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D.C. Wire: October 11, 2009 - October 17, 2009

Gas Leak at School Forces Evacuation

A D.C. elementary school was briefly evacuated due to a gas leak Friday, but the gas was quickly shut off while the problem was fixed, a D.C. fire department spokesman said. Students were evacuated this morning from Thomas Elementary School in Northeast because of a leak in the gas line...

By Washington Post editors  |  October 16, 2009; 12:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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City Switches to Greek Firm for Lottery

And the winner is ... Greek lottery giant Intralot. The Office of the Chief Financial Officer announced Friday that Intralot would be recommended to take over the city's lottery system for what could be the next 10 years, depending on contract renewals. The selection had been highly controversial as international...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  October 16, 2009; 11:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Nikita Stewart  
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Evans: I'll Run for Chairman if Gray Runs for Mayor

Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) confirmed today he plans to run for council chairman if incumbent Vincent C. Gray (D) decides to run for mayor next year. Evans, who has held ambitions to ascend to the chairman's office since his unsuccessful mayoral bid in 1998, made his remarks during...

By Anne Bartlett  |  October 15, 2009; 6:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty , Tim Craig  
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Nickles Wins Round in Dispute with Auditor

The Nickles vs. Nichols saga continues. On Thursday, the District Court of Appeals granted the administration of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) a stay of a Superior Court judge's order to hand over documents to City Auditor Deborah K. Nichols. Nichols took her fight to court when Attorney General Peter...

By Anne Bartlett  |  October 15, 2009; 4:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart  
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Coming Next: Michelle of Arc?

Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee, who is still living down her broom-wielding Time cover, appears in the new edition of Education Next as "D.C.'s Braveheart." This one, however is clearly a photoshop job, with her head plunked on top of a suit of armor. The accompanying story by June Kronholz...

By Bill Turque  |  October 15, 2009; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Bill Turque , Education  
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Brown Confronts Nickles Over Tone of Hartsock Debate

D.C. Council Kwame Brown (D-At large) confronted Attorney General Peter Nickles on the steps of city hall this evening and accused him of needlessly fanning racial tensions surrounding the council's decision not to confirm Ximena Hartsock as the director of Parks and Recreation. "You should be ashamed of yourself," Brown...

By Tim Craig  |  October 14, 2009; 6:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty , Tim Craig  
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Charter School Enrollment Up

Public charter school enrollment continues its steady growth, increasing nine percent over last year, according to an unaudited count for the 2009-2010 academic year, officials announced Wednesday. The D.C. Public Charter School Board said the student population, in 60 schools across 90 campuses, is 27,953, just shy of the projected...

By Bill Turque  |  October 14, 2009; 6:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Bill Turque , Education  
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Fifteen Questions for Chancellor Rhee

Since the Oct. 2 layoffs of 388 teachers and support staff, questions have persisted about the planning and decision making that led to the dismissals. Citing advice from counsel, Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee has declined a request to make her top financial and human resources deputies, Kaya Henderson and Noah...

By Washington Post editors  |  October 14, 2009; 10:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Celebrating Release From Hospital Lands Barry Back in Hospital

For the second time in less than 24 hours, D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) has been released from Howard University Hospital. This time, he and his doctor, say, it's for good -- so long as he avoids seafood. After spending the week hospitalized for dehydration and a...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  October 13, 2009; 2:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Marion Barry , Tim Craig  
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Barry to Discuss Illness at 1 p.m.

Ward 8 D.C. Council member Marion Barry is holding a press conference this afternoon at Howard University hospital to discuss his recent weeklong stay there because of dehydration and a subsequent minor infection. "I would like to first thank God for giving me the strength to rise above," Barry said...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  October 13, 2009; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Marion Barry  
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Sivak Named D.C.'s Chief Technology Officer

Bryan Sivak, a 34-year-old who has spent the past four years expanding a technology company in London, was named the District's new chief technology officer by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) Tuesday. Sivak, who must be confirmed by the D.C. Council, said in an interview that he heard about the...

By Anne Bartlett  |  October 13, 2009; 12:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart  
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Darrell Darnell to White House

Darrell Darnell, who is the Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management for the District, is leaving to take a position in the Obama administration, according to sources. Darnell did not return an e-mail requesting comment. Darnell continues a series of moves from local Washington to federal Washington, following city...

By Washington Post Editors  |  October 13, 2009; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Marion Barry Released From Hospital

Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward) 8 was released from Howard University Hospital Monday after a week of treatment for dehydration and a "mild infection," a Barry spokeswoman said. Barry, 73, who had a kidney transplant in February, drove himself to Howard last Monday because he was not feeling well and...

By Vanessa Williams  |  October 12, 2009; 6:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  D.C. Council , Marion Barry , Tim Craig  
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Honored in February, Sacked in October

Certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBCT) is a signal achievement in the education world. It means that a teacher has completed between one and three years of rigorous study and self-appraisal that includes a portfolio of student work, classroom videotapes and tests of content knowledge. In...

By Bill Turque  |  October 12, 2009; 4:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  Bill Turque , Education  
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