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D.C. Wire: November 23, 2008 - November 29, 2008

Tax Break for the Shoppers

For all the bargain-hunters out there, the District is offering its sales tax holiday timed with the post-Thanksgiving rush. Starting today through Dec. 7, the District will offer shoppers an exemption from the usual 5.75 percent sales tax for clothing, shoes and accessory items costing $100 or less. The exemption...

By Marcia Davis  |  November 28, 2008; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  City Finances  
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The Sweet Potato Spot

Our friends at The Root.com wrote about President-elect Barack Obama's love of sweet potato pie. Writer Teresa Wiltz turned to the District's own Henry's Soul Cafe, which, to put it mildly, has a bit of a reputation for its pie-making abilities....

By Marcia Davis  |  November 26, 2008; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Add It to the Map: 'Chuck Brown St.'

The D.C. Council is considering naming streets after several prominent residents, including go-go legend Chuck Brown. Brown discussed the honor with The Post's Hamil Harris in this video....

By Washington Post Editors  |  November 26, 2008; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Hamil R. Harris  
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Michelle Rhee's 'Hard Decision' to Vote for Obama

Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee almost voted for Sen. John McCain in November but switched her vote to Sen. Barack Obama at the desperate urging of one of her best friends, she told Time for a profile appearing on the magazine's website today. Rhee, who highlighted her reformer image by...

By Kathryn Tolbert  |  November 26, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Education  
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D.C. for Obama: "One Last Election to Win"

D.C. for Obama, a grassroots organization, helped get-out-the-vote in the District, Virginia, Pennsylvania and other places. Now, organizers Gregory Jackson and Howard Park have sent an email asking members to put in one final push--to help support challenger Jim Martin (D) in his bid to unseat Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss...

By David A Nakamura  |  November 25, 2008; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2008 Presidential Race  
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Turkey Day for Barry

It's turkey time and Councilmember Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) is planning to give away 1,200 birds starting at 9 a.m. This is Barry's fourth annual Thanksgiving giveaway. The council member will distribute the turkeys at Union Temple Church, at 1225 W Street, S.E., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The...

By Marcia Davis  |  November 25, 2008; 7:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. Council  
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Gray Is Taking It to the Streets

Age don't mean a thing if you are Chuck Brown and still have that go-go swing. That's the sentiment of D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray, who proposed yesterday to name a street after the District's most legendary go-go groove master. Brown, still going strong in his 70s, responded by...

By Marcia Davis  |  November 25, 2008; 7:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C. Council  
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City to Appeal Court Ruling in Rosenbaum Case

The District government will appeal a court ruling that overturned the city's firing of an emergency medical technician for her role in the botched care of a former New York Times journalist slain in 2006. D.C. Attorney General Peter Nickles said today that the city will fight a Superior Court...

By David A Nakamura  |  November 24, 2008; 5:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety  
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Board Certifies Nov. 4th Election and Brown's Seat

The D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics voted to certifiy the Nov. 4th election today, including the election of Michael Brown as an Independent at-large member of the D.C. Council. The board made the move despite the D.C. Republican Party's continued effort to block certifying the vote on the grounds...

By Hamil Harris  |  November 24, 2008; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2008 District Election  
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Cheh Releases Statement on Chevy Chase Deaths

Council member Mary M. Cheh released the following statement regarding the slayings of Michael and Virginia Spevak in Chevy Chase over the weekend. The two, well-known for their community activism, were found in their home in what police are calling a double homicide. WASHINGTON - I am deeply saddened by...

By Marcia Davis  |  November 24, 2008; 3:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety , D.C. Council  
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Aerin Alexandra Fenty Arrives at 6:08 a.m.

From the mayor's office: Today at 6:08am, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Mrs. Michelle Fenty proudly welcomed their new baby girl, Aerin Alexandra Fenty, the latest addition to the family. At 9 pounds, 1 ounce and 21 inches, she is their third child, joining 8-year-old twin sons Matthew and Andrew....

By Marcia Davis  |  November 24, 2008; 12:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Mayor Fenty  
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What's Your Take on the Obamas' School Choice?

President-elect Barack Obama and his wife have decided to send their kids to the pricey private school Sidwell Friends when the family moves into the White House in January. POLL...

By Mike McPhate  |  November 24, 2008; 10:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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GOP Continues Its Battle Over Brown

The fight over Michael Brown's status in the D.C. Council continues. The D.C. Republican Party isn't giving up at all. It reported this morning that the DC Republican Committee has filed a request that the board reconsider its intent to certify Brown's election as an at-large council member. Brown, a...

By Marcia Davis  |  November 24, 2008; 10:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  2008 District Election  
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