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D.C. Wire: September 6, 2009 - September 12, 2009

D.C. Police Expert to Lead National Review Committee on Prof. Gates Arrest

The City of Cambridge, MA and its Police Department announced the members of a national committee that will examine the July arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, which touched off a national debate on race, class, police procedure and the criminal justice system. The 12-member volunteer group will be...

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  September 11, 2009; 3:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety , Theola Labbé-DeBose  
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"All Hands on Deck" D.C. Police Program Must Cease, Arbitrator Says

The police department's "All Hands on Deck" initiative, where all available officers work beats across the city in a three-day weekend period, is a favorite of Chief Cathy L. Lanier and has also been whole-heartedly endorsed by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D). This week an arbitrator said it was a...

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  September 11, 2009; 3:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety , Mayor Fenty , Theola Labbé-DeBose  
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National Cathedral Bells Toll in Memory of Sept. 11 Attack

The bells in the spires high above the National Cathedral tolled eight times today to mark the eighth annivesary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack. At the cathedral's regular noon service, the Rev. Nancy James tailored her homily for the somber occasion. "Today we come together for a holy task,...

By Anne Bartlett  |  September 11, 2009; 1:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Church and State , Hamil R. Harris  
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Barry, Wish List Seek Court Protection from Tennis Center Eviction

Former First Lady Cora Masters Barry and the Recreation Wish List Committee are asking a judge to prohibit the city from kicking them out of the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center. Sunday marks the last of the 30 days that the Office of Property Management gave the group to vacate...

By Anne Bartlett  |  September 11, 2009; 1:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Nikita Stewart  
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UPDATE: U.S. Attorney On Mendelson Letter in Tony Randolph Hunter Murder Case

D.C. Wire promised we would update when we heard from the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the District about the letter Mendelson wrote to Acting U.S. Attorney for the District Channing Phillips about the status of Tony Randolph Hunter murder case. Around 6 p.m. spokesman Ben Friedman sent this...

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  September 10, 2009; 7:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Browse By Writer , Crime and Public Safety , D.C. Council , Theola Labbé-DeBose  
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Mendelson Weighs in on Tony Randolph Hunter Murder Case

Councilmember Phil Mendelson doesn't like the way the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the District is handling the murder case of Tony Randolph Hunter. Mendelson (D-At Large) fired off a letter to Acting U.S. Attorney Channing Phillips this afternoon saying that he is "alarmed" that the office is offering...

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  September 10, 2009; 4:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety , D.C. Council , Theola Labbé-DeBose  
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D.C. Warns of Bat Risk

Halloween is more than a month away, but the District has apparently gone batty. Seriously, the city's Department of Health is warning residents that the bats are posing a health risk to the public. Prince George's County recently released a similar warning. "In recent weeks, the District has found that...

By Anne Bartlett  |  September 10, 2009; 3:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Nikita Stewart  
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Holy War in D.C. Courtroom

Even though it was the day before the election in Memphis for the presidency of the National Baptist Convention, the Rev. Henry J. Lyons stopped campaigning to be in a D.C. Superior Court room Wednesday in the hope that a judge would delay the important vote. At one time, Lyons...

By Anne Bartlett  |  September 10, 2009; 3:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Church and State , Hamil R. Harris  
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Nickles Responds to Gun Suit

Attorney General Peter Nickles has filed a formal response to a lawsuit in which four gun rights activists argue they should be allowed to carry loaded handguns on the streets of the District. The individuals, backed by the Second Amendment Foundation, filed their suit last month in federal court. In...

By Anne Bartlett  |  September 10, 2009; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety , Gun Ban Case , Tim Craig  
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D.C. Calls Off Tax Sale Following Legal Challenge

The District Office of Tax and Revenue called off its annual three-day sale of delinquent property taxes Wednesday after Chicago-based Aeon Financial LLC sued because the office only intended to auction off properties with tax bills greater than $1,200. A judge granted the company an injunction Tuesday, but the tax...

By Anne Bartlett  |  September 9, 2009; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  City Finances , Nikita Stewart  
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D.C. Attorney General Fires Back at Opponents

Attorney General Peter Nickles was fighting back Wednesday, releasing oppositions he filed this week in two different cases. The embattled Nickles has found himself up against just about everybody, including D.C. Auditor Deborah K. Nichols, who has asked a judge to intervene and enforce a subpoena that would give her...

By Washington Post Editors  |  September 9, 2009; 11:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  City Life , D.C. Council , D.C. Employees , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart  | Tags: Anacostia Waterfront Corporation, D.C. Attorney General Peter Nickles, D.C. Auditor Deborah Nichols, D.C. Council, Mayor Adrian Fenty, National Capital Revitalization Corporation  
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Fenty Team Wants Your Green Space

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty needs your address. The Fenty camp, known as the "green team," is dialing up supporters to place green and white campaign signs in their yards. It appears to be a quiet, year-out kickoff of Fenty's reelection campaign. The 38-year-old mayor has built up a war chest....

By Washington Post Editors  |  September 8, 2009; 5:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart  | Tags: Adrian M. Fenty, D.C. mayor, campaign, reelection  
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Nickles Says Erasure Analysis Wasn't Erased

Last Friday, after spending three months considering the matter, District officials finally responded to a Freedom of Information Act request for an analysis of answer sheet erasures on the 2008 DC-CAS standardized tests. Former D.C. State Superintendent of Education Deborah A. Gist asked the test's publisher, CTB McGraw-Hill, to run...

By Bill Turque  |  September 8, 2009; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Bill Turque , Education  
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Green Dot's Barr: Unions Part of Solution

With contract talks between the District and the Washington Teachers' Union closing in on their second anniversary this fall, it's interesting to listen to Green Dot charter schools founder Steve Barr discuss his reasons for using unionized teachers in his attempted turnaround of L.A.'s Locke High School. Barr, who has...

By Bill Turque  |  September 8, 2009; 1:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Bill Turque , Education  
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(Not) Getting Arrested for D.C. Vouchers

With President Obama's back-to-school speech as their news hook, supporters of the federal D.C. school voucher program converged on Education Department headquarters this morning for a curious exercise in civil disobedience that produced lots of chanting but no arrests. Some background: Congressional Democrats, backed by the Obama administration, are phasing...

By Washington Post editors  |  September 8, 2009; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Education  
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Tipping the Scales in D.C. Council Race

Former recreation director Clark E. Ray is calling in a big favor from his past in his race to unseat D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson (D-At Large). Tipper Gore, his former boss, will attend his first fundraiser Oct. 13, his camp announced. Ray, who began his campaign for the council...

By Washington Post Editors  |  September 8, 2009; 11:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  City Life , D.C. Council , D.C. Democrats & Republicans , Nikita Stewart  | Tags: Clark E. Ray, D.C. Council, Phil Mendelson, Tipper Gore, election, primary  
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City Will Rebuild NE Apartments as Affordable Housing

The Washington Interfaith Network continues to hold Mayor Adrian M. Fenty to his promise to build affordable housing as members of the powerful group join the mayor to announce the development of 56 affordable units in Ward 7. On Tuesday morning, Fenty (D) and group are expected to announce that...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  September 8, 2009; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Affordable Housing , Nikita Stewart  
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Ex-Council Member to Lead Protest of D.C. School Voucher Cuts

School choice advocates, already trying to pressure the White House to reverse an end to school vouchers in the District, are planning to block the entrance of the U.S. Department of Education headquarters starting at 9:30 a.m. this morning. Former Council member Kevin P. Chavous is leading the effort to...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  September 8, 2009; 8:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Nikita Stewart  
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