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Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/04/2011

CentroNia founder to be named deputy mayor for health and human services

Beatriz "BB" Otero, founder and chief executive of CentroNia, a multicultural learning center in Columbia Heights, will oversee a cluster of agencies as the new deputy mayor for health and human services, according to two sources with knowledge of the appointment.

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Posted at 06:37 PM ET, 02/01/2011

D.C. financial report reveals surplus, ongoing management issues

Several weeks after then-Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) and the D.C. Council, led by then-Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) scrambled to close a budget gap for fiscal 2011, Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi announced Tuesday that an annual audit shows a $3.4 million surplus in local funds in...

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Posted at 08:33 PM ET, 01/27/2011

Fake Twitter account pops up for Mayor Gray

After negative tweets about Mayor Vincent C. Gray failing to measure up to the Twitter-adept Newark Mayor Cory Booker, a fake Twitter account has popped up. One of @MayorGray's first tweets was to The Washington Post's own Mike DeBonis: "@mikedebonis I signed up for Twitter. Will you tell Dorothy and...

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Posted at 10:21 AM ET, 01/27/2011

Mayor Gray is one of 422,000 without power

Power outages were stretching across the region and into Hillcrest, where Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) lives. Gray, who is taking some heat for not declaring a snow emergency Wednesday evening, got home after criss-crossing the city and troubleshooting overnight, and discovered that he, too, was affected by the power...

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Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 01/25/2011

Alexander backing Walmart

D.C. Council member Yvette M. Alexander (D-Ward 7), poised to get a Walmart in her community east of the Anacostia River, said she did not agree to speak at a protest scheduled for Thursday by community activists. A news release listed Alexander among the speakers for the 12:30 p.m. event...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  01:35 PM ET, 01/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:50 PM ET, 01/20/2011

Hundreds attend William Lockridge funeral

Mayor Vincent C. Gray, council members, school board members and community leaders gathered at Temple of Praise Church in Southeast on Thursday to attend the funeral of William Lockridge, a longtime community and education activist.

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Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 01/19/2011

Fenty to teach at Oberlin in the fall

Former Mayor Adrian M. Fenty will return to his alma mater Oberlin College as a distinguished visiting professor of politics, a featured lecturer and a career adviser in the Department of African American Studies. Fenty, a 1992 graduate who majored in economics and English at the Ohio college, will participate...

By Nikita Stewart  |  03:35 PM ET, 01/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:56 AM ET, 01/14/2011

Gray leads first D.C. council breakfast as mayor

Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) on Friday led his first mayor-council breakfast as the city's chief executive. The monthly meetings where the mayor breaks bread with the council members and updates them on administrative issues became a source of tension under former Mayor Adrian M. Fenty. The meetings were sometimes...

By Nikita Stewart  |  09:56 AM ET, 01/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 01/13/2011

Fenty lands gig with Philadelphia-based firm

Former D.C. mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) will work as an outside adviser and counsel for Heffler, Radetich & Saitta, a Philadelphia-based accounting and consulting firm. The firm announced Thursday that the 40-year-old Fenty, who lost reelection in the September Democratic primary, would "help further develop and enhance the firm's...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  11:44 AM ET, 01/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 01/10/2011

D.C. government observes moment of silence for Ariz. victims

Mayor Vincent C. Gray and council members led D.C. government employees in a moment of silence in observance of the Arizona tragedy. Gray (D) also used the 11 a.m. event to address gun control and mental health.

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Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 01/07/2011

Gray makes more appointments

Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) nominated a former commissioner of public health and a former adviser to two Virginia governors to oversee health and health-care finances in his new administration Friday.

By Nikita R. Stewart  |  12:19 PM ET, 01/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:55 PM ET, 01/06/2011

Gandhi warns D.C. bond rating might fall

Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi welcomed Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown to their new posts with a letter warning that District's hard-earned bond rating is in danger of falling with the depletion of reserves and any subsidy of United Medical Center. Gray (D) repeatedly...

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Posted at 11:27 AM ET, 12/29/2010

Tickets to inaugural ball sold out

As of 11:05 a.m. Wednesday, the ticket giveaway to the free Sunday night celebration -- featuring go-go godfather Chuck Brown and other local artists - was shut down at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

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Posted at 01:37 PM ET, 12/22/2010

Gray picks new Department of Employment Services chief

Mayor-elect Vincent C. Gray nominated Rochelle L. Webb, administrator of the Arizona Department of Economic Security, to run the Department of Employment Services -- a top priority for the Gray administration after education.

By Nikita R. Stewart  |  01:37 PM ET, 12/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:26 PM ET, 12/22/2010

D.C. schools to be led by newcomers from Newark, Wisconsin

Breaking a streak of tapping local talent to join his Cabinet, Mayor-elect Vincent C. Gray named an aide to Newark Mayor Cory Booker to be the city's deputy mayor of education, and an education guru who has worked in Wisconsin, Atlanta and Chicago to be the new state superintendent of education.

By Nikita R. Stewart  |  01:26 PM ET, 12/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:22 PM ET, 12/21/2010

Fenty transfers money from job training to his staff as 'separation pay'

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, who leaves office Jan. 2, used his authority to reprogram $495,000 designated for adult job training to give to his departing staff in "separation pay," according to a one-paragraph Dec. 14 letter he sent to Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi.

By Nikita Stewart  |  05:22 PM ET, 12/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:05 AM ET, 11/23/2010

Barry claims turkey giveaway delayed by Giant

D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8), well known for his annual turkey giveaway in Southeast Washington, had no Butterballs available for residents Tuesday morning after he failed to pay Giant food stores $26,000 for their delivery.

By Nikita R Stewart  |  11:05 AM ET, 11/23/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:35 PM ET, 11/19/2010

D.C. council members ask judge to block payment to Banneker Ventures

Three D.C. council members are asking Superior Court Associate Judge Alfred S. Irving Jr. to reject a settlement agreement struck between Attorney General Peter J. Nickles and Banneker Ventures, a firm whose contract to manage recreation construction is at the center of a special council probe.

By Nikita Stewart  |  04:35 PM ET, 11/19/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:54 AM ET, 11/18/2010

Gray says his major at GW was 'pre-mayor'

Mayor-elect Vincent C. Gray was the most famous alum in attendance at George Washington University's second annual reception for District government employees and officials who graduated from the college or have worked with the school. Ben's Next Door on U Street shut its doors Wednesday night to regular customers to...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  09:54 AM ET, 11/18/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 11/09/2010

Reuben Charles, the actor

The more we get to know Reuben Charles, the more we learn about him. Turns out that the St. Louis entrepreneur-turned-controversial chief of operations for Mayor-Elect Vincent C. Gray's transition once played a drug tycoon in an independent, little-known film directed by Lloyd A. Silverman.

By Nikita R Stewart  |  12:10 PM ET, 11/09/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 10/26/2010

Durso to leave hotel association for a 'new chapter in my life'

The Hotel Association of Washington, D.C., announced Tuesday that longtime president Emily Durso would step down at the end of November, leading to speculation that she's headed for a job in the administration of presumptive mayor-elect Vincent C. Gray. In the news release about her impending departure and the appointment...

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Posted at 02:18 PM ET, 10/22/2010

In mass e-mail, D.C. Fire Chief Rubin announces he'll leave when Gray takes office

Fire Chief Dennis L. Rubin announced his resignation this week via e-mail, saying that he will be working as consultant and will leave his post effective Jan. 2, 2011, when the "new Administration takes over." Rubin is the second high-profile cabinet member to definitively declare that he is leaving following...

By Nikita Stewart  |  02:18 PM ET, 10/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:48 AM ET, 10/22/2010

City officials looking at allegations of fraud in jobs program

The Department of Employment Services is looking into allegations that a staffer embezzled funds after stealing the identities of up to a half-dozen youths in the city's jobs program, according to city officials. WUSA9 broke a story Thursday night that "tens of thousands" of dollars may have been stolen through...

By Nikita Stewart  |  12:48 AM ET, 10/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:06 PM ET, 10/20/2010

D.C. sues to get back errant payment to Historical Society

The District Office of the Chief Financial Officer made a mistake in June when it sent the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., a check for $249,771.08. The check was the last payment in a $1 million earmark given to the nonprofit to help develop exhibits. But the CFO's office had...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  03:06 PM ET, 10/20/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:57 AM ET, 10/13/2010

Fenty confirms Oberlin talks, downplays write-in campaign

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty confirmed that he is in talks with alma mater Oberlin College to teach political science there in the future. Asked why he would want to do so, Fenty laughed and asked, "Besides that it's the greatest school?"

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Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 09/27/2010

Gandhi delivers grim news: Another $175 million shortfall

Sales tax revenue in the District has fallen dramatically, helping to contribute to more bad budget news for D.C. government, Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi told officials Monday morning.

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Posted at 03:41 PM ET, 08/23/2010

Alexander asks auditor to look at Peaceoholics

Council member Yvette M. Alexander (D-Ward 7) is asking D.C. Auditor Deborah Nichols to conduct an audit of the nonprofit Peaceoholics - the group co-founded by Ronald Moten, who said he stepped down from his duties to help Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's campaign. Alexander said she is growing increasingly concerned...

By Nikita Stewart  |  03:41 PM ET, 08/23/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 08/02/2010

Barry admonished but cleared in contract to girlfriend

The Office of Campaign Finance has admonished Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) but has cleared him of violating city laws in giving then-girlfriend Donna Watts-Brighthaupt a $5,000-a-month contract in 2009. Barry's colleagues censured him and stripped him of his committee in March after Washington lawyer Robert S. Bennett concluded...

By Nikita Stewart  |  12:34 PM ET, 08/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 07/01/2010

Agency director placed on leave in wake of insurance scandal

Kelly Valentine, the director of the District agency that failed to pay insurance premiums for disabled employees, was placed on administrative leave Thursday, according to a news release.

By Nikita Stewart  |  11:40 AM ET, 07/01/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 06/29/2010

Gray has the floor all to himself at forum

D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray said Monday night that if he definitely intended to fire schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee after becoming mayor, he "would say so." The remark came at a campaign forum in which Democratic mayoral primary challenger Gray was to debate incumbent Adrian M. Fenty. But Fenty did not attend. A chair that was intended for the mayor was occupied by Kate Blosveren, president of the D.C. chapter of Young Education Professionals, which organized the session. From that perch, she asked Gray questions.

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Posted at 01:13 PM ET, 06/28/2010

Fenty switches it up addressing go-go crowd

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, who is in a tough reelection fight against D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray, his chief rival, modified his speech pattern Sunday at a go-go music concert in Southeast Washington for his campaign.

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Posted at 06:21 PM ET, 06/25/2010

Night meter rules lifted in some areas

Just in time for the summer campaign season, the District has lifted new parking meter rules that required motorists to feed meters while trying to enjoying a night on the town.

By Nikita Stewart  |  06:21 PM ET, 06/25/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:25 PM ET, 06/18/2010

Takoma pool closure plan changes after protests

On Wednesday, the Fenty administration announced that the Takoma Aquatics Center would get a makeover from locker rooms to the pool deck to the baby pools. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty has pushed throughout his term for new and renovated athletics facilities throughout the city. His campaign literature for the Democratic...

By Nikita Stewart  |  05:25 PM ET, 06/18/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:31 PM ET, 06/16/2010

Theft at D.C. mayor's home not in city stats

The June 3 theft of two bicycles from an open garage at Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's Crestwood home is not listed on the Metropolitan Police Department's crime statistics Web site. The Web site, crimemap.dc.gov, allows anyone to see what crimes have been committed in their neighborhoods by typing in an...

By Nikita Stewart  |  04:31 PM ET, 06/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 06/16/2010

D.C. taxi drivers say their complaints are still not heard

Updated 11:11 a.m. A five-mile ride with a five-minute wait in the District costs $11.50, the lowest in the region, according to a study by an economist on behalf of two taxicab groups. Kara Gorski, vice president of District-based Edgewoth Economics, told taxicab commissioners that her firm looked at surrounding...

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Posted at 01:21 PM ET, 06/14/2010

Fenty says bike theft his fault

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty on Monday took "full responsibility" for two bicycles stolen from his home June 3 and said the officer guarding his property followed protocol.

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Posted at 08:48 PM ET, 06/12/2010

Gray bests Fenty in D.C. Democratic straw poll

Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray won a citywide Democratic straw poll for mayor Saturday with a whopping 703 votes. Incumbent Mayor Adrian M. Fenty drew 190 votes, followed by 75 for former television reporter Leo Alexander. Other candidates posted single-digit outcomes, according to the unofficial results. Seventy-four provisional ballots were...

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Posted at 06:01 PM ET, 06/01/2010

D.C. libraries lay off 40 employees

The D.C. Public Library, which reduced hours at neighborhood branches and parked its equivalent of a Bookmobile to save money last year, laid off about 40 employees Tuesday to save a little over $1 million. The workers - adding up to about 23.5 full-time equivalents - were placed on administrative...

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Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 05/26/2010

Funding restored for D.C. streetcars

D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray said he has worked with the office of the Chief Financial Officer to come up with money that would allow the city to restore funding for streetcars. Gray spokeswoman Doxie McCoy said $10 million would be made available immediately to purchase streetcars in fiscal...

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Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 05/26/2010

Council votes to strip funds for streetcars

The D.C. Council Wednesday approved stripping funds designated to bring streetcar service back to the city in an effort to close a $550 million budget gap.

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Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 05/25/2010

Housing director not sold on CFO takeover

Adrienne Todman, interim director of the D.C. Housing Authority, said Tuesday that her agency remains independent by law and questioned whether the agency's finances can be taken over by Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi as he plans.

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Posted at 02:54 PM ET, 05/24/2010

Nonprofits try to save grants for Latino groups in D.C.

Nonprofits that help the District's Latino community are urging D.C. Council members to restore $1.7 million that Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) has proposed to slash from the Office on Latino Affairs. Council member Yvette M. Alexander (D-Ward 7), who heads the committee that oversees the Latino office, said she...

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Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 05/12/2010

Cheh pulls prank on D.C. council members

Council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3) proposed spending $500,000 to put a Starbucks in the John A. Wilson Building and $2 million to help enter residents in The Washington Post's annual Peeps Contest. She also wants to require the mayor to immediately deliver any sporting events tickets to the...

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Posted at 05:49 PM ET, 05/06/2010

Proposal to tax more D.C. services meets with protests

Health club members and Yoga lovers flooded D.C. Council members with e-mails Thursday after word spread that the council might consider a new tax on health club memberships to help fill a $550 million budget gap.

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Posted at 09:35 AM ET, 05/06/2010

Fenty taps Tulou to be D.C. environmental director

Christophe Tulou, a former Delaware cabinet secretary overseeing environmental issues, has been tapped by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty to be the city's new director of the Department of Environment. Fenty (D) is expected to unveil Tulou at a Thursday news conference at the Aquatic Resources Education Center at Anacostia Park....

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Posted at 02:26 PM ET, 04/26/2010

New library opens in Anacostia, as part of citywide effort

The District on Monday opened the new $14.7 million Anacostia Public Library, part of an effort by the administration of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty to complete the construction of long-awaited libraries throughout the city. The new library, which can hold 80,000 books, DVDs, CDs and other materials and features 32...

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Posted at 02:50 PM ET, 04/23/2010

D.C. audit finds unpaid parking fines for cars assigned to Fenty, Rhee

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee are among city employees whose assigned vehicles have racked up unpaid parking and traffic fines, according to a new D.C. Auditor's report that found poor monitoring of the city's fleet, the employees authorized to drive city vehicles and fuel cards....

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Posted at 06:03 PM ET, 04/20/2010

Is Orange running for D.C. council chairman? Kwame Brown would like to know

Council member Kwame R. Brown (D-At Large) caused a bit of a stir at the John A. Wilson Building Tuesday when he asked Donna Cooper, a Pepco senior public affairs manager, whether former council member Vincent Orange, now a vice president at the utility, would challenge him in the council...

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Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 04/07/2010

Evans mum about impending marriage

Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) announced last week that he will run for council chairman. But Evans, the longest continuously serving member of the council, is staying tight-lipped about his engagement to interior designer Michele Seiver. They have been dating for about three years and have three children each....

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Posted at 02:49 PM ET, 04/06/2010

Peaceoholics downsizing, forced to give up its headquarters space

Peaceoholics, the nonprofit as well known for its politics as working with at-risk youths, is severely downsizing after losing millions of dollars in earmarks. About 50 part-time and full-time workers have been laid off, and the group has until the end of the month to move out of its headquarters...

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Posted at 03:45 PM ET, 03/25/2010

Center for child abuse victims unveiled

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, child-abuse prevention advocates and others unveiled the $10 million Safe Shores Child Advocacy Center on Thursday, a facility where young victims and witnesses of abuse or violence can get services while they await court appearances, therapy and interviews.

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Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 03/25/2010

Gray: I'll decide on D.C. mayoral race next week

Decision time is here. Maybe. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) said he will decide next week whether he will give up his post to run against Mayor Adrian M. Fenty in the Democratic primary in September. Gray made his comments publicly Thursday on WPFW-FM. In a brief interview with...

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Posted at 09:17 AM ET, 03/24/2010

Skinner testimony scheduled for April 15

Sinclair Skinner's long-awaited and much anticipated testimony to a special D.C. Council Committee investigating the awarding of contracts is now scheduled for April 15, not April 14, said his attorney A. Scott Bolden. Bolden filed a motion in Superior Court Tuesday to set the April 15 date, citing "foreign travel"...

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Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 03/23/2010

Skinner agrees to April date for testimony

The D.C. Council will have to wait a little longer for the elusive Sinclair Skinner, friend of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) and owner of an engineering firm involved in the troubled parks and recreation contracts. Though a judge set a March 24 date for Skinner to testify before a...

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Posted at 01:56 PM ET, 03/22/2010

D.C. street sweeping begins -- and so does ticketing on sweeper routes

It's springtime, so get ready for the hum of street sweepers. And tickets. The city's street sweeping program, which requires that vehicles be moved from roadways for designated times of cleaning, began Monday and continues through November. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) and William O. Howland, Jr., director of the...

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Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 03/19/2010

Karim denies Peebles cronyism allegations, denounces WMATA deal delay

Omar Karim, owner of Banneker Ventures, said in an interview today on Kojo Nnamdi's Politics Hour on WAMU Radio that he never had told millionaire developer R. Donahue Peebles that Peebles would have to go through him and a "new inner circle" of D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) to...

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Posted at 04:47 PM ET, 03/18/2010

Gandhi warns against more borrowing

D.C. Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi is cautioning the mayor and council against borrowing any more money for projects as the city gets closer to hitting its 12 percent debt cap. A $200 million budget gap remains for fiscal 2010, and a $500 million gap looms for fiscal 2011....

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Posted at 02:22 PM ET, 03/17/2010

Mendelson to look into EMS overtime

The District's Fire and Emergency Medical Services department has spent $5,188,642 on overtime this fiscal year, and it can thank a handful of firefighters and paramedics who have been making more in overtime than their base salaries. Records show that one firefighter/paramedic, who makes $66,986 a year and was hired...

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Posted at 10:39 AM ET, 03/11/2010

Avoiding dispute repeat, Fenty delivers Nationals tickets to council -- early

There will not be a repeat of Ticketgate this spring. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's administration delivered to D.C. Council members their baseball tickets to Nationals' Park Thursday morning - nearly a month before the team's first exhibition game on April 3. In the past two seasons, spring was marked by...

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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 03/05/2010

D.C. Council hires attorney to probe rec contracts

Robert P. Trout, the defense attorney who represented former Louisiana Rep. William Jefferson who was convicted of corruption after he placed $90,000 in marked bills in a freezer in his District home, will lead a D.C. Council probe into recreation construction contracts awarded to firms with ties to Mayor Adrian...

By Washington Post editors  |  07:45 AM ET, 03/05/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:43 PM ET, 03/04/2010

Marion Barry plans 'quiet birthday party'

Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) said he is planning a low-key 74th birthday celebration Saturday. He's had better pre-birthday weeks. His council colleagues on Tuesday unanimously censured Barry, stripped him of his committee chairmanship, kicked him off of another committee and referred public corruption allegations against him to the...

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Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 03/02/2010

At D.C. council breakfast, no talk of Barry -- but of Peeps

D.C. Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) today showed off her office's entry into The Washington Post's Peeps contest.

By Nikita Stewart  |  10:46 AM ET, 03/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 03/02/2010

D.C. Council to vote on whether to censure Barry

The D.C. Council will vote Tuesday on three different resolutions to address the latest troubles of Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) at a special 1 p.m. meeting. The first resolution could result in the council censuring Barry and reporting the findings of an investigation into contracts in his office to the...

By Washington Post editors  |  10:00 AM ET, 03/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 03/01/2010

D.C. Council may meet on Barry's fate

The D.C. Council might hold a special meeting Tuesday to determine what kind of punishment council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) may receive after a council probe determined that he had misused city funds. "There are myriad of issues" involved, said council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D). Barry could be...

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Posted at 05:32 PM ET, 02/26/2010

Judge orders Skinner to appear before council

A Superior Court judge has ordered Sinclair Skinner, a friend of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty embroiled in a D.C. Council investigation of recreation construction contracts, to testify before the council on March 24.

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Posted at 05:44 PM ET, 02/24/2010

D.C. city revenue estimates again decline

D.C. Chief Financial officer Natwar M. Gandhi released his latest revenue estimates Wednesday, and once again, they're down. He had to adjust the fiscal 2010 budget he estimated in December by nearly $17 million and the fiscal 2011 budget by about $49 million. He pointed to several factors, one being...

By Nikita Stewart  |  05:44 PM ET, 02/24/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:44 PM ET, 02/23/2010

Questions remain unanswered on D.C. medical pot rules

Questions about how and where marijuana would be grown and distributed in the District if the D.C. Council legalizes the drug for medical use remained unanswered Tuesday as dozens of residents testified at a hearing in support of the legislation. Nine out of 13 council members are co-sponsoring the bill...

By Nikita Stewart  |  06:44 PM ET, 02/23/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 02/23/2010

Report: Nearly 50 percent of D.C. deaths traceable to preventable behavior

Nearly 50 percent of deaths in the District in 2007 were traced back to preventable behavior, according to a report released Tuesday by the city Department of Health. The leading cause of death, representing 1,367 of 5,168 deaths of District residents in 2007, was heart disease followed by cancer (1,159),...

By Nikita Stewart  |  01:03 PM ET, 02/23/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:16 AM ET, 02/18/2010

Fenty: 'There's only so much snow you can move'

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) could only laugh and look incredulous Thursday morning as the WRC-TV (Channel 4) anchors demanded to know when the gargantuan mounds of snow and ice would disappear from city streets.

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Posted at 08:29 PM ET, 02/10/2010

Chris Matthews: Fenty handled snow poorly

MSNBC personality Chris Matthews said on "Hardball" Wednesday that Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) has handled the city's snow removal poorly He said Fenty, up for reelection this year, needs competition. "I've watched the big cities where mayors lose their jobs over stuff like this," said Matthews, who lives in...

By Anne Bartlett  |  08:29 PM ET, 02/10/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:59 AM ET, 02/09/2010

D.C. to reinstate snow emergency at 4 p.m.

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty announced Tuesday that he will reinstate the snow emergency at 4 p.m. to clear major roadways in anticipation of the approaching storm. Fenty (D) had lifted the snow emergency Monday, but he said emergency routes will once again need to be cleared by rush hour. Vehicles...

By Washington Post editors  |  08:59 AM ET, 02/09/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 02/07/2010

Big changes to D.C. trash collection because of snow

Because of the snow storm, the District Department of Public Works will only collect trash in the front of homes and businesses, and recycling collection will be suspended the rest of the week. Residents are asked to place garbage in dark-colored plastic bags and to put them out as close...

By Anne Bartlett  |  11:15 AM ET, 02/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 02/07/2010

D.C. Council member: City offices should close Monday

Council member Kwame R. Brown (D-At Large) said he will close his office Monday to give his employees time to dig out of their homes and called on Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) to do the same for the entire government. In a news release Sunday, Brown said the city...

By Anne Bartlett  |  10:44 AM ET, 02/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:05 PM ET, 02/03/2010

Utah senator tries to block D.C. same-sex marriage

Sen. Bob Bennett (R-Utah) has introduced legislation that would require the District to put same-sex marriage on the ballot before issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples as planned next month. The proposed District of Columbia Referendum on Marriage Act, similar to legislation already introduced in the House by Rep. Jason...

By Anne Bartlett  |  06:05 PM ET, 02/03/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 02/01/2010

Fenty deflects questions on poll showing approval rating drop

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) on Monday deflected questions about a new Washington Post poll that showed his approval rating had slipped significantly in the last two years. "I just haven't read it yet, so I am at a loss to be able to comment. But once I have I...

By Anne Bartlett  |  12:45 PM ET, 02/01/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:30 PM ET, 01/27/2010

Peebles still sounds like a mayoral candidate

Millionaire developer Donahue "Don" Peebles, who keeps teasing the public about whether he will run this year against Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D), sure sounded like a candidate Wednesday night, even though he's said that he isn't running. Peebles was a guest speaker at the D.C. Federation of Civic Associations....

By Anne Bartlett  |  08:30 PM ET, 01/27/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:51 PM ET, 01/27/2010

Auditor gets access to development files under settlement

D.C. Auditor Deborah Nichols and her staff will get "immediate, unrestricted access" to 1,000 boxes of documents to complete an audit of projects managed by two now-defunct, quasi-government agencies that served as development arms for the city. But they will provide the office of Attorney General Peter Nickles with copies...

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Posted at 06:17 PM ET, 01/25/2010

Nickles wants council's firetruck probe terminated

Attorney General Peter Nickles hit D.C. Council members Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) and Phil Mendelson (D-At Large) Monday with hand-delivered letters, writing that their probe into the donation of a firetruck and ambulance to a town in the Dominican Republic has been sullied by the lost testimony of two District...

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Posted at 09:44 AM ET, 01/25/2010

Council member: Police response too slow after man pulled gun on her

Council member Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7) is raising concerns about what she sees as the poor response of the Metropolitan Police Department after a man pulled a gun on her Wednesday afternoon as she tried to help a MetroAccess driver who was being robbed. Alexander was leaving home and was...

By Anne Bartlett  |  09:44 AM ET, 01/25/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:58 PM ET, 01/15/2010

Gray proposes extension to contract deadline

D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray on Friday proposed extending the council's Wednesday deadline for Mayor Adrian M. Fenty to submit $875 million in contracts that were entered into last year without approval by the legislative body. Last month, the council unanimously approved emergency legislation to stop payment on the...

By Anne Bartlett  |  03:58 PM ET, 01/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:53 PM ET, 01/13/2010

Prostitution allegations shutter D.C. spas, wrestling club

The District has shut down several health spas, social clubs and massage parlors that officials found to be associated with prostitution and illegal sexually-oriented activities, according to a news release from the office of Attorney General Peter Nickles. City agencies used new regulations that allow them to immediately shutter the...

By Anne Bartlett  |  04:53 PM ET, 01/13/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:25 PM ET, 01/11/2010

New DYRS director

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty has replaced Vince Schiraldi, the departing director of the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services, with his chief of staff Marc A. Schindler. Schiraldi announced in November that he would leave his post to head corrections in New York City. Schindler, who will serve as interim director,...

By Vanessa Williams  |  07:25 PM ET, 01/11/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 01/08/2010

City pays Banneker $2.5 million despite council's red light

The D.C. Council's sixth hearing on the controversial construction contracts that went to firms with political and personal ties to Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) started with more intrigue Friday. D.C. Council members Harry Thomas Jr. (D-Ward 5) and Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) revealed that the D.C. Housing Authority paid...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  11:06 AM ET, 01/08/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:21 PM ET, 01/06/2010

City office sprayed for fleas

Exterminators sprayed the 6th floor of the Frank D. Reeves Municipal Center after a District employee though she might have carried flea eggs on her clothes into the government building at 14th and U Streets NW, said Sean Madigan, a spokesman in the mayor's office. "Apparently she does a lot...

By Anne Bartlett  |  05:21 PM ET, 01/06/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 01/06/2010

Local activists to ask Obama to talk about voting rights

Community activist Phil Pannell is urging his local committee to join him in asking President Obama to include a nod to District voting rights in his State of the Union address. Pannell started his Tuesday morning with an e-mail to members of the D.C. Democratic State Committee that he...

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Posted at 05:50 PM ET, 01/05/2010

Peebles decides against mayor's race for now

Millionaire developer Don Peebles has dropped out of the mayor's race before he entered. Citing concerns about the serious illness affecting his mother-in-law and the need to be with his family, Peebles wrote to supporters Tuesday that he is not going to run at this time. Here is his statement:...

By Anne Bartlett  |  05:50 PM ET, 01/05/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:05 AM ET, 01/04/2010

Mendelson: Atty. Gen. should be elected

Council member Phil Mendelson (D-At Large) is proposing to require an election of the city's attorney general, a measure that will get its first airing Tuesday. The legislation, which would create a four-year term for the city's chief lawyer, comes amid concerns that Attorney General Peter Nickles has acted more...

By Anne Bartlett  |  11:05 AM ET, 01/04/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 12/30/2009

Want to dodge the bag tax? Get free reusable bags today.

Don't want to fork over five cents for each bag at the store, starting Friday when the District's new bag tax starts in an effort to clean up the Anacostia River? Get a bag. Several stores are partnering with the city government and other entities to educate the public about...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  11:07 AM ET, 12/30/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:47 PM ET, 12/18/2009

Fenty declares D.C. snow emergency

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) has declared a snow emergency that begins at 7 a.m. Saturday. All vehicles must be removed from the city's snow routes. Vehicles will be ticketed and towed. -- Nikita Stewart Update: The snow emergency was lifted at 9:30 a.m. Monday....

By Anne Bartlett  |  05:47 PM ET, 12/18/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:13 AM ET, 12/18/2009

Get answers about roads from DDOT director in 2:30 p.m. chat

Want to know how the District will prepare for the snow this weekend? Have complaints about parking? Gabe Klein, director of the District Department of Transportation, will chat up residents for an hour online at 2:30 p.m. Twitterers can also send him questions....

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  10:13 AM ET, 12/18/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:08 PM ET, 12/17/2009

Fenty to sign marriage bill at All Souls

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) will sign the bill to legalize same-sex marriage in the District at All Souls Unitarian Church in Northwest at 10:30 a.m. Friday, several sources said. The Rev. Robert Hardies, senior pastor of the church, is co-chairman of D.C. Clergy United for Marriage Equality, a coalition...

By Anne Bartlett  |  06:08 PM ET, 12/17/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:28 PM ET, 12/17/2009

Fenty to sign same-sex marriage bill

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) said he expects the bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in the District to hit his desk Thursday and will probably hold a bill-signing ceremony Friday. Fenty said the details have not been worked out, but he will give special recognition of his signature. The...

By Washington Post Editors  |  12:28 PM ET, 12/17/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:19 PM ET, 12/16/2009

Gandhi: D.C. revenue is down

Chief Financial Officer Natwar M. Gandhi, as expected, delivered bad news about the city's economy Wednesday with his latest revenue estimates. Income taxes, real estate taxes and collections from licenses and permits are all down. In a letter to the mayor and council chairman, Gandhi outlined his grim outlook, explaining...

By Anne Bartlett  |  04:19 PM ET, 12/16/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 12/10/2009

Council hearing on contracts to get underway

UPDATE: D.C. Council members will hear from representatives of the D.C. Housing Authority before Banneker Ventures owner Omar Karim. The hearing began at 1 p.m., but Karim has informed council members that he cannot attend until 2 p.m. Karim will be joined by Sean and Thomas Regan of Regan Associates,...

By Eli Reyes  |  12:02 PM ET, 12/10/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:56 PM ET, 12/09/2009

Barry proposes removing Santos from Housing Authority board

D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) has proposed emergency legislation that would remove Valerie Santos, deputy mayor for Planning and Economic Development, from the board of commissioners of the D.C. Housing Authority. By law, the deputy mayor serves as an ex-officio member, but Barry said in an earlier interview...

By Washington Post Editors  |  12:56 PM ET, 12/09/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 12/02/2009

Fenty taps D.C. Schools operations director for parks role

Jesus Agúirre, director of operations for D.C. Public Schools, will be the interim director of the Department of Parks and Recreation. He will replace Ximena Hartsock, whom Mayor Adrian M. Fenty will keep in his administration as an analyst in the city administrator's office. The mayor announced the appointments at...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  11:31 AM ET, 12/02/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:54 PM ET, 12/01/2009

Council approves Intralot lottery contract

The D.C. Council voted 9 to 1 to approve a $38 million, five-year contract to Greek international lottery giant Intralot to run the District gaming system despite questions about the procurement process. The vote ends a year and a half of controversy over the lottery that began when Intralot and...

By Anne Bartlett  |  02:54 PM ET, 12/01/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:25 AM ET, 12/01/2009

A bumper booster for your favorite team

Want to cheer on your favorite D.C. team? Do it on a license plate. Council members Kwame R. Brown (D-At Large) and Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) introduced legislation Tuesday that would establish license plates for the Redskins, Wizards, United, Capitals and Mystics. The "TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION" would remain on the...

By Washington Post Editors  |  11:25 AM ET, 12/01/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 12/01/2009

Legislation targets firms that try to duck subpoenas

Council member Harry Thomas Jr. (D-Ward 5) introduced legislation that would prohibit a firm from receiving District contracts for five years if it does not comply with a council subpoena. The legislation, which has several co-sponsors, is directed at Banneker Ventures, the company awarded the controversial contract to oversee the...

By Washington Post Editors  |  11:15 AM ET, 12/01/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 11/30/2009

D.C. youth services chief Schiraldi leaving for N.Y.

Vincent N. Schiraldi, director of the D.C. Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services, is leaving for New York. Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Monday that Schiraldi would be the city's new commissioner of the Department of Probation. "Reducing crime requires tough law enforcement and smart, aggressive policing, but it also means ensuring...

By Washington Post Editors  |  12:12 PM ET, 11/30/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 11/28/2009

Fenty friend who got controversial parks contract won't testify

Omar Karim, principal of the Banneker Ventures, will not appear at a hearing on the controversial contract his company was awarded to oversee the construction of a dozen recreational facilities, according to a letter hand-delivered to Council member Harry Thomas Jr. by his attorney A. Scott Bolden. In the Nov....

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  11:14 AM ET, 11/28/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 11/19/2009

Nickles sees nothing wrong with developer's fixes for Gray

Attorney General Peter J. Nickles said he sees no wrongdoing in the repairs completed at the home of D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) -- a story first reported in the Washington Times on Wednesday. "I don't think I read a serious allegation there. I call it like I...

By Washington Post Editors  |  12:50 PM ET, 11/19/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:51 PM ET, 11/10/2009

Fenty, council members meet on Hartsock

A delegation of five council members met with Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) Monday evening as planned to discuss the mayor's controversial re-appointment of Ximena Hartsock as interim director of the Department of Parks and Recreation. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) requested the meeting after a tense period of...

By Anne Bartlett  |  02:51 PM ET, 11/10/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 11/10/2009

A mayor on the go, uh-oh!!!

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) won't let a police detail drive him, but he has apparently been using officers as he trains with cycling team D.C. Velo, according to a report by WTOP investigative reporter Mark Segraves. Segraves told D.C. Wire that he trailed Fenty, a triathlete, a dozen times...

By Tim Craig  |  12:03 PM ET, 11/10/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:28 PM ET, 11/05/2009

Thomas issues subpoena for Hartsock

Council member Harry Thomas Jr. is issuing a subpoena for interim parks and recreation director Ximena Hartsock to testify Nov. 16 on the controversial construction contracts. In dramatic fashion, Thomas called Hartsock's name several times. She was on the witness list for Thursday's hearing on the matter. He said "for...

By Anne Bartlett  |  01:28 PM ET, 11/05/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:21 PM ET, 11/02/2009

Judge again orders records turned over to Nichols

City Auditor Deborah K. Nichols said Monday that she is looking forward to receiving records from Anacostia Waterfront Corporation and the National Capital Revitalization Corporation, two now-defunct agencies that once served as the city's development arms. "We've won round two," she said. Superior Court Judge Eugene Hamilton once again ordered...

By Anne Bartlett  |  01:21 PM ET, 11/02/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 11/02/2009

Thomas bills would set new limits on Fenty administration

The Office of the Chief Financial Officer would be prohibited from transferring any funds to the D.C. Housing Authority and its subsidiaries for 90 days, under emergency legislation that Council member Harry Thomas Jr. (D-Ward 5) plans to introduce Tuesday. The Department of Parks and Recreation would also have to...

By Anne Bartlett  |  01:00 PM ET, 11/02/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 11/02/2009

Gray: More questions about contract awards

Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) said Monday that the council's questions about contracts have expanded beyond those awarded by the D.C. Housing Authority. The council is now looking at whether the administration of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty has bypassed the legislative body in other ways -- from awarding option...

By Anne Bartlett  |  12:23 PM ET, 11/02/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:23 PM ET, 10/23/2009

Nickles: Recreation contracts broke the law

Attorney General Peter J. Nickles said the D.C. Housing Authority broke the law when it recently awarded millions of contracts for recreation projects to firms that had ties to Mayor Adrian M. Fenty without seeking approval of the D.C. Council. Nickles advised housing authority officials to submit the contracts to...

By Vanessa Williams  |  06:23 PM ET, 10/23/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:19 AM ET, 10/16/2009

City Switches to Greek Firm for Lottery

And the winner is ... Greek lottery giant Intralot. The Office of the Chief Financial Officer announced Friday that Intralot would be recommended to take over the city's lottery system for what could be the next 10 years, depending on contract renewals. The selection had been highly controversial as international...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  11:19 AM ET, 10/16/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:05 PM ET, 10/15/2009

Nickles Wins Round in Dispute with Auditor

The Nickles vs. Nichols saga continues. On Thursday, the District Court of Appeals granted the administration of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) a stay of a Superior Court judge's order to hand over documents to City Auditor Deborah K. Nichols. Nichols took her fight to court when Attorney General Peter...

By Anne Bartlett  |  04:05 PM ET, 10/15/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 10/13/2009

Sivak Named D.C.'s Chief Technology Officer

Bryan Sivak, a 34-year-old who has spent the past four years expanding a technology company in London, was named the District's new chief technology officer by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) Tuesday. Sivak, who must be confirmed by the D.C. Council, said in an interview that he heard about the...

By Anne Bartlett  |  12:24 PM ET, 10/13/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:04 PM ET, 10/07/2009

Hartsock Unsure of Plans Following Council Rejection

Ximena Hartsock, who was rejected as the new parks and recreation director Tuesday by the D.C. Council, says that she doesn't know what she is going to do next and that Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) told her he was "devastated" by the council's vote. Hartsock gave her first interviews...

By Anne Bartlett  |  06:04 PM ET, 10/07/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:29 PM ET, 10/07/2009

Judge Orders City to Provide Records to Auditor

Superior Court Senior Judge Eugene Hamilton ordered the city Wednesday to give D.C. Auditor Deborah K. Nichols "direct, unrestricted access to all documents" involving former quasi-government agencies that were independent but had city-appointed leadership. They were disbanded more than two years ago, and the Office of the Deputy Mayor for...

By Anne Bartlett  |  05:29 PM ET, 10/07/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:23 PM ET, 10/07/2009

Former Hawk One Security Guards Seek City Help

Security guards of the now-defunct Hawk One security company, which used to protect the city's government buildings and schools, are asking Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) and the D.C. Council to help them get their last paychecks. Many of the guards have been transferred to other security companies, which now...

By Anne Bartlett  |  01:23 PM ET, 10/07/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 10/07/2009

Barry Still in ICU at Howard University Hospital

Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) remains in the intensive care unit at Howard University Hospital after being moved there Tuesday night, according to Natalie Williams, his spokeswoman. Barry, who underwent a kidney transplant in February, was admitted to the hospital early Tuesday to be treated for dehydration. Williams had...

By Washington Post Editors  |  11:40 AM ET, 10/07/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nikita Stewart, Nikita Stewart, Nikita Stewart | Tags:  Marion Barry

Posted at 10:34 AM ET, 10/06/2009

Barry Hospitalized, Will Miss Council Meeting

Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) has been hospitalized for dehydration, Bernadette Tolson, his chief of staff, confirmed. He went to Howard University Hospital at about 3 a.m. Tuesday and will not be at today's council meeting, where Council member David A. Catania (I-At Large) will introduce gay marriage legislation....

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  10:34 AM ET, 10/06/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:52 PM ET, 10/01/2009

Cora Masters Barry, City Reach Deal on Recreation Center

Former D.C. first lady Cora Masters Barry will get to stay in the recreation center that she was instrumental in building a decade ago after negotiations with the city. City officials released a brief statement Thursday, the same day supporters are expected to appear at a 4 p.m. hearing on...

By Washington Post Editors  |  02:52 PM ET, 10/01/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nikita Stewart, Nikita Stewart, Nikita Stewart | Tags:  Adrian M. Fenty, Cora Masters Barry, Dorothy Height, Marion Barry, Maya Angelou, Recreation Wish List Committee

Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 10/01/2009

Michael Kelly Moving on to Bigger Things

Michael Kelly, who recently announced his resignation from the D.C. Housing Authority after nearly a decade, has landed on his feet in a big way: general manager of the New York City Housing Authority. "Seldom do you find someone as qualified as Mike Kelly to assume a position as important...

By Washington Post Editors  |  11:23 AM ET, 10/01/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nikita Stewart, Nikita Stewart, Nikita Stewart, Nikita Stewart, Nikita Stewart | Tags:  Adrian M. Fenty, Clifford B. Janey. Michelle Rhee, Michael Bloomberg, Michael Kelly

Posted at 05:31 PM ET, 09/30/2009

Hawk One: City's Delay Caused Payment Problems

Hawk One Security, which had trouble this week paying guards who protect the city's public schools, owes the Internal Revenue Service $4.25 million in taxes and penalties for matters dating from 1998 to 2003, according to an IRS document sent to D.C. Public Schools in September. Hawk One representatives sent...

By Anne Bartlett  |  05:31 PM ET, 09/30/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:32 PM ET, 09/29/2009

Gay Games Won't Be Held in the District

Despite traveling to Cologne, Germany, District government officials failed to persuade the Federation of Gay Games to hold its Gay Olympics in the District in 2014. D.C. Council member David A. Catania (I-At Large) and Valerie Santos, deputy mayor for planning and economic development, were among the D.C. contingent in...

By Washington Post Editors  |  02:32 PM ET, 09/29/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nikita Stewart, Nikita Stewart, Nikita Stewart | Tags:  David A. Catania, Federation of Gay Games, Gay Olympics, Valerie Santos

Posted at 05:03 PM ET, 09/23/2009

Youths Protest D.C. Funding Cuts

Peaceoholics co-founder Ron Moten led hundreds of youths in a protest in front of the John A. Wilson Building Wednesday afternoon to bring attention to the D.C. Council's cuts in funding to nonprofits. The council eliminated earmarks when re-working the budget. Moten wore overalls and bandages covered with fake blood....

By Anne Bartlett  |  05:03 PM ET, 09/23/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:09 PM ET, 09/23/2009

District Delays Carefirst Decision

The District Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking will delay making a decision on whether Carefirst BlueCross BlueShield, the region's largest health care insurer, has to give a portion of its $687 million surplus to the city. Gennet Purcell, acting DISB commissioner, had announced that the agency would issue a...

By Anne Bartlett  |  04:09 PM ET, 09/23/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 09/18/2009

Fenty Gears Up for Fight With Gray Over School Board Funding

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty said he and schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee are lobbying D.C. Council members to prevent council Chairman Vincent C. Gray's effort to override his veto of funding to the State Board of Education. The council approved $950,000 in the fiscal 2010 budget -- a move that...

By Washington Post Editors  |  03:30 PM ET, 09/18/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nikita Stewart, Nikita Stewart, Nikita Stewart, Nikita Stewart, Nikita Stewart, Nikita Stewart | Tags:  Adrian M. Fenty, D.C. Council, Jim Graham, Michelle A. Rhee, Vincent C. Gray, state board of education

Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 09/17/2009

Fenty Takes Steps against Masonic Lodge in Northeast

As expected, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) Thursday announced steps the city is taking to shut down activities at the Masonic lodge in Ward 5 that residents and city officials say are leading to violence and other disturbances in the Woodridge neighborhood. Fenty postponed his announcement to Thursday after a...

By Anne Bartlett  |  02:03 PM ET, 09/17/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 09/17/2009

Cuts Mean Fewer Library Hours, No Bookmobile

The bookmobile will be parked and hours at all D.C. libraries will be reduced starting in October because of budget cuts. The fiscal 2010 budget slashed the library budget by $4.8 million, and residents will feel the impact next month. All libraries will continue to be open every day but...

By Washington Post Editors  |  11:22 AM ET, 09/17/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nikita Stewart, Nikita Stewart, Nikita Stewart, Nikita Stewart | Tags:  bookmobile, d.c. library, libraries

Posted at 11:41 AM ET, 09/15/2009

Closed School Site to Be Reborn as Apartments, Shops

Hine Junior High School, shuttered last year by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's school closure plan, will be transformed into 150 apartments, restaurants, shops and office space for the Shakespeare Theatre Company. Fenty (D) announced Tuesday that the city has picked Stanton-Eastbanc, a District-based team of architects and developers, to redevelop...

By Washington Post Editors  |  11:41 AM ET, 09/15/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nikita Stewart, Nikita Stewart, Nikita Stewart, Nikita Stewart | Tags:  Adrian M. Fenty, Hine Junior High School, Stanton-Eastbanc, Tommy Wells, Weinstein Escocoff Architects

Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 09/15/2009

Former TV Reporter Switches to Politics

Leo Alexander, a former television reporter-turned-insurance sales executive, kicked off his uphill campaign for D.C. mayor Monday night. Though the venue was small -- Pier 7 restaurant in Southwest -- the room filled with friends, old acquaintances and community activists anxious to see whether Alexander could be an alternative to...

By Washington Post Editors  |  11:37 AM ET, 09/15/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nikita Stewart, Nikita Stewart, Nikita Stewart | Tags:  Adrian M. Fenty, D.C. mayor, Leo Alexander, Sandra Seegars, Sulaimon Brown

Posted at 11:27 AM ET, 09/15/2009

D.C. Council Talking Ethics Today

D.C. Council members are discussing what could become its ethics policy in a 3 1/2-hour meeting Tuesday. The work session began at 9:30 a.m., although council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8), whose hiring of a girlfriend and issues surrounding earmarks prompted a new focus on council ethics, was not there...

By Washington Post Editors  |  11:27 AM ET, 09/15/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nikita Stewart, Nikita Stewart, Nikita Stewart | Tags:  D.C. Council, ethics

Posted at 05:47 PM ET, 09/14/2009

Cora Barry Taking Her Case to Court

Former D.C. first lady Cora Masters Barry will take her case to court Tuesday when she asks a judge to prohibit the city from evicting her Recreation Wish List Committee from the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center. But young people who use the Ward 8 tennis center took her case...

By Washington Post Editors  |  05:47 PM ET, 09/14/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nikita Stewart, Nikita Stewart, Nikita Stewart | Tags:  Adrian M. Fenty, Cora Masters Barry, Recreation Wish List, Southeast Tennis and Learning Center

Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 09/14/2009

D.C. Housing Authority Director Resigns

Michael Kelly, executive director of the D.C. Housing Authority, is resigning his post at the end of the month, the Board of Commissioners announced Monday. Bill Slover, board chairman, credited Kelly with transforming the agency into a "national model." "His legacy is the creation of a strong, innovative, and skilled...

By Washington Post Editors  |  02:35 PM ET, 09/14/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nikita Stewart, Nikita Stewart, Nikita Stewart, Nikita Stewart, Nikita Stewart | Tags:  Adrian M. Fenty, Adrianne Todman, D.C. Housing Authority, David Jannarone, Michael Kelly

Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 09/11/2009

Barry, Wish List Seek Court Protection from Tennis Center Eviction

Former First Lady Cora Masters Barry and the Recreation Wish List Committee are asking a judge to prohibit the city from kicking them out of the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center. Sunday marks the last of the 30 days that the Office of Property Management gave the group to vacate...

By Anne Bartlett  |  01:46 PM ET, 09/11/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:33 PM ET, 09/10/2009

D.C. Warns of Bat Risk

Halloween is more than a month away, but the District has apparently gone batty. Seriously, the city's Department of Health is warning residents that the bats are posing a health risk to the public. Prince George's County recently released a similar warning. "In recent weeks, the District has found that...

By Anne Bartlett  |  03:33 PM ET, 09/10/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:00 PM ET, 09/09/2009

D.C. Calls Off Tax Sale Following Legal Challenge

The District Office of Tax and Revenue called off its annual three-day sale of delinquent property taxes Wednesday after Chicago-based Aeon Financial LLC sued because the office only intended to auction off properties with tax bills greater than $1,200. A judge granted the company an injunction Tuesday, but the tax...

By Anne Bartlett  |  07:00 PM ET, 09/09/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:19 AM ET, 09/09/2009

D.C. Attorney General Fires Back at Opponents

Attorney General Peter Nickles was fighting back Wednesday, releasing oppositions he filed this week in two different cases. The embattled Nickles has found himself up against just about everybody, including D.C. Auditor Deborah K. Nichols, who has asked a judge to intervene and enforce a subpoena that would give her...

By Washington Post Editors  |  11:19 AM ET, 09/09/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nikita Stewart, Nikita Stewart, Nikita Stewart, Nikita Stewart, Nikita Stewart | Tags:  Anacostia Waterfront Corporation, D.C. Attorney General Peter Nickles, D.C. Auditor Deborah Nichols, D.C. Council, Mayor Adrian Fenty, National Capital Revitalization Corporation

Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 09/08/2009

Tipping the Scales in D.C. Council Race

Former recreation director Clark E. Ray is calling in a big favor from his past in his race to unseat D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson (D-At Large). Tipper Gore, his former boss, will attend his first fundraiser Oct. 13, his camp announced. Ray, who began his campaign for the council...

By Washington Post Editors  |  11:24 AM ET, 09/08/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nikita Stewart, Nikita Stewart, Nikita Stewart, Nikita Stewart | Tags:  Clark E. Ray, D.C. Council, Phil Mendelson, Tipper Gore, election, primary

Posted at 08:16 AM ET, 09/08/2009

Ex-Council Member to Lead Protest of D.C. School Voucher Cuts

School choice advocates, already trying to pressure the White House to reverse an end to school vouchers in the District, are planning to block the entrance of the U.S. Department of Education headquarters starting at 9:30 a.m. this morning. Former Council member Kevin P. Chavous is leading the effort to...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  08:16 AM ET, 09/08/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nikita Stewart

Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 09/03/2009

Pfizer Settlement Nets District $430,372

The District will get a $430,372 chunk of a $33 million settlement that 42 states reached with Pfizer, which also agreed to a record $2.3 billion settlement for improperly marketing drugs. The city's agreement involves Geodon, an antipsychotic drug that the city and other jurisdictions said was marketed for pediatric...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  11:09 AM ET, 09/03/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nikita Stewart

Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 09/02/2009

Peaceoholics's Moten Testifies for Counselor at Sex Assault Trial

Peaceoholics co-founder Ron Moten took the stand Tuesday to defend Barry Harrison, a Peaceoholics counselor accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old student. He's also defending former board member Linda K. Harllee-Harper who now works at the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services. Peaceoholics has been criticized for getting no-bid contracts, particularly...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  10:08 AM ET, 09/02/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nikita Stewart

Posted at 06:23 PM ET, 08/31/2009

Hearing Set on CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Finances, Giving

D.C. Appleseed Center for Law and Justice says insurance giant CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield has a current surplus of well over $300.million, according to a report filed Monday with the city Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking. CareFirst's finances and its obligation to the city will be the subject of a...

By Washington Post Editors  |  06:23 PM ET, 08/31/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nikita Stewart, Nikita Stewart, Nikita Stewart, Nikita Stewart | Tags:  Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, finances, insurance

Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 08/31/2009

Maya Angelou, Dorothy Height Can't Get Meeting With Fenty

Heavy-hitters Maya Angelou and Dorothy Height are trying to weigh in on the eviction of the Recreation Wish List Committee from the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center. The famous poet and civil and women's rights icon are concerned about the city giving the boot to the organization headed by Cora...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  03:25 PM ET, 08/31/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nikita Stewart, Nikita Stewart

Posted at 01:12 PM ET, 08/28/2009

Mayor Fenty Makes Appointments, Declines Policy Questions

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty announced his nominations for three new agency directors today, following his pattern of appointing friends, fellow athletes and people in his age range. Gennet Purcell, 35, who is a friend of first lady Michelle Fenty, will be commissioner of the Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking....

By Anne Bartlett  |  01:12 PM ET, 08/28/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:12 PM ET, 08/27/2009

Fenty: Don't Ask Me About My Kids!

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty told reporters again that he will not answer any questions about twins Andrew and Matthew attending Lafayette Elementary. The Northwest school is not within the boundaries of his Crestwood neighborhood. Their in-boundary school is West Education Center. School sources say the boys skipped the city's lottery...

By Anne Bartlett  |  01:12 PM ET, 08/27/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 08/12/2009

Ward 5 Commissioner Pushes for Gay Marriage Ballot Initiative

A Ward 5 advisory neighborhood commissioner is trying to rally the public in an effort to compel the D.C. Council to place an initiative on gay marriage on the ballot in November 2010. Last month, a law went into effect that allows the city to recognize gay marriages performed legally...

By Anne Bartlett  |  01:10 PM ET, 08/12/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:36 PM ET, 08/10/2009

City Requests Rehearing On Checkpoints Ruling

The District is asking a federal court to rehear its ruling that the controversial checkpoints in the Trinidad neighborhood were unconstitutional. Attorney General Peter J. Nickles is leading city lawyers in asking the court to reconsider the ruling, calling it "overbroad." Here's what Nickles said in the request: "The panel...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  02:36 PM ET, 08/10/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:35 PM ET, 08/06/2009

WASA, City Still Pointing Fingers Behind the Scenes

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) is scheduled to release a preliminary report Friday on the July 29 blaze that destroyed the home of arts patron Peggy Cooper Cafritz. But behind the scenes, the fire once again is pitting the District Fire and Emergency Medical Services against the Water and Sewer...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  07:35 PM ET, 08/06/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nikita Stewart

Posted at 08:39 AM ET, 08/06/2009

Protesters Crash Party for Fenty's Fraternity

About 50 protesters picketed Mayor Adrian M. Fenty Wednesday night outside the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, where Fenty's fraternity is holding an international meeting. A coalition of labor unions, tenants advocates and community organizers wanted to bring attention to the recent layoffs of government workers, the sale of public property...

By Washington Post Editors  |  08:39 AM ET, 08/06/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nikita Stewart, Nikita Stewart | Tags:  Adrian Fenty, protests

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 08/06/2009

Fenty Will Send Sons to Public School in Fall

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) told WRC-TV (Channel 4) Thursday morning that his 9-year-old twins will attend public school this fall, fulfilling a campaign promise he made when running for mayor in 2006. Sons Andrew and Matthew, who are entering the fourth grade, had attended a private school that...

By Washington Post Editors  |  08:30 AM ET, 08/06/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nikita Stewart, Nikita Stewart | Tags:  Adrian Fenty, D.C. Public Schools

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 08/04/2009

Fenty Lays Out The Crimson Carpet

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) presents a proclamation to Dwayne Murray (left), grand polemarch of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, and Richard Lee Snow (right), the fraternity's executive director and chief operating officer. Update: The city spent $37,000 on the event. Afterward, city attorney general Peter J. Nickles said that...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  11:00 AM ET, 08/04/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nikita Stewart

Posted at 08:24 AM ET, 07/16/2009

Barry Defends Self On CNN

D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) went national this morning, appearing on CNN's American Morning to defend giving a contract to then-girlfriend Donna Watts-Brighthaupt last year.

By Washington Post editors  |  08:24 AM ET, 07/16/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:49 PM ET, 07/06/2009

Excerpts: Post Reporters on Barry

Post reporters Tim Craig and Nikita Stewart were online earlier today to discuss D.C. city councilman Marion Barry and his weekend arrest. Here are some excerpts from the discussion: Arlington, Va.: This is Barry's third run in with the Park Police since 2002 (suspected drug use in his car, driving...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  02:49 PM ET, 07/06/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nikita Stewart, Nikita Stewart, Nikita Stewart

Posted at 10:36 AM ET, 07/01/2009

Tax Office Misdirecting Refund Checks, Catania Says

While a jail term handed down yesterday addressed one big problem at the District's tax and revenue office, other problems may remain, according to Council member David A. Catania (I-At Large). Catania's partner received an income tax refund for $10. Not much, but Brian Kearney actually owed money. And a...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  10:36 AM ET, 07/01/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nikita Stewart, Nikita Stewart

Posted at 10:25 AM ET, 06/03/2009

Fenty Picks Santos for Deputy Mayor

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty named Valerie Santos deputy mayor today. Santos replaces Neil O. Albert, who officially took his post as city administrator this past weekend. Santos, 36 and a native of San Francisco, was Albert's chief operating officer. She called Albert her "mentor" at a news conference about her...

By Washington Post Editors  |  10:25 AM ET, 06/03/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nikita Stewart | Tags:  Adrian Fenty, Deputy Mayor

Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 05/26/2009

Fenty: 'Bad Decision' Using Friend as Chauffeur

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) said he used poor judgment when he allowed his friend to drive a city-owned Lincoln Navigator. "I'm not going to do that anymore," he told reporters this morning. "No more letting anyone else drive." "I made a bad decision," he said. Fenty said officials...

By Vanessa Williams  |  11:12 AM ET, 05/26/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nikita Stewart, Nikita Stewart

Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 05/17/2009

Peace at Last in Baseball Tickets Battle

The baseball ticket standoff between Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and the D.C. Council ended quietly Saturday when a young woman from the office of deputy mayor Neil O. Albert handed them over. Starting with Wednesday's game against Pittsburgh, the council members will have access to the 19 seats in Suite...

By William C Miller  |  11:52 AM ET, 05/17/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nikita Stewart, Nikita Stewart, Nikita Stewart, Nikita Stewart

Posted at 05:43 PM ET, 05/15/2009

Obama 2, Fenty -2

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty announced today that he is losing city administrator Dan Tangherlini to the Obama administration. Tangherlini is going to the U.S. Treasury Department as Assistant secretary for management, chief financial officer and chief performance officer. He's the second member of Fenty's cabinet to join the president's team....

By Vanessa Williams  |  05:43 PM ET, 05/15/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nikita Stewart, Nikita Stewart, Nikita Stewart, Nikita Stewart

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 05/15/2009

Will Singer leaving

Will Singer, the mayor's fiscal whiz kid, is leaving the administration to attend law school at Northwestern University in the fall. As soon as D.C. Wire talks to him, you can read his comments here. But Singer, the chief of budget execution, will be added to an increasingly long...

By Vanessa Williams  |  10:01 AM ET, 05/15/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nikita Stewart, Nikita Stewart, Nikita Stewart

Posted at 05:58 PM ET, 05/13/2009

Nickles Says He's All Moved In

Attorney General Peter J. Nickles, whose residency has been a controversial issue, said he has lived in the city for a week now. D.C. Council members and critics frequently asked about the attorney general's continued residence in his longtime Great Falls home despite a city law requiring mayoral appointees to...

By Nikita R Stewart  |  05:58 PM ET, 05/13/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nikita Stewart

Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 05/13/2009

Fenty's new paparazzo

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty has a new photographer to replace the recently fired Lateef Mangum, a longtime City Hall fixture who had documented the careers of Fenty's predecessors. Ronald W. Thomas, a former Washington Post photographer, will now be shadowing the mayor. "For now," he said. Thomas, who was shooting...

By Vanessa Williams  |  11:01 AM ET, 05/13/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nikita Stewart, Nikita Stewart, Nikita Stewart

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 05/08/2009

Losing Bidder Appeals Crime Lab Contract Pick

Did D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) jump the gun earlier this week in announcing that the city was awarding a Baltimore-based construction company a $133 million contract to build a forensics laboratory? Yes, says a rival company that has filed a protest with the city's Contract Appeals Board. An...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  10:45 AM ET, 05/08/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nikita Stewart, Nikita Stewart