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D.C. Wire: August 17, 2008 - August 23, 2008

Under Pressure: Lanier in the Post Magazine

The cover story of this weekend's edition of The Washington Post Magazine is "Under Pressure," a close look at the District's police chief, Cathy Lanier. Here's how the piece opens: POLICE CHIEF CATHY LANIER CUTS A FORMIDABLE FIGURE as she strides, long-legged, in front of an outdoor lineup of 125...

By Washington Post Editors  |  August 22, 2008; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety  
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Norton Says Her Strategy for Winning Voting Rights Is the Way to Go

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton may be rallying the troops for the Democratic Party convention in Denver, but she's also fending off criticism about her strategy for winning the fight. Norton, who is scheduled to speak at the convention on voting rights on Tuesday, said there's no need to wait...

By Marcia Davis  |  August 22, 2008; 4:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  2008 District Election  
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D.C. Wire Video: Norton Rallies D.C. Dems

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton rallied local Democrats last night during an event at Bohemian Caverns on U Street NW in preparation for the Democratic National Convention in Denver, where the city will renew its push for congressional voting rights....

By David A Nakamura  |  August 22, 2008; 4:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Teacher "Welcome Back" Rally a Little Hot and Cold

This morning's "Welcome Back" rally at the Washington Convention Center for 5,000 returning D.C teachers started with cheers, cash prizes for schools that pulled off big gains in test scores, and inspirational words to launch the fall term that begins Monday. But warm-and-fuzzy quickly gave way to bread-and-butter as Chancellor...

By Marcia Davis  |  August 22, 2008; 4:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Education  
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From the Floor: Voting Rights Scholars

Jeff Richardson is the Vice Chair of the District's Democratic Party. He will be attending the Democratic National Convention and will be blogging for D.C. Wire from Denver. Tomorrow morning at 6 a.m. I depart from National Airport to start my 2008 Democratic National Convention experience. I am very...

By washingtonpost.com  |  August 22, 2008; 12:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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More Evidence Fenty is on the Obama Team

At a celebration of Ben's Chili Bowl's 50th anniversary, Mayor Fenty greeted residents with his "Obama bump" as he called it. No stupid comments please, Fox News. (David Nakamura - TWP) The mayor seemed already to be in an Obama frame of mind before heading to Denver next week. The...

By David A Nakamura  |  August 22, 2008; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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D.C. Dems' Denver Itinerary

D.C. Democratic Party Chair Anita Bonds left town yesterday for Denver and anticipation is building among fellow party members for the kickoff of the Democratic National Convention, which officially begins Monday. Party members, along with reps from DC Vote, met yesterday at Bohemian Caverns on U St. NW for a...

By David A Nakamura  |  August 22, 2008; 8:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  2008 Presidential Race  
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Someone Has a Busy Day

Government of the District of Columbia Mayor Adrian M. Fenty Public Schedule Friday, August 22, 2008 9:00 am DCPS Welcoming Back Teachers Keynote Speaker Washington Convention Center Hall B 801 Mount Vernon Place, NW 10:00 am Ben's Chili Bowl 50 th Anniversary Block Party Remarks Ben's Chili Bowl 1213 U...

By David A Nakamura  |  August 22, 2008; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Mayor Fenty  
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A Series Of Interruptions

D.C. Council member Carol Schwartz (R-At Large) squared off with opponent Patrick Mara on News Talk on NewsChannel 8 today, and they tussled for about 17 minutes. Moderator Bruce DePuyt tried actually asking questions about Schwartz's voting record and current issues facing both candidates in the Sept. 9 Republican primary...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  August 21, 2008; 6:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  2008 District Election  
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Today's D.C. Extra: All Schools Edition

In case you missed today's D.C. Extra section, you can read up on: Chancellor Michelle Rhee's national standing, but local challenges; The politics surrounding Mayor Fenty's second year in charge; Why soaring enrollment in charter schools doesn't necessarily mean better test scores; The struggles of the D.C. school board; And...

By David A Nakamura  |  August 21, 2008; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Education  
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Live Stream: Carol Schwartz Debates Patrick Mara

Beginning at 4 p.m. today, at-large D.C. Council incumbent Carol Schwartz will debate Republican challenger Patrick Mara. Click here to watch the action....

By Mike McPhate  |  August 21, 2008; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2008 District Election  
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From the Floor: Meet Your Delegate

Jeff Richardson is the Vice Chair of the Democratic Party who will be attending the Democratic National Convention and will also be blogging for D.C. Wire from Denver. I am Jeffrey D. Richardson and I currently serve as the Vice Chair of the District of Columbia Democratic Party. I...

By washingtonpost.com  |  August 21, 2008; 2:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Letter to the Editor: Donna Brazile

Donna Brazile, the political strategist and D.C. superdelegate, called in to take issue with today's Page One story about the disconnect between the superdelegates and local D.C. delegates to next week's Democratic National Convention. A former aide to Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Brazile has remained active in local city affairs...

By David A Nakamura  |  August 21, 2008; 2:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  2008 Presidential Race  
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And the Latest NYC Idea for D.C. Schools: Paying Students!

As much as Mayor Adrian Fenty and School Chancellor Michelle Rhee like to cast their school takeover as "outside the box" thinking, it's not particularly difficult to figure out what's coming next: Just look to the north. Last year, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Chancellor Joel Klein announced a...

By David A Nakamura  |  August 21, 2008; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (97)
Categories:  Education  
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Fired Wilson Teacher Hits "Brick Wall"

The cause of Art Siebens, the popular A.P. biology teacher at Woodrow Wilson High School who was fired this summer, has hit what appears to be a dead end and will most likely end up in the courts. School officials have steadfastly refused to explain the dismissal, citing the bureaucrat's...

By David A Nakamura  |  August 21, 2008; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Education  
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Are You Smarter Than a Superdelegate?

The Washington Post gave a pop quiz on D.C. facts to many of the District's at-large superdelegates to the Democratic National Convention. Not all of them passed. Below are some of the questions in multiple choice format. Take the quiz to find out how you stack up. Quizzes by Quibblo.com...

By Washington Post Editors  |  August 21, 2008; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Wrapping Up This Week's Debates

D.C. Wire attended political debates this week for the Sept. 9 primary. There were debates for the races in Ward 7 and Ward 2, and today is the upcoming Republican rumble between longtime incumbent Carol Schwartz and newcomer Patrick Mara --- promising to lead to something interesting. (That debate, set...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  August 21, 2008; 9:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2008 District Election , Nikita Stewart  
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Community Groups Offer Solutions for Summer Jobs Program

One site in the D.C. summer youth jobs program had almost double the number of student participants it had requested. Another was assigned students several years older than it had requested. Still other sites complained of a D.C. Department of Employment Services that never returned calls when there were problems....

By David A Nakamura  |  August 20, 2008; 6:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  City Life  
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D.C. Delegation Throwdown: Fenty Seeks Alternative Convention Hotel

We told you in the pages of the Post this week about the infighting among the D.C. Democratic Party; now it seems the rivalries are going all the way to the top. Two sources tell D.C. Wire that Mayor Adrian M. Fenty is seeking an alternative hotel to the D.C....

By David A Nakamura  |  August 20, 2008; 4:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  2008 Presidential Race  
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Absent? Charter Officials Will Now Know Sooner, Rather Than Later

The tragic case of Banita Jacks and her four daughters has faded from the spotlight. But in January when Jacks was discovered at home with the badly decomposing bodies of her children ---she has been charged with their deaths--- city officials couldn't explain why the sisters had been absent for...

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  August 19, 2008; 3:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Education , Theola Labbé-DeBose  
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Teacher Poll: Tenure Trumps Big Money

By an almost 3-to-1 margin, D.C. teachers want their union to stay at the bargaining table rather than bring Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee's two-tier salary plan to the membership for a vote as part of a new contract. That's the bottom line of a new poll commissioned by the American...

By Marcia Davis  |  August 19, 2008; 7:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Bill Turque , Education  
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No, Thank YOU...

Most government agencies will cough up only what they absolutely have to when answering requests under the Freedom of Information Act. The Post recently asked D.C. schools for e-mails and other documents on absenteeism and truancy. Here's a sample of what came back: From: Poles, Raymond (SAIC) Sent: Friday, June...

By Marcia Davis  |  August 18, 2008; 12:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Bill Turque , Education  
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Rhee: Not Going to Take a Council "Beating"

If D.C. Council members wonder why Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee has not been the most communicative or accessible of city officials, they might want to take a look at the September issue of Fast Company magazine. She doesn't seem to like the way they do business. In his profile...

By Marcia Davis  |  August 18, 2008; 8:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Bill Turque , Education  
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