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D.C. Wire: November 9, 2008 - November 15, 2008

Fenty Hoping to Show Off Projects Along Anacostia Today

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty is hosting a community fair from 1 to 5 p.m. today at Nationals Park where more than three dozen District agencies, community groups, nonprofits and private companies will be on hand to discuss the development projects of the $8 million Anacostia Waterfront Initiative. "The Anacostia waterfront...

By Marcia Davis  |  November 15, 2008; 8:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Mayor Fenty  
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Gray and His B'More Counterpart Bet on Football

D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray spent the day with Stephanie Rawlngs-Blake, president of the Baltimore City Council. The two exchanged ideas about school reform, visited the Verizon Center, dined at Clyde's restaurant and traveled across the Anacostia River to see the new Giant grocery and shopping center in Ward...

By Marcia Davis  |  November 14, 2008; 4:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. Council  
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Fenty Upbeat About Housing Program in Face of Budget Freeze

In his first comments since the D.C. Council passed legislation to close the city's $131 million budget gap this week, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty said that he is confident that he will still be able to implement his plan to move 800 chronically homeless people into permanent homes by this...

By Marcia Davis  |  November 14, 2008; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Mayor Fenty  
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Taking a Pass on Impasse?

Did Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee pull their punches against the Washington Teachers' Union (WTU) last month when they rolled out Plan B? Plan B, so named by Rhee, is designed to accomplish administratively what she has found impossible to achieve so far at...

By Marcia Davis  |  November 14, 2008; 8:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Education  
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City Leaders Bicker Over Bleacher Seats

Work has begun on the parade viewing bleachers outside the White House. Don't look now but Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) and the D.C. Council are bickering over tickets again. This time the fight is related to the bleacher seats for Barack Obama's inaugural parade. Read about it on...

By David A Nakamura  |  November 13, 2008; 4:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Fenty Chief of Staff to Wed Tomorrow

Brooks and Kohns, along with Coco, at the Palisades Parade in 2007. (Photo by Lateef Mangum.) It won't be listed on his public schedule, but Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) is scheduled to swing by the Hillyer Art Space in Dupont Circle tomorrow evening. He's one of about 10...

By David A Nakamura  |  November 13, 2008; 3:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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ANC Candidate Tells Council Panel He Wasn't on Ballot

Kent Slowinski, who ran for ANC for the single member district 3D01, told the council's special committee on District voting that after the Nov. 4th election he received a number of emails and calls from residents said they could not find him on their ballots. Slowinski lost by 16 votes....

By Marcia Davis  |  November 13, 2008; 3:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2008 District Election , D.C. Council  
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Capital Gains Takes a Loss a Hart Middle School

Among the many things that appear to have gone wrong at Hart Middle School this fall is DCPS's "Capital Gains" program, designed to pay 6th, 7th, and 8th-graders up to $100 every two weeks for good grades, attendance and behavior. Hart is one of 15 District schools in the demonstration...

By Marcia Davis  |  November 13, 2008; 2:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Education  
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Cheh Says Too Many Problems Remain With D.C. Voting

In her opening remarks at a roundtable on voting in the District, Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) acknowledged the hard work of the Board of Elections and Ethics to ensure last Tuesday's general election ran smoothly, but she said she couldn't ignore that problems still persisted leading up to...

By Marcia Davis  |  November 13, 2008; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2008 District Election  
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Cheh Holds Second Hearing on Voting in District

Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) is holding a roundtable today on voting in the District. Cheh is head of the council's special committee set up by Chairman Vincent C. Gray to get to the bottom of why the city's Board of Elections and Ethics can't seem to get votes...

By Marcia Davis  |  November 13, 2008; 7:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2008 District Election , D.C. Council  
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Why Did 'D.C. Teacher Chic' Check Out?

Heather Migdon said she was "100 percent sure" that when she told Nalle Elementary principal Kim Burke last week that she was quitting Burke would talk her back from the ledge, ask her to reconsider. Migdon, 28, was completely discouraged less than three months into the school year. A ring...

By Marcia Davis  |  November 13, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Education  
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Cheh Presses Sequoia on Voting Machines

Election software is a big part of the problem in the city's seemingly inability to properly count votes accurately and efficiently, according to Councilmember Mary M. Cheh, chairperson of the special council committee investigating the issue. After the Nov. 4th general election, Cheh said she's determined that there are irregularities...

By Marcia Davis  |  November 12, 2008; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2008 District Election , D.C. Council  
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Norton Remembers DC Soldier on Veteran's Day

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) celebrated Veterans Day by remembering the life of Darryl T. Dent, a 21-year-old Army Specialist and graduate of Roosevelt High School, who was the first District resident to die in the war in Iraq. "Darryl Dent died assuring the vote for Iraqi citizens,...

By Hamil Harris  |  November 12, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Voting Rights  
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Fenty's Communication's Strategy: "Just Don't Pick Up the Phone."

Here at D.C. Wire we endeavor to clear up the record when clarity is called for. Such is the call for State Superintendent of Education Deborah A. Gist, whom we unfairly kicked in the shin for evading our requests for an interview in September. The backstory: Her agency is developing...

By Marcia Davis  |  November 11, 2008; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Education , Mayor Fenty  
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Council Approves $46 Million Budget Freeze

The D.C. Council passed its $46 million budget freeze in a heated meeting yesterday that started off with protests outside the John A. Wilson Building. Advocates of low-income residents protested, hoping to delay the vote to give time to find alternatives to the trims, but their efforts were thwarted. The...

By Marcia Davis  |  November 11, 2008; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  City Finances , D.C. Council  
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Rhee's Transition

D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee is a key figure in the transition--but not the one taking place here. Rhee appeared at a news conference in Sacramento Monday as part of the transition team of Mayor-elect Kevin Johnson, the former NBA star who will take office Nov. 25, replacing two-term...

By Kathryn Tolbert  |  November 11, 2008; 12:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Education  
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Vote on Voting Rights

We bring you up to date on the push for D.C. voting rights in Congress in today's Metro section. Now you can vote here about whether the District should seek only a House vote or also two Senate seats....

By David A Nakamura  |  November 10, 2008; 2:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Council, Activists Battle Over Budget Cuts

The fifth floor of the John A. Wilson Building was packed with hundreds of city residents as members of the D.C. Council debated whether to pass tens of millions in budget cuts for fiscal year 2009. Council Chairman Vince C. Gray found himself at odds with Council member Marion Barry...

By Marcia Davis  |  November 10, 2008; 2:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Budget , D.C. Council  
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Post Launches New "Inauguration Watch" Blog

The Post has launched a new blog to document the preparations and excitment around the inauguration. Take a look here. We're counting on you all to help us by sending in news tips and personal anecdotes about anything inauguration-related....

By David A Nakamura  |  November 10, 2008; 1:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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D.C. Voice to Media: How About Some Good News on DCPS?

Are you tired of hearing how bad D.C. Public Schools are? Do you want to read some good news about the 45,000-student system? Well, then, does D.C. Voice have a petition for you! D.C. Voice, a nonprofit advocate group for public education run by former D.C. Board of Education member...

By David A Nakamura  |  November 10, 2008; 1:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Education  
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Low-Income Advocates Protesting at Wilson Building Over Proposed Budget Cuts

Advocates for low-income residents are planning to protest in front of the John A. Wilson Building at 9 a.m. today in anticipation of the D.C. Council's budget vote set for this afternoon. The advocates say low-income residents would bear a disproportionate burden of the cuts that lawmakers are proposing for...

By Marcia Davis  |  November 10, 2008; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Budget , City Finances , D.C. Council  
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Norton's Office Stops Taking Names for Inaugural Tickets

It's already gotten to be too much for the Office of Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton. Folks on the Hill have been hit with thousands and thousands of calls about tickets for the inauguration of President-Elect Barack Obama, which promises to be one of the largest, if not the largest in...

By Marcia Davis  |  November 10, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2008 Presidential Race , Inauguration  
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