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D.C. Wire: November, 2012

Posted at 04:25 PM ET, 11/29/2012

Drug war in D.C. takes aim at synthetic marijuana

A D.C. Council committee voted Thursday to strengthen city laws against synthetic forms of the drug.

By Tim Craig  |  04:25 PM ET, 11/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 11/29/2012

D.C. considers surcharge on water to help Bloomingdale

The fund would reimburse residents in Bloomingdale who have been tortured by repeated flooding and sewer backups.

By Tim Craig  |  12:49 PM ET, 11/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:57 PM ET, 11/28/2012

District seeks public input on playground improvement project

Community meetings set to get public feedback on a $30 million project to improve 32 playgrounds around the city.

By Nikita Stewart  |  03:57 PM ET, 11/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:36 PM ET, 11/28/2012

D.C. Council prepares to slash traffic fines

Council members are moving forward with a proposal to slash fines by as much as 50 percent.

By Tim Craig  |  01:36 PM ET, 11/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:39 PM ET, 11/27/2012

Norton continues push for D.C. flag to be displayed at military ceremonies

Delegate calls for Senate to approve language on D.C., U.S. territory flags.

By Ben Pershing  |  02:39 PM ET, 11/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:39 PM ET, 11/20/2012

Thousands line up for a Marion Barry turkey

About 2,000 people lined up for hours to receive a free turkey from the Ward 8 D.C. Council member.

By Tim Craig  |  02:39 PM ET, 11/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:51 PM ET, 11/15/2012

A.J. Cooper becomes a Democrat

The former D.C. council candidate and lifelong independent switches parties prior to the special election.

By Tim Craig  |  01:51 PM ET, 11/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:50 PM ET, 11/14/2012

Major parking changes loom in Northwest D.C.’s Ward 1

The city is limiting non-resident parking during weekdays on 550 blocks in Ward 1 in Northwest.

By Tim Craig  |  05:50 PM ET, 11/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:47 PM ET, 11/14/2012

NPS plan to cull Rock Creek Park deer on hold pending federal court case, activists say

The park service has delayed action pending a federal court case, animal rights activists announced today.

By Tim Craig  |  05:47 PM ET, 11/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:32 PM ET, 11/14/2012

Uber, other car services would be regulated under D.C. Council proposal

The drivers of sedans operating in the District would have to be registered and licensed by the city and agree to serve all areas.

By Tim Craig  |  03:32 PM ET, 11/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 11/13/2012

Moten eyes D.C. council at-large race, reconsiders ties to GOP

Ron Moten, unsuccessful last week in a run for the Ward 7 council race, says he’s discouraged he didn’t receive more help from GOP leaders.

By Tim Craig  |  03:30 PM ET, 11/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 11/13/2012

Michael Brown prepares for possible comeback

D.C. Council member Michael A. Brown, who lost his bid for reelection, said he’s considering entering the special council election this spring.

By Tim Craig  |  12:22 PM ET, 11/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:33 PM ET, 11/12/2012

Norton and city leaders want D.C. flag recognized at military ceremonies

They bring attention to a House-approved provision requiring the armed forces to display the flag.

By Nikita Stewart  |  04:33 PM ET, 11/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:16 PM ET, 11/09/2012

D.C. youth trust hires new director

Ed Davies, a former vice president at the D.C. Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation, is tapped as its new director.

By Tim Craig  |  04:16 PM ET, 11/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:59 PM ET, 11/09/2012

D.C. alcohol board adds bars to late-open list

The D.C. alcohol board gives an additional 7 sites permission to serve alcohol Sunday night until 4 a.m. Monday on holidays.

By Tim Craig  |  12:59 PM ET, 11/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:47 PM ET, 11/08/2012

D.C. Council to review election preparation

Muriel Bowser, chair of Government Operations, said she and other members have concerns about how the city handled the election.

By Tim Craig  |  05:47 PM ET, 11/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 11/08/2012

Congress wants study on D.C. building height limits

Buildings in Washington have been limited to about 12 stories for more than a century.

By Ben Pershing  |  11:18 AM ET, 11/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:56 PM ET, 11/07/2012

Sharon Baskerville steps down as head of D.C. Primary Care Association

Baskerville was the founding executive director of the association, created to advocate for expanded health care for low-income residents.

By Tim Craig  |  05:56 PM ET, 11/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 11/07/2012

A.J. Cooper plans run in upcoming special city council election

One day after he lost his bid for an at-large seat on the D.C. Council, Cooper said he’s likely to run for Phil Mendelson’s old seat.

By Tim Craig  |  01:46 PM ET, 11/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:53 PM ET, 11/02/2012

Nearly 30,000 have voted early in D.C.

Nearly 30,000 District residents have voted early, and officials warn that Saturday polling may be busy.

By Tim Craig  |  01:53 PM ET, 11/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:28 PM ET, 11/01/2012

Council puts hold on charter school board member’s reappointment over articles on multiculturalism

Articles Don Soifer wrote appeared to challenge how multiculturalism is taught in schools.

By Tim Craig  |  06:28 PM ET, 11/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:24 PM ET, 11/01/2012

Sandy forces elections board to hand deliver and FedEx absentee ballots

D.C. Board of Elections scrambles to catch up for time lost to Superstorm Sandy.

By Nikita Stewart  |  04:24 PM ET, 11/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 11/01/2012

Orange going quiet as D.C. election nears

D.C. Council member Vincent B. Orange said that he’s no longer answering questions about his bid for reelection or his stance on the issues.

By Tim Craig  |  11:47 AM ET, 11/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:21 PM ET, 10/31/2012

Grosso outraises Brown nearly 2 to 1 in final weeks

Independent at-large candidate David Grosso collected $29,900 to Michael Brown’s $15,400.

By Tim Craig  |  06:21 PM ET, 10/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 10/31/2012

District sets up sites to collect spoiled food

Residents can dispose of spoiled food this week at four sites that Public Works has set up.

By Nikita Stewart  |  02:55 PM ET, 10/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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