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D.C. Wire: May 17, 2009 - May 23, 2009

Out-of-School Wednesdays Off The Table

After getting an earful from parents and teachers, Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee has backed away from a plan to close D.C. public schools on six Wednesdays between September and March next year for teacher training. A final draft of the 2009-10 academic calendar, posted on the DCPS website late this...

By Bill Turque  |  May 22, 2009; 7:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Bill Turque , Education  
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Fire Truck Employees Get Lawyers

Deputy Fire Chief Ronald E. Gill Jr. and property disposal specialist Robin Booth - the two employees involved in the city's controversial donation of surplus property to a town in the Dominican Republic - will be represented by well-connected law firms, according to Attorney General Peter J. Nickles. Nickles said...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  May 22, 2009; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Nickles Settles in Chinatown

D.C. Attorney General Peter J. Nickles picked an apartment on 7th Street in Chinatown when he moved into the District earlier this month, reports WTOP. Nickles's address has been an issue since he was brought into the administration. All mayoral appointees are required to live in the District and Nickles...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  May 22, 2009; 12:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Nader Group Wants Answers About Nickles

The litigation arm of Public Citizen, the nonprofit consumer advocacy group founded by perennial presidential candidate Ralph Nader in 1971, has filed Freedom of Information Law request to get the residency of Attorney General Peter J. Nickles. Nickles has not revealed where he is living, just that he is living...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  May 21, 2009; 4:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Pools Open: Dive In!

Mayor Adrian Fenty (D) was all smiles today because for the first time in recent memory the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation will open all 19 of the city's outdoor swimming pools this holiday weekend to mark the beginning of the summer season. "This Memorial Day weekend, starting...

By Vanessa Williams  |  May 21, 2009; 1:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  City Life , Hamil R. Harris  
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With Ward 6 on Board; Ward 1 Targeted in Marriage Fight

There is little doubt that Democratic activists who live on Capitol Hill are solidly behind an effort to legalize same-sex marriage in the District. The Ward 6 Democratic Committee voted 73 to 3 last night in support of a resolution calling on the City Council to approve a same-sex marriage...

By Tim Craig  |  May 20, 2009; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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DCPS Consultant Models Meltdown for Kids

Michael Moody is not a name you're likely to recognize unless you are a DCPS teacher or administrator. But Moody is an important player in Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee's attempt to upend and transform District schools. A consultant carried on the organizational chart as "Special Advisor, Academics," Moody is a...

By Bill Turque  |  May 19, 2009; 4:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Another Charter School Bites The Dust

Barbara Jordan Public Charter School, a middle school in Northwest D.C., is closing at the end of next month, citing declining enrollment. The D.C. Public Charter School Board voted last night to accept the school's decision to relinquish its charter. The school, which serves grades 5 through 8, will remain...

By Bill Turque  |  May 19, 2009; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Bill Turque , Education  
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Ward 5 Democrats Reject Same-Sex Marriage

The Ward 5 Democratic Committee voted overwhelmingly last night to oppose a resolution supporting same-sex marriage in the District, becoming the first local committee to reject efforts to legalize such marriages, according to people who attended. The vote occurred after a group of ministers and same-sex marriage opponents decided that...

By Tim Craig  |  May 19, 2009; 11:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Local Fire Departments Say They Face Staffing Presssures

D.C. metro area fire departments say they are losing volunteer firefighters because of the weakening economy, according to a study released today. At least 60 percent of firefighters in the region -- represented by 45 local fire departments -- said that volunteer firefighters are leaving their ranks because they need...

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  May 19, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Browse By Writer , Crime and Public Safety , Theola Labbé-DeBose  
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Fenty Witnesses No-Show for Crime Bill Hearing

An aide from Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's administration who was scheduled to testify on behalf of the administration's crime bill was a no-show at a D.C. Council committee hearing this morning, drawing the ire of Council member Phil Mendelson (D-At-Large). About 45 minutes into the hearing by the Committee on...

By Vanessa Williams  |  May 18, 2009; 1:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  City Hall Aides , Crime and Public Safety , D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty , Theola Labbé-DeBose  
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Peace at Last in Baseball Tickets Battle

The baseball ticket standoff between Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and the D.C. Council ended quietly Saturday when a young woman from the office of deputy mayor Neil O. Albert handed them over. Starting with Wednesday's game against Pittsburgh, the council members will have access to the 19 seats in Suite...

By William C Miller  |  May 17, 2009; 11:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty , Nationals , Nikita Stewart  
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