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D.C. Wire: July 5, 2009 - July 11, 2009

Clinton's Personal Attorney To Lead Barry Probe

Robert S. Bennett, the attorney known for representing President Bill Clinton in the Paula Jones saga, will lead an independent inquiry into the latest scandal facing Council member Marion Barry. Bennett, a partner in the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom, will review the $5,000-a-month contract that...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  July 10, 2009; 5:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Council Calls Police To Kick Media Out Of Office

Media, hoping to get into a meeting where D.C. Council members are discussing Council member Marion Barry's latest scandal, were asked to leave the office of the council chairman minutes ago. "Please leave or security will escort you out," Doxie McCoy, a spokeswoman for Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D),...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  July 10, 2009; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
 
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City Asked Not To Pay Barry's Ex-Girlfriend

The D.C. Council Secretary's office was served with a court order yesterday asking it to withhold $3,938 from any future payments it makes to Donna Watts-Brighthaupt, who is Council member Marion Barry's ex-girlfriend. The writ stems from an unpaid judgment against Watts-Brighhaupt, according to court records reviewed by the Washington...

By Tim Craig  |  July 10, 2009; 1:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Possible Reprieve For Novice DCPS Teachers

Reversing its previous practice, DCPS says it will review last month's firing of about 60 first or second-year teachers. Under Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee, the District has maintained that probationary teachers are not entitled to the formal grievance process tenured instructors can pursue if they are dismissed. But Rhee spokeswoman...

By Bill Turque  |  July 9, 2009; 3:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Video: Watts-Brighthaupt Discusses Barry Arrest, City Contract

Post reporter Hamil Harris caught up with Donna Watts-Brighthaupt, the ex-girlfriend of Marion Barry who is at the center of his July 4 stalking arrest and questions about his use of D.C. funds, to get her perspective on the controversy....

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  July 9, 2009; 1:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Barry Will Address Controversy At Noon

Council member Marion Barry will hold a press conference at noon in front of the John A. Wilson Building. It will be Barry's first public comments since his arrest on stalking charges July 4. Last night, prosecutors dropped the misdemeanor stalking charge against Barry, who had been accused of "bothering"...

By Tim Craig  |  July 9, 2009; 11:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Get Your Marion Barry Questions Answered

Post columnist Bob McCartney today called for an investigation into the awarding of a city contract to Marion Barry's ex-girlfriend. McCartney will be online at noon ET today to take your questions about this and other local issues. Submit your questions to the discussion or come back at noon to...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  July 9, 2009; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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DCPS: Enrollment Numbers Not a Problem

Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee got into a nasty spat with the D.C. Council this spring over how many students DCPS expected to enroll for the coming school year. Rhee said that the steady decline of recent years had leveled off, and that projections showed student population even ticking up ever...

By Bill Turque  |  July 8, 2009; 9:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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School Security Firm Under Fire

Hawk One Security, which is supposed to help keep order in D.C. public schools, is getting tough--with its own guards. That's according to a series of unfair labor practice charges filed by Local 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). SEIU told the National Labor Relations Board last...

By Bill Turque  |  July 8, 2009; 9:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Barry Spokeswoman: Ex Was Qualified, Delivered the Work

D.C. city councilman Marion Barry's office has called a late press conference for the second night in a row, this one set for 9 p.m. from the Wilson Building downtown. It's not known whether the councilman himself will make an appearance (he didn't last night) or whether special guests will...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  July 8, 2009; 8:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Voicemails From Barry to Ex-Girlfriend Leaked Online

A series of voice mails in which Marion Barry alternately cajoles and spurns his ex-girlfriend, Donna Watts-Brighthaupt, were posted online today by Washington City Paper (note: clips and transcripts contain crude language). The alt weekly received the recordings from Watts-Brighthaupt's husband, Delonta, from whom she is separated. Some excerpts follow....

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  July 8, 2009; 6:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Campaign Manager: Barry's Ex-Girlfriend 'Didn't Do Any Work'

Marion Barry's former campaign manager said today that he is furious the council member used campaign funds last year to pay his former girlfriend a $500 contracting fee. Donna Watts-Brighthaupt, who is at the center of recent stalking charges against Barry, has been telling reporters she worked as a political...

By Tim Craig  |  July 8, 2009; 3:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Barry Says Ex Was Unstable; Gave Her Job Anyway

So Natalie Williams, Council member Marion Barry's spokeswoman, calls a press conference for 11 p.m. last night to respond to the Washington Post story that Barry hired his ex-girlfriend as a city contractor two months after they began dating. Williams requested that television news stations carry her remarks live...

By Tim Craig  |  July 8, 2009; 10:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Ex-Girlfriend Crashes Late-Night Barry News Conference

After The Post published a story online yesterday noting that city councilman Marion Barry had put his ex-girlfriend on the city payroll, the councilman's team hastily put together an 11 p.m. press conference to address the article, saying nothing improper occurred. During the news conference, Barry's spokeswoman also offered further...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  July 8, 2009; 10:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Barry's Ex-Girlfriend Receiving City Funds

D.C. Council member Marion Barry hired ex-girlfriend Donna Watts-Brighthaupt to work on his city staff shortly after they began dating last year, according to city records. Watts-Brighthaupt has been paid at least $10,000 to work as a contractor for Barry's Council office and was hired in October, two months after...

By Tim Craig  |  July 7, 2009; 3:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fenty Signs Bag Bill

Starting in January, consumers in the District will have to get their nickels ready if they don't bring reusable bags when they shop at the grocery store, drug store and other retail outlets that sell food. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) has signed the bill expected to significantly curb the...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  July 7, 2009; 2:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Excerpts: Post Reporters on Barry

Post reporters Tim Craig and Nikita Stewart were online earlier today to discuss D.C. city councilman Marion Barry and his weekend arrest. Here are some excerpts from the discussion: Arlington, Va.: This is Barry's third run in with the Park Police since 2002 (suspected drug use in his car, driving...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  July 6, 2009; 2:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. Council , Nikita Stewart , Tim Craig  
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Get Answers About Barry

Washington Post reporters Tim Craig and Nikita Stewart will be online at 1:30 p.m. ET to discuss councilman Marion Barry's weekend arrest on stalking charges. Craig and Stewart also can address other questions you have about District of Columbia government. Submit a question now and read the discussion live or...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  July 6, 2009; 12:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Outrage, Support in Wake of Marion Barry Arrest

The news that D.C. Council member and former Mayor Marion Barry was arrested over the weekend for stalking an ex-girlfriend has drawn an outpouring of responses from readers. Opinions range from anger to passionate defenses of the embattled politician, showing Barry still divides the region after decades in politics. Here's...

By Washington Post Editors  |  July 6, 2009; 12:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Barry Attorney Says Stalking Allegations Are False

D.C. Council member Marion Barry was planning to spend July 4 in Rehoboth Beach with an ex-girlfriend but returned with the woman to Washington Saturday afternoon, hours before being arrested for allegedly stalking her, Barry's lawyer said this morning. The attorney, Frederick D. Cooke Jr., told reporters the stalking charge...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  July 6, 2009; 11:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Watch Press Conference on Barry Arrest

City Councilman Marion Barry is holding a press conference at 10:30 this morning regarding his arrest Saturday on charges of stalking his ex-girlfriend. Watch the press conference live online, and keep an eye on D.C. Wire for developments in the story....

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  July 6, 2009; 10:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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