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Inauguration Cleanup Effort Underway

On the day after America’s biggest yard party, it was all about the monumental cleanup. The city’s trash trucks have already hauled away 90 tons of inaugural garbage with at least 40 more tons left to go, said Mafara Hobson,...

By David A Nakamura | January 21, 2009; 01:26 PM ET | Comments (35)

Pelosi Tours RFK Stadium 'Day of Service' Event

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty opened the gates at RFK Stadium in Southeast Washington this morning to thousands of volunteers who had arrived in force by 11 a.m. to make care packages for U.S. troops as part of the National...

By David A Nakamura | January 19, 2009; 03:12 PM ET | Comments (1)

National Day of Service: Anacostia (D.C.) High School and River Clean-up

They were beautifying Anacostia Senior High School today in Southeast Washington, and cleaning up the Anacostia River, the city's often-neglected, lesser-known waterway that often gets second-billing to the Potomac. Hundreds of high school students, teachers, college students and other volunteers...

By David A Nakamura | January 19, 2009; 02:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

To Honor Obama and King, a Kid-Friendly Service Project

Richelle Fatheree wanted to do something this inauguration week that would capture the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr., and salute President-elect Barack Obama’s call to service. She looked around for the right idea -- and then it hit her....

By Washington Post Editors | January 19, 2009; 10:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

Video: Obama Attends D.C. Church

President-elect Barack Obama and his family attended services this morning at one of the oldest historically black churches in Washington, thrilling a congregation that sang, clapped and prayed through a 90-minute celebration of spirit and Scripture. Post reporter Hamil Harris...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 18, 2009; 04:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

Water Main Break Forces 90,000 to Boil Water in Prince George's County Through Inauguration Day, National Harbor Affected

More than 90,000 homes and businesses in a wide swath of Prince George's County that includes National Harbor are being told to boil their water through Inauguration Day as officials run tests in the wake of a massive water main...

By David A Nakamura | January 18, 2009; 09:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

Dallas Pastor to Give Private Service for Obama

African-American megapastor T.D. Jakes will give the sermon at Obama's private worship service the morning of his inauguration, a source said. The Pentacostal minister pastors the 30,000-member Potter's House in Dallas, is a best-selling author, TV personality and movie producer....

By David A Nakamura | January 16, 2009; 06:19 PM ET | Comments (1)

National Prayer Service Lineup Announced

The clergy line-up for the National Prayer Service, a worship service held at 8 a.m. at the National Cathedral the day after president-elect Barack Obama's inauguration, has been announced. Clergy members representing six different faith traditions in American life will...

By David A Nakamura | January 16, 2009; 04:42 PM ET | Comments (1)

Saying Bye to Bush?

Post reporters are hearing rumblings that people are planning to gather outside the White House after Barack Obama's inaugural address to wave goodbye to President Bush, as he and wife Laura leave by helicopter after eight years at 1600 Pennsylvania...

By David A Nakamura | January 16, 2009; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (5)

Muslim, Jewish Leaders to Appear at Prayer Service

Lots of details still aren't known about the full list of events for Inauguration Week and even the planning around worship services is top secret at this inaugural. But some details are finally coming out about the national prayer service...

By David A Nakamura | January 15, 2009; 04:55 PM ET | Comments (1)

Free Phone Application for BlackBerrys, iPhones to Help Navigate Washington

Coming to Washington from out of town and worried you won't have enough real-time information to make your way around town? Two local companies--Qorvis and Patton Boggs--have developed a cell phone software application to help you. The software is designed...

By David A Nakamura | January 14, 2009; 03:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama: 'This Inauguration is Not About Me. It's About All of Us.'

How bad could the crowds and long lines be Tuesday? So bad that the President-elect felt the need to issue a statement talking about way to participate without attending his inauguration. In a video posted on youtube, Obama also...

By David A Nakamura | January 14, 2009; 10:59 AM ET | Comments (4)

George Mason University Cancels Classes Tuesday

George Mason University officials announced today that all classes will be canceled at its Northern Virginia campuses on inauguration day Tuesday because of transportation concerns. Classes will be held on May 5th in order to complete the academic calendar; and...

By David A Nakamura | January 13, 2009; 06:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

Voting Rights Group: Use 'Taxation' Plates in Parade

Today, the voting rights group DC Vote distributed an "Open Letter to President Obama," which included the following inauguration-related requests: Change the license plates on the presidential motorcade. President Bill Clinton added the DC license plates, which bear the revolutionary...

By Washington Post Editors | January 13, 2009; 05:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Inauguration Morning Prayer Service to Take Place at St. John's

U.S. President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush leave St. John's Episcopal Church with Rev. Luis Leon on inauguration day in 2005 (Reuters/Rick Wilking). President-elect Barack Obama will attend a private prayer service the morning of his inauguration...

By Washington Post Editors | January 13, 2009; 04:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

Medical History Card for Inaugural Visitors

The crowds will be big and, despite the best efforts of city and federal officials, there could be chaos around the inauguraion. To prepare for the worst-case-scenario --out-of-town visitors coming to Washington without their medical histories handy -- Suburban Hospital...

By David A Nakamura | January 12, 2009; 07:17 PM ET | Comments (1)

Michelle Obama Talks About National Day of Service

We told you earlier today about the video Barack Obama put out encouraging people to get involved with the National Day of Service on Monday. Now First Lady-to-be Michelle Obama adds her own video call to service:...

By David A Nakamura | January 12, 2009; 05:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Inaugural Lesson Plans Available for Teachers

Are you a teacher and want to take advantage of the inauguration to help inform students of history? Then check out the lesson plans developed by the Presidential Inaugural Committee, National Education Association and American Federation of Teachers. The lessons...

By David A Nakamura | January 12, 2009; 11:36 AM ET | Comments (0)

Spike Lee to Host Symposium at Howard University

Spike Lee will appear at a day-long symposium at Howard University's Cramton Auditorium on Jan. 19 to discuss topics including education, the economy and the impact of Barack Obama on Black America, according to the Hilltop, Howard's student newspaper. Moderators...

By David A Nakamura | January 12, 2009; 11:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Launches Public Service Announcement

Barack Obama is trying to translate the excitement surrounding his historic election and pending inauguration to rally volunteers to public serivce. Monday will be a National Day of Service, Obama's attempt to redefine the meaning of Martin Luther King...

By David A Nakamura | January 12, 2009; 10:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

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; 03:57 PM ET | Comments (3)

Jan. 20: Obama Takes Oath; Trash Picked Up

Officials at the D.C. Department of Public Works, yeoman public servants that they are, have announced that Barack Obama's swearing-in won't get in the way of the city's trash pickup. Service will continue Tuesday, Jan. 20. Agency director William O....

By David A Nakamura | December 11, 2008; 04:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

Oprah Comes Calling

Ceci Aikens was working at William W. Hall Elementary School in Capitol Heights on Wednesday when the phone rang. Stuck in a classroom full of students, she couldn’t answer. But she could get to a computer – and so she...

By Washington Post Editors | December 10, 2008; 07:39 PM ET | Comments (1)

Inauguration to Turn an 'Empty Nest' Into a Full House

Talk about change: One home in Cleveland Park will transform from "empty nest" to Obama colony in the days leading up to the inauguration. Mary Warfield, 57, who’s lived alone in her four-story home since her three sons left for...

By Washington Post Editors | December 10, 2008; 01:46 PM ET | Comments (1)

See Local Inaugural Bands in Action

Yesterday, the Presidential Inaugural Committee announced the first group of organizations chosen to march in the inaugural parade. Since then, still more has been revealed about the participants -- and of special interest to many in the area are the...

By Washington Post Editors | December 9, 2008; 09:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

The $1 Million Man

Here's the story of a high roller who's making sure that the inauguration will be enjoyed by some folks without as much in the bank. From The Post's Michael Ruane: It was billed as the biggest, most eye-popping of the...

By Washington Post Editors | December 4, 2008; 09:23 AM ET | Comments (1)

 
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