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D.C. Wire: December 6, 2009 - December 12, 2009

What did Kaya Henderson say and when didn't she say it?

One of the reasons Hardy Middle School parents and staff were so angered by Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee's Dec. 4 announcement that she was replacing respected principal Patrick Pope was that it seemed to contradict prior assurances that Pope would remain in place. At the raucous Dec. 4 meeting in...

By Washington Post editors  |  December 10, 2009; 5:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Bill Turque,Education  
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Council hearing on contracts to get underway

UPDATE: D.C. Council members will hear from representatives of the D.C. Housing Authority before Banneker Ventures owner Omar Karim. The hearing began at 1 p.m., but Karim has informed council members that he cannot attend until 2 p.m. Karim will be joined by Sean and Thomas Regan of Regan Associates,...

By Eli Reyes  |  December 10, 2009; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart  
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Everything on the table at Smothers Elementary

Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee was table-hopping Wednesday evening, not at a downtown soiree but the cafeteria of Smothers Elementary school in Northeast, where she held the first of her evening "office hours." About two-dozen parents and other stakeholders signed up and took a number to wait for a one-on-one with...

By Bill Turque  |  December 10, 2009; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Bill Turque , Bill Turque,Education , Education  
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Costco, Fort Lincoln developers finalize deal for new store

Costco, the wholesale grocer, has reached an agreement to open a store in the planned Fort Lincoln development, a major boost to a project that has been stalled by the sluggish economy. Council member Kwame Brown (D-At Large), chairman of the Economic Development Committee, said Costco executives finalized an agreement...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 9, 2009; 3:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Economic Development , Tim Craig  
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Barry proposes removing Santos from Housing Authority board

D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) has proposed emergency legislation that would remove Valerie Santos, deputy mayor for Planning and Economic Development, from the board of commissioners of the D.C. Housing Authority. By law, the deputy mayor serves as an ex-officio member, but Barry said in an earlier interview...

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 9, 2009; 12:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  City Life , D.C. Council , D.C. Employees , Marion Barry , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart  
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Rhee to hold office hours

Starting Wednesday evening, DCPS parents and other stakeholders will have a chance for five minutes of face time with Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee, who will begin to hold monthly "office hours" at selected schools. Tomorrow's session will run from 6 to 8 p.m. at Smothers Elementary School in Ward 7,...

By Washington Post editors  |  December 8, 2009; 10:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Boil order issued for Shepherd Park neighborhood

The D.C. Water and Sewer Authority has issued a boil-water advisory for the Shepherd Park neighborhood following a loss of pressure at about noon today. The area affected by the alert, which WASA said affected about 750 buildings, can be seen here (pdf). The order will stay in effect for...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  December 7, 2009; 5:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Norton could face 2010 challenge from community activist

Ward 4 community activist Douglass Sloan is considering a run against longtime Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton in 2010. Friends are holding a fundraiser Wednesday at an undisclosed location. Sloan, who runs a public relations/government affairs consulting firm, offered few details but had this to say about possibly challenging Holmes Norton...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  December 7, 2009; 1:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  2010 District Election , Eleanor Holmes Norton , Nikita Stewart  
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Council members to celebrate same-sex marriage bill passage

The date for the final vote on the D.C. Council bill to legalize same-sex marriage has been set, and council members are ready to celebrate. The council and the Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights advocacy group, are teaming up to throw a party next Tuesday at the Long View...

By Anne Bartlett  |  December 7, 2009; 12:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C. Council , Tim Craig , same-sex marriage  
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