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D.C. Wire: November 29, 2009 - December 5, 2009

Hardy Principal Pope out

D.C. Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee infuriated parents and faculty at a Georgetown middle school Friday evening by announcing that she plans to remove its popular long-time principal, Patrick Pope. Rhee said that Pope would finish the academic year at Hardy Middle School, home of a highly regarded arts and instrumental...

By Bill Turque  |  December 4, 2009; 10:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
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Wilson Kids Headed To UDC

It looks increasingly likely that Woodrow Wilson High School's 1,500 students will spend the 2010-11 academic year at the University of the District of Columbia while their building undergoes a $70 million renovation. Lew's office says details still need to be worked out, but Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3)...

By Bill Turque  |  December 4, 2009; 9:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Another poll shows Fenty behind Gray, but ahead of others

Another poll shows Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) trailing Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) in a head-to-head contest. Lester & Associates was hired by the Greater Washington D.C. Metropolitan Labor Council AFL-CIO to take the pulse of voters. Forty-three percent of likely voters said they would cast their ballots...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 3, 2009; 9:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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Excerpts: Post reporter answers gay marriage questions

Washington Post reporter Tim Craig was online earlier today to answer readers' questions about the D.C. Council's vote to legalize gay marriage in the city. Excerpts follow; read the full discussion here. Southeast D.C.: So if all goes well, when can I marry my partner here in D.C.? Tim Craig:...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  December 2, 2009; 6:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Tim Craig , same-sex marriage  
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D.C. Council holds fourth hearing on recreation funding dispute

The D.C. Council's fourth hearing on the controversial construction contracts that were routed through the D.C. Housing Authority is underway. Jacquelyn Glover, a program manager in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, has been a highly anticipated witness. She testified that she once interviewed with...

By Anne Bartlett  |  December 2, 2009; 5:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty  
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Post reporter takes your questions on gay marriage in D.C.

Tim Craig, The Washington Post's D.C. Council reporter, will be online at 2 p.m. ET today to answer your questions about yesterday's 11-2 vote to legalize gay marriage in the District, the divisions in the African American community that led to the two votes against the measure, and what happens...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  December 2, 2009; 12:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. Council , Tim Craig , same-sex marriage  
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Fenty taps D.C. Schools operations director for parks role

Jesus Agúirre, director of operations for D.C. Public Schools, will be the interim director of the Department of Parks and Recreation. He will replace Ximena Hartsock, whom Mayor Adrian M. Fenty will keep in his administration as an analyst in the city administrator's office. The mayor announced the appointments at...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  December 2, 2009; 11:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart  
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Graham to name new chief of staff, Hispanic liaison

D.C. Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1), who faces a potentially tough campaign next year, will hold a press conference Wednesday to announce his new chief of staff: Calvin Woodland Jr., who has worked with Graham since his first election in 1998. Woodland is the son of the late Calvin...

By Anne Bartlett  |  December 1, 2009; 5:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Fired Teachers Rip Union, Ask For Money

A group representing at least some of the 266 District educators laid off on Oct. 2 is asking the Washington Teachers Union (WTU) for $250,000 to finance appeals of their cases. A D.C. Superior Court judge last week upheld Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee's decision to close a budget gap by...

By Bill Turque  |  December 1, 2009; 4:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Council approves Intralot lottery contract

The D.C. Council voted 9 to 1 to approve a $38 million, five-year contract to Greek international lottery giant Intralot to run the District gaming system despite questions about the procurement process. The vote ends a year and a half of controversy over the lottery that began when Intralot and...

By Anne Bartlett  |  December 1, 2009; 2:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart  
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DC Officials: Vouchers Underwrite Discrimination

Two top elected officials in Ward 6 have written to Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill) opposing reauthorization of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (DCSOP), asserting that some students who receive the federally-funded vouchers attend "seriously deficient" private schools or religious schools with discriminatory employment practices. The future of the program remains...

By Bill Turque  |  December 1, 2009; 1:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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D.C. Council votes to legalize same-sex marriage

The D.C. Council has voted 11 to 2 to legalize same-sex marriage in the District. Council members Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) and Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7) were the only two members to vote against the bill. The council will have to take a second vote in two weeks before the...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 1, 2009; 12:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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DC Vote Hosts Screening of "Un-Natural State"

DC Vote, the nonprofit group pushing for voting representation in Congress for the District's 600,000 residents, will host a screening of the feature-length documentary, "Un-Natural State," on Wednesday. The screening will begin at 8 p.m. at the Avalon Theater in Friendship Heights and will include a discussion with former U.S....

By Amy Gardner  |  December 1, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Voting Rights  
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The mayor's birthday and "what might have been."

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty will celebrate his birthday Saturday evening and raise more money to add to his nearly $3 million campaign till at a model home built on the very Colony Hills land once designated for the site of a mayoral mansion. Remember years ago when philanthropist Betty Brown...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 1, 2009; 11:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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A bumper booster for your favorite team

Want to cheer on your favorite D.C. team? Do it on a license plate. Council members Kwame R. Brown (D-At Large) and Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) introduced legislation Tuesday that would establish license plates for the Redskins, Wizards, United, Capitals and Mystics. The "TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION" would remain on the...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 1, 2009; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  City Life , D.C. United , Nationals , Nikita Stewart  
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Legislation targets firms that try to duck subpoenas

Council member Harry Thomas Jr. (D-Ward 5) introduced legislation that would prohibit a firm from receiving District contracts for five years if it does not comply with a council subpoena. The legislation, which has several co-sponsors, is directed at Banneker Ventures, the company awarded the controversial contract to oversee the...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 1, 2009; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C. Council , Nikita Stewart  
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Rhee, Hardy Parents To Meet

Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee, who said she planned a "major announcement" this month about the future of Hardy Middle School, will meet Friday evening with parents who'd like to know what she has in mind for the arts-focused Georgetown school. Rhee kicked up considerable uncertainty and angst after a Northwest...

By Bill Turque  |  December 1, 2009; 10:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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D.C. youth services chief Schiraldi leaving for N.Y.

Vincent N. Schiraldi, director of the D.C. Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services, is leaving for New York. Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Monday that Schiraldi would be the city's new commissioner of the Department of Probation. "Reducing crime requires tough law enforcement and smart, aggressive policing, but it also means ensuring...

By Washington Post Editors  |  November 30, 2009; 12:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety , D.C. Employees , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart  
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