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D.C. Wire: June 28, 2009 - July 4, 2009

Brokaw Visits Rhee on Route 50 Tour

As a strictly geographic matter, Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee's office at 825 North Capitol St. NE is not along Route 50, which enters the District from Maryland via New York Ave., jogs across town to Constitution Ave. and exits to Virginia across the Roosevelt Memorial Bridge. But she's close enough...

By Bill Turque  |  July 1, 2009; 12:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Bill Turque , Education  
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D.C. Teachers Become Central Office Fellows

Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee, who presided over the firing of 250 teachers last month, is also continuing her attempts to build bridges with District educators by bringing six of them into her office for a five-week summer fellowship. Rhee said in a statement that the first annual Teachers Central to...

By Bill Turque  |  July 1, 2009; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Bill Turque , Education  
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Tax Office Misdirecting Refund Checks, Catania Says

While a jail term handed down yesterday addressed one big problem at the District's tax and revenue office, other problems may remain, according to Council member David A. Catania (I-At Large). Catania's partner received an income tax refund for $10. Not much, but Brian Kearney actually owed money. And a...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  July 1, 2009; 10:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  City Finances , Nikita Stewart  
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Council Approves Crime Bill In 10-3 Vote

The D.C. Council approved the latest version of a crime bill today in a 10 to 3 vote after continued debate about an amendment that would allow police to arrest and detain suspected gang members. Earlier this month, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) proposed emergency crime legislation that included the...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  June 30, 2009; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  D.C. Council , Nikita Stewart  
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Council Approves Convention Hotel Deal

The D.C. Council unanimously gave initial approval today to an agreement with developers to spend $272 million in public money to expedite the construction of a hotel and adjoining garage at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The legislation will likely get final approval next month. Though a few council...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  June 30, 2009; 2:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  D.C. Council  
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Too Many Taxi Drivers in D.C.?

D.C. Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) wants to reduce the number of licensed cab drivers that he says are flooding the city's taxi system. He introduced legislation today to begin looking at a way to "cap" the cabbies. Graham, whose committee oversees the taxicab industry, said the city now...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  June 30, 2009; 1:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  D.C. Taxis  
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DOES Director Says Summer Jobs Hiccups Being Resolved

Joseph Walsh Jr., director of the Department of Employment Services, told council members today that the agency has reassigned dozens of youths who lost their jobs last week after DOES terminated an agreement with a job placement firm. But some young people testified that they are still having problems, such...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  June 29, 2009; 5:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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