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D.C. Wire: June 14, 2009 - June 20, 2009

D.C. Will Expand Legal Guns

The D.C. Police Department announced emergency regulations today that will greatly expand the models of handguns that District residents can own, a victory for opponents of gun control. The changes mean District residents can legally obtain at least 1,000 additional types and models of handguns that had previously been banned....

By Tim Craig  |  June 19, 2009; 2:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Deal Near on Convention Center Hotel

City officials are close to finalizing a deal to build a new convention center hotel without having to secure an additional hundreds of millions of dollars in public financing, officials said today. Under the framework of the agreement, the city and the convention center authority will put up an additional...

By Tim Craig  |  June 18, 2009; 3:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Same-Sex Marriage Battle Heads to Court

A group of seven opponents of a movement to legalize same-sex marriage in the District filed a lawsuit in D.C. Superior Court today to overturn a ruling by D.C. election officials that voters could not decide whether the District can recognize gay marriages performed in other jurisdictions. The opponents are...

By Vanessa Williams  |  June 17, 2009; 11:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (90)
Categories:  Church and State , City Life , D.C. Council  
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D.C. Teachers Shown the Door

DCPS started sending dismissal notices to teachers today, as first reported by Candi Peterson in The Washington Teacher. Jennifer Calloway, spokeswoman for Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee, did not have hard numbers available, but said that "as part of DCPS' ongoing commitment to reforming public schools in the District and providing...

By Bill Turque  |  June 16, 2009; 8:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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A Challenger For Fenty?

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty talks to children at Fort Davis Recreation Center to kick off the Free Summer Meals Program Mayor Adrian M. Fenty wooed about three dozen children this morning at a kickoff of the Free Summer Meals Program at Fort Davis Recreation Center. Fenty (D) shook hands with...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  June 16, 2009; 1:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Council wants von Brunn Charged with Hate Crimes

An overwhelming majority of D.C. Council members got behind a resolution today calling on federal prosecutors to charge James W. von Brunn with violating the city's hate crime statue in addition to his federal charges. Federal prosecutors have charged von Brunn, the 88-year-old white supremacist accused of killing a security...

By Tim Craig  |  June 16, 2009; 11:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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FOP President Blasts Council Before Crime Bill Vote

Even before the D.C. Council takes up Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's crime bill at today's Council meeting, the chairman of the local Fraternal Order of Police chapter is taking aim at Phil Mendelson (D-At Large). Kristopher Baumann, the head of the FOP Lodge 1, said he's convinced that Mendelson has...

By Tim Craig  |  June 16, 2009; 9:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Elections Board Blocks Marriage Referendum

The D.C. elections board blocked an effort today to hold a referendum on whether the District should recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states, handing gay rights advocates a major victory. The decision by Board of Elections and Ethics removes one of the last remaining hurdles to the legislation that...

By Tim Craig  |  June 15, 2009; 4:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (113)
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Rhee Says Thanks. And Thanks Again

Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee has taken pains to build more support within the District's teaching ranks in recent months, convening small group chats to hear instructors' concerns and praising them for their hard work. DCPS has even launched a series of "teacher snapshots" on its website to provide a...

By Bill Turque  |  June 15, 2009; 4:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Council Committee Accepts PERB Nominees

A Council committee voted this morning to confirm all five nominees to the Public Employees Relations Board, likely ending the Council's feud with Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) over the issue. Council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3), chair of the Committee on Government Operations and the Environment, said the...

By Tim Craig  |  June 15, 2009; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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