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D.C. Wire: September 14, 2008 - September 20, 2008

Spencer Speaks; Fired Employment Director Makes First Comments on Summer Program

As Mike DeBonis of Washington City Paper reported late last night, fired Department of Employment Services Director Summer Spencer showed up at the D.C. Council oversight hearing on the meltdown of Mayor Fenty's summer jobs program. It was a surprise appearance, as her name was not among the 35 people...

By David A Nakamura  |  September 19, 2008; 11:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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D.C. Inspector General: Mayor's Summer Jobs Program "Haphazard and Ad-hoc"

D.C. Inspector General Charles J. Willoughby and Auditor Deborah K. Nichols laid out a damning account of the failings of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's summer youth jobs program today, citing problems with contracts, technology, training and budgeting, as well as policy decisions, leading to a budget overrun of $30 million....

By David A Nakamura  |  September 18, 2008; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Mayor Fenty  
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City Hits Lottery Firm with $1.4 Million Fine

The District government has assessed a $1.4 million fine to the company that runs the D.C. Lottery for security breaches, a penalty that could rekindle a debate over the future of the city's gaming industry. In a letter dated Wednesday to Lottery Technology Enterprises, D.C. contracting officer Eric W. Payne...

By David A Nakamura  |  September 18, 2008; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  City Finances  
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Wall Street Crisis Impacts D.C. Bonds

Post business reporter Zachary A. Goldfarb notes today that interest rates on some District government bonds have doubled as a result of the tightening of the credit market on Wall Street. D.C. Treasurer Lasana Mack tells Goldfarb that the city has budgeted for some of the increase and that he's...

By David A Nakamura  |  September 18, 2008; 11:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  City Finances  
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D.C. Sets First Middle School "Payday" For Oct. 17

District middle schoolers eligible to earn cash for good grades and behavior will need to show up with their A-game starting Monday, September 29. That's the start date announced by officials for the new "Capital Gains" experiment that will launch at 14 D.C. schools that serve middle school kids. At...

By David A Nakamura  |  September 17, 2008; 3:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Education  
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Guns and Tax Rip-Offs

The D.C. Council's first day back was a whopper. Nikita Stewart and Hamil R. Harris report on the first legislative council meeting after a two-month recess. A re-energized group of legislators seem eager to take on the administration of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty on issues ranging from homelessness to government...

By Marcia Davis  |  September 17, 2008; 8:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Harriette Walters: 28 Trips to Vegas, 13 to Atlantic City

Harriette Walters, the mastermind of the D.C. Tax Office embezzlement scandal, pleaded guilty in federal court, reports Post staffer Del Quentin Wilber, to stealing $48.1 million in public money over two decades. She could get between 15 and 18 years in prison under a plea agreement with federal prosecutors. In...

By David A Nakamura  |  September 17, 2008; 7:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  City Finances  
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Disruptions Open Council's First Meeting

At least three people have now been kicked out of the John A. Wilson Building this morning as members of Empower D.C., protesting the closing of Franklin Shelter, became disruptive during today's D.C. Council meeting. The council is expected to approve emergency legislation today that will stop the closing of...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  September 16, 2008; 11:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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Council Returns to Business

The D.C. Council resumes its business today. It returns with a full agenda, from gun lesgislation to school reform to homelessness. The council has also launched an investigation into the Board of Elections and Ethics and the problems during the vote count last week during the primary. Four council members,...

By Marcia Davis  |  September 16, 2008; 7:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  D.C. Council  
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Rhee: Who Needs Consensus?

D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee, who didn't fuss when a PBS interviewer asked if she was a "benevolent dictator," made clear again Monday that she was more than comfortable with the her-way-or the-Beltway approach. "I think if there is one thing I have learned over the last 15 months...

By Marcia Davis  |  September 16, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Education  
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Poll: 69 Percent of Americans Oppose Congress's D.C. Gun Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives is considering a bill that would overturn local D.C. gun laws, and District leaders are scrambling this week to revise their own legislation in a way that might be more acceptable to Congress. Now comes a poll commissioned by DC Vote, the non-profit lobbying group...

By David A Nakamura  |  September 15, 2008; 5:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Gun Ban Case  
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Plea Deal Nears in Tax Office Scandal; Gandhi Reacts

Post staffer Del Quentin Wilber is reporting today that Harriette Walters, the alleged mastermind of the $50 million tax office embezzlement scandal, appears to have worked out a plea deal with federal prosecutors that could be finalized tomorrow. Wilber writes: Federal prosecutors filed a document in court today known as...

By David A Nakamura  |  September 15, 2008; 2:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  City Finances  
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Quick Poll: The 'Carol Contingency'

Longtime District councilmember Carol Schwartz announced plans to run for reelection as a write-in candidate on Sept. 15. She'll run against Patrick Mara -- who defeated her in the city's Republican primary -- as well as Kwame Brown (D), Michael Brown (I), Dee Hunter (I), Mark Long (I) and David...

By Washington Post Editors  |  September 15, 2008; 2:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  2008 District Election  
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Schwartz to Run as Write-In

Carol Schwartz, the Republican member of the D.C. Council who was defeated last week in a targeted and well-financed race by newcomer Patrick Mara, is running as a write-in candidate for the at-large spot in the general election. Schwartz made the announcement from her campaign office on U Street this...

By Marcia Davis  |  September 15, 2008; 1:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
Categories:  2008 District Election  
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