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D.C. Wire: February 8, 2009 - February 14, 2009

Next to Nationals Ballpark, Another Diamond Rises

At the groundbreaking ceremony, Florence Teague held a shovel, looked at Mayor Adrian Fenty standing to her left and thought, "Thank God it's finally happening." Teague and her husband Ivory dug into the earth today and helped the mayor break ground for Diamond Teague Park in honor of her...

By Darryl Fears  |  February 13, 2009; 5:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  City Life , Mayor Fenty  
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D.C. United: We Could Break Ground This Year in Prince George's

Update 4:42 p.m.: Here is the stadium legislative bill to be proposed next week in the Maryland general assembly. ------------------------------ D.C. United co-owner Victor MacFarlane pledged to Prince George's delegates and senators this morning that the team is "negotiating in good faith" as it works to move from the RFK...

By David A Nakamura  |  February 13, 2009; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  D.C. United , Economic Development , Soccer Stadium  
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Answers to D.C. United Questions

Here is a partial transcript of today's on-line chat about D.C. United's proposed move to Prince George's County. Read the full q-and-a here. Bethesda, Md.: Do you forsee any way the DC government tries to counter-offer Victor MacFarlane, or is it too late already? I don't understand how the D.C....

By David A Nakamura  |  February 13, 2009; 1:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C. United , Economic Development , Soccer Stadium  
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D.C. United On-Line Chat Today at Noon

D.C. Wire's David Nakamura will answer your questions online at noon today about the D.C. United's plan to move to Prince George's County and the fate of Poplar Point in Ward 8. Here is the link to the chat and here is where you can ask a question....

By David A Nakamura  |  February 13, 2009; 11:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. United , Economic Development , Soccer Stadium  
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Mayor Withdraws Nomination of Lee to Head PSC

UPDATE: 7:40 Mayor Adrian M. Fenty just released the following statement: The Administration is pleased to announce that current Public Service Commission member Betty Ann Kane has been nominated to serve as Chair of the PSC and long time regulatory lawyer and District resident Lori Lee has been submitted to...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  February 12, 2009; 6:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Mayor Fenty  
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D.C. United Owner: We're Moving to Prince George's

D.C. United owner Victor B. MacFarlane met with a group of Maryland state senators today and told them he is committed to moving his team to a new stadium in Prince George's County. And the team and county leaders have scheduled a news conference Monday to announce that they will...

By David A Nakamura  |  February 12, 2009; 5:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (78)
Categories:  D.C. United , Economic Development  
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D.C. Might Outsource Summer Jobs Payroll

The mismanagement of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's summer youth jobs program last year has been well documented. After the mayor ordered that the program accept all comers, more than 20,000 students showed up and the Department of Employment Services wound up spending nearly $50 million on the 10-week program, about...

By David A Nakamura  |  February 12, 2009; 3:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Budget  
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The Pace Setter: Fenty to Compete in 200-Mile Race

The recent warm weather has brought thoughts of spring--and, for serious runners, the start of the outdoor road racing circuit. Now comes word that Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) will lead a 12-member team in the inaugural American Odyssey Relay, a 200-mile race from Gettysburg to D.C. Fenty's team will...

By David A Nakamura  |  February 12, 2009; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Mayor Fenty  
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D.C. Inauguration Costs: $48.5 million

The District government spent $48.5 million on security and other expenses to prepare for and deal with the presidential inauguration, City Administrator Dan Tangherlini said this morning. That included the following breakdown: $15 million in commodities and goods $15.3 million in overtime fees for D.C. police officers $4.6 million in...

By David A Nakamura  |  February 12, 2009; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  City Finances , Inauguration  
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Nickel Bags

D.C. Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) is trying to save the Anacostia River one bag at a time by imposing a nickel fee on paper and plastic under legislation he will introduce Tuesday. He and other council members will roll out the plan at a press conference this morning...

By David A Nakamura  |  February 12, 2009; 9:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Rhee, Weingarten and Parker Agree... That Board Certified Teachers Are Good

The three principal players in the D.C. teachers' contract talks--Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee, American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten and Washington Teachers Union president George Parker-- displayed a rare united front yesterday evening to pay tribute the 20 DCPS instructors who recently won certification from the prestigious National Board...

By Marcia Davis  |  February 11, 2009; 3:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Education  
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First Lady at Howard University: "There Is No One Right Answer"

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/video/2009/02/11/VI2009021103034.html First Lady Michelle Obama told a gathering at Howard University's School of Business today that working mothers must choose their own paths, balancing work with family. "The one thing--the one message that I have is for all of you struggling with this issue is just remember there is...

By Marcia Davis  |  February 11, 2009; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  City Life  
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Catania to Teach at GW's School of Public Health

Councilmember David Catania (At-Large) has accepted an appointment as a lecturer at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services (SPHHS), his office said in a statement just released. "I am very excited about the opportunity to teach at the GW School of Public Health; I look...

By Marcia Davis  |  February 11, 2009; 2:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. Council  
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Senate Committee Approves D.C. Voting Rights Bill

A Senate committee approved a bill today that would give the District its first full seat in the House of Representatives, setting up a crucial vote by the full chamber sometime in coming months, Post reporter Mary Beth Sheridan reports....

By David A Nakamura  |  February 11, 2009; 11:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Voting Rights  
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Fenty Faces Frustrated Parents at Stoddert Elementary

Since becoming mayor, Adrian M. Fenty has made it a regular part of his schedule to attend community meetings across the city. It's a way to keep his promise to an electorate that he won't just come around every four years when he's looking for votes. And it's a way...

By David A Nakamura  |  February 11, 2009; 10:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Mayor Fenty  
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Fenty on The Hill

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's schedule shows him attending the markup on the D.C. Voting Rights Act today at 10 at the Dirksen Senate Office Building....

By Marcia Davis  |  February 11, 2009; 9:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Mayor Fenty , Voting Rights  
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Council Roundtable on Stimulus Today

D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray holds an oversight roundtable today to discuss the stimulus package in the District. "Priorities for the Use of Potential Funds for the District of Columbia from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Proposals Currently Under Consideration"---whew--- is set for 10 a.m. in Room 500 of...

By Marcia Davis  |  February 11, 2009; 8:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Barry Awaiting a Kidney

Councilmember Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) told Channel 9's Bruce Johnson that he is awaiting a kidney transplant....

By Marcia Davis  |  February 10, 2009; 10:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  D.C. Council  
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Barry Supports Ward 8 School Closings

Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee has no greater antagonist on the City Council than Marion Barry (D-Ward 8). He has regularly denounced Rhee for not showing the Council what he regards as sufficient deference and respect. But the chancellor's proposed closure of two elementary schools in Ward 8 has them sharing...

By Marcia Davis  |  February 10, 2009; 7:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Breaking News: Prosecutors Want Barry Jailed

Federal prosecutors this afternoon asked a federal judge to send D.C. Coucilmember Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) to jail for not filing his most recent tax returns. By not filing his 2007 federal and D.C. tax returns on time, federal prosecutors alleged that Barry had violated the terms of his probation...

By Marcia Davis  |  February 9, 2009; 2:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety , D.C. Council  
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Hearing on Lead Contamination Set for Tuesday

Councilmembers Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3) and Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) are holding a joint oversight hearing tomorrow at 11 a.m. with the District Department of the Environment and DC Water and Sewer Authority to discuss lead contamination and the quality of the city's drinking water. The hearing's focus is...

By Marcia Davis  |  February 9, 2009; 2:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Inauguration: Priceless; Hotel Room: $605

Hotel guests paid an average $605 to stay in the District Jan. 20 when 96 percent of the rooms were booked, according to Destination DC, the city's tourism arm. Around the region, 87 percent of hotel rooms were booked at an average rate of $335.45 on the same night,...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  February 9, 2009; 2:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Rhee: In Her Own Words

This morning School Chancellor Michelle Rhee writes on the op-ed page of The Washington Post to "set the record straight," she says. To read "The Toughest Job," click here....

By Marcia Davis  |  February 9, 2009; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Is One Vote Enough? Some Say No.

Play Video VIDEO | DC Statehood Forum Things were jumping at the District of Columbia this week as members of the D.C. Statehood Green Party gathered to discuss the future of representation for residents. One question dominated the forum: "Is the effort for the District to get a vote...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  February 9, 2009; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Voting Rights  
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