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

If California legalizes pot, will D.C. follow?

If they aren't already, elected officials in the District should be keeping close tabs on this year's election in California. On Wednesday, advocates for legalizing marijuana officially secured enough signatures to put a referendum on the California ballot this November asking voters to legalize and tax pot. And, judging by...

By Tim Craig  |  March 26, 2010; 2:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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D.C. school lunch bill has a California twist

Chef Alice Waters, a pioneer of "California Cuisine" and owner of Chez Panisse Café and Restaurant in Berkley, Calif., says it's time District schools become more like ones in her town.

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 26, 2010; 11:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  City Life , Tim Craig  
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Center for child abuse victims unveiled

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, child-abuse prevention advocates and others unveiled the $10 million Safe Shores Child Advocacy Center on Thursday, a facility where young victims and witnesses of abuse or violence can get services while they await court appearances, therapy and interviews.

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 25, 2010; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  City Life , Crime and Public Safety , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart  
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By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  March 25, 2010; 1:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Senate rejects attempt to block D.C. same-sex marriage

In its first direct vote on the issue, the U.S. Senate has rejected an amendment to the health care reconciliation bill that would have stopped same-sex marriage in the District until a referendum could be held. Sen. Bob Bennett (R-Utah) had introduced that amendment; the full Senate rejected it early...

By Tim Craig  |  March 25, 2010; 12:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Tim Craig , same-sex marriage  
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Gray: I'll decide on D.C. mayoral race next week

Decision time is here. Maybe. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) said he will decide next week whether he will give up his post to run against Mayor Adrian M. Fenty in the Democratic primary in September. Gray made his comments publicly Thursday on WPFW-FM. In a brief interview with...

By Nikita Stewart  |  March 25, 2010; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  2010 District Election , D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart  
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Thune: Republicans can win in local D.C. races

If District Republicans work hard enough, the overwhelmingly Democratic capital city can be just like Massachusetts. That was message U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-SD) delivered Tuesday night at the D.C. Republican Committee's annual Lincoln-Douglass Dinner. Noting the GOP is fielding a record four candidates for council seats this year, Thune...

By Tim Craig  |  March 24, 2010; 1:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  GOP , 2010 District Election , D.C. Council , Tim Craig  
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Utah senator again tries to block D.C. same-sex marriage

The District's new same-sex marriage law could become entangled, at least briefly, in the U.S. Senate debate over changes to the health care reform act that President Obama signed into law Tuesday. Sen. Bob Bennett (R-Utah) has introduced an amendment that would suspend the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex...

By Tim Craig  |  March 24, 2010; 12:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
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Skinner testimony scheduled for April 15

Sinclair Skinner's long-awaited and much anticipated testimony to a special D.C. Council Committee investigating the awarding of contracts is now scheduled for April 15, not April 14, said his attorney A. Scott Bolden. Bolden filed a motion in Superior Court Tuesday to set the April 15 date, citing "foreign travel"...

By Washington Post editors  |  March 24, 2010; 9:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart  
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Cost to shut federal offices due to snow: $71 million a day

The cost of shuttering federal government offices for five days during this winter's historic back-to-back blizzards was an estimated $71 million a day. The new estimate from John Berry, director of the Office of Personnel Management and the man responsible for making the decision to shut down government, came during...

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 23, 2010; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Ann E. Marimow , Budget , City Life  
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Union decries Fenty, Cheh procurement plans

The politically influential union is pushing for provisions to the bill that would guarantee that the city only contracts with companies that are bonded.

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 23, 2010; 4:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  City Finances , D.C. Council , D.C. Employees , Mayor Fenty , Tim Craig  
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Coalition to put pressure D.C. officials over poverty

Several high-profile District organizations are teaming up for an election-year push to hold D.C. Council members and Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) accountable for combating poverty in the city. On Wednesday, the group, Defeatpovertydc, will roll out a new study showing that one in three District residents live at or...

By Washington Post editors  |  March 23, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Skinner agrees to April date for testimony

The D.C. Council will have to wait a little longer for the elusive Sinclair Skinner, friend of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) and owner of an engineering firm involved in the troubled parks and recreation contracts. Though a judge set a March 24 date for Skinner to testify before a...

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 23, 2010; 11:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart  
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D.C. street sweeping begins -- and so does ticketing on sweeper routes

It's springtime, so get ready for the hum of street sweepers. And tickets. The city's street sweeping program, which requires that vehicles be moved from roadways for designated times of cleaning, began Monday and continues through November. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) and William O. Howland, Jr., director of the...

By Nikita Stewart  |  March 22, 2010; 1:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Southeast strip club moving to Northeast

The Stadium Club is believed to be opening its doors this month in the 2100 Queens Chapel Road NE, next to club DC Star. The new club's owners paid $1.15 million to buy the nude dance license from the manager of Nexus Gold, a strip club that was at First...

By Washington Post editors  |  March 22, 2010; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  City Life , Crime and Public Safety  
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