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D.C. Wire: January 10, 2010 - January 16, 2010

Gray proposes extension to contract deadline

D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray on Friday proposed extending the council's Wednesday deadline for Mayor Adrian M. Fenty to submit $875 million in contracts that were entered into last year without approval by the legislative body. Last month, the council unanimously approved emergency legislation to stop payment on the...

By Anne Bartlett  |  January 15, 2010; 3:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  City Finances , D.C. Council , Nikita Stewart  
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Mayor Fenty pledges to help Haitian quake victims

The D.C. government is poised to send 100 firefighters and a K-9 search unit as well as several tons of supplies to Haiti, Mayor Adrian Fenty announced this morning at a press conference with the Hatian Ambassador. Fenty said mental health counselors also are standing by to help people local...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  January 15, 2010; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Hamil R. Harris , Mayor Fenty  
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Prostitution allegations shutter D.C. spas, wrestling club

The District has shut down several health spas, social clubs and massage parlors that officials found to be associated with prostitution and illegal sexually-oriented activities, according to a news release from the office of Attorney General Peter Nickles. City agencies used new regulations that allow them to immediately shutter the...

By Anne Bartlett  |  January 13, 2010; 4:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  City Life , Crime and Public Safety , Nikita Stewart  
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Local, national figures recall Martin Luther King Jr. with Kennedy Center concert

In a week where she spent much of her time defending racial insensitive comments that Senate Majority leader Harry Reid said about President Barack Obama, D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton said that she appreciated having an opportunity to reflect on the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King who...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  January 13, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Hamil R. Harris  
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Chamber leader wants vigorous mayoral race

With the Distirct gaining population and with homicides in the city at a 43-year low, one could assume that Washington business leaders would be pleased to see Mayor Adrian. M. Fenty (D) easily glide into a second term. The leaders of the D.C. Chamber of Commerce, however, think it would...

By Anne Bartlett  |  January 12, 2010; 12:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty , Tim Craig  
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New DYRS director

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty has replaced Vince Schiraldi, the departing director of the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services, with his chief of staff Marc A. Schindler. Schiraldi announced in November that he would leave his post to head corrections in New York City. Schindler, who will serve as interim director,...

By Vanessa Williams  |  January 11, 2010; 7:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  City Hall Aides , Crime and Public Safety , Nikita Stewart  
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Catania blasts Fenty over AIDS/HIV meeting

D.C. Council member David Catania (I-At Large) blasted Mayor Adrian M. Fenty on Monday for refusing to allow members of his administration to attend a meeting with federal housing officials who recently threatened to withhold $12.2 million in AIDS funding from the District when it failed to submit an audit....

By Washington Post Editors  |  January 11, 2010; 7:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  City Finances , City Hall Aides , City Life , D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty  
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D.C.'s same-sex marriage bill now before Congress

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) announced Monday that the countdown to legalized same-sex marriage in the District has begun. In a statement, Norton said a bill approved by the D.C. Council last month has arrived on Capitol Hill. Congress will have 30 legislative days to review it. The bill becomes...

By Washington Post Editors  |  January 11, 2010; 4:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  City Life , Obama , Tim Craig , same-sex marriage  
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Moving Day for D.C. School News

Starting today, news about Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee and school reform in the District signs off the D.C. Wire and moves to a different address, D.C. Schools Insider. What happens in the city's public and public charter schools resonates not only with parents, teachers, students and policy makers, but...

By Bill Turque  |  January 11, 2010; 3:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Bill Turque,Education , Education  
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Gray: I wouldn't campaign for or against Rhee, Lanier

D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray, a possible challenger to Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D), said he would not campaign on a platform that includes either replacing or retaining schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee or Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier if he runs for mayor this year. In an interview with...

By Anne Bartlett  |  January 11, 2010; 11:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety , D.C. Council , Education , Mayor Fenty , Tim Craig  
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