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D.C. Wire: May 24, 2009 - May 30, 2009

'New Beginnings' for Youthful Offenders

D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty and several city officials today officially opened the New Beginnings Youth Detention Center, a $44 million facility that replaced Oak Hill, the city's crumbling, overcrowded facility that had been plagued with problems for more than four decades. "It is a little bit of an emotional day...

By Vanessa Williams  |  May 29, 2009; 4:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety , Hamil R. Harris , Mayor Fenty  
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No Charters for Kids of Board Vice-Chair

Brian W. Jones, vice chairman of the D.C. Public Charter School Board, was finishing up his testimony at the D.C. Council's confirmation hearing today for an old friend and colleague, Kerri L. Briggs, the Acting State Superintendent for Education, when he mentioned that he was the father of two school...

By Bill Turque  |  May 28, 2009; 6:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Bill Turque , Education  
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Briggs Explains Her Bush Years

Kerri L. Briggs, the former Bush administration official who is Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's choice to be the new D.C. State Superintendent of Education, had to do a little Texas two-step at her confirmation hearing today when pressed on just how much Dubya she planned to bring to her new...

By Bill Turque  |  May 28, 2009; 6:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Bill Turque , Education  
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Mayor Fenty: Fire Department Improving

D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty said today that the city's fire and emergency medical service departments continues to make improvements agreed to in a settlement with the family of David Rosenbaum, a New York Times reporter who died after failing to get proper treatment following a mugging near his home...

By Hamil Harris  |  May 28, 2009; 5:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety , Hamil R. Harris , Mayor Fenty  
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Video: D.C. Parks Chief Gives Kids a Workout

Ximena Hartsock, Acting Director of the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation, checks in on children exercising at the Hillcrest Community Center in SE Washington. Hartsock, a former principal, is a proponent of school children getting plenty of exercise during the school day....

By Mike McPhate  |  May 28, 2009; 3:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Video: Mayor Opens Playground at N.E. Elementary

Adrian Fenty visited J.O. Wilson Elementary School in northeast Washington for a "day of youth" that included unveiling a new playground designed to be safer and cleaner....

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  May 28, 2009; 3:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Hamil R. Harris , Mayor Fenty  
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Fenty Friend Retains Bolden

A. Scott Bolden, the politically-connected attorney known for helping his clients wade through D.C. government, is now representing Keith Lomax. Lomax, the 46-year-old businessman and longtime friend of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, had been driving the mayor's city-issued Lincoln Navigator - a no-no, according to city statute. The mayor said...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  May 28, 2009; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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No Go for Police-Community Meeting Webcasts

Among the many issues that Ward 5 resident Robert Brannum gets involved in, he has a special duty to stay on top of crime and public safety as the chair of the Fifth District Citizens Advisory Council, a group of residents who work closely with police commanders on crime issues....

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  May 28, 2009; 9:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Browse By Writer , Crime and Public Safety , Theola Labbé-DeBose  
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Gray and Rhee Still Contesting the Count

D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) and Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee continue their standoff over public school enrollment and funding, with the latest wrinkles involving stimulus money. Gray is telling constituents that if Rhee is so concerned about the $27.3 million the D.C. Council pulled from the 2010...

By Kathryn Tolbert  |  May 27, 2009; 9:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Bill Turque , Education  
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Group Asks for Referendum on Same-Sex Marriage

A group of ministers and same-sex marriage opponents filed a request today calling for a citywide referendum on whether the District should recognize gay marriages performed in other states. The group, Stand 4 Marriage, said it will begin collecting signatures to try to force the issue onto the ballot. Earlier...

By Tim Craig  |  May 27, 2009; 3:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  Tim Craig  
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DCPS's Departed

In the Cold War era, Kremlin watchers used to count the exiting limosines to figure out who was still standing in the top circles of the Soviet government. At 825 North Capitol, DCPS headquarters, you wait for the latest organizational chart to emerge. The new power grid shows that two...

By Bill Turque  |  May 27, 2009; 10:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Bill Turque , Education  
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DC Cops Say Buckle up, Or Pay Up

Summer conjures up fond memories of barbecues, dining al fresco with friends, enhanced seat belt enforcement by police. Hey, wait a minute... It's not the kind of summertime event people think of most readily, but police and transportation officials want to make sure that residents and visitors alike don't forget...

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  May 27, 2009; 10:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Browse By Writer , Crime and Public Safety , Theola Labbé-DeBose  
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Ray Seriously Considering Council Run

Though the Democratic primary for an at-large seat on the D.C. Council is more than a year away, former D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation Director Clark Ray is already sounding like a candidate in the political wake of an effort launched by a broad coalition of District residents who...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  May 26, 2009; 5:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  D.C. Council  
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Fenty: 'Bad Decision' Using Friend as Chauffeur

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) said he used poor judgment when he allowed his friend to drive a city-owned Lincoln Navigator. "I'm not going to do that anymore," he told reporters this morning. "No more letting anyone else drive." "I made a bad decision," he said. Fenty said officials...

By Vanessa Williams  |  May 26, 2009; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
Categories:  Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart  
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