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D.C. Wire: October 4, 2009 - October 10, 2009

Unspun: Post Mag Interview With D.C. GOP Chair

The Washington Post Magazine's "Unspun" interviews take a look at the person behind the position in local government and politics. See excerpts of this Sunday's edition below or read the full article. Name: Paul D. Craney Age 28 Home: McLean Gardens, Washington Occupation: Executive director, D.C. Republican Committee Tell...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  October 9, 2009; 5:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  GOP , Tim Craig  
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Barry Remains in Intensive Care

D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) remains hospitalized in intensive care at Howard University Hospital. Barry, who underwent a kidney transplant in February, was admitted to the hospital early Tuesday for dehydration. His condition was initially described as stable, but he was transferred to the intensive care unit Tuesday...

By Anne Bartlett  |  October 8, 2009; 3:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  D.C. Council , Marion Barry , Tim Craig  
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Rhee Challenges Council's Math

Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee continues trying to flesh out her side of the DCPS budget shortfall/layoffs imbroglio. On "The Kojo Nnamdi Show" this afternoon, she challenged D.C. Council President Vincent C. Gray's contention that DCPS has more money this year to spend on fewer students. Gray says the $43.9 million...

By Bill Turque  |  October 8, 2009; 3:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Bill Turque , Education  
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Excerpts: Post Reporter Discusses Gay Marriage Bill

Washington Post staff writer Tim Craig was online earlier today to discuss the gay marriage bill to allow same-sex couples to wed in the District, which was introduced by City Council member David Catania (I-At Large) on Tuesday. Read the full transcript here. Excerpts: Washington, D.C.: Why do you think...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  October 8, 2009; 2:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Tim Craig , same-sex marriage  
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Union: Rhee 'Packing the Bargaining Unit'

The Washington Teachers' Union lawsuit to block last week's layoffs of 266 instructors and staff addresses one of the most bewildering aspects of DCPS' alleged budget shortfall: Why did Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee make 934 new hires in the spring and summer for a school system in which enrollment was...

By Bill Turque  |  October 8, 2009; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Graham Aides Won't Be Testifying After All

The two staffers for D.C. Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) who were subpoenaed as part of the federal investigation of the city's taxicab industry will not be testifying before the grand jury, according to sources in Graham's office. David Vacca and Steve Hernandez, both of whom work for the...

By Washington Post Editors  |  October 8, 2009; 12:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  City Life , D.C. Council , D.C. Taxis , Tim Craig  | Tags: David Vacca, Jim Graham, Steve Hernandez, Ted G. Loza  
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District Teachers Lawyer Up

While the Washington Teachers' Union has gone to court to block the District from laying off 266 teachers and staff, other D.C. educators are taking action on their own. Among the first of what is likely to be a wave of wrongful termination suits landed in D.C. Superior Court Wednesday....

By Bill Turque  |  October 7, 2009; 8:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Bill Turque , Education  
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Hartsock Unsure of Plans Following Council Rejection

Ximena Hartsock, who was rejected as the new parks and recreation director Tuesday by the D.C. Council, says that she doesn't know what she is going to do next and that Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) told her he was "devastated" by the council's vote. Hartsock gave her first interviews...

By Anne Bartlett  |  October 7, 2009; 6:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart  
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Judge Orders City to Provide Records to Auditor

Superior Court Senior Judge Eugene Hamilton ordered the city Wednesday to give D.C. Auditor Deborah K. Nichols "direct, unrestricted access to all documents" involving former quasi-government agencies that were independent but had city-appointed leadership. They were disbanded more than two years ago, and the Office of the Deputy Mayor for...

By Anne Bartlett  |  October 7, 2009; 5:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Teachers Sue District Over Layoffs

The Washington Teachers Union sued today to block last week's teacher layoffs, charging that District public school principals improperly targeted educators for dismissal on the basis of age or their willingness to speak out against administrators, union president George Parker said late this afternoon. Parker said the suit, filed in...

By Bill Turque  |  October 7, 2009; 5:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Rhee Gives More Detail on Cuts

Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee issued this statement Wednesday.... Members of the DCPS Community: Below you will find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the DCPS FY10 budget and our recent decision to separate the employment of school staff members in order to balance our budget. We...

By Washington Post editors  |  October 7, 2009; 3:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Former Hawk One Security Guards Seek City Help

Security guards of the now-defunct Hawk One security company, which used to protect the city's government buildings and schools, are asking Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) and the D.C. Council to help them get their last paychecks. Many of the guards have been transferred to other security companies, which now...

By Anne Bartlett  |  October 7, 2009; 1:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Nikita Stewart  
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Rhee: Younger Teachers Got More of the Ax

Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee, going on the offensive against critics of last week's teacher layoffs, said younger instructors were "more likely" to have been shown the door than DCPS veterans. In an interview on WAMU this morning, Rhee said: "If you look at the reality of years of service, brand...

By Bill Turque  |  October 7, 2009; 12:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Barry Still in ICU at Howard University Hospital

Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) remains in the intensive care unit at Howard University Hospital after being moved there Tuesday night, according to Natalie Williams, his spokeswoman. Barry, who underwent a kidney transplant in February, was admitted to the hospital early Tuesday to be treated for dehydration. Williams had...

By Washington Post Editors  |  October 7, 2009; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  City Life , D.C. Council , Nikita Stewart  | Tags: Marion Barry  
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Local GOP Leaders Support Same-Sex Marriage

Two leading Republicans leaders in the District announced their support Tuesday for efforts to legalize same-sex marriage in the District. Robert J. Kabel, the chairman of the D.C. Republican Committee, and Patrick Mara, an unsuccessful Republican council nominee last year, both pledged to lobby Republicans on Capitol Hill to stay...

By Anne Bartlett  |  October 6, 2009; 4:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  GOP , Tim Craig , same-sex marriage  
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Mayor Says Police, Fire Retirement Benefits Preserved

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D), Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier and Fire Chief Dennis L. Rubin appeared together at a press conference this morning to announce that they had restored cuts to retirement health benefits of police and fire employees. The issue of retirement health care cuts to public safety...

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  October 6, 2009; 3:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  City Finances , Crime and Public Safety , D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty , Theola Labbé-DeBose  
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Council Rejects Hartsock Nomination

The D.C. Council voted Tuesday afternoon to reject Ximena Hartsock as the next director of the department of parks and recreation, delivering a setback to Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D). After nearly an hour of debate, the council voted 7 to 5 in support of a disapproval resolution. Council Chairman...

By Anne Bartlett  |  October 6, 2009; 2:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty , Tim Craig  
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Rhee Gets Pushback at Alma Mater

Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee didn't leave student protests over teacher layoffs and budget cuts completely behind her while she was at Cornell University Monday for a lecture. According to The Cornell Daily Sun, a group called the Cornell Organization for Labor Action (COLA) distributed cards at the site of Rhee's...

By Bill Turque  |  October 6, 2009; 1:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Barry Hospitalized, Will Miss Council Meeting

Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) has been hospitalized for dehydration, Bernadette Tolson, his chief of staff, confirmed. He went to Howard University Hospital at about 3 a.m. Tuesday and will not be at today's council meeting, where Council member David A. Catania (I-At Large) will introduce gay marriage legislation....

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  October 6, 2009; 10:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Nikita Stewart  
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Wild Times at Woodson

McKinley Technical, site of an afterschool confrontation Friday between students and police, wasn't the only high school that had problems when Hawk One, the District's school security contractor, went belly up. Multiple sources report that H.D. Woodson, temporarily housed at the former Fletcher-Johnson Education Center on Benning Rd. SE, was...

By Bill Turque  |  October 5, 2009; 7:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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