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D.C. Wire: April 12, 2009 - April 18, 2009

What's the Future for Emancipation Day?

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) has proposed ending the Emancipation Day holiday for city workers and students to save money in next year's budget. Read how the holiday went over in the city yesterday here. Also, you can vote in a Washington Post poll about whether to end the...

By David A Nakamura  |  April 17, 2009; 7:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Nickles Roughed Up In Special Ed Decision

D.C. Attorney General Peter J. Nickles received a thorough trashing yesterday from a federal judge who denied the District's bid to recover $1,725 in legal costs from a private attorney who filed what officials regarded as a frivolous special education case. Public and public charter school parents who are unhappy...

By Bill Turque  |  April 16, 2009; 5:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Bill Turque , Education  
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Alpha Kappa Alphas set World Record in D.C.

When 16,206 sorority sisters of Alpha Kappa Alpha sat down for a banquet last summer at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, the last thing on their minds was setting a record in the Guiness Book of World Records. But yesterday Guiness officials presented AKA national president Barbara McKinzie...

By David A Nakamura  |  April 16, 2009; 5:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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D.C. Budget: The People's Pitches

Readers have put some thought into how to close the city's budget gap for the 2010 fiscal year, submitting their suggestions through the budget game washingtonpost.com launched on Tuesday. Check out their suggestions below, then give it a try yourself. You can click the links below and view the "revenues"...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  April 16, 2009; 3:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Budget  
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D.C. Statehood Rap

Today is Emancipation Day in the District, the commemoration of the day President Lincoln freed the slaves in D.C.in 1862. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) has proposed eliminating the day off for D.C. government workers next year as a way to save money (the city pays holiday rate overtime...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  April 16, 2009; 3:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Voting Rights  
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Attorney: Barry Current on Tax Filings

The Post's Del Quentin Wilber reports today that Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) is up-to-date on his tax filings, after falling behind on several years' returns, including 2008. Watch Barry's attorney, Frederick D. Cooke Jr., discuss the matter above....

By David A Nakamura  |  April 16, 2009; 10:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Fenty Statement Watch

We haven't brought you a new entry lately to our Fenty Statement Watch series, but today's your lucky day. In today's Post, we brought you the story of a coalition of Asian American organizations that is protesting Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's proposal to eliminate the Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs...

By David A Nakamura  |  April 16, 2009; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Mayor Fenty  
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Nickles and Gray Meet About Tickets

Attorney General Peter J. Nickles, the mayor's troubleshooter, said he met with Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) last night and one of the topics was, of course, tickets to the Washington Nationals' baseball games. The council is again wrestling with Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) over tickets to a...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  April 15, 2009; 12:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  D.C. Council  
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WTU Avoids Mortification

Former Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke may not have been the Washington Teachers Union's (WTU) first choice for a mediator in its stalled talks with Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee. But union insiders say he is a quantum improvement over one of Rhee's earlier suggestions: billionaire real estate developer and...

By Kathryn Tolbert  |  April 15, 2009; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Bill Turque , Education  
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Be Mayor for a Day: Play the D.C. Budget Game

Calling all D.C. activists, gadflies, political wannabes -- here's your chance to prove you really do know better than Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) and the D.C. Council when it comes to the city's priorities. Try your hand at balancing the city's fiscal 2010 spending plan by playing The Washington...

By David A Nakamura  |  April 14, 2009; 2:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  City Finances  
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Gay and Lesbian Democrats Push Marriage

The Gay and Lesbian Caucus of the DC Democratic State Committee will begin a campaign to push for the legalization of gay marriage - a bill expected to be proposed this year by Council member David A. Catania (I-At Large). Council member Phil Mendelson (D-At Large) got the ball rolling...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  April 14, 2009; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Video: Fraud Victims Worship on Good Friday

Despite being victimized in a nationwide computer scam, area churches come together for a Good Friday service. -- Hamil Harris...

By Mike McPhate  |  April 13, 2009; 4:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Hamil R. Harris  
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Fenty Throws Council Another Curveball

For the second year in a row, D.C. Council members say Mayor Adrian M. Fenty is holding hostage the baseball tickets to their suite at Nationals Park. This year, however, the Council is gearing up to try to take control of Suite 61. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) said...

By David A Nakamura  |  April 13, 2009; 3:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Nationals  
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