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D.C. Wire: January 25, 2009 - January 31, 2009

Barry to Fenty: 'Another Staggering Blow' to Poplar Project

Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry registered his frustrations about the fizzled partnership between the city and Clark Realty Capital development company on the Poplar Point project. Below is the letter he sent Mayor Adrian M. Fenty on Friday night. January 30, 2009 Honorable Adrian Fenty 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington,...

By Marcia Davis  |  January 31, 2009; 4:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  D.C. Council , Economic Development , Mayor Fenty  
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Developer Dropped from Poplar Point Project

D.C. government officials confirmed moments ago that Clark Realty Capital, the development firm that was to partner with the city to develop 110 acres at Poplar Point in Ward 8, has been dropped from the project. City officials said the firm balked at investing the several millions of dollars necessary...

By David A Nakamura  |  January 30, 2009; 5:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  Economic Development  
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No Read From Rhee, Yet

Is Michelle Rhee: The Newsmagazine Cover going to spawn Michelle Rhee: The Book? At least one top-drawer New York publisher thinks it's a good idea. Mitzi Angel, who heads Farrar Straus and Giroux's Faber and Faber imprint, apparently reached out to Rhee shortly after the chancellor's broom-wielding photo appeared on...

By Marcia Davis  |  January 30, 2009; 4:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Education  
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Fentys Have Lunch with Michelle Obama, Jill Biden

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and wife Michelle Fenty invited First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, to lunch at Georgia Brown's restaurant today. Fenty (D) is hosting a fundraiser there tonight....

By David A Nakamura  |  January 30, 2009; 3:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Local GOP Says It's Poised for Change

UPDATE: 4:08 Another first: Michael Steele wins chairmanship of the RNC. (Watch Steele's full acceptance speech.) UPDATE: 3:50 It looks as if the voting for the RNC is heating up and Michael Steele, after the fifth round of voting is in the lead. That's according to Paul Craney, executive director...

By Hamil Harris  |  January 30, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  GOP  
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Graham Voted Chair of WMATA Board for 2nd Time

Councilmember Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) today was elected chairman of the WMATA board for the second time. Councilmember Graham has been a member of the board since 1999 and previously served as chairman in 2003. He succeeds Christopher Zimmerman of Arlington County, Va....

By Marcia Davis  |  January 29, 2009; 5:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. Council  
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Hey, Isn't That Resident Obama...

So much for presidential motorcades blocking streets and racing through red lights. Motorist in Northwest had to be turning their heads along Connecticut Avenue this morning when "POTUS AND FLOTUS" traveled up the busy strip into Maryland to visit Sasha's school. That is the word from the White House pool...

By Hamil Harris  |  January 29, 2009; 4:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Rhee Passes on Bonus

Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee, who hands out cash bonuses to teachers in schools that show big jumps in test scores, was eligible for a bonus of her own last year. Rhee's contract with the District calls for a performance bonus of up to 10 percent of her $275,000 base salary....

By Marcia Davis  |  January 29, 2009; 1:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Education  
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Norton Says Expect Hearings on Inauguration Mishaps

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton said hearings will be planned to find out how folks got trapped in the Third Street Tunnel on Inauguration Day, as well as the several other problems that left some ticket-holders holding a useless ticket and a bunch of memories from one of the nation's most...

By Marcia Davis  |  January 29, 2009; 12:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Inauguration  
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DPW Suspends Trash Collection For One Day

As a result of the icy conditions, the D.C. Department of Public Works has suspended trash, recycling and bulk trash collections for one day and officials are reminding residents that it is their responsibility to clear the sidewalk in front of their property of snow that should be placed in...

By Hamil Harris  |  January 28, 2009; 5:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Submit Comments on Hill East Redevelopment

Thursday is the last day that citizens can comment on the developer proposals for the redevelopment of the District's Hill East waterfront area, which sits on about 67 acres on the west side of the Anacostia River near Robert F. Kennedy Stadium. (For more coverage, read today's story by The...

By Washington Post Editors  |  January 28, 2009; 4:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Economic Development  
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Query: What's Your Dream Transportation Tool?

What online transportation tool do you wish existed for the region? Think of what might help you better understand transit issues or improve your commuting experience. Examples on our site are the taxi calculator and the traffic incidents map. Send us your ideas and later we'll hold a vote for...

By Mike McPhate  |  January 28, 2009; 12:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  transportation  
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CFSA Battle Escalates

The District's Child and Family Services Agency is again fighting with its court appointed monitor and is facing contempt charges. Staff writer Petula Dvorak reports here....

By Marcia Davis  |  January 28, 2009; 8:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Pressing Ahead on Voting Rights

The pursuit of D.C. voting rights continues on The Hill. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty was among those who attended a subcomittee hearing yesterday, as Mary Beth Sheridan reports in The Washihgton Post this morning. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton remains the leading lobbyist for the effort and has put a lot...

By Marcia Davis  |  January 28, 2009; 7:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Voting Rights  
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Former D.C. Official Sentenced

A former top D.C. government property manager was sentenced to home detention and probation for steering millions of dollars in contracts to two area companies in exchange for trips, watches, a plasma television, cowboy boots and cash. Michael Lorusso, 44, pleaded guilty to bribery charges in 2004 for his role...

By Marcia Davis  |  January 27, 2009; 5:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety  
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Michael Brown Needs More Money

Freshman Council member Michael A. Brown (I-At Large), who blanketed the city with campaign literature and inundated voters with automated calls to win his election, is holding a debt retirement party tonight at the home of BET chairman and CEO Debra Lee. Brown, son of the late U.S. Secretary Commerce...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  January 27, 2009; 5:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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D.C. Council Shuts Up

The D.C. Council Committee of the Whole meeting this morning lasted all of 30 minutes. Tops. The brevity can be attributed to new rules adopted by the council for the 18th legislative period. No more going on and on with introductions of legislation. Each council member is limited to introducing...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  January 27, 2009; 12:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. Council  
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At Hill Hearing, a Proposal for D.C. Residents to Not Pay Taxes

One of the most vocal proponents of the DC vote bill offered an alternative today: stripping DC residents of the obligation to pay federal taxes. Rep Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) told a hearing of the House Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties that he was introducing a bill...

By Marcia Davis  |  January 27, 2009; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Voting Rights  
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Chat on Lead-Water Problem and Kids at 1 p.m.

Want to know more about the study reported today in The Washington Post on the lasting problems from the lead-water crisis that occurred in the District a few years ago? Marc Edwards, a co-author of the study, will be online for a discussion at 1 p.m. today. Click here for...

By Marcia Davis  |  January 27, 2009; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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One Vote Isn't Enough, Thomas Says

Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. (D-Ward 5) released a statement moments ago saying he applauded Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton's efforts on The Hill, but he was quick to add that a vote is not going to be enough for representation of District residents. "While bill H.R. 157 signals a very welcomed...

By Marcia Davis  |  January 27, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  D.C. Council , Voting Rights  
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Study: Lead in Water Issue Lasting for Some Families, Children

The problems from the District's high lead content in the city's drinking water from several years ago poses lasting difficulties for some families, according to a study reported on in a Washington Post front page story this morning. One of the authors of the report, Marc Edwards, who has been...

By Marcia Davis  |  January 27, 2009; 9:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Voting Rights Hearing on The Hill

According to the schedule, you can look for Mayor Adrian M. Fenty to join Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton this morning on Capitol Hill, where a hearing on the District's voting rights legislation is scheduled for 10 a.m. The hear is before the Judiciary subcommittee in room 2141 at the Rayburn...

By Marcia Davis  |  January 27, 2009; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Mayor Fenty , Voting Rights  
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Cheh to Propose New Weapon to Fight Apartment Blight

Tenants who live in D.C. apartment buildings with rodents, poor running water and no heat have choices, said Councilwoman Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3), many of them bad: They can move. They can stop paying rent, get an eviction notice and pray that the Landlord and Tenant branch of D.C. Superior...

By Darryl Fears  |  January 27, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Affordable Housing  
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Bobb Jumps Into Detroit School Mess

As former president of the now-defunct D.C. Board of Education--and its reincarnated version, the D.C. State Board of Education--Robert Bobb has first-hand knowledge of life inside a struggling urban school district. Rather than move on, Bobb has elected to go back, accepting an appointment from Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm Monday...

By Marcia Davis  |  January 27, 2009; 7:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Bobo's Death Stuns CFSA Workers

Sharlynn Bobo was 61 when she died Saturday from complications from pancreatic cancer. Staff writers Petula Dvorak and David Betancourt spoke with workers at the Child and Family Services Agency about the sudden loss of their former boss. Click here to read the story....

By Marcia Davis  |  January 27, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Mayor Awards Groups Fighting Youth Violence

Mayor Adrian Fenty today awarded a total of $239,000 in grants to two community groups to provide outreach services and programs to some of the city's most troubled youth. Fenty visited Charles Hart Middle School in Southeast to announce the awards for the Latin American Youth Center and the...

By Mike McPhate  |  January 26, 2009; 4:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety , Hamil R. Harris , Mayor Fenty  
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D.C. Coin Hits the Streets

The District's quarter starts circulating today, and residents and others can grab quarters with the image of D.C. favorite son Duke Ellington. And Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton points out that the circulation begins just one day before hearings that will send the D.C. House Voting Rights bill to the Floor....

By Marcia Davis  |  January 26, 2009; 11:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Voting Rights  
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