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D.C. Wire: June 21, 2009 - June 27, 2009

Motley To Kick Off Campaign Tomorrow

Rev. Anthony Motley will kick off his campaign for D.C. Council tomorrow at Tony's Boxing Gym and Fitness Club in Southeast. The 60-year-old community activist - known most recently for being at the side of Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) during his kidney transplant - is running as an...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  June 26, 2009; 5:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  D.C. Council  
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Subcommittee Moves To End Restrictions on District

A House appropriations subcommittee approved a bill today that would lift prohibitions that prevent the District from using funds for domestic partnership registration and needle exchange programs. It also eliminates bans on using local funds for abortion and holding a referendum on use of marijuana for medical purposes. Ending the...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  June 25, 2009; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Congressional Oversight  
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Prosecutors Trying Plea Deal in OCTO Kickback Case

A federal prosecutor disclosed in court today that he and defense lawyers were working on a potential plea deal in the case of Yusuf Acar, 40, a former D.C. government technology manager accused of running an audacious bribery and kickback scheme. Acar, of Northwest Washington, was arrested by the FBI...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  June 25, 2009; 2:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  City Finances , D.C. Employees  
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Two D.C. Residents Challenge Bishop Jackson

Two District residents are challenging Bishop Harry Jackson's qualifications to lead the fight against a D.C. Council bill that legalizes same-sex marriages performed elsewhere. Cary Silverman, president of the Mount Vernon Association, and Martin Moulton claim Jackson was ineligible to seek a referendum on the bill because he is a...

By Tim Craig  |  June 24, 2009; 2:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Gray Warns of Tough Budget Cuts in Coming Weeks

Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) will meet with City Administrator Neil O. Albert this afternoon to begin plotting a strategy for closing the District's revenue shortfall. The meeting, which will include Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's (D) budget team, comes as Gray is sending signals he doesn't want the city...

By Tim Craig  |  June 24, 2009; 12:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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