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D.C. Wire: September 13, 2009 - September 19, 2009

Lanier Announces Appeal Filed in "All Hands" Ruling

Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said that the Metropolitan Police Department filed legal papers today asking a federal arbitrator to reconsider the decision that the "All Hands on Deck" program must cease. Arbitrator John C. Truesdale ruled Sept. 9 that the program violated the police union contract and city law,...

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  September 18, 2009; 6:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety , Theola Labbé-DeBose  
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Fenty Gears Up for Fight With Gray Over School Board Funding

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty said he and schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee are lobbying D.C. Council members to prevent council Chairman Vincent C. Gray's effort to override his veto of funding to the State Board of Education. The council approved $950,000 in the fiscal 2010 budget -- a move that...

By Washington Post Editors  |  September 18, 2009; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  City Life , D.C. Council , D.C. Employees , Education , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart  | Tags: Adrian M. Fenty, D.C. Council, Jim Graham, Michelle A. Rhee, Vincent C. Gray, state board of education  
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Utility Discount Day Draws Thousands

The District's Joint Utility Discount Day drew 6,001 applicants looking for financial assistance and discounts on their bills to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center Thursday, said Alan Heymann, a spokesman for the District Department of the Environment. The 2009 fiscal year ends Sept. 30, and city officials estimate that...

By Washington Post Editors  |  September 18, 2009; 8:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Fenty Takes Steps against Masonic Lodge in Northeast

As expected, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) Thursday announced steps the city is taking to shut down activities at the Masonic lodge in Ward 5 that residents and city officials say are leading to violence and other disturbances in the Woodridge neighborhood. Fenty postponed his announcement to Thursday after a...

By Anne Bartlett  |  September 17, 2009; 2:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  City Life , Crime and Public Safety , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart  
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Cuts Mean Fewer Library Hours, No Bookmobile

The bookmobile will be parked and hours at all D.C. libraries will be reduced starting in October because of budget cuts. The fiscal 2010 budget slashed the library budget by $4.8 million, and residents will feel the impact next month. All libraries will continue to be open every day but...

By Washington Post Editors  |  September 17, 2009; 11:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Budget , City Finances , City Life , Nikita Stewart  | Tags: bookmobile, d.c. library, libraries  
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Community Activists Protest Earmark Cuts

Ronald Moten, co-founder of Peaceoholics, and nearly a dozen other community activists staked out Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray's (D) office this afternoon demanding to meet with him regarding recent budget cuts. The protest follows a series of events at the John A. Wilson Building on Wednesday where activists could...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  September 16, 2009; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Budget , Tim Craig  
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At Cleveland Elementary, "SWBAT" Is The Word

Walk into just about any classroom in this handsomely restored, 98-year-old Shaw neighborhood school and you find signs of the Michelle Rhee era writ large. Virtually every available wall or board space is thick with directives from the "Teaching and Learning Framework" she introduced to District educators last month. The...

By Bill Turque  |  September 16, 2009; 12:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Bill Turque , Education  
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Closed School Site to Be Reborn as Apartments, Shops

Hine Junior High School, shuttered last year by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's school closure plan, will be transformed into 150 apartments, restaurants, shops and office space for the Shakespeare Theatre Company. Fenty (D) announced Tuesday that the city has picked Stanton-Eastbanc, a District-based team of architects and developers, to redevelop...

By Washington Post Editors  |  September 15, 2009; 11:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  City Life , Economic Development , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart  | Tags: Adrian M. Fenty, Hine Junior High School, Stanton-Eastbanc, Tommy Wells, Weinstein Escocoff Architects  
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Former TV Reporter Switches to Politics

Leo Alexander, a former television reporter-turned-insurance sales executive, kicked off his uphill campaign for D.C. mayor Monday night. Though the venue was small -- Pier 7 restaurant in Southwest -- the room filled with friends, old acquaintances and community activists anxious to see whether Alexander could be an alternative to...

By Washington Post Editors  |  September 15, 2009; 11:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  City Life , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart  | Tags: Adrian M. Fenty, D.C. mayor, Leo Alexander, Sandra Seegars, Sulaimon Brown  
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D.C. Council Talking Ethics Today

D.C. Council members are discussing what could become its ethics policy in a 3 1/2-hour meeting Tuesday. The work session began at 9:30 a.m., although council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8), whose hiring of a girlfriend and issues surrounding earmarks prompted a new focus on council ethics, was not there...

By Washington Post Editors  |  September 15, 2009; 11:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  City Life , D.C. Council , Nikita Stewart  | Tags: D.C. Council, ethics  
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DCPS Report: Little Opening Day Drama

Compared to the fiascoes of year's past, most of D.C.'s 127 public schools had uncommonly quiet openings last month, according to a report released this evening by Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee's office. There were no major scheduling snafus and just a smattering of teacher vacancies when classes began on Aug....

By Bill Turque  |  September 14, 2009; 7:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Bill Turque , Education  
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Cora Barry Taking Her Case to Court

Former D.C. first lady Cora Masters Barry will take her case to court Tuesday when she asks a judge to prohibit the city from evicting her Recreation Wish List Committee from the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center. But young people who use the Ward 8 tennis center took her case...

By Washington Post Editors  |  September 14, 2009; 5:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  City Life , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart  | Tags: Adrian M. Fenty, Cora Masters Barry, Recreation Wish List, Southeast Tennis and Learning Center  
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D.C. Housing Authority Director Resigns

Michael Kelly, executive director of the D.C. Housing Authority, is resigning his post at the end of the month, the Board of Commissioners announced Monday. Bill Slover, board chairman, credited Kelly with transforming the agency into a "national model." "His legacy is the creation of a strong, innovative, and skilled...

By Washington Post Editors  |  September 14, 2009; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Affordable Housing , City Life , D.C. Employees , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart  | Tags: Adrian M. Fenty, Adrianne Todman, D.C. Housing Authority, David Jannarone, Michael Kelly  
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