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D.C. Wire: November 22, 2009 - November 28, 2009

Fenty friend who got controversial parks contract won't testify

Omar Karim, principal of the Banneker Ventures, will not appear at a hearing on the controversial contract his company was awarded to oversee the construction of a dozen recreational facilities, according to a letter hand-delivered to Council member Harry Thomas Jr. by his attorney A. Scott Bolden. In the Nov....

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  November 28, 2009; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  City Finances , Nikita Stewart  
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Remembering Abe Pollin

Marion Barry had just been sworn in as mayor for the second time in January 1995, when a staffer told him that Abe Pollin, the philanthropist and entrepreneur who died Wednesday, had a belated Christmas present for Barry. Then Pollin called. "Mr. Mayor, Marion I want to take the Bullets...

By Washington Post editors  |  November 27, 2009; 9:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Hamil R. Harris  
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WTU Loses Court Challenge To Layoffs

A D.C. Superior Court judge has ruled against a bid by the Washington Teachers' Union (WTU) to roll back the Oct. 2 layoffs of 266 DCPS teachers and staff. In an opinion issued late Tuesday morning, Judge Judith Bartnoff said WTU had failed to prove any of its core arguments...

By Bill Turque  |  November 24, 2009; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  Bill Turque,Education  
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Twelve Schools Cited For Suspect Test Results

District officials have asked 12 public and public charter schools with irregularities in their 2009 DC-CAS standardized test results to conduct internal investigations. That little news nugget was tucked into the seventh paragraph of a joint statement by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and State Superintendent of Education Kerri Briggs--released shortly...

By Bill Turque  |  November 24, 2009; 11:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Bill Turque,Education  
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Poll: Gray would beat Fenty in a tight 2010 race

Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) would topple Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) in a potentially tight 2010 election, according to a new poll by the nonpartisan Clarus Research Group, based in the District. In a head-to-head contest, 41 percent of those surveyed in live telephone interviews said they would...

By Washington Post Editors  |  November 23, 2009; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  2010 District Election , D.C. Council , Education , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart  
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Crime Scene: Hate crimes, D.C. police and the gay and lesbian community

(Cross-posted from Crime Scene) It was a day of disagreement between D.C. police and gay activitists over how the department handles hate crimes, and whether the gay community is being served by changes to the Gay and Lesbian Liason Unit. At a hearing Friday chaired by Councilmember Phil Mendelson (D-At...

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  November 23, 2009; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety , D.C. Council , Theola Labbé-DeBose  
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