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D.C. Wire: January 4, 2009 - January 10, 2009

CFO Fires Contract Chief

District Chief Financial Officer Natwar Gandhi fired his contracting chief today, three weeks after the D.C. Council refused to approve a new $120 million lottery contract put forward by Gandhi's office. Eric W. Payne had been running contracts for the agencies that Gandhi oversees since 2005. He was heavily involved...

By Marcia Davis  |  January 9, 2009; 5:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  City Finances  
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More Than 200 Bars Register to Stay Open All Night for Inauguration Week

Ready to party 'til you drop for the inaugural? You're in luck. A total of 213 bars, restaurants and nightclubs formally registered with the D.C. Alcohol Beverage Regulation Administration by yesterday's deadline to serve alcohol until 4 a.m. and, possibly, stay open around the clock for inauguration week. In addition,...

By David A Nakamura  |  January 8, 2009; 6:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Inauguration  
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Fenty Vetoes Council Bill on School Suspensions

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty vetoed a D.C. Council bill yesterday that would give the state superintendent of education and the State Board of Education authority to set new guidelines for school suspensions. In a letter to Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray, Fenty said the Public Schools and Public Charter Schools...

By Marcia Davis  |  January 8, 2009; 9:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Mayor Fenty  
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Sources: Fenty's Inaugural Concert to Benefit D.C. Public Schools

More details are emerging about the inaugural concert Mayor Adrian M. Fenty is planning at the D.C. Armory on Jan. 18. We reported last month that Fenty was trying to land hip-hop superstar Kanye West to headline the show. Now we're hearing from sources that the mayor is also trying...

By David A Nakamura  |  January 8, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Inauguration , Mayor Fenty  
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Inauguration Security Briefing for D.C. Residents

The Washington Convention Center Authority recently issued this announcement for a meeting to inform District residents about road closings and security checkpoints near the convention center: "U.S. Secret Service & MPD Inaugural Briefing" Thursday January 8, 2009 6:30 pm ~~~ Walter E. Washington Convention Center Meeting Room 102A/B This meeting...

By David A Nakamura  |  January 7, 2009; 3:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Inauguration  
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Fenty, City Officials Fight 'Slum Lords'

Flanked by a platoon of city officials, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty showed up at a run-down apartment building in Southeast Washington today to highlight the city's effort to force landlords to clean up properties allegedly riddled with health, building and safety violations. "This is a message about the failure...

By Hamil Harris  |  January 7, 2009; 2:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Affordable Housing , Mayor Fenty  
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Council Knocks Down Subpoena Power for Lanier

The D.C. Council started its new session in a fight with Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's administration over the subpoena power for D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier. As Hamil R. Harris reported in this morning's Washington Post, the council is concerned about protecting the civil rights of D.C. residents, but...

By Marcia Davis  |  January 7, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety , D.C. Council  
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Norton, With Senators' Help, Leads Charge on Votings Rights in 111th Congress

As Washington Post reporter Mary Beth Sheridan noted in her story this morning, lawmakers were not wasting any time pushing D.C. voting rights in this 111th session of Congress. D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton and Senators Joe Lieberman (D-CT) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) today did re-introduce the D.C. House Voting...

By Marcia Davis  |  January 6, 2009; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Voting Rights  
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Council Chair Gray on Schools, Guns and More

Earlier this afternoon, D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray took washingtonpost.com readers' questions. Here are some excerpts from the discussion: Temple Hills, Md.: Chancellor Rhee has put over 400 certified and tenured (including special education) teachers on probation in order to terminate them by the end of March. Will they...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  January 5, 2009; 1:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. Council , Education , Gun Ban Case  
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Question the Council Chairman

Vincent C. Gray, chairman of Council of the District of Columbia, will be online today at noon on washingtonpost.com to discuss the issues facing the council when it begins a new session this week. Submit questions and comments or read the discussion....

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  January 5, 2009; 11:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. Council  
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Obama Arrives; D.C. Leaders Excited

President-Elect Barack Obama arrived at the Hay Adams shortly before 8 p.m. Sunday traveling west on H Street from 14th, and though uniformed officers from the Secret Service moved people a block away from the hotel, we were still able to get a shot of Obama cruising in the limousine...

By Hamil Harris  |  January 5, 2009; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Inauguration  
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Obama's Arrival Excites Local Ministers

On the Sunday that President Elect Barack Obama and his family officially moved to the District, excitement was running high among the pastors and members of several local congregations. Hamil Harris / The Washington Post...

By Washington Post Editors  |  January 5, 2009; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Hamil R. Harris  
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Obama Meets Family at Hay Adams Hotel

Amid the distant cries of protestors, applause by supporters and flashing cameras of the media, President-Elect Barack Obama arrived at the Hay Adams Hotel Sunday night. Hamil Harris / The Washington Post...

By Washington Post Editors  |  January 5, 2009; 8:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Hamil R. Harris  
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