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Day in Court for Levy's Accused Killer

Almost exactly nine years after Chandra Levy was slain in D.C.'s Rock Creek Park, a District judge today ruled that there was probable cause for the arrest of a 27-year-old man for first-degree murder.

By The Editors | April 23, 2009; 02:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

'Just Give Me the Ticket'

In case you missed it, the Post's Ruben Castaneda reports today on the video footage that prompted prosecutors to drop charges against a 30-year-old motorist who had been arrested for assaulting two Prince George's County, Md., police officers last October.

By Amanda Zamora | March 4, 2009; 12:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

How Police 'Focused' on Guandique

It was the summer of 2001, before the United States changed dramatically following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the case of missing federal intern Chandra Levy dominated the headlines.

By Derek Kravitz | March 3, 2009; 03:07 PM ET | Comments (15)

Levy Detectives Ran New DNA Analysis

D.C. police have found "something new" that led to an arrest warrant being filed for a Salvadorean immigrant implicated in the much-publicized 2001 disappearance and death of Washington intern Chandra Levy, according to the two Post reporters who exhaustively covered the case in a series this past summer.

By Derek Kravitz | February 23, 2009; 02:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Missing Tour Bonuses, Break in the Levy Case and Hitch in Classifying Memos

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Soldiers Still Waiting for Tour Bonuses » The Pentagon has not started complying with a law requiring the payment of monthly bonuses of up to $500 to soldiers forced to remain on active duty beyond their enlistment period, military officials said. — USA Today

Opinion Could Dampen Zeal To Classify Government Information » If it is ultimately upheld, a memorandum opinion written by a federal judge in Virginia and released last week may limit the overclassification of information on national security grounds and prevent future prosecutions for leaking such information. — Washington Post

D.C. Police Believed Close to Arrest in Levy Case » Over the weekend, D.C. police said they were seeking an arrest warrant against a Salvadoran immigrant in connection with the eight-year-old slaying of federal intern Chandra Levy, one of the most famous unsolved homicide cases in Washington history. Back in "Condit Country," as the midsection of the Central Valley in California came to be known over the 14 years during which the man once thought to be involved in Levy's slaying, former Rep. Gary Condit, represented it in Congress, the scandal clings to the name even as the details recede. — Washington Post

U.S. Unit Secretly in Pakistan Lends Ally Support » More than 70 United States military advisers and technical specialists are secretly working in Pakistan to help its armed forces battle Al Qaeda and the Taliban in the country's lawless tribal areas, American military officials said. — New York Times

SEC Chief Pursues Tougher Enforcement » Less than a month after becoming the head of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Mary L. Schapiro is moving swiftly to reverse major decisions by her predecessor and to strengthen an enforcement program that missed several major frauds that cost investors billions of dollars. — New York Times

By Derek Kravitz | February 23, 2009; 11:14 AM ET | Comments (0)

Conflicts Mark Charters Oversight

Key members of the public bodies that regulate and fund charter schools in Washington D.C. have taken part in official decisions that stood to benefit themselves, their colleagues, employers and companies with whom they have business ties, according to a Washington Post investigation.

By The Editors | December 15, 2008; 08:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Timeline: Prince George's Jail Murder Probe

Prince George's County, Md., officials announced yesterday that two corrections officers had been placed on leave in connection with the strangling death of Ronnie L. White, a 19-year-old inmate who was found dead in his jail cell in June, less than two days after being implicated in the murder of a county police officer. While they refused to identify the officers, sources speaking on the condition of anonymity named Anthony McIntosh as an officer who allegedly admitted involvement in the incident more than a week after White's death.

By Derek Kravitz | September 23, 2008; 11:36 AM ET | Comments (4)

Two Jail Officers On Leave in Murder Investigation

Two Prince George's County corrections officers have been placed on leave after investigators looking into the June strangling death of a 19-year-old inmate determined they were "the focus of the investigation."

By Derek Kravitz | September 22, 2008; 06:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

Autopsy Labels Jail Death a Homicide

The controversy over the death of a 19-year-old inmate in the Prince George's County jail continues, despite a medical examiner's report delivered yesterday declaring the death a homicide, the Post's Aaron C. Davis reports.

By The Editors | September 19, 2008; 10:18 AM ET | Comments (2)

D.C. Tax Scam Followed Blueprint

Harriette M. Walters, who masterminded the theft of more than $48 million through the D.C. tax office, took her cue two decades ago from her co-workers, who stole refund checks and created phony property tax refunds, prosecutors revealed Tuesday.

By The Editors | September 17, 2008; 11:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

Prince George's Land Deals Lack Oversight

Auditors have found that officials in Prince George's County, Maryland, have transferred millions of dollars in surplus public land to developers without the proper paper trails and often without competitive bids, good-faith deposits or accurate land appraisals. The audit began as a Washington Post investigation was in progress into county...

By The Editors | August 30, 2008; 11:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

D.C. Fires Construction Inspectors

In a follow-up to its Forced Out series about D.C. landlords mismanaging properties, Debbie Cenziper reports that Linda Argo, the head of the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs has fired seven commercial inspectors. The firings come a month after she fired half of the city's housing-code inspectors.

By The Editors | August 15, 2008; 11:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

D.C. Can't Account for Repair Dollars

The Post's Debbie Cenziper for months has been writing about how D.C. landlords forced tenants out of rental buildings in recent years so they could be converted to condominiums. Now, Cenziper reports that the city can't say exactly how it has spent a $30 million repair fund meant to improve dangerous properties. Only a fraction of the money has gone to repairs, and much of that went to fix empty buildings.

By The Editors | August 14, 2008; 10:35 AM ET | Comments (1)

D.C. Jail Guards Have Arrest Records

The Prince George's County jail has had its share of scandals: six officers have been suspended in recent months for various charges, including smuggling cellphones to inmates, having sex with prisoners, an assault and a robbery. The county's corrections chief was fired in June when the jail couldn't account for...

By The Editors | July 25, 2008; 01:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

City Housing Inspectors Fired

The firing of more than half of the city's housing code inspectors is shaking up a department that, in many cases, failed to protect tenants in dangerous apartment buildings, The Post's Debbie Cenziper reports. The firings follow a Post series, "Forced Out," published in March, which found that the city's...

By Derek Kravitz | July 15, 2008; 05:28 PM ET | Comments (2)

Who Killed Chandra Levy: Reporters' Notebook

As our serial investigation of the Chandra Levy case unfolds from July 13 through July 27, reporters Sari Horwitz, Scott Higham and Sylvia Moreno are posting daily updates and a preview of the coming chapters here on the Post Investigations Blog. Read the latest installment in the story or catch...

By The Editors | July 12, 2008; 10:40 PM ET | Comments (672)

Coming Attractions: Who Killed Chandra Levy?

Here's a preview of The Washington Post's next investigative project, which we will publish in the coming days: The murder of Chandra Levy is one of Washington's most famous unsolved crimes. Many people, including police and prosecutors, initially suspected that a congressman might be involved in her disappearance. For years,...

By The Editors | July 11, 2008; 11:33 AM ET | Comments (24)

Sweetheart Deals in Prince George's

Post investigative reporters Cheryl Thompson and Mary Pat Flaherty report today on county development deals worth millions of dollars that have gone to people with ties to Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson. Several of the people who won the contracts received the land [see map] at cut-rate prices,...

By The Editors | July 6, 2008; 08:09 PM ET | Comments (1)

Post Series Prompts Building Inspections

In light of a Post series focusing on landlords who had emptied more than 200 buildings of tenants in recent years, thwarting a decades-old tenant protection law, the District announced today it will inspect the city's 11,000 rental buildings regularly, with the city's most troubled buildings coming under inspection this...

By Derek Kravitz | June 24, 2008; 07:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

Program That Was Focus of Series Is Terminated

D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee has cut off funding to a teacher training organization that has been paid millions of dollars by the school system, citing questions raised by the city's inspector general and effectively halting the nonprofit operation. The Post had explored possible problems at the Teachers Institute...

By The Editors | June 10, 2008; 11:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

District's Cardiac Response Times Lagging

Despite its relatively small size, ambulances in the District have a low survival rate for cardiac arrest patients: only one in eight make it to the emergency room with a pulse, The Post's Elissa Silverman reports today. Across the river in Arlington County and Alexandria, where ambulances cover a much...

By Derek Kravitz | May 29, 2008; 02:48 PM ET | Comments (1)

District Embezzlement Case Widens

The District's Office of Tax and Revenue remains in the headlines -- two today. A third conspirator in a far-reaching embezzlement case, 33-year-old Walter Jones of Essex, Md., has pled guilty to being involved in the biggest fraud in the District's history, the embezzlement of $20 million to $50 million...

By Derek Kravitz | May 22, 2008; 12:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

Philly Police Officers Fired in Beating Case

Four Philadelphia police officers were fired for their role in a videotaped beating May 5 of three suspects -- a swift action by the city's police commissioner who once presided over the District's cop shop. The firings were announced today by Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter and police commissioner Charles...

By Derek Kravitz | May 20, 2008; 04:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Ex-D.C Chief Finds Philly Has Challenges, Too

As D.C. police chief a decade ago, Charles H. Ramsey had to deal with the fallout from a Post investigation which found that city police officers shot and killed more people per capita than any other large city police force. Ramsey requested a Justice Department probe, which led to 10...

By The Editors | May 8, 2008; 05:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

D.C. Tenants Get Little Help

Despite a multi-million-dollar fund created to fix neglected District buildings when landlords fail to step in, only a fraction of the money has gone to repairs and an even smaller amount has been spent on the most troubled apartment complexes. The Post's Debbie Cenziper and Sarah Cohen report that, in...

By The Editors | May 5, 2008; 10:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

By the Numbers: D.C. Schools

A new report on DC. public schools underscores the lack of racial diversity in the system, finding that more than 200 of the 234 public and charter schools are more than 90 percent African American or Hispanic. Seven of the schools are majority white. The report, by researchers at the...

By The Editors | April 25, 2008; 11:51 AM ET | Comments (1)

Update on Student Funds

A former D.C. school business manager who raided donations to a chess club for emotionally disturbed students has been ordered to pay $30,000 in restitution and spend 25 days behind bars, court records show. The Post published a story in November detailing dozens of instances in which D.C. public school...

By The Editors | April 17, 2008; 05:36 PM ET | Comments (0)

Oversight of D.C. Police Eased

A decade of federal oversight of the D.C. police department's use of force is ending, D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier announced this week. A Post investigation published in 1998, which found that city police officers shot and killed more people per capita than any other large city police force,...

By The Editors | April 15, 2008; 11:17 AM ET | Comments (0)

D.C. Council Questions Contract

A District Council committee is scheduled to meet today on a contract worth more than $120 million to run the DC Lottery's games and terminal network. Some council members have questioned why city officials are granting the contract to a start-up joint venture run by a controversial figure. The partnership...

By The Editors | April 7, 2008; 10:27 AM ET | Comments (0)

City to Sue Landlords

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty announced this morning that the city is suing 23 landlords whose 70 residential buildings have been racked by housing code violations and is asking the court to put 13 of the buildings into receivership to make sure the repairs take place. "In a number of...

By The Editors | April 4, 2008; 03:30 PM ET | Comments (1)

Council Acts to Protect Tenants

The District Council has voted to end a policy that council members said had become an incentive for landlords to empty apartment buildings so they could convert to condominiums. In a series published last month, the Post's Debbie Cenziper and Sarah Cohen reported that landlords had emptied more than 200...

By The Editors | April 2, 2008; 10:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

Going After the 'Slumlords'

D.C. officials are pressing efforts to hold accountable negligent landlords who have allowed their buildings to deteriorate into unlivable conditions. The Post's Debbie Cenziper, an investigative reporter on the Metro staff, and Sarah Cohen, a Post database editor, exposed the citywide problem in a three-part series that ran last week,...

By The Editors | March 18, 2008; 11:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

D.C. Law May Be Rewritten

Reacting to an investigation that appeared in The Washington Post, two District Council members say they want to repeal a provision that has encouraged landlords to force tenants out of apartment buildings. Members Jim Graham and Mary Cheh said they will propose that the city no longer grant "vacancy exemptions,"...

By The Editors | March 12, 2008; 04:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

Coming Soon: "Forced Out"

Like many urban centers across the country, Washington has undergone an economic resurgence over the past decade, bringing new development into neighborhoods and transforming aging apartment buildings into upscale condominiums. But that celebrated renewal has come at a price: landlords have forced hundreds of families out of apartments, thwarting longstanding...

By The Editors | March 7, 2008; 10:19 AM ET | Comments (1)

D.C. Tax Scam Grows

Harriette Walters is accused of masterminding the alleged scam. (Credit: D.C. Government) When Harriette Walters, former manager of the D.C. tax office was arrested in November, prosecutors told a judge she had helped steal $20 million in fraudulent refund checks since 2004. In December, an analysis by The Washington...

By The Editors | February 20, 2008; 09:47 AM ET | Comments (1)

Found In An Alley

In an inexplicable twist to the ongoing scandal at the District's Office of Tax Revenue, two of the agency's computer servers turned up in an alley behind a Ruby Tuesday's, the Post's Carol D. Leonnig and Dan Keating report. Local police retrieved the three-foot-tall computers from beside a trash compactor...

By The Editors | February 8, 2008; 09:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

Ethics Standards

David Harrington is the new council chairman in Prince George's County. A Post editorial argues that the Prince George's County Democratic Party has hurt the county's reputation by choosing County Council Chairman David Harrington (D-Cheverly) to fill a vacant seat in the state Senate. An investigation by the Post's...

By The Editors | February 7, 2008; 11:53 AM ET | Comments (3)

Child Deaths Continue

In 2001, The Post's Scott Higham, Sari Horwitz and Sarah Cohen examined the cases of 180 children who were supposed to be under the supervision of D.C.'s Child and Family Services Agency and found that nearly one in five--40 boys and girls--perished because D.C. officials failed to take preventive steps...

By The Editors | January 29, 2008; 10:43 AM ET | Comments (1)

Liability for D.C. Tax Scandal?

As investigators continue to look into milllions of dollars stolen from the District's Office of Tax Revenue, one potential way for the city to recover some of its losses has been stalled by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's top legal adviser, Peter Nickles. Nickels ordered the former city attorney general,...

By The Editors | January 28, 2008; 01:04 PM ET | Comments (4)

Dulles Rail Doubts

When federal authorities announced they would not fund the Metro extension to Dulles International Airport without significant changes to the plan, they cited several reasons, including their doubts that Metro could absorb the extension into an already troubled system. "Metro's operational issues have become really serious over the last...

By The Editors | January 25, 2008; 11:27 AM ET | Comments (12)

Landrieu Opens Files on Schools Earmark

A $2 million earmark for the D.C. schools from Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) has become an issue in her campaign for re-election after an ethics watchdog group called for federal and congressional investigations, reports The Post's James V. Grimaldi. As reported in The Post's investigative series about the D.C. school...

By The Editors | January 22, 2008; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (3)

Sen. Landrieu Defends Herself

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) has attacked The Post's story about how she pushed a campaign contributor's reading program that was adopted by the D.C. schools, telling New Orleans's WWL-TV on Sunday that "the Post is off-base in their accusations and innuendos." Landrieu, who declined requests for an inteview with...

By The Editors | January 7, 2008; 02:33 AM ET | Comments (16)

The Price of Neglect

The last installment for 2007 in The Post's investigation of the D.C. schools highlights one example of how school officials have wasted previous infusions of money. The $80 million in brand new boilers that were installed in 50 school buildings in recent years were not properly maintained, and many of...

By The Editors | December 31, 2007; 12:15 PM ET | Comments (3)

A $2.9 Million Mystery

With no formal contract and without the approval of the chief academic officer, D.C. school officials approved $2.9 million in a single day in 2005 for a newly created non-profit to train teachers in reading and writing instruction. The money was authorized on the basis of a pair of one-page...

By The Editors | December 21, 2007; 09:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

A Gift to D.C. Schools -- With Strings Attached

Today's article on how Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) forced a campaign contributor's reading program into the D.C. schools is the first in a two-day report about the chaotic ways in which pupils in the nation's capital get their curricula. Many educators believe this fractured system of classroom instruction is one...

By The Editors | December 20, 2007; 08:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Another Arrest in D.C. Tax Scandal

Federal prosecutors have charged an eighth person in the embezzlement case at the District's tax office. Alethia O. Grooms, a Prince George's County real estate agent, was charged as part of the scandal after receiving two fraudulent checks this year from the office, prosecutors said. Seven others, including two employees...

By The Editors | December 19, 2007; 10:04 AM ET | Comments (1)

Follow-up: School Employee Charged

A technology manager for District of Columbia schools who stuck schoolchildren with his tabs for thousands of dollars worth of lavish restaurant meals, nightclub jaunts and visits to a strip club has been charged with filing fraudulent expense reimbursement requests. Emerson Crawley was the subject of an article last month...

By The Editors | December 12, 2007; 09:21 AM ET | Comments (14)

New Arrest in Tax Refund Scam

A former assistant branch manager at a Baltimore bank has been arrested for allegedly helping D.C. city workers steal millions of dollars by issuing phony property tax refund checks. Prosecutors accuse Walter Jones of being the linchpin in a scheme allegedly operated by former D.C. tax manager Harriette Walters. Jones...

By The Editors | December 3, 2007; 05:57 PM ET | Comments (4)

Update in Schools Theft

The former business manager of a District school for emotionally disturbed elementary students pleaded guilty Wednesday to defrauding the school's chess club. Sandy Jones, 40, told U.S. District Judge Richard W. Roberts that she had raided the club's account repeatedly for her own benefit: writing unauthorized checks to herself, using...

By The Editors | November 28, 2007; 05:33 PM ET | Comments (1)

D.C. Tax Scandal

The growing scandal over the alleged theft of millions of dollars by District tax employees has focused attention on the performance of D.C. Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi and his oversight of the city's financial operations. In a 2005 investigation, reporters Dan Keating and David S. Fallis found that city...

By The Editors | November 16, 2007; 01:05 PM ET | Comments (6)

Loudoun County Development

The tug of war between pro-growth and slow-growth factions in Loudoun County didn't end with last week's election. Voters approved a slate of officials who promised to moderate growth in the fast-growing county, but several proposals and thousands of new homes, will come before the outgoing board in the...

By The Editors | November 15, 2007; 01:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Followup: The Missing Chess Money

Among the examples in our recent investigation of thefts from student funds in the D.C. public schools was the more than $50,000 taken from charitable donations to the student chess club at the Moten school. It was a 2003 column by The Post's Marc Fisher that prompted the donations....

By The Editors | November 13, 2007; 03:18 PM ET | Comments (0)


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