital Center after a stroke. Barracks Row Main Street Inc.,...

By Marcia Davis  |  July 18, 2008; 3:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Heller Registers His Gun

Dick Anthony Heller returned to the District police headquarters today to register his gun....

By Marcia Davis  |  July 18, 2008; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Gun Ban Case  
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More Help for CFSA

Acting Attorney General Peter J. Nickles and Councilmember Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) say the District's Child and Family Services Agency needs an influx of social workers and funds to help get the caseloads under control. In the wake of the resignation of its director, Sharlynn E. Bobo on Wednesday, Nickles...

By Marcia Davis  |  July 18, 2008; 8:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Gun Dealer "Bides" His Time

Gun registration got off to a slow start in the District yesterday. The police department had set up its process, but there was hardly a rush to register. One of the few people who showed was Dick Anthony Heller, the plaintiff in the U.S. Supreme Court case. Things are going...

By Marcia Davis  |  July 18, 2008; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Gun Ban Case  
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Charter School Test Scores Also Up

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee publicized the DC Public Schools standardized test scores last week, but parents, students and teachers for the one-third of DC students who go to public charter schools got no information. The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) published scores...

By Marcia Davis  |  July 17, 2008; 12:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Education  
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Heller Shows Up for Gun Registration With Petitions

Gun registration started at police headquarters at 7 a.m. this morning, but it was not the brisk turnout that authorities had anticipated, Post staff writer Paul Duggan reports. Duggan said there were a few people who trickled in to make inquiries, but the only person to show with immediate intent...

By Marcia Davis  |  July 17, 2008; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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Fenty and Rhee on Hill Today

UPDATED: Read Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's and Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee's testimony from this morning. Click here for Fenty's remarks, and here for Rhee's. ---------------------------------- Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee take their education show-and-tell to the Hill this morning. The two will testify about their partnership...

By Marcia Davis  |  July 17, 2008; 8:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Fenty Accepts Bobo's Resignation From CFSA

Sharlynn E. Bobo, the director of D.C. Child and Family Services, resigned today, in the wake of a massive backlog of cases during which a 6-month-old boy and a 5-month-old boy died. "I accepted Dr. Bobo's resignation today and would like to personally thank her for her dedication to public...

By Marcia Davis  |  July 16, 2008; 11:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Mayor Fenty  
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Cheh Calls for Public Forums on CareFirst

The D.C. Council's Committee on Public Services and Consumer Affairs would like to hear from you if you're a subscriber to CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (non-HMO) health insurance. Committee chair Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3), who is leading an investigation of CareFirst's compliance with its nonprofit mission, is hosting community forums...

By Marcia Davis  |  July 16, 2008; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
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D.C. Council summer recess? Not Quite Yet!

For those who can't get enough of Jim Graham, Vincent C. Gray and Marion Barry, you're in luck. The D.C. Council will hold a special session on Thursday, delaying its summer recess, which was to begin today. The decision to hold the Thursday meeting came late Tuesday night, as the...

By Elissa Silverman  |  July 16, 2008; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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District Gun Registration Starts Tomorrow

D.C. police will start the gun registration process at 7 a.m. tomorrow, when it opens an office at police headquarters at 300 Indiana Ave. NW. It is the start of the 180-day amnesty period in which residents may register handguns they have had illegally, or guns from other states. An...

By Marcia Davis  |  July 16, 2008; 7:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
Categories:  Gun Ban Case  
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Gun Legislation Wins Unanimous Vote in D.C. Council

In a meeting that went well into the night, the D.C. Council unanimously voted for emergency legislation that ended the city's gun ban and put in place new regulations to restrict guns but is also meant to honor the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling against the strict ban that had been...

By Marcia Davis  |  July 16, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety , D.C. Council  
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Final Legislative Meeting for Council

The D.C. Council has a lot to wrap up today, its final legislative session before recessing until September. Put the emergency gun bill announced yesterday at the top of the list. That proposed legislation, which calls for residents to pass eye and written exams, complete background checks and submit their...

By Marcia Davis  |  July 15, 2008; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Officials to Offer Update on Voting Rights Battle

Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, Chairman Vincent C. Gray, the D.C. City Council and DC Vote are holding a news conference this morning to offer an update on the voting rights fight. The news conference is set to start at the John A. Wilson Building at 9 a.m. DC Vote says...

By Marcia Davis  |  July 15, 2008; 8:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Voting Rights  
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Obama to Become Honorary AKA

Michelle Obama has accepted an honorary membership in Alpha Kappa Alpha, the oldest African-American sorority in the country, the group's president, Barbara A. McKinzie, has announced. The sorority is celebrating its centennial with a week of celebrations in the District. It was founded at Howard University in 1908, and counts...

By Marcia Davis  |  July 14, 2008; 4:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2008 Presidential Race  
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New Gun Regulations Announced Today

District residents will be able to keep a handgun in the home for self-defense but that right would be limited to the home and not outside it, city leaders said today, announcing new gun regulations in response to the Supreme Court's recent ruling striking down the city's handgun ban....

By Marcia Davis  |  July 14, 2008; 4:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  City Life , D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty  
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Jury Duty Scofflaws Arrested: Poll and Comment

A District judge recently issued warrants calling for the arrests of 92 residents who failed to report for jury duty. Twelve people have been arrested or turned themselves in this month for contempt of court, and marshals are canvassing the area for more. Read the story here....

By Mike McPhate  |  July 14, 2008; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Hearing on Baby's Death Today

Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) is seeking answers in a hearing this morning on the death of 6-month-old Isiah Garcia, who died on June 25th. A social worker in the Child and Family Services Agency had never seen the child, who had been reported to the agency for neglect. Mayor Adrian...

By Marcia Davis  |  July 14, 2008; 8:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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