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D.C. Wire: February 21, 2010 - February 27, 2010

Judge orders Skinner to appear before council

A Superior Court judge has ordered Sinclair Skinner, a friend of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty embroiled in a D.C. Council investigation of recreation construction contracts, to testify before the council on March 24.

By Nikita Stewart  |  February 26, 2010; 5:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  D.C. Council , Nikita Stewart  
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Real estate values sink, especially for commercial properties

Residential neighborhoods in the District will continue to see a drop in their property assessments, but about 22,000 homeowners can expect to get an average $345 bump in their yearly tax bills because of a new law, tax officials said Friday. Those property owners have benefited from tax relief programs,...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  February 26, 2010; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  City Life , Economic Development , Nikita Stewart  | Tags: dc commercial real estate, dc foreclosure, dc property tax, dc real estate, dc residential real estate  
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D.C. city revenue estimates again decline

D.C. Chief Financial officer Natwar M. Gandhi released his latest revenue estimates Wednesday, and once again, they're down. He had to adjust the fiscal 2010 budget he estimated in December by nearly $17 million and the fiscal 2011 budget by about $49 million. He pointed to several factors, one being...

By Nikita Stewart  |  February 24, 2010; 5:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  City Finances , Nikita Stewart  
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Same-sex marriage opponents appeal, advocates look to March 3

Same-sex marriage opponents are running out of time as they try again to block the District's new law allowing gay couples to marry from taking effect next week. Attorneys for Stand4MarriageDC and the Alliance Defense Fund, a conservative legal organization, today appealed a court order that upheld a D.C. Board...

By Ann Marimow  |  February 24, 2010; 4:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Ann E. Marimow , D.C. Council , same-sex marriage  
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Motley quits group in Barry's contract controversy

The fallout from Marion Barry's contract controversy continues with the Rev. Anthony J. Motley stepping down as president of the JOBS Coalition and as head of its workforce-development and community-outreach programs. "We accept Rev. Motley's decision to step down at this time," John McMahon, Coalition board president and chairman, said...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  February 24, 2010; 12:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. Council , Marion Barry  
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Questions remain unanswered on D.C. medical pot rules

Questions about how and where marijuana would be grown and distributed in the District if the D.C. Council legalizes the drug for medical use remained unanswered Tuesday as dozens of residents testified at a hearing in support of the legislation. Nine out of 13 council members are co-sponsoring the bill...

By Nikita Stewart  |  February 23, 2010; 6:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  D.C. Council , Nikita Stewart  
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Barry offers apology, but says there was no crime in awarding contract to girlfriend

D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D) apologized Tuesday for causing "great embarrassment to the city and City Council" for improperly awarding a city contract to a woman he had been dating. Barry's apology comes a week after lawyer Robert S. Bennett concluded in a report to the council that the...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  February 23, 2010; 3:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. Council , Marion Barry , Tim Craig  
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Report: Nearly 50 percent of D.C. deaths traceable to preventable behavior

Nearly 50 percent of deaths in the District in 2007 were traced back to preventable behavior, according to a report released Tuesday by the city Department of Health. The leading cause of death, representing 1,367 of 5,168 deaths of District residents in 2007, was heart disease followed by cancer (1,159),...

By Nikita Stewart  |  February 23, 2010; 1:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  City Life , Nikita Stewart  
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