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D.C. Wire: August 30, 2009 - September 5, 2009

Update: Hawkins Chosen to Head WASA

UPDATE: George Hawkins, the respected head of the of the D.C. Department of Environment and a former official at the Environmental Protection Agency, has been chosen as the new general manager at the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority. The announcement by the authority, at a press conference attended by Mayor...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  September 3, 2009; 2:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Tim Craig  
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Pfizer Settlement Nets District $430,372

The District will get a $430,372 chunk of a $33 million settlement that 42 states reached with Pfizer, which also agreed to a record $2.3 billion settlement for improperly marketing drugs. The city's agreement involves Geodon, an antipsychotic drug that the city and other jurisdictions said was marketed for pediatric...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  September 3, 2009; 11:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Nikita Stewart  
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D.C. Archbishop Goes on the Offensive on Gay Marriage

(Cross-posted from The Post's God in Government blog bu Jacqueline L. Salmon.) He isn't as polarizing as Scranton Bishop Joseph Martino, but Archbishop Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C., sure has kicked up some dust with his highly-publicized battle against a same-sex initiative in the city. Wuerl sent a letter to...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  September 2, 2009; 6:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Peaceoholics's Moten Testifies for Counselor at Sex Assault Trial

Peaceoholics co-founder Ron Moten took the stand Tuesday to defend Barry Harrison, a Peaceoholics counselor accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old student. He's also defending former board member Linda K. Harllee-Harper who now works at the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services. Peaceoholics has been criticized for getting no-bid contracts, particularly...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  September 2, 2009; 10:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Nikita Stewart  
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Special Ed Kids Miss The Bus

While the biggest back-to-school problems seem to be in Prince George's County this year, the District hasn't been glitch free. For the last week, about 100 special education students have not been picked up by their buses because of issues with a new computerized routing system. Parents who have spoken...

By Bill Turque  |  September 1, 2009; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Bill Turque , Education  
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D.C. School Crime Study Vouches for Vouchers

Researchers for the Heritage Foundation and Lexington Institute caution parents to read their new analysis of crime in D.C public schools with, well, caution. Based on Freedom of Information Act requests, they found that police fielded more than 900 calls to 911 to report violent incidents at the school addresses...

By Washington Post editors  |  September 1, 2009; 4:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Bill Turque  
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Fundraising Audit Finds Problems for D.C. Democrats

In a preliminary audit, the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics has found numerous suspected campaign finance violations related to the D.C. Democratic State Committee's spending at last year's Democratic National Convention in Denver. In the report, a copy of which was obtained by The Washington Post, the board's Office...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  September 1, 2009; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  At the Convention , D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty , Tim Craig  
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Ballot Initiative Requested on Same-Sex Marriage

Eight opponents of same-sex marriage formally filed a request today with the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics to hold a ballot initiative to stop efforts to allow couples in the District to marry. The one-sentence initiative reads, "only marriage between a man and a woman is valid and recognized...

By Washington Post Editors  |  September 1, 2009; 12:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Church and State , City Life , Tim Craig , Voting Rights  | Tags: Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl, Archdiocese of Washington, Bishop Harry Jackson, ballot initiative, same-sex marriage, voting  
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Hearing Set on CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Finances, Giving

D.C. Appleseed Center for Law and Justice says insurance giant CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield has a current surplus of well over $300.million, according to a report filed Monday with the city Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking. CareFirst's finances and its obligation to the city will be the subject of a...

By Washington Post Editors  |  August 31, 2009; 6:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Budget , City Finances , D.C. Council , Nikita Stewart  | Tags: Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, finances, insurance  
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Fenty Vetoes Funds for State Ed. Board Again

For the second time in two months, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty has vetoed a $950,000 provision in the 2010 budget that would allow the D.C. State Board of Education more autonomy. The board's nine members are elected but have no authority over day-to-day school operations. That power rests solely with...

By Bill Turque  |  August 31, 2009; 5:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Bill Turque , Education  
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Maya Angelou, Dorothy Height Can't Get Meeting With Fenty

Heavy-hitters Maya Angelou and Dorothy Height are trying to weigh in on the eviction of the Recreation Wish List Committee from the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center. The famous poet and civil and women's rights icon are concerned about the city giving the boot to the organization headed by Cora...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  August 31, 2009; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart  
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Bishop Continues Fight Against Same-Sex Marriages in D.C.

Bishop Harry Jackson is refusing to relent from his campaign to stop same-sex marriage in the District, despite the drubbing he took before the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics this summer. Jackson sent out a statement Monday stating that he and other opponents of same-sex marriages will file an...

By Washington Post Editors  |  August 31, 2009; 1:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Church and State , City Life , D.C. Council , Tim Craig  | Tags: bishop harry jackson, same-sex marriage  
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