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D.C. Wire: November 30, 2008 - December 6, 2008

It's Fenty's Party, But Not All Fun and Games

Protesters may take the fun out of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's fundraising birthday bash, set for tonight at 6:30 p.m. Labor groups and advocates for the homeless are planning to crash the event with candles and pickets. The protesters are getting a jump on things, with their pickets set to...

By Marcia Davis  |  December 6, 2008; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Mayor Fenty  
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Weingarten Caucuses With WTU

American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten met last night with the executive board of the Washington Teachers Union to discuss the next move in WTU's stalled talks with the District on a new contract. No one is talking for the record, but the meeting, first reported on The Washington...

By Marcia Davis  |  December 5, 2008; 4:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Education  
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Michelle and Michelle Talked Schools

Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee gave up a few new details today on the Obamas' search for a school for daughters Sasha and Malia. Pressed by WTOP's Mark Plotkin and Mark Seagraves, Rhee said she received a call from Michelle Obama and "gave a lot of information about a number of...

By Marcia Davis  |  December 5, 2008; 4:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Education  
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D.C. to Hold Inaugural Ball at City Hall

The D.C. government is throwing its own inaugural ball and the ultra, super-fancy, ritzy location is ... city hall! Lest anyone suggest D.C. pols aren't of the people, council member Harry Thomas Jr. tells D.C. Wire that the city's party on Jan. 20 will be in the people's building-- the...

By David A Nakamura  |  December 5, 2008; 3:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Inauguration  
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Norton to Congress: Pass D.C. Voting Rights by Lincoln's Birthday

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) wants Congress to get a move on and approve the D.C. Voting Rights Act. In a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.), Norton urged her to push for a vote on the bill that would give the District a House seat by the bicentennial...

By David A Nakamura  |  December 5, 2008; 11:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Voting Rights  
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Grass-Roots Leaders, Obama Advisers Gather in D.C.

More than 2,500 grass-roots activists from across the country held a spirited meeting this afternoon with President-elect Barack Obama advisers Valerie Jarrett and Melody Barnes. Billed as "Realizing the Promise," a forum meant to set a "people's agenda," was more a rally than a pragmatic discussion about community organizers and...

By Marcia Davis  |  December 4, 2008; 4:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2008 Presidential Race  
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D.C. Police Union Chief Questions Inaugural Deployment Plans

The leader of the D.C. police union is concerned about department's plans for police deployment during Inauguration weekend, especially in light of a recent decision by the D.C. Council to extend the hours of operation for bars and restaurants. "How do they expect us to do this?" said Kristopher Baumann,...

By David A Nakamura  |  December 4, 2008; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Inauguration  
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Entire Mall Open for Inauguration

For the first time in history, the entire National Mall will be open to the public for an inauguration, the Presidential Inaugural Committee announced today. Officials have been in talks for weeks about opening the Mall east of the Washington Monument so that more people could participate in the inauguration....

By David A Nakamura  |  December 4, 2008; 12:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Inauguration  
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Fire Department Probing Another EMT Case After Man's Death

D.C. fire officials are investigating what happened to Edward L. Givens, a 39-year-old NE resident who called parademics because of chest pains and hours later died in his home. Givens's family members said the paramedics who responded to the call told Givens he had acid reflux, suggested he take Pepto-Bismol...

By Marcia Davis  |  December 4, 2008; 9:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  City Life , Crime and Public Safety  
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More Inauguration Revelry = More Cops? The Mayor (and Chief) Speaks

Might the D.C. Council's decision to keep bars and nightclubs open 24 hours a day during Inauguration weekend mean more cops hitting the streets to keep late-night partygoers in line? Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier reluctantly shared some reaction to the emergency legislation at a...

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  December 3, 2008; 1:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Affordable Housing , Browse By Writer , Crime and Public Safety , Inauguration , Mayor Fenty , Theola Labbé-DeBose  
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Inauguration Boozing: Change You Can Believe In?

The D.C. Council last night approved legislation allowing bars to serve alcohol until 5 a.m. -- three hours later than usual -- and serve food round-the-clock from Jan. 17 until the morning after Barack Obama's swearing-in on Jan. 20....

By Mike McPhate  |  December 3, 2008; 12:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C. Council , Inauguration  
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Sleeping in the Cold Against Domestic Violence

Family and friends of a Southeast Washington woman killed by her estranged boyfriend spent Tuesday night sleeping on the sidewalk in front of the John A. Wilson Building to call attention to domestic violence. Tiffany Gates, 33, was fatally stabbed last month as she placed a 911 call for help...

By Marcia Davis  |  December 3, 2008; 10:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  City Life  
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D.C. Bars and Nightclubs to Be Open 24-hours A Day for Inauguration Week

The D.C. Council approved emergency legislation this evening that will allow District bars, nightclubs and restaurants to serve alcohol until 5 a.m. -- three hours later than usual -- and remain open for food around the clock from Jan. 17 until the morning after Obama's swearing-in Jan. 20. The bill...

By David A Nakamura  |  December 2, 2008; 6:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Council Votes for Verizon's FIOS

Update: 5:47 The Council has just voted in support of FIOS in its first vote on the legislation. The council is required to take a final vote in the coming months, but given the support it has received----though Jack Evans has voiced his concerns (see below)---it's a safe bet that...

By Marcia Davis  |  December 2, 2008; 5:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  D.C. Council  
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Fenty: It's My Birthday! Donate now!

In Dec. 2006, Mayor Fenty used the occasion of his 36th birthday to throw a big party for himself and his supporters at St. Colleta special education school. It was a sort-of thank you to those who'd supported his resounding mayoral campaign victory. Last year, Fenty stepped it up, renting...

By David A Nakamura  |  December 2, 2008; 5:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Mayor Fenty  
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D.C. to Obama: Use "Taxation Without Representation" License Plates

So many decisions for a president-elect. Who to pick for the Cabinet? Where to send your kids to school? And now ... what license plates to use on the presidential limo? If the D.C. Council has any say, Barack Obama will be using the special D.C. "Taxation Without Representation" plates,...

By David A Nakamura  |  December 2, 2008; 4:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Barry on the Offense Over Sex Abuse Bill

UPDATE: 5 p.m. The council voted 12-to-1 to pass the Intrafamily Offense Act of 2008, with Marion Barry casting the lone dissent. Barry had challenged At-Large Democrat Phil Mendelson, who had rejected a bill from Barry in the council's judiciary committee last week. The bill had been designed to drop...

By Marcia Davis  |  December 2, 2008; 12:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  D.C. Council  
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Let the Good Times Roll

The D.C. Council is considering Jim Graham's legislation today to allow restaurants, bars and other establishments that sell alcohol to be open around the clock for a five-day period during the Inauguration. "This is absolutely a unique opportunity, and we want our night life to participate in all of the...

By Marcia Davis  |  December 2, 2008; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. Council  
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Construction Begins on Inauguration Viewing Bleachers at Wilson Building

Construction began today on the bleachers in front of the John A. Wilson Building, where Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) and D.C. Council members will watch Barack Obama trek down Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol to the White House after he is sworn-in Jan. 20. There will also be...

By David A Nakamura  |  December 1, 2008; 2:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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GOP Files Its Complaint to Appeals Court

The District GOP has taken its challenge to Michael Brown's election to the D.C. Court of Appeals, making good on its pledge to do so. From its news release: Washington, DC: At approximately 11:00 a.m. this morning, the DC Republican Committee filed a Petition with the DC Court of Appeals...

By Marcia Davis  |  December 1, 2008; 12:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2008 District Election  
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