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D.C. Wire: February 28, 2010 - March 6, 2010

D.C. Council hires attorney to probe rec contracts

Robert P. Trout, the defense attorney who represented former Louisiana Rep. William Jefferson who was convicted of corruption after he placed $90,000 in marked bills in a freezer in his District home, will lead a D.C. Council probe into recreation construction contracts awarded to firms with ties to Mayor Adrian...

By Washington Post editors  |  March 5, 2010; 7:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  D.C. Council , Nikita Stewart  
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D.C. Council: outdoor hockey boosters

It's been a while since RFK Stadium has hosted hard-hitting professional athletes, but the D.C. Council has begun a campaign to change that, writes Post sports blogger Dan Steinberg on his D.C. Sports Bog: I'm already on the record saying that, barring a Stanley Cup final or Redskins NFC championship...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  March 4, 2010; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C. Council  
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Marion Barry plans 'quiet birthday party'

Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) said he is planning a low-key 74th birthday celebration Saturday. He's had better pre-birthday weeks. His council colleagues on Tuesday unanimously censured Barry, stripped him of his committee chairmanship, kicked him off of another committee and referred public corruption allegations against him to the...

By Nikita Stewart  |  March 4, 2010; 1:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  D.C. Council , Marion Barry , Nikita Stewart  
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Marion Barry to supporters: I'm not going anywhere

A defiant D.C. Council Member Marion Barry told a packed Baptist church in Southeast Washington on Tuesday night that despite the decision of the City Council to censure him and strip him of his committee chairmanship, he doesn't plan to fade away. "I have no intentions of going anywhere," said...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  March 3, 2010; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  D.C. Council , Marion Barry  
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Video: The scene at the courthouse

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By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  March 3, 2010; 9:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  same-sex marriage  
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Superior Court's marriage bureau opens for business with 45 couples waiting

Employees at the D.C. Superior Court's marriage bureau are letting 10 couples at a time in to apply for licenses. About 45 were waiting outside by 8:30 a.m., when the office officially opened Wednesday, the first day gay couples are being allowed to apply to marry. The courthouse has been...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  March 3, 2010; 8:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  same-sex marriage  
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D.C. gay marriage: The chatter on Twitter

Check out the latest tweets about gay marriage in D.C. as the city prepares to take marriage license applications from same-sex couples for the first time. Your browser does not support this feature....

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  March 3, 2010; 8:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Gay couples lining up outside courthouse to apply for marriage licenses

About a dozen same-sex couples stood outside of D.C. Superior Court in a chilly, light rain waiting for the courthouse to allow the couples inside to apply for their marriage licenses. The office that provides them will open at 8:30 a.m. "I'm very excited. This is the love of my...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  March 3, 2010; 7:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Council censures Barry, will ask U.S. attorney's office to consider case

The D.C. Council has censured Marion Barry and referred allegations that he misused taxpayer funds to the U.S. Attorney's Office for possible criminal investigation. The move stems from a report by Washington attorney Robert S. Bennett that concluded that Barry personally benefited from a $15,000 personal service contract he secured...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  March 2, 2010; 3:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  D.C. Council , Marion Barry  
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At D.C. council breakfast, no talk of Barry -- but of Peeps

D.C. Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) today showed off her office's entry into The Washington Post's Peeps contest.

By Nikita Stewart  |  March 2, 2010; 10:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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D.C. Council to vote on whether to censure Barry

The D.C. Council will vote Tuesday on three different resolutions to address the latest troubles of Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) at a special 1 p.m. meeting. The first resolution could result in the council censuring Barry and reporting the findings of an investigation into contracts in his office to the...

By Washington Post editors  |  March 2, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. Council , Marion Barry , Nikita Stewart  
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D.C. Council may meet on Barry's fate

The D.C. Council might hold a special meeting Tuesday to determine what kind of punishment council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) may receive after a council probe determined that he had misused city funds. "There are myriad of issues" involved, said council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D). Barry could be...

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 1, 2010; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  City Life , D.C. Council , Marion Barry , Nikita Stewart  
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Presidents' Day parking tickets should be dropped, councilmen say

Did you get a $250 ticket for parking on a snow emergency route on Presidents' Day? Council members Kwame R. Brown (D-At Large) and Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) want those tickets forgiven because of poor notice of the snow emergency. According to a council aide, residents didn't learn that Mayor...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  March 1, 2010; 10:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  City Life , D.C. Council , Nikita Stewart  
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