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D.C. Wire: October 5, 2008 - October 11, 2008

Rhee Swings the Ax

Less than two months into the new school year, Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee has fired her first principal. In an e-mail to parents at Shepherd Elementary School Friday afternoon, she announced the dismissal of Galeet BenZion, hired by the chancellor in July. As is customary with personnel matters, Rhee did...

By Marcia Davis  |  October 11, 2008; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (81)
Categories:  Education  
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Georgetown Tattoo Shop Owner, Brazil Silent

Last night the Jinx Proof Tattoo Parlor was full of excitement, given the scene with former council member Harold Brazil and his arrest on allegations of assault. Today, though, things were back to their regularly scheduled programming. "We are just a tattoo shop," said owner Tim Corun, who would not...

By Hamil Harris  |  October 10, 2008; 1:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Hunter Bounces Check for Brochures

At large council candidate Dee Hunter bounced a check for $2,087.51 back in August, and vendor VMW Printing Inc. is still looking to get paid for pumping out 20,000 brochures that touted Hunter's "New Energy, New Ideas." In a Sept. 9 letter to Hunter, Hyattsville-based VMW reminds Hunter that he...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  October 10, 2008; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2008 District Election  
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Life After the Council: Harold Brazil Arrested at Tattoo Parlor

Harold Brazil, the former D.C. council member, was arrested last night after allegedly getting into a fight with an employee at a Georgetown tattoo parlor. Yep, you read it right. Washington Post staff writer Clarence Williams reports that it took three employees to subdue Brazil, 59. Pregnant pause with stunned...

By Marcia Davis  |  October 10, 2008; 7:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  City Life , Crime and Public Safety , D.C. Council  
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Talk Radio Still Buzzing About "That One"

Sen. John McCain's reference to Sen. Barack Obama as "that one" during the presidential debate Tuesday night in Nashville still has people talking. "There has been a lot of response," said Joe Madison, a District resident and host of the Joe Madison show on 1450 WOL-AM. Madison said for the...

By Hamil Harris  |  October 10, 2008; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2008 Presidential Race  
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H.O.T.E.L. For M.I.K.E.

At large council candidate Michael A. Brown has picked up the endorsement of H.O.T.E.L. (Hotel Organization to Elect Leaders), the political action committee of the Hotel Association of Washington. The independent Democrat "has considerable roots in his home town community, has served on many community based Boards and Commissions and...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  October 9, 2008; 1:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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A Pox on Board of Elections and Sequoia

Both the Board of Elections and Ethics and Sequoia Voting Systems, the company that supplies the District's voting equipment, share responsibility for the confusion during the Sept. 9 primary when phantom write-in votes wrecked havoc with the city's election results, according to a D.C. Council report. Council member Mary M....

By Marcia Davis  |  October 8, 2008; 4:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2008 District Election , D.C. Council  
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Mara Picks Up More Business Support

The morning after candidates squared off in a debate for the at-large seat on the D.C. Council, the Greater Washington Board of Trade has endorsed Patrick Mara because he "understands that a friendly business climate in DC will create good paying jobs for District families," according to board president and...

By Hamil Harris  |  October 8, 2008; 2:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  2008 District Election , D.C. Council  
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The Debate and the Sideshow

And now, a recap of last night's critical, high-stakes, potentially game-changing debate. No, not that debate. We're talking about the contest in the at-large D.C. Council race. The seven candidates competing for the two at-large seats met last night for an informative discussion moderated by WRC-Ch. 4 reporter Tom Sherwood...

By David A Nakamura  |  October 8, 2008; 9:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  2008 District Election  
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Expletives Over Easy

The controversial Franklin Shelter issue exploded into an expletive-filled argument over breakfast this morning before D.C. Council members went into a legislative meeting where Council member Marion Barry plans to introduce emergency legislation that would require beds for the homeless in the downtown business area. Downtown is in Ward 2....

By Nikita R Stewart  |  October 7, 2008; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  D.C. Council  
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Barry Challenges Fenty, Calls for Downtown Shelter for Homeless

D.C.Councilmember Marion Barry will introduce emergency legislation today that calls for the Mayor Adrian M. Fenty to make sure there are beds for the homeless in the downtown business area. The bill is in response to the recent controversial closing of the Franklin Shelter at 13th and K streets NW....

By Hamil Harris  |  October 7, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  D.C. Council , The Homeless  
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How Much Money Did Your Agency Lose?

As part of his budget reduction package, Mayor Fenty is proposing to trim $60 million from individual agencies. Most of the reductions will come in the form of elimination of vacant jobs, but agency directors will have the option to find cuts in other places if they want to save...

By David A Nakamura  |  October 6, 2008; 5:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  City Finances  
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Board of Elections Struggling to Mount Its Defense

In an effort to reassure voters that the Nov. 4 presidential election will be nothing like the District's voter debacle in September, members of the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics have launched an unofficial campaign to restore the public's confidence in the office. Board of Elections chairman Erroll Arthur...

By Marcia Davis  |  October 6, 2008; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C. Council  
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Elections Board Faces Criticism

Video by Hamil Harris...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  October 6, 2008; 3:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Today Is Last Day to Register to Vote Nov. 4

D.C. residents will have until the last minute today to register to vote in the Nov. 4 general election. (For those who have been under a rock, besides the local elections, Nov. 4 is also the national presidential election.) The D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics will stay open until...

By Marcia Davis  |  October 6, 2008; 1:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2008 District Election , 2008 Presidential Race  
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CM Barry Gets Stitches After Fall

D.C. Wire just got this announcement from council member Marion Barry's office: Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry was treated and released from Greater South East Hospital this morning suffering from minor injuries to his face after accidentally falling down while out walking earlier in Anacostia Park. Mr. Barry received a...

By David A Nakamura  |  October 6, 2008; 12:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  D.C. Council  
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Fenty Details Budget Cuts

Mayor Fenty briefed the D.C. Council today on his proposal to make up a $131 million budget gap for fiscal 2009, the details of which we brought you in the Post last week. Among the major initiatives is eliminating up to 400 vacant positions, which will save $31 million, and...

By David A Nakamura  |  October 6, 2008; 10:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  City Finances  
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