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D.C. Wire: May 31, 2009 - June 6, 2009

New Member of DC Fire/EMS Press Office On The Way

Pete Piringer, director of Community Outreach and Public Information for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue, plans to join the press operation of the District's Fire and Emergency Services Agency, D.C. Wire has learned. Piringer confirmed this afternoon that "an offer has been made," and that he's coming to work for...

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  June 5, 2009; 4:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Residents Upset about Transfer of Police Inspector

Police Inspector Edward Delgado of the Third District was never shy about putting his thoughts into writing and emailing them to residents living in Columbia Heights, Mount Pleasant, Adams Morgan and other Northwest neighborhoods. As the head of the Third District Police Sub-Station, he frequently posted to the neighborhood email...

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  June 4, 2009; 6:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Just When You Thought Budget Season Was Ending

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's legislative team and the D.C. Council budget team are trading accusations over the recently approved 2010 budget. Bridget R. Davis, director of the Office of Policy and Legislative Affairs, fired off a memo yesterday to Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) asking why the mayor's office...

By Tim Craig  |  June 4, 2009; 2:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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DCPS Kids Document Obama Inaugural

The euphoria and boundless promise of the moment seems more distant than a mere six months ago. But it returned to life last night in a Georgetown University auditorium as a group of DCPS high school juniors and seniors screened short films they produced. The D.C. Public Schools Inauguration Documentary...

By Bill Turque  |  June 4, 2009; 12:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Wells to Probe New Beginnings, same story: Escape

D.C. Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) wants to chat with officials in the Department of Youth and Rehabilitative Services. As promised, Wells today scheduled a June 10 oversight roundtable to determine how a junvenile inmate scaled a fence and fled the $46 million New Beginnings Youth Center in...

By Darryl Fears  |  June 3, 2009; 5:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety , D.C. Council  
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Council Irons $20 Million Deal With Boys & Girls Clubs

Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) and 10 of his colleagues announced today they have agreed to spend $20 million in taxpayer dollars to purchase three recreation centers from the financially-strapped Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington. After the purchase is completed later this year, the city will own...

By Tim Craig  |  June 3, 2009; 3:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Rhee Pursues Master Plan

DCPS is seeking 36 "master educators" to serve as impartial, third-party evaluators of teachers under the new assessment system being developed by Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee. District teachers have long complained that the current evaluation scheme--which relies primarily on school principals who may lack expertise in certain subjects, or who...

By Bill Turque  |  June 3, 2009; 2:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Fenty Picks Santos for Deputy Mayor

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty named Valerie Santos deputy mayor today. Santos replaces Neil O. Albert, who officially took his post as city administrator this past weekend. Santos, 36 and a native of San Francisco, was Albert's chief operating officer. She called Albert her "mentor" at a news conference about her...

By Washington Post Editors  |  June 3, 2009; 10:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Nikita Stewart  | Tags: Adrian Fenty, Deputy Mayor  
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Video: D.C. Clergy Voice Support for Gay Marriage Recognition

More than 100 of the city's religious leaders gathered today at Covenant Baptist Church in Southeast Washington to voice support for the D.C. Council's legislation approving recognition of other states' gay marriages....

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  June 2, 2009; 7:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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DC Preservation League Releases 2009 List of "Most Endangered Places"

Photo credit: Theola Labbé-DeBose The large brick home that dates to 1795 sits on the 600 block of D St SE, with boarded up windows and green moss on its bricks. Friendship House, as it is called, is one of six locales that the D.C. Preservation League said today...

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  June 2, 2009; 3:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Council Okays Five-Cent Tax on Paper, Plastic Shopping Bags

The D.C. Council voted unanimously today to assess a 5-cent tax on paper and plastic bags to try to discourage their use, putting the District at the forefront of efforts nationwide to promote reusable shopping bags. The proposal, which must be voted on again later this month before it becomes...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  June 2, 2009; 3:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Attacks on Homeless Could Become Hate Crime

Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) introduced a bill today that would add the homeless to the District's hate crimes statue. Cheh, who appeared to garner at least a half-dozen co-sponsors for her proposal, noted there have been several unprovoked attacks on the homeless in the District in recent years....

By Tim Craig  |  June 2, 2009; 12:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Gray, Rhee Prove They Can Still Work Together

Council chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) has largely backed away from his threat to withhold $27 million from the city school system due to a dispute over enrollment figures. After a meeting with Chancellor Michelle Rhee, Gray agreed to restore most of the money but still plans to ask the...

By Tim Craig  |  June 2, 2009; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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Albert Takes Time Out on Last Day to Chide Council

Neil Albert could have spent his last day as Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development cleaning out his desk and saying goodbye to his soon-to-be former colleagues. He may have done some of those last-day-on-the-job things, but he also took time out to fire off a four-page, single-spaced letter...

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  June 1, 2009; 1:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Gray Stays Silent on Marriage Referendum

D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) is steering clear - at least for now - of the debate over whether to put the same-sex marriage issue on the ballot. Last week, Council member Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7) said she favored holding a referendum to ask voters whether the Council...

By Tim Craig  |  June 1, 2009; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Gray, Rhee Work Toward Compromise on School Funding

Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) will be engaged in another round of high-stakes negotiations with Chancellor Michelle Rhee today over the Council's threat to withhold $27.5 million from the city school system because of a dispute over projected enrollment figures next year. When the Council preliminarily approved the 2010...

By Tim Craig  |  June 1, 2009; 12:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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