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Sen. Feinstein: Purple and Blue Ticket-holders Will Receive Special Souvenirs (*Updated)

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif) will be distributing packages that include a souvenir program, color photos of President Obama and other memorabilia to people with tickets who were not admitted to the swearing-in ceremony Tuesday, according to an email sent to...

By David A Nakamura | January 22, 2009; 05:29 PM ET | Comments (44)

Reps. George Miller and Chris Van Hollen Want Answers on Ticket Meltdown

Photo taken by Taylor Barnes in the 3rd Street tunnel off-ramp to D Street on 10 a.m. Tuesday while waiting in the Purple-ticket line. Barnes and Barnes' father never made it into the ceremony. The pressure is heating up on...

By David A Nakamura | January 22, 2009; 04:56 PM ET | Comments (3)

Video: The Endless Purple Ticket Line

Reader Julie Dorshkind, who sent us a photograph we used in yesterday's post about Sen. Dianne Feinstein's (D-Calif.) investigation into what went wrong with the inauguration ticket lines, also sent us a video. Dorshkind took several short clips that we...

By Washington Post Editors | January 22, 2009; 02:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

Ticket-gate: Hundreds Call Feinstein's Office After Being Shutout

Here's the latest full story in the Post about Ticket-gate, a front page piece by reporters Pam Constable and Mary Beth Sheridan. The article details people's personal tales of woe, says hundreds have phoned the office of Sen. Dianne Feinstein...

By David A Nakamura | January 21, 2009; 11:06 PM ET | Comments (14)

Sen. Feinstein Launches Investigation into Ticket Fiasco

We told you earlier today that the Joint Congressional Committe on Inaugural Ceremonies apologized for the problems that kept thousands of ticket holders locked out of the swearing-in ceremony Tuesday. Now, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who chairs that committee, has...

By David A Nakamura | January 21, 2009; 09:08 PM ET | Comments (10)

Ticket-Holder to Pelosi: Capitol Police Chief's Comments a 'Slap in the Face'

The anger among those ticket-holders who were denied entrance to Barack Obama's swearing-in ceremony Tuesday is palpable. Emails are streaming in to Inauguration Watch (we're trying to respond to all of you, but please take this as a broad thanks...

By David A Nakamura | January 21, 2009; 05:09 PM ET | Comments (14)

Inaugural Committee Apologizes for Ticket Fiasco

Ticket holder Rev. T.T. Terry, of Dallas, looks into the purple gate area yesterday. Despite arriving at 5:30 a.m., he was denied entry. (AP) The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, which was responsible for planning and executing Barack Obama's...

By David A Nakamura | January 21, 2009; 03:19 PM ET | Comments (138)

Audio: D.C. Police Chief Lanier Reviews Inaugural Security

Police Chief Lanier spoke with washingtonpost.com briefly this afternoon about how security went for Inauguration Day, addressing complaints by those who were stuck outside the blue and purple gates at the Capitol, praising efforts by the law enforcement officers from...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 21, 2009; 02:01 PM ET | Comments (2)

No Arrests, No Violations of Airspace Reported

Military authorities reported no violations of airspace restrictions over Washington. (The restrictions ended at 6 p.m.) A spokesman for the Secret Service's joint information center also reported no arrests as of that hour. "We are certainly pleased with the successful...

By Amy L. Kovac | January 20, 2009; 06:31 PM ET | Comments (6)

User Video: Blue-Ticket Holders Shut Out

Despite arriving many hours before the swearing-in, even ticket holders had trouble getting into the ceremony. Congressional staffer Scott Gore sent in this video from outside the gates for the blue-ticket seating area....

By Amy L. Kovac | January 20, 2009; 06:03 PM ET | Comments (7)

Kids Separated From Family, Teachers

The U.S. Park Police said that in all, about 30 children were separated from families or classmates, but that all were reunited without incident. Nathan, a sixth-grader from Warren, Ohio, was one of those lost children. As Obama’s speech ended,...

By Amy L. Kovac | January 20, 2009; 05:04 PM ET | Comments (2)

Park Police, MPD Report No Arrests

Officer Denise Maradiaga said the U.S. Park Police made no arrests on the Mall today and that things are clearing up nicely. She also reported that 30 lost children were safely returned to their families. As of about 1 p.m.,...

By Washington Post Editors | January 20, 2009; 04:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

MPD Reports No Arrests So Far

As of about 1:00 p.m. MPD said they had not made any arrests during today's celebrations. Asst. D.C. Police Chief Patrick Burke said police made no arrests but dealt with "a lot of medical issues." Law enforcement officials were gearing...

By Washington Post Editors | January 20, 2009; 01:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Suspicious Object at White House Turns Out to be Flying Shoe

Copycat crime? U.S. Park Police investigating reports today of a "suspicious package" near the rear fence of the White House find that the object is a "shoe thrown over the fence." Sound familiar?...

By David A Nakamura | January 19, 2009; 04:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

Answers on Inauguration Access and Banned Items

Post reporter David Nakamura and former Secret Service agent Joseph Funk today hosted online discussions in which they answered readers questions about how to navigate and be comfortable at tomorrow's events. Here are some excerpts: From Post inauguration reporter David...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 19, 2009; 02:52 PM ET | Comments (1)

Secret Service Won't Disable Cell Phone Service

You may have heard rumors that the U.S. Secret Service or wireless companies might somehow disable or limit cell phone service on Inauguration Day to preserve bandwidth for emergency government users. Well, yes and no. The Secret Service says that...

By David A Nakamura | January 19, 2009; 11:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

Some Find Frustration in Inauguration's 'Dry Run'

UPDATE, 4:45 p.m.: Heidi Plott, 46, an IT professional from Alexandria, said she and her friends arrived at about 1:30 p.m. and waited on lines on both sides of the Mall before finally being told that the security checkpoints had...

By David A Nakamura | January 18, 2009; 04:50 PM ET | Comments (7)

Video: Post's Nakamura on Concert, Planning

The Washington Post's David Nakamura discusses how concert security and transportation has worked and what plans are for Jan. 20 on the MSNBC set on the National Mall. Play Video VIDEO | Post's Nakamura on Washington's Inauguration Preparations...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 18, 2009; 04:41 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)

Park Service, City to Provide Aid Stations

Keeping warm on lnauguration will be an issue Tuesday. As a safety precaution against frostbite or hypothermia, the National Park Service and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have teamed up to station 16 first aid tents along...

By David A Nakamura | January 17, 2009; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

D.C. Chief Gives Advice on Crowds

D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier urged people today to regularly check Web sites for the latest news about inaugural events, saying that information could be changing right up until the activities take place. Lanier said officials are doing their...

By David A Nakamura | January 15, 2009; 11:40 AM ET | Comments (4)

National Gallery to Be Completely Closed

Looks like the security restrictions have proved too difficult to navigate for the National Gallery of Art, which had planned to keep some wings open to the public Tuesday. Today, a gallery spokeswoman announced the entire museum will be closed...

By David A Nakamura | January 13, 2009; 07:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bush Declares State of Emergency for Inauguration

President Bush has declared a state of emergency for the District during the Inauguration Jan. 17-21, Press Secretary Dana Perino said. The move will allow the federal government to provide funding to District government agencies, which have been swamped with...

By David A Nakamura | January 13, 2009; 04:06 PM ET | Comments (2)

Capacity Crowd Will Close Checkpoints

Security officials will count the number of spectators arriving for the inaugural parade, and when the crowd reaches capacity, they will turn people away, reports the Post's Lena H. Sun. Officials warned that could happen well before the parade begins...

By David A Nakamura | January 13, 2009; 05:00 AM ET | Comments (4)

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)

District to Test Alert System Jan. 11

The District government will test its new mass notification system near the National Mall between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Jan. 11, including four generic test voice messags and one tonal test, the city's homeland security and emergency management...

By David A Nakamura | January 10, 2009; 03:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bridge Rules Eased for Non-Driving Virginians

Security and transportation officials today eased rules on pedestrians walking over bridges from Virginia on Inauguration Day. The Virginia State Police announced the “clarifications and additions” to the original plan this afternoon. Pedestrians will now be able to use all...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | January 9, 2009; 08:00 PM ET | Comments (7)

More than 200 Bars Register To Stay Open All Night

Ready to party 'til you drop for the inaugural? You're in luck. A total of 213 bars, restaurants and nightclubs formally registered with the D.C. Alcohol Beverage Regulation Administration by yesterday's deadline to serve alcohol until 4 a.m. and, possibly,...

By David A Nakamura | January 8, 2009; 06:30 PM ET | Comments (1)

Survive Hurricane Obama: Lie Under a Table!

The crowds will be large, historic, overwhelming--whether it's 4 million who descend on Washington for the inaugural, as Mayor Adrian Fenty first predicted, or a mere 1 million as some are now saying, the event promises to be one of...

By David A Nakamura | January 8, 2009; 05:20 PM ET | Comments (5)

D.C. Police, National Guard to Step Up Inauguration Security Detail

D.C. residents will start noticing a stepped-up police presence for inaugural events on Jan. 16, when the city’s cops will go to 12-hour shifts, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said. She added that more than 10,000 National Guard members will...

By David A Nakamura | January 8, 2009; 10:59 AM ET | Comments (6)

Street Closings Announced by Secret Service

The Secret Service has released the full list of street and bridge closings for Inauguration Day Jan 20. Here is the full list to help you plan your day. We know you can't really see the map above, so click...

By David A Nakamura | January 7, 2009; 04:13 PM ET | Comments (4)

Inaugural Security Briefing for Residents

The Washington Convention Center Authority recently issued this announcement for a meeting to inform District residents about road closings and security checkpoints near the convention center: “U.S. Secret Service & MPD Inaugural Briefing” Thursday January 8, 2009 6:30 pm ~~~...

By David A Nakamura | January 7, 2009; 03:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

All Potomac River Bridges Expected to Be Closed to Personal Vehicles

The U.S. Secret Service is expected to announce this afternoon that all Potomac bridge crossings from Virginia into the District will be closed to personal vehicles on Inauguration Day Jan. 20, report Post staff writers Eric M. Weiss and Lena...

By David A Nakamura | January 7, 2009; 03:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

Inauguration News Roundup: Wireless Capacity, Security, Boring Inaugural Balls

We're just about two weeks out from the big day, the holidays are over and President-elect Barack Obama has arrived in Washington. Expect a lot of inauguration-related news daily and check back here at Inauguration Watch frequently as the clock...

By David A Nakamura | January 5, 2009; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

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; 04:50 PM ET | Comments (2)

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; 03:08 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; 02:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

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; 03:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

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. 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; 08:10 PM ET | Comments (4)

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; 01:17 PM ET | Comments (2)

D.C. Council Member Aims to Amend Bar Hours

A D.C. Council member filed formal notice today that he intends to propose a new emergency law that would alter the terms of the council's legislation that extended the hours of operation for bars and nightclubs during inauguration week. Tommy...

By David A Nakamura | December 11, 2008; 03:44 PM ET | Comments (19)

Authorities: Don't Come to National Mall Until 4 a.m. Jan. 20

Federal and District government officials urged people not to come to the National Mall until 4 a.m. on Jan. 20, the day of President-elect Barack Obama's swearing-in. Though the Mall grounds are open 24 hours a day to the public,...

By David A Nakamura | December 11, 2008; 02:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Save the Parties! ... Or Not.

Though D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) has pledged to sign the D.C. Council legislation that would allow bars and nightclubs to stay open all night from Jan. 17-21, some groups aren't taking anything for granted. They're fighting for their...

By David A Nakamura | December 11, 2008; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Mayor Fenty: I Will Sign Law to Extend Bar Hours

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) reiterated his intention to sign the legislation approved by the D.C. Council last week that would allow bars and nightclubs to serve alcohol until 5 a.m. and stay open all night from Jan. 17-21....

By David A Nakamura | December 10, 2008; 05:02 PM ET | Comments (17)

Church Leaders Join Fight Against Extended Bar Hours

A day after Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Bob Bennett called on Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) and D.C. Council members to rescind the emergency law that will let bars and nightclubs stay open around the clock from Jan. 17-21 for...

By David A Nakamura | December 10, 2008; 12:27 PM ET | Comments (24)

Los Angeles to D.C.: It's Too Costly to Send Our Police for Inaugural

District government leaders say they're counting on an additional 4,000 police officers from across the country to help patrol the streets during inauguration week. But where will they come from? Not Los Angeles...unless the District is willing to pay more...

By David A Nakamura | December 10, 2008; 09:20 AM ET | Comments (1)

Breaking News: Sens. Feinstein, Bennett Object to D.C. Inaugural Nightlife Legislation

Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Robert F. Bennett (R-Utah) are objecting to the emergency law approved by the D.C. Council last week that would allow city nightclubs, bars and restaurants to remain open all night and serve alcohol until 5...

By David A Nakamura | December 9, 2008; 05:12 PM ET | Comments (15)

Poll Suggests Wave of Humanity Will Crush D.C. to Rubble

A Survey USA poll commissioned by an Atlanta TV channel found that 12 percent of residents in the Atlanta metro area planned to attend Barack Obama's inauguration in Washington on Jan. 20. Given the area's population of 5,278,904, that would...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins | December 5, 2008; 04:06 PM ET | Comments (3)

D.C. Police Union Chief Questions Inaugural Deployment Plans

The leader of the D.C. police union is concerned about the department’s plans for police deployment during Inauguration weekend, especially in light of a recent decision by the D.C. Council to extend the hours of operation for bars and restaurants....

By David A Nakamura | December 4, 2008; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (2)

Does More Inauguration Revelry = More Cops?

Might the D.C. Council's decision to keep bars and nightclubs open 24 hours a day during Inauguration weekend mean more cops hitting the streets to keep late-night partygoers in line? Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier...

By David A Nakamura | December 3, 2008; 03:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

Inauguration Security: City on Lockdown?

Law enforcement officials bracing for the largest crowds in inaugural history are preparing far-reaching security — thousands of video cameras, sharpshooters, air patrols — to safeguard President-elect Barack Obama's swearing-in, reports the Associated Press....

By David A Nakamura | November 21, 2008; 03:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

 
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