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D.C. Wire: August 9, 2009 - August 15, 2009

Cheating on DC-CAS Costs Charter School

The teacher at Howard Road Academy Public Charter School suspected something was seriously amiss in April when a student taking the math portion of the DC-CAS standardized test announced that she was finished -- way early. "You can't be finished. Go back and check your work," the teacher said. "We...

By Bill Turque  |  August 12, 2009; 3:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Bill Turque , Education  
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Ward 5 Commissioner Pushes for Gay Marriage Ballot Initiative

A Ward 5 advisory neighborhood commissioner is trying to rally the public in an effort to compel the D.C. Council to place an initiative on gay marriage on the ballot in November 2010. Last month, a law went into effect that allows the city to recognize gay marriages performed legally...

By Anne Bartlett  |  August 12, 2009; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  D.C. Council , Nikita Stewart  
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City's Pools Are Open Longer -- Really

Hours have been extended at 13 pools in the District, and don't let anyone tell you different. The Department of Parks and Recreation are keeping some pools open as late as 9 p.m. this week because of the extreme heat. The extension hasn't been implemented perfectly, though. Contacted by the...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  August 12, 2009; 12:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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City Requests Rehearing On Checkpoints Ruling

The District is asking a federal court to rehear its ruling that the controversial checkpoints in the Trinidad neighborhood were unconstitutional. Attorney General Peter J. Nickles is leading city lawyers in asking the court to reconsider the ruling, calling it "overbroad." Here's what Nickles said in the request: "The panel...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  August 10, 2009; 2:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Nikita Stewart  
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Booker to Bloomberg: Shave Your Head Like Fenty to Ensure Re-Election

Two mayors with whom Adrian Fenty has been allied in the past appeared on "Meet the Press" this past weekend, and the D.C. mayor's name came up. Cory Booker of Newark, whom Fenty has fundraised with, and Michael Bloomberg of New York, whom Fenty has collaborated with in advocating stronger...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  August 10, 2009; 11:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Mayor Fenty  
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