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Officials: New Bar Hours Won't Apply to 100's of Businesses

The District’s decision to extend last-call for bars and nightclubs during the inauguration week has its limits, officials said today: those businesses that have struck agreements in the past with neighborhood groups over hours and rules must honor them. Mayor...

By Mike McPhate | December 19, 2008; 4:58 PM ET | Comments (1)

It's Official: Rihanna to Perform at Charity Inaugural Ball

Pop superstar Rihanna will be performing in Washington on inauguration day. Feeding America and the Recording Industry Association of America are teaming up for a joint inaugural ball for charity and announced today that the "Umbrella"-singer will be the headliner....

By David A Nakamura | December 19, 2008; 3:29 PM ET | Comments (3)

Video: Inauguration Construction

CBS News toured the constructions grounds, where workers have made progress on building the inaugural platform on the Capitol's West Front Lawn. Play Video VIDEO | Inauguration Construction Begins...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 19, 2008; 2:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

Souvenir Watch: Inauguration Map-kerchief

Ever wanted to blow your nose on the Lincoln Memorial or clean your glasses with the Verizon Center? Of course you have. And now you can with the Rand McNally's inauguration "fabMAP." The map, which displays the route of the...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 19, 2008; 12:27 PM ET | Comments (1)

Obama to Hold Free Inaugural Concert for Youth

Kids will rock at President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration. The Presidential Inaugural Committee announced today that a free concert for children will be held at the Verizon Center on Jan. 19, the night before Obama gets sworn in and later treks...

By Nikita R Stewart | December 19, 2008; 11:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

Official Inaugural Balls = No Fun?

So you're going to buy a new gown or tux, spend a small fortune on a couple inaugural ball tickets and then pay more for alcohol once you're inside the venue of one of the growing number of the official...

By David A Nakamura | December 19, 2008; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Defends Picking Warren for Invocation

Barack Obama fought back against criticism of his selection of pastor Rick Warren of the Saddleback Church to deliver the invocation at this inaugural. Warren has come under criticism from gay rights advocates for his opposition to same sex marriage....

By David A Nakamura | December 19, 2008; 8:05 AM ET | Comments (9)

Faces in the Crowd

A recurring feature introducing people who plan to attend the inauguration of Barack Obama. Name: Professor Rich Holtzman and 17 students from Bryant University. (pictured: top row left to right: Holtzman, Heather Miller (freshman), Tom Houlihan (junior), Alexandra Coe (sophomore),...

By David A Nakamura | December 19, 2008; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

A Different Kind of Inaugural Ball

Barack Obama is a noted hoops enthusiast, known for his election day-pickup games. Now, two groups are honoring his pending swearing in as president by creating inaugural basketballs. The first comes from the Harlem Globetrotters, who sent Obama four of...

By David A Nakamura | December 19, 2008; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Human Rights Campaign President Rips Obama in Post Op-Ed

Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign, chastizes Barack Obama in Friday's Washington Post op-ed page for his appointment of pastor Rick Warren of the evangelical Saddleback Church in Orange County, Calif., to deliver the invocation at the inaugural....

By David A Nakamura | December 18, 2008; 6:42 PM ET | Comments (21)

Inaugural Ball Watch: Heroes Red, White & Blue Ball

Who: Citizens Helping Heroes, Inc. When: Jan. 20; cocktails 6 p.m., tribute concert/performance produced by Nile Rodgers at 8 p.m., after party 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. featuring disco/R & B band CHIC Where: Warner Theatre, 513 13th Street NW,...

By David A Nakamura | December 18, 2008; 5:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

Giant Map Is Unveiled to Explain Giant Plan

How do you plan for an event that some are calling the largest in U.S. history? You get a map that's almost as big as the city itself. Okay, that's an exaggeration. But at a morning news conference, the Armed...

By Mike McPhate | December 18, 2008; 3:08 PM ET | Comments (8)

Del. Norton: D.C. Needs $30 Million to Cover Inauguration Costs

D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) is asking Congress to cough up more cash to help the District pay for inauguration planning and security costs. The District has received $15 million already from the federal government, but Norton says the...

By David A Nakamura | December 18, 2008; 2:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

Does Portable Toilet Count Tip Off Inaugural Crowd Projection?

No one seems to know how many people will show up for the inauguration. Federal officials appear to believe that the event will set an inaugural record with more than the 1.2 million who attended Lyndon B. Johnson's inauguration in...

By David A Nakamura | December 18, 2008; 1:50 PM ET | Comments (3)

Metro Approves Rush Hour Fares on Jan. 20

Metro will charge customers rush hour fares on inauguration day and require people to pay for parking in its station lots, the transit agency announced today. The Board of Directors approved the measures at the recommendation of General Manager John...

By David A Nakamura | December 18, 2008; 12:51 PM ET | Comments (6)

Obama Pick of Inaugural Pastor Angers Some

Gay rights activists and other progressives are protesting the selection of pastor Rick Warren of the Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., the largest church in the United States, to deliver the invocation at the inaugural. Warren supported Proposition 8,...

By David A Nakamura | December 18, 2008; 10:29 AM ET | Comments (3)

Live Chat on Inaugural Balls: Today at 1 p.m.

Have questions about the inaugural balls or the celebrities who might attend them? Log on to chat live with the Washington Post's Reliable Source columnist Roxanne Roberts at 1 p.m. today. Go here for the chat and you can submit...

By David A Nakamura | December 18, 2008; 10:17 AM ET | Comments (0)

Officials: 5,000 Portable Toilets for Inaugural

Spectators crowded onto the National Mall for President-elect Barack Obama's swearing in will be able to use 5,000 portable toilets, planners said at a briefing this morning at the D.C. Armory by the Presidential Inaugural Committee. There will also be...

By David A Nakamura | December 18, 2008; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Inaugural Ball Watch: Ancestors Dream Inaugural Ball; Inaugural D.C. Ball; Big Shoulders Ball

Three new ball listings crossed our desk today: What: Ancestors Dream Inaugural Ball Who: Prince George's County (Md.) presidential inaugural committee When: Jan. 20, 8 p.m. Where: Gaylord National Resort, 201 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, MD 20745 Tickets: $200; see...

By David A Nakamura | December 18, 2008; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Souvenir Watch: Obama Evening Bag

A periodic look at Obama tchotchkes to memorialize the big day. Item: Obama evening bag Maker: Flash Bags Price: $52 Why: From the Web site: "Each one is hand numbered and we're only making 2009 of these- a true collector's...

By David A Nakamura | December 18, 2008; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

NASA Crew, Rover to Take Part in Inaugural Parade

NASA astronauts Chris Ferguson, Eric Boe, Donald Pettit, Steve Bowen, Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper and Shane Kimbrough recently completed a 16-day, 6.6-million mile trip in Space Shuttle Endeavor. Now, they'll take a more Earth-bound--but perhaps just as meaningful--journey as members of NASA's...

By David A Nakamura | December 17, 2008; 4:13 PM ET | Comments (1)

U.S. Troops to Be Involved in Inauguration

This morning, Gen. Victor E. Renuart Jr., head of the United States Northern Command, said about 11,000 troops would be involved in the inauguration, including both assisting local authorities with security and ceremonial roles, reports The Washington Post's Ann Scott...

By David A Nakamura | December 17, 2008; 3:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Want to See Where Vendors Will Be?

If you're going to be attending the inauguration Jan. 20 and think you'll be hungry or thirsty or want some Barack Obama memorabilia, here's a map that shows you the zones where the licensed vendors will be able to set...

By David A Nakamura | December 17, 2008; 2:56 PM ET | Comments (1)

Downtown D.C. Street Vendors To Get 'First Dibs' For Inauguration Space

Street vendors already licensed to sell their goods in downtown D.C. will get first preference for the spots during the inauguration Jan. 20, the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs announced today. D.C. vendors had been concerned that they might...

By Nikita R Stewart | December 17, 2008; 1:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

Full Schedule for Inaugural Ceremony Announced

The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies announced today the schedule for the swearing in of President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joseph Biden on Jan. 20. The ceremony traditionally begins around 10 a.m. and lasts for about two hours....

By David A Nakamura | December 17, 2008; 1:18 PM ET | Comments (8)

Inaugural Poet Selected: Elizabeth Alexander

After a hiatus of more than a decade, poetry is returning to the inauguration of the American president. The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies announced today that Elizabeth Alexander, a prize-winning poet at Yale University who grew up in...

By David A Nakamura | December 17, 2008; 1:05 PM ET | Comments (3)

NY Sen. Schumer Awards 175 Inauguration Tix Out of 150,000 Requests

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) today made 175 people happy and disappointed another 149,825 when he announced the winners of his statewide lottery for tickets to President-Elect Barack Obama’s inauguration. About 150,000 New Yorkers entered the lottery, according to...

By David A Nakamura | December 17, 2008; 12:30 PM ET | Comments (4)

National Gallery to Close East Building on Jan. 20

Due to the crowds and security restrictions expected on inauguration day, the National Gallery announced it will close the East Building, shops, restaurants, Sculpture Garden and ice rink on Jan. 20. However, the West Building's entrance at Sixth Street and...

By David A Nakamura | December 17, 2008; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Los Angeles to Send 112 Officers to D.C. for Inaugural

D.C. police say they'll need assistance handling the crowds of more than 1 million expected for the inaugural. One batch of helpers is on the way, courtesy of Los Angeles County. District officials had requested 500 officers from Los Angeles,...

By David A Nakamura | December 17, 2008; 11:21 AM ET | Comments (2)

D.C. Tells Congress to Butt Out of Inaugural Nightlife Legislating

Local Washington and federal Washington have always co-existed uneasily. The city has no voting representation in Congress and federal legislators mostly act as if District politicians don't exist--except when trying to big-foot the locals by bossing them around. So it...

By David A Nakamura | December 17, 2008; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (11)

D.C. Council Amends Inaugural Bar Hours

District bars and nightclubs will be allowed to serve alcohol until 4 a.m., not 5 a.m., during inauguration week after the D.C. Council voted to amend the emergency legislation it had approved two weeks ago. Under the legislation approved by...

By David A Nakamura | December 16, 2008; 8:10 PM ET | Comments (4)

Wireless Industry Boosts Capacity to Handle Phone Service From Inaugural Crowds

With more than 1 million people and up to 4 million expected for Barack Obama's inauguraion, some have been wondering whether cell phone companies will be able to handle the volume of calls, texts and email from people watching on...

By David A Nakamura | December 16, 2008; 6:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Team Adds Inaugural Email Alert System

After using a massive email network to rally supporters to the polls (and raise money), Barack Obama's team is extending the campaign strategy to the inaugural. The Presidential Inaugural Committee is asking people to sign up to receive email alerts...

By David A Nakamura | December 16, 2008; 5:09 PM ET | Comments (2)

Frank Lloyd Wright Home Available for Inauguration: $100,000 For the Week

Cost to build the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Marden House in 1959: $76,000. Cost to rent it for five days for the inauguration from current owner James V. Kimsey, co-founder of AOL: $100,000. That's what Kimsey's asking for use of the...

By David A Nakamura | December 16, 2008; 4:12 PM ET | Comments (2)

Inaugural Ball Watch: 2009 Florida Inaugural Celebration

Who: The Florida Congressional Delegation When: Jan. 20, 7 p.m. to midnight Where: National Museum of the American Indian, 4th St. and Independence Ave., S.W., Washington, D.C. Tickets: $200; for more information call (703) 905-9838 or email FL_Inaugural@hayespr.com (net proceeds...

By David A Nakamura | December 16, 2008; 2:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Metro Chief Wants to Charge Rush Hour Fares for Inauguration Day

Metro is now recommending that people who park in its lots on Inauguration Day pay the normal fee instead of parking for free and that those who ride the subway pay rush-hour fares instead of off-peak fares. Metro has said...

By David A Nakamura | December 16, 2008; 12:45 PM ET | Comments (2)

Inaugural Ball Watch: Peace Ball

Who: Harry Belafonte, Busboys and Poets & the Smithsonian National Postal Museum When: Jan. 20, 7 p.m. to midnight Where: Smithsonian Institution National Postal Museum Tickets: $165 (sold out) Why: From the Web site: "We have invited peacemakers from all...

By David A Nakamura | December 16, 2008; 10:17 AM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Overload? Try Biden Brunches

Call it a case of counter-programming. While most everyone else is caught up in Obama-mania, Nage restaurant is honoring Veep-elect Joseph Biden, the senator from Delaware who has almost been lost in the inaugural shuffle. For the first three Sundays...

By David A Nakamura | December 16, 2008; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Inaugural Committee Spokeswoman: We're Not "Selling" Tickets

A spokeswoman for the Presidential Inaugural Committee is taking issue with the suggestion, made in an Inauguration Watch post this morning, that the committee is "selling" tickets to Barack Obama's inauguration. In the post, we noted that the committee is...

By David A Nakamura | December 15, 2008; 3:51 PM ET | Comments (1)

During Inauguration, Places to 'Go'

If 4 million people come to Washington for the inauguration, where will they all … go? It's that question that Jennifer Lynn, 45, of Washington, hopes will turn into dollars: She's selling a seven-page booklet titled "Where to Pee in...

By Washington Post Editors | December 15, 2008; 2:51 PM ET | Comments (1)

New Proposal Would Limit Alcohol Service to 4 a.m., Require Fee

As we told you last week, D.C. Council member Tommy Wells will propose legislation aimed at rolling back some of the provisions in the council's emergency legislation that would allow bars and nightclubs to serve alcohol until 5 a.m. and...

By David A Nakamura | December 15, 2008; 1:17 PM ET | Comments (2)

Inaugural Ball Watch: Sikh Inaugural Ball

Who: Sikh Community Center When: Jan. 20 Where: Ascot, I-The Indian Experience, 1708 L St., NW, Washington, DC Tickets: General Admission: $150; VIP: $250. Fore more information see the Web site. Why You Should Attend: From the Web site: "Meet...

By David A Nakamura | December 15, 2008; 12:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

People's Inaugural: Popular Name

Of the people, by the people, for the people. When it comes to inaugural events, "people" is a popular name. There's the People's Inaugural Gala, four days of activities being organized by local business leaders and politically active residents, including...

By David A Nakamura | December 15, 2008; 12:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Will Come to Inaugural by Rail

Can't get to the District for the inauguration? You might be able to catch a glimpse of President-elect Obama or Vice President-elect Joe Biden at three appearances the plan to make en route by train to Washington. The Obamas will...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 15, 2008; 11:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

Inaugural Committee Has Plenty of Volunteers, Thanks

In keeping with the unofficial theme of "too much of everything but room," the inaugural committee announced over the weekend that it had more than enough volunteer requests and would be turning many away, reports washingtonpost.com's Mary Ann Akers. An...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 15, 2008; 10:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

Inaugural Ball Watch: Arab American 2009 Inaugural Celebration

Who: Arab American Institute When: Jan 19, 7 p.m to 11 p.m. Where: 2401 M Street, NW Washington, DC Tickets: $100.00; see Web site for more information Why You Want to Attend: From the press release, "Join the "Decent"...

By David A Nakamura | December 15, 2008; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Sure Way to Get Inauguration Tix? Donate $50,000

On Friday, we broke the news that Sen. Dianne Feinstein's effort to make it illegal to sell inauguration tickets hit a roadblock when she was unable to gain unanimous consent for her legislation in the Senate. She says she'll reintroduce...

By David A Nakamura | December 15, 2008; 5:00 AM ET | Comments (5)

 
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