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D.C. Wire: June 7, 2009 - June 13, 2009

Can The D.C. Rap Be Far Behind?

Before you sign off for the weekend, check out Remy's latest hilarous video chronicling the lives of our neighbors across the Potomac River in Arlington. Remy's rap could also apply to any number of gentrified District neighborhoods. Thank's to Virginia's Not Larry Sabato blog for uncovering the video. Note: YouTube...

By Tim Craig  |  June 12, 2009; 11:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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DC Vote Takes Effort On The Road

DC Vote, the advocacy group that took a hit this week when Congressional leaders said they would abandon the latest effort to get voting rights for the District, is heading out of town to spread the word about the city's status in Congress and the gun amendment. Executive director Ilir...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  June 12, 2009; 11:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Voting Rights  
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Nickles Asks Elections Board to Block Referendum

Attorney General Peter Nickles sent a letter this morning to the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics asking members to reject a request to hold a referendum on whether to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. "The established public policy of the District is to treat individuals as equals,...

By Tim Craig  |  June 11, 2009; 12:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Brown, Evans Push For Public's Help to Build Hotel

Council members Kwame Brown (D-At large) and Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) teamed up today to announce they will hold a joint hearing later this month to consider public financing of the proposed convention center hotel. In their statement, Brown and Evans both indicated they were likely to get behind the...

By Tim Craig  |  June 10, 2009; 6:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Gray: Shooting Renews Need For D.C. Gun Control Laws

D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) said today's shooting at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum unfortunately highlights the need for the District to fight for its gun control laws. House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) announced yesterday that Congressional leaders were giving up efforts to get a D.C....

By Nikita R Stewart  |  June 10, 2009; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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Survey: D.C. Kids Want To Graduate

A new Education Week study places on-time graduation rates for D.C. public schools at below 50 percent, but that's not because District students don't aspire to college. That's one of the findings of a survey by S.T.E.P. Up D.C. (Success Through Educational Progress), a network of youth-serving organizations. Eighty-two percent...

By Bill Turque  |  June 10, 2009; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Bill Turque , Education  
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Hearing on Same-Sex Marriage Vote Under Way

The D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics is holding a hearing today on whether the City Council bill to recognize same-sex marriages performed in others states can be put to a referendum. The hearing room is packed with both supporters and opponents of the proposed referendum. At the hearing, which...

By Tim Craig  |  June 10, 2009; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
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Brown For Mayor?

Updated: 10:45 a.m. No not Council member Kwame R. Brown. Not Council member Michael A. Brown. Just to keep the confusion going with all the Browns in politics these days, Sulaimon Brown, a former campaign volunteer for Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D), is mounting a challenge against the incumbent. Brown,...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  June 10, 2009; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
 
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Golf Icons Celebrate Langston's History

This week, council member Harry Thomas Jr. (D-Ward 5) teamed up with Professional Golfers' Association PGA legend Calvin Peete and a host of African American golfing greats in the club house of the John Mercer Langston Golf Course to celebrate the course's 70th anniversary. At one time, it was...

By Hamil Harris  |  June 9, 2009; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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DCPS Says It Drafted General Independently

DCPS says it moved on its own to hire former Brigadier Gen. Anthony J. Tata for its newly created chief operating officer's post. The Wire, citing a knowledgeable source, reported yesterday that Tata's selection came with the assistance of Terence Golden, chairman of the influential Federal City Council. Jennifer Calloway,...

By Bill Turque  |  June 9, 2009; 1:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Fenty Praises Wilson High School Grads

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty spent his sophomore year of high school at Woodrow Wilson Senior High School before transferring to Mackin Catholic High School, where he graduated as valedictorian. He returned today before the public high school to wish graduates well at a commencement ceremony at American University's Bender Arena....

By Nikita R Stewart  |  June 9, 2009; 1:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Operation: DCPS

Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee has reached into the senior ranks of the U.S. Army for a veteran of the war in Afghanistan to fill her newly created chief operating officer's position. Former Brigadier Gen. Anthony J. Tata, who retired May 31 after 28 years in uniform, will be paid $170,000...

By Bill Turque  |  June 8, 2009; 5:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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White House Official Calls on Church Youth to Serve

Paul Montero, Deputy Director of Religious Affairs for the White House Office of Public Liason, spoke at the Foundry United Methodist Church Sunday where he used a passage from the Gospel of Matthew to challenge young people to be part of President Barack Obama's call to serve their communities....

By Hamil Harris  |  June 7, 2009; 6:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Browse By Writer , Church and State , Hamil R. Harris , Obama  
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