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D.C. Wire: August 16, 2009 - August 22, 2009

McElroy Replaced as D.C. Aquatics Director

Brendan McElroy is being replaced as the aquatics director at the Department of Parks and Recreation, according to city officials. Numerous community sources said Ximena Hartsock, the interim director of Parks and Recreation, fired McElroy on Wednesday. McElroy was unavailable to comment today. John Stokes, a spokesman for Park and...

By Anne Bartlett  |  August 21, 2009; 5:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Lew: Burroughs Will Be Ready

D.C. school facilities czar Allen Lew promised this afternoon that Burroughs Education Campus in Northeast will be ready for students Monday morning. Burroughs parents charged today that the school is not habitable because of incomplete renovations. They reported dust and debris, tables and desks cluttering the halls, and classrooms with...

By Bill Turque  |  August 21, 2009; 5:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Mendelson: City Should Back Off Tennis Center Eviction

D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson (D-At large) said yesterday that the city should drop its effort to evict Cora Masters Barry's organization from the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center now that the Recreation Wish List is once again a registered D.C. corporation. "This kind of thing could have been handled...

By Anne Bartlett  |  August 21, 2009; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  D.C. Council , Hamil R. Harris  
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Parents Say Burroughs School is a Mess

Parents at John Burroughs Education Campus in Northeast say that the school is in no shape to open on Monday, when classes are scheduled to begin in the District. They've called a late afternoon press conference to protest incomplete renovations that they say have left many classrooms unusable. In a...

By Bill Turque  |  August 21, 2009; 1:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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D.C. Unemployment Declines Slightly

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's administration announced today that the District's unemployment rate nudged slightly lower in July, largely due to an uptick in hiring at federal and local government agencies. The July unemployment rate was 10.6 percent, down from 10.9 percent in June. The District continues to outpace the national...

By Washington Post Editors  |  August 21, 2009; 11:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  City Life , D.C. Employees , Mayor Fenty , Tim Craig  | Tags: jobs, the District, unemployment  
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WTU's Parker: Trust But Don't Amplify

D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee said this summer that she hoped to have a new labor contract in place by the beginning of the school year, a prediction she repeated to reporter John Merrow in a piece aired on last night's "NewsHour with Jim Lehrer." With teachers back to...

By Bill Turque  |  August 19, 2009; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Mayor Rethinks Recreation Wish List Eviction

There seem to be second thoughts in D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's administration about evicting Cora Masters Barry and her Recreation Wish List Committee from the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center, the city-run tennis program she founded. "If Cora Barry gets her corporate papers together, then we will determine if...

By Washington Post Editors  |  August 19, 2009; 11:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  City Life , Hamil R. Harris , Mayor Fenty  | Tags: Cora Masters Barry, Recreation Wish List  
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Southeast Tennis Program Tries to Avert Eviction

Lawyers for former D.C. first lady Cora Masters Barry and officials with the Recreation Wish List Committee have now filed papers for the committee to become a registered D.C. corporation, in an effort to prevent the organization from being evicted from the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center. Robin Eve-Jasper, director...

By Anne Bartlett  |  August 18, 2009; 3:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Ray Ready to Make It Official in Council Race

Clark E. Ray, the former director of Parks and Recreation, is done exploring, and is ready to jump into next year's race for the Democratic nomination for an at-large seat on the D.C. Council. Ray launched his exploratory campaign in early May, a few weeks after Mayor Adrian M. Fenty...

By Tim Craig  |  August 18, 2009; 1:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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School Choice Advocates Step Up Campaign

School choice advocates are gearing up for a final push this week to try to get U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan to reverse his decision to rescind scholarships for 216 low-income District students. The advocates, led by D.C. Parents for School Choice and DC Children First, are planning radio, newspaper...

By Tim Craig  |  August 17, 2009; 11:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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