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D.C. Wire: November 8, 2009 - November 14, 2009

Big crowd joins Gray for birthday fundraiser (for mayor's race?)

Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray celebrated his birthday Tuesday night to raise money for his constituent services fund, but judging from the crowd, it looked like a pre-mayoral campaign kickoff. Former Mayor Sharon Pratt, former Council chairwoman Linda W. Cropp, and even Virginia Williams, mother of former Mayor Anthony A....

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  November 11, 2009; 8:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  2010 District Election , D.C. Council , Nikita Stewart  
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The hard road of Michelle Rhee's CFOs

D.C. Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi named a new interim school system CFO Tuesday. Noel Bravo, a former senior budget adviser to Mayor Anthony A. Williams, replaces Noah Wepman, who resigned or was fired, depending on who you ask. Bravo is walking into what has become one of District...

By Bill Turque  |  November 10, 2009; 6:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Bill Turque , Education  
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Fenty, council members meet on Hartsock

A delegation of five council members met with Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) Monday evening as planned to discuss the mayor's controversial re-appointment of Ximena Hartsock as interim director of the Department of Parks and Recreation. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) requested the meeting after a tense period of...

By Anne Bartlett  |  November 10, 2009; 2:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart  
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D.C. council committee approves same-sex marriage bill

A DC Council Committee voted 4 to 1 this afternoon to send a bill legalizing same-sex marriage to the full council for debate. Council member Phil Mendelson, chairman of the Committee on Public Safety and Judiciary, said the legislation was "both simple and monumental." With the committee vote, the full...

By Anne Bartlett  |  November 10, 2009; 2:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  D.C. Council , Tim Craig , same-sex marriage  
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A mayor on the go, uh-oh!!!

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) won't let a police detail drive him, but he has apparently been using officers as he trains with cycling team D.C. Velo, according to a report by WTOP investigative reporter Mark Segraves. Segraves told D.C. Wire that he trailed Fenty, a triathlete, a dozen times...

By Tim Craig  |  November 10, 2009; 12:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart  
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Finance chief for D.C. schools is out, source says

DCPS chief financial officer Noah Wepman, excoriated by the D.C. Council last month for sitting on news about mounting budget pressures in the school system, submitted his resignation Monday, according to a top District source. WTOP, citing sources, reported late Monday afternoon that he'd been fired. Whether he was thrown...

By Steve Reiss  |  November 9, 2009; 7:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Bill Turque , City Finances , D.C. Council  
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Committee unveils changes to same-sex bill

A D.C. Council committee will probably approve major changes Tuesday to the bill to legalize same-sex marriage in the District, including a provision that will make it easier for churches to avoid having to participate in gay weddings and receptions. In preparation for the "mark up" hearing before the Committee...

By Washington Post Editors  |  November 9, 2009; 3:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Church and State , City Life , D.C. Council , Tim Craig , same-sex marriage  
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Marion Barry's mother dies

D.C. Council member Marion Barry's mother, Mattie Cummings, died early Sunday morning in her hometown of Memphis, Tenn. She was 92.

By By Tim Craig  |  November 9, 2009; 5:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  D.C. Council , Marion Barry , Tim Craig  
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