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D.C. Wire: October 3, 2010 - October 9, 2010

Vincent Gray changing sites for remaining town halls

The campaign for Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray, the Democratic nominee for mayor, announced Friday that the locations of his remaining town hall meetings would be changed. The move follows criticism that the campaign was breaking District law that prohibits the use of public resources for partisan political activities. Gray held his first meeting at a charter school in Ward 5 and was scheduled to hold the Ward 2, 6 and 7 town halls in public schools. Earlier in the campaign season before the September primary, candidates were warned about holding events at schools.

By Nikita Stewart  | October 8, 2010; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  2010 District Election, Vincent C. Gray, vincent gray  
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Gray's use of schools for forums raises concern

D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray has scheduled three of his neighborhood forums at public schools, even though officials have been stressing all year that political events should not be held on school grounds.

By Tim Craig  | October 6, 2010; 5:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  2010 District Election, Vincent C. Gray, vincent gray  
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Gray predicts $350-$400 million shortfall

D.C. Council member Vincent C. Gray (D), the presumptive mayor, predicted today that he and the other council members will have to close a $350 million to $400 million shortfall before they approve the fiscal 2012 budget next year.

By Tim Craig  | October 5, 2010; 6:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  2010 District Election, Budget, City Finances, D.C. Council, Mayor Fenty, Tim Craig, Vincent C. Gray  
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'Write Fenty In' campaign launches Web site

The Write Fenty In campaign is now more than a Facebook group: It's a Web site, the Post's Mike DeBonis reports. The site, featuring a re-purposed version of Mayor Adrian Fenty's official campaign logo, reads: "A long shot? Perhaps. But doable, if we work at it? You better believe it....

By Washington Post Editors  | October 5, 2010; 1:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  2010 District Election  
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City's critters win protections

The raccoons, opossums and foxes that roam District neighborhoods can breathe a bit easier. The D.C. Council gave tentative approval Tuesday to a bill that would implement tough new standards for how animal and pest control companies rid District homes and properties of unwanted wild animals. The bill, which does...

By Tim Craig  | October 5, 2010; 12:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  D.C. Council, Tim Craig  
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Response to HIV testing at DMV 'better than expected'

In what city officials are calling the first of its kind in the country, free HIV testing began Tuesday at the Penn Branch office of Department of Motor Vehicles -- an unusual effort to get the attention of residents outside a doctor's office or clinic. Those tested also receive up...

By Nikita R Stewart  | October 5, 2010; 11:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Cheh calls for longer school day

D.C. Council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3) will introduce a bill Tuesday to extend the school day for 45,000 District public school students by at least a half hour, an effort to give kids more classroom instructional time.

By Tim Craig  | October 5, 2010; 5:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  D.C. Council, Education  
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Video: Post editorial board member interviews Rhee

Jo-Ann Armao of The Washington Post's editorial board talks with D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee about why she's still in the position after Adrian M. Fenty's primary defeat, whether she wants to stay, and what the greatest needs of the school district are....

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  | October 4, 2010; 6:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Michelle A. Rhee, Vincent C. Gray  
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Hacker infiltration ends D.C. online voting trial

(Cross-posted from Mike DeBonis's blog.) Last week, the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics opened a new Internet-based voting system for a weeklong test period, inviting computer experts from all corners to prod its vulnerabilities in the spirit of "give it your best shot." Well, the hackers gave it their...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  | October 4, 2010; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Mike DeBonis  
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Wild animals and their fans await key Council vote

Several D.C. Council members appear skeptical of a bill by Council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3) that would give additional protections to wild animals that wander into homes or yards of District residents. The "wildlife protection" bill, which the council will hold a preliminary vote on Tuesday, would toughen...

By Washington Post Editors  | October 4, 2010; 3:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Tim Craig  
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Mendelson defends D.C. police for pot bust

D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson (D-At Large), chairman of the Committee Public Safety and the Judiciary, is defending D.C. police for obtaining a search warrant that resulted in the arrest of a veteran CBS News radio reporter and his wife on charges that they were growing marijuana in the yard of their Georgetown home.

By Tim Craig  | October 4, 2010; 1:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Tim Craig  
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Fenty to order hiring, spending freeze

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) will issue a freeze on hiring and promotions in city government Monday and restrict discretionary spending within the agencies, his staff said.

By Tim Craig  | October 4, 2010; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  City Finances, Mayor Fenty, Tim Craig, Vincent C. Gray  
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