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Archive: December 28, 2008 - January 3, 2009

D.C. Students Can Win Top Parade Seating With Essay Contest

District middle and high school students can write their way into a front row seat to the inaugural parade of President-elect Barack Obama. More than 100 students will be selected to sit in a viewing stand in front of the...

By Marcia Davis | January 3, 2009; 3:57 PM ET | Comments (3)

Scalpers Making Killing on Ball Tickets

While Congress has had some success on getting online ticket brokers to delist swearing-in tickets (although they weren't able to make selling the tickets a crime), a lucrative market remains for tickets to inaugural balls -- including at least one...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 2, 2009; 4:08 PM ET | Comments (1)

Region's Leaders Request $75 Million for Inauguration

Mary Beth Sheridan writes that Mayor Adrian Fenty and governors Martin O'Malley and Tim Kaine have asked the federal government for $75 million to defray costs that will be incurred because of the inauguration. Federal officials said they expect 150,000...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 31, 2008; 7:23 PM ET | Comments (2)

What's Prohibited Where

Many readers have been writing in to ask us about what they can and can't bring to inaugural events. Prohibited items for inauguration day have been popping up a lot in the news lately, but the reports don’t provide a...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 31, 2008; 4:50 PM ET | Comments (2)

The Great Inauguration Sweepstakes

Free plane tickets for you and a guest, free hotel, plus tickets to the swearing-in ceremony for Barack Obama, the parade and one of the official balls! All you have to do is write an on-line essay, of any length,...

By Marcia Davis | December 31, 2008; 4:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

Inaugural Ball Watch: Maryland's Bash

What: Maryland Inaugural Ball Who: Maryland Democratic Party When: Jan. 18, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Where: The Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington D.C. Tickets: $125 Why You Want to Attend: Award-winning tap dancer Savion Glover will perform,...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 30, 2008; 5:04 PM ET | Comments (1)

Atheists to Challenge Prayer at Inauguration

President George W. Bush bows his head in prayer at the 55th Presidential Inauguration on January 20, 2005. Behind him are his daughters, Barbara and Jenna, and First Lady Laura Bush. (Dennis Brack/Bloomberg) A group of atheists, led by a...

By Nikita R Stewart | December 30, 2008; 1:28 PM ET | Comments (40)

More Inauguration Transit Advice: Have a Backup Plan

Dr. Gridlock parses yesterday's inauguration committee announcement to carve out the best advice and newest information: We recommend planning ahead, but also caution that any plans made in advance should be double-checked in the days and hours prior to the...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 30, 2008; 1:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

Inaugural Ball Watch: Children's Inaugural Ball

What: Children's Inaugural Ball Who: The Every Child Matters Education Fund When: Jan. 18, noon to 5 p.m. Where: Historical Society of Washington, 801 K Street NW, Washington DC Tickets: Free Why You Want to Attend: Live music and entertainment,...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 30, 2008; 12:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bike Valets Provided for Inaugural

If you're looking for a way to beat the crowds on Metro and the roads Jan. 20, you might consider biking. The Washington Area Bicyclist Association will be providing free bike valets in designated areas north and south of the...

By David A Nakamura | December 30, 2008; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Celebrity Inaugural Basketball Game to Feature Clinton Portis, Santana Moss

Washington Redskins' stars Clinton Portis and Santana Moss might have a lot of free time on their hands since the team didn't make the NFL playoffs. But they'll be in action Jan. 17 as part of a celebrity basketball game...

By David A Nakamura | December 30, 2008; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Library of Congress Seeking Sermons, Orations for Posterity

How will future generations remember the inauguration of the country's first African American president? The Library of Congress wants to preserve the voices of the time by collecting sermons and speeches delivered during inauguration week at churches, synagogues, mosques and...

By David A Nakamura | December 29, 2008; 4:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Inaugural Committee: Swearing-in Ceremony Begins at 11:30 a.m.

Barack Obama's swearing-in ceremony Jan. 20 will begin at 11:30 a.m., with security checkpoints opening at 8 a.m. for the 240,000 ticket holders, the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies announced today. The committee recommended that ticket-holders arrive no later...

By David A Nakamura | December 29, 2008; 3:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nebraska Society to Hold Inauguration Brunch

Who: Nebraska Society When: Jan. 19, 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Where: Columbus Club, Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Washington D.C. Tickets: $45 available to society members through Jan. 1. Others can buy tickets after that date on a...

By David A Nakamura | December 29, 2008; 1:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Inauguration Volunteers Seeking Free Housing

Have a spare room, couch or basement? The Presidential Inaugural Committee is seeking your help in providing free space for the dozens of volunteers who will be coming to town over the next two weeks. Fill out this form if...

By David A Nakamura | December 29, 2008; 12:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vendors Want To Be Closer

District street vendors gathered this morning in front of the offices of the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs to bring attention to plans for inaugural vending. Though the vendors' pressure on the agency has resulted in local peddlers getting...

By Nikita R Stewart | December 29, 2008; 9:41 AM ET | Comments (1)

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