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D.C. Wire: January 24, 2010 - January 30, 2010

Gandhi will continue contract payments while seeking court ruling

Chief Financial Natwar Gandhi announced Friday afternoon he will continue payments on the contracts that were not voted on by the D.C. Council, but he plans to ask a judge to sort out the ongoing feud between the mayor and the council over the issue. In recent weeks, Gandhi has...

By Anne Bartlett  |  January 29, 2010; 4:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty , Tim Craig  
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Labor leader presses Fenty on sick-leave law

Valarie Long, vice president of local chapter 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union, pressed Mayor Adrian Fenty (D) today to immediately finalize new rules to implement the District's paid sick-leave law. Regulations are needed, Long wrote in a letter, "to ensure businesses understand and take seriously their responsibilities and...

By Ann Marimow  |  January 28, 2010; 2:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Ann E. Marimow , D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty  
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Brother of Graham's chief of staff fatally shot

Calvin Lavonne Woodland, the younger brother of D.C. Council member Jim Graham's chief of staff, was killed Wednesday night in a shooting in the 800 block of Barnaby Place SE. Woodland, 18, is the son of the late Calvin Woodland Sr., a prominent community activist with deep ties to the...

By Washington Post Editors  |  January 28, 2010; 1:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  City Life , D.C. Council , Tim Craig  
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The mayor in the water: a reporter's view from Wilson Aquatics Center

Former New York Times reporter Ed Cowan shared a recent run-in with Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) with readers of his e-mail alerts that he calls "Reports to DC Voters, a pro bono, intermittent series of news items and commentaries." Check out what happened when Cowan went to the Wilson...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  January 28, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart  
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Fenty calls for Metro overhaul, says he trusts Obama on D.C. voting rights

On NBC4's "Connecting with the Mayor" segment Thursday, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) said Metro's recent deaths and injuries and basic problems with services show that the transit agency needs an overhaul. "We've got to get this under control," he said. "Well, you know, I'm not a transit expert, but...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  January 28, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart , Voting Rights , transportation  
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Peebles rips Fenty on refusal to meet with Angelou, Height

Millionaire developer Donahue "Don" Peebles, who was the guest speaker of a meeting of the D.C. Federation of Civic Associations, didn't make news Thursday night. There were no surprises, but he drew gasps when he made an off-the-cuff remark about Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D). Peebles, who continued to say...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  January 28, 2010; 10:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  2010 District Election , Nikita Stewart  
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Peebles still sounds like a mayoral candidate

Millionaire developer Donahue "Don" Peebles, who keeps teasing the public about whether he will run this year against Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D), sure sounded like a candidate Wednesday night, even though he's said that he isn't running. Peebles was a guest speaker at the D.C. Federation of Civic Associations....

By Anne Bartlett  |  January 27, 2010; 8:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart  
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Norton: Too bad State of Union won't address D.C. voting rights

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) said today that she is pleased that two District residents were among the White House guest invited to sit with the First lady during the President Obama's State of the Union Address. But Norton suggested she was disappointed that once again a president wasn't...

By Anne Bartlett  |  January 27, 2010; 7:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Hamil R. Harris , Voting Rights  
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Utah congressman seeks to block D.C. same-sex marriages

U.S. Rep Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) introduced a disapproval resolution today in Congress to block the city's attempt to legalize same-sex marriage. If approved by the House and Senate, as well as signed by President Obama, the resolution would override the same-sex marriage bill signed by Mayor Adrian M Fenty (D)...

By Anne Bartlett  |  January 27, 2010; 6:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Tim Craig , same-sex marriage  
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Auditor gets access to development files under settlement

D.C. Auditor Deborah Nichols and her staff will get "immediate, unrestricted access" to 1,000 boxes of documents to complete an audit of projects managed by two now-defunct, quasi-government agencies that served as development arms for the city. But they will provide the office of Attorney General Peter Nickles with copies...

By Anne Bartlett  |  January 27, 2010; 4:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  City Hall Aides , Economic Development , Nikita Stewart  
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Elections board holds a third hearing on same-sex marriage challenge

The D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics is holding another hearing today to decide whether same-sex marriage opponents can hold an referendum to overturn the D.C. Council bill legalizing those marriages. The hearing marks the third time this year that elections board has been called on to decide whether voters...

By Anne Bartlett  |  January 27, 2010; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Tim Craig , same-sex marriage  
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Catania announces re-election bid for at-large Council seat

D.C. Council member David A. Catania (I-At Large), as expected, filed Friday to run for a fourth term in this year's council election. As an independent, Catania will be competing in the general election for the council seat reserved for a person not of the majority party. The most prominent...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  January 27, 2010; 11:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2010 District Election , D.C. Council , Tim Craig  
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Nickles wants council's firetruck probe terminated

Attorney General Peter Nickles hit D.C. Council members Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) and Phil Mendelson (D-At Large) Monday with hand-delivered letters, writing that their probe into the donation of a firetruck and ambulance to a town in the Dominican Republic has been sullied by the lost testimony of two District...

By Washington Post Editors  |  January 25, 2010; 6:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  City Life , D.C. Council , D.C. Employees , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart  
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Council member: Police response too slow after man pulled gun on her

Council member Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7) is raising concerns about what she sees as the poor response of the Metropolitan Police Department after a man pulled a gun on her Wednesday afternoon as she tried to help a MetroAccess driver who was being robbed. Alexander was leaving home and was...

By Anne Bartlett  |  January 25, 2010; 9:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  City Life , Crime and Public Safety , D.C. Council , Nikita Stewart  
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