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D.C. Wire: August 3, 2008 - August 9, 2008

Cheh Joins the Opposition to Tenley Project

The group of critics of the development project at the site of the former Tenley-Friendship Library has a new member: Councilmember Mary M. Cheh. She has serious reservations about the current proposal, which might reduce green space at the neighboring Janney Elementary School. Cheh (D-Ward 3) had strongly supported construction...

By Marcia Davis  |  August 9, 2008; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
Categories:  City Life , D.C. Council , Economic Development  
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I Want To Ride My Bicycle! Stop That Bus!

A little over a week after Mayor Adrian M. Fenty crashed his bike and refused an ambulance, another bicycle accident has touched the John A. Wilson Building. Asher Corson, director of communications for Council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3), found himself pinned between a parked truck and a Metro...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  August 8, 2008; 1:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  City Hall Aides , City Life  
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Is Teacher Poll A "Push?"

Some D.C. public school teachers say that questions they got this week in a telephone survey sounded as if they were designed to encourage opposition to D.C. Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee's big money-for-tenure proposal. But the American Federation of Teachers, which hired Peter D. Hart Research Associates, said it was...

By Marcia Davis  |  August 8, 2008; 12:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Education  
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Probation "A Deal Breaker," Union Source Says

Washington Teachers' Union (WTU) President George Parker stopped just short yesterday of completely rejecting Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee's proposal that tenured teachers must spend a year on probation to become eligible for huge salary hikes and performance bonuses. But a union source with direct knowledge of contract talks between the...

By Marcia Davis  |  August 8, 2008; 11:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Bill Turque , Education  
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SEIU Sticks With Incumbents

The State Council of the Service Employees International Union announced endorsements today of Council members Yvette M. Alexander (D-Ward 7), Marion Barry (D-Ward 8), Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) and Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) in their re-election bids. In a media release, Jaime Contreras, state council president and Capital Area director...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  August 7, 2008; 1:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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School Daze

Structural imbalances in the roof at Ballou High, no stage at Anacostia High and bathroom and electrical repairs halted at Eastern High. These are some of the problems that could result if the D.C. Council blocks $8.9 million in reprogrammed funds needed to repair the city's schools, according to a...

By David A Nakamura  |  August 6, 2008; 4:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Education  
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Latest Mayor-Council Dustup Over ... Parking Spots?!

Look what Mayor Fenty and Council Chairman Vincent Gray are fighting over now: Parking spaces. No one wanted to speak publicly about the matter, but here is what D.C. Wire is told: Turns out that Gray recently arrived at the building to find both council spaces filled, one by the...

By David A Nakamura  |  August 6, 2008; 3:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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A Short Hiatus

Starting at noon today, we'll be taking a break from posting here and turning off comments for approximately 24 hours. This is to allow for scheduled software upgrades and other maintenance. We appreciate your readership and feedback, and look forward to hearing from you again tomorrow....

By Washington Post Editors  |  August 5, 2008; 9:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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D.C. Wire Video: Mayor Returns to Work After Bike Accident

The first thing that was different was the car. Mayor Fenty ditched the tiny Smart Car he's been using recently in favor of the black SUV, chauffered by his security detail. That was a tip that Fenty, though he returned to work today, nearly a week after suffering a...

By David A Nakamura  |  August 4, 2008; 3:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Fenty Eases Back With Library Announcement

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty is scheduled to make an announcement this afternoon regarding the city's library hours and funding. Ginnie Cooper, the chief librarian, recently announced major cutbacks for the system, including closing the libraries on Fridays and closing kiosks in some of the city's more underserved communities. It seemed...

By Marcia Davis  |  August 4, 2008; 7:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Mayor Fenty  
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