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District of DeBonis: September, 2011

Posted at 05:42 PM ET, 09/29/2011

DeEvening Links: Schools will close

Kaya Henderson makes clear some schools will close.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:42 PM ET, 09/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:03 PM ET, 09/29/2011

Lincoln Theatre is on the brink of closing once again

Again in need of a cash infusion, operators of the U Street landmark plead for help.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:03 PM ET, 09/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:58 PM ET, 09/29/2011

Fenty: ‘I would never run again, because I would do it exactly the same’

One year after primary loss, Fenty reflects with Huffington Post

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:58 PM ET, 09/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:12 PM ET, 09/29/2011

Marion Barry’s free turkeys come with strings attached

The Ward 8 D.C. Council member is requiring recipients to attend various community meetings before collecting a bird.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:12 PM ET, 09/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:11 AM ET, 09/29/2011

DeMorning Links: All smiles

Students delight in President Obama’s visit to Banneker High.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:11 AM ET, 09/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:30 PM ET, 09/28/2011

DeEvening Links: Hybrid man

Kwame Brown’s driving a Prius.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:30 PM ET, 09/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:47 PM ET, 09/28/2011

HPV vaccine: A law is not enough

Data show that fewer than one-quarter of D.C. girls required to receive the HPV vaccine are getting protected.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:47 PM ET, 09/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 09/28/2011

D.C. inspector general objects to inclusion in ethics task force

Inspector General Charles J. Willoughby said his participation in a proposed ethics task force would “pose a conflict of interest.”

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:14 PM ET, 09/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 09/28/2011

D.C. tax employee’s arrest followed years of warnings

Four years after the Harriette Walters scam, tax collectors still have opportunity to steal.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:02 PM ET, 09/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 09/28/2011

DeMorning Links: Politicians and parents

Christopher Barry’s grandmother questions Marion Barry’s parenting.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:19 AM ET, 09/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:59 PM ET, 09/27/2011

DeEvening Links: Support your local business

Walter Reed’s closing has squeezed some Georgia Avenue businesses.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:59 PM ET, 09/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:27 PM ET, 09/27/2011

D.C. school board member arrested over weekend

Trayon A. White is charged with a misdemeanor count of unlawful entry.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:27 PM ET, 09/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:18 PM ET, 09/27/2011

Deborah Royster leaves elected DNC post

Sources says Royster was forced to resign after missing several meetings.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:18 PM ET, 09/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:09 AM ET, 09/27/2011

DeMorning Links: Stray bullets

Shots fired from freeway imperil newborn.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:09 AM ET, 09/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:18 PM ET, 09/26/2011

DeEvening Links: Shaky pictures

Video shows scary scene atop Washington Monument during quake.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:18 PM ET, 09/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:35 PM ET, 09/26/2011

D.C. children needlessly taken from homes, study finds

An independent review concludes that D.C.’s child welfare agency has been too quick to place children in foster care.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:35 PM ET, 09/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:32 PM ET, 09/26/2011

Panetta bows out of shadow rep seat, supports former rival

Three-term incumbent clearing way for Nate Bennett-Fleming.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:32 PM ET, 09/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:16 AM ET, 09/26/2011

DeMorning Links: No beer, please

Fire chief has a message for grateful residents.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:16 AM ET, 09/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 09/23/2011

DeEvening Links: Cold ones under fire

Fire chief shuts down station house after finding beer in the fridge.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:00 PM ET, 09/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:05 PM ET, 09/23/2011

The Pershing Park ‘running resume’ — found and lost?

More light shed on a long-running D.C. government mystery.

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:05 PM ET, 09/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:38 PM ET, 09/23/2011

Bike stops aimed at ‘known violent offenders’ only

Cyclists not suspected of robbery don’t have to worry about proving ownership of their bikes.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:38 PM ET, 09/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:16 AM ET, 09/23/2011

DeMorning Links: Two-wheeled traffic stops

Police in Columbia Heights want cyclists to prove ownership of their bikes.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:16 AM ET, 09/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:06 PM ET, 09/22/2011

DeEvening Links: Knives out

What’s hanging over the John A. Wilson Building?

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:06 PM ET, 09/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:02 PM ET, 09/22/2011

Lanier says she didn’t cause Twitter blackout

City officials are vague about why the D.C. Fire Twitter account was temporarily silenced.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:02 PM ET, 09/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 09/22/2011

The pitch for LivingSocial’s Virginia gun deal

Not all think a landmark Supreme Court decision was a good deal.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:40 PM ET, 09/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 09/22/2011

Warner’s ‘fellow Virginians’ include D.C. resident

Sen. Mark Warner addressed a D.C. statehood activist as a constituent.

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:50 PM ET, 09/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 09/22/2011

D.C. Council meets privately to discuss decorum

Legislators are discussing their behavior two days after a contentious day of legislating that included public swearing and a heated dais battle.

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:00 PM ET, 09/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:02 AM ET, 09/22/2011

DeMorning Links: Sports matter

D.C. Public Schools’ academics might be undergoing reform, but not their athletics.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:02 AM ET, 09/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:04 PM ET, 09/21/2011

DeEvening Links: Exhuming fond memories

Watch the best R.E. M. song based on events in the District of Columbia.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:04 PM ET, 09/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:37 PM ET, 09/21/2011

D.C. elections board finally gets new appointees

Mayor Vincent C. Gray named three to the Board of Elections and Ethics, including the first non-Democrat since 2009.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:37 PM ET, 09/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 09/21/2011

Unemployment fraud probe leads to city employee’s firing

Mayor Vincent C. Gray confirmed an ongoing investigation into the Department of Employment Services.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:32 PM ET, 09/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:57 AM ET, 09/21/2011

DeMorning Links: Peace in Trinidad

A loud generator raised hackles in Trinidad.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:57 AM ET, 09/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:58 PM ET, 09/20/2011

DeEvening Links: Mind your brackets

How the D.C. Council’s tax hike translates into real dollars.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:58 PM ET, 09/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:02 PM ET, 09/20/2011

Federal uncertainty prompts warning on D.C. bond rating

Moody’s Investors Service has placed D.C. debt on negative outlook due to federal budget concerns.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:02 PM ET, 09/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:52 PM ET, 09/20/2011

Capital Bikeshare is one year old

DISTRICT OF DEBONIS | Has any initiative this cheap affected the municipal landscape so dramatically in just a year?

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:52 PM ET, 09/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 09/20/2011

Ethics, unemployment addressed in new D.C. legislation

A new ethics bill and a bill to prohibit discrimination against the unemployed are in the D.C. Council hopper.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:39 PM ET, 09/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:39 AM ET, 09/20/2011

DeMorning Links: The Council’s back

At its first meeting after summer recess, the D.C. Council is poised to approve an income tax hike on the city’s richest residents.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:39 AM ET, 09/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:38 PM ET, 09/19/2011

DeEvening Links: Higher fees, less service

Budget changes being implemented next month reflect D.C.’s tough fiscal choices.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:38 PM ET, 09/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:06 PM ET, 09/19/2011

The widespread appeal of Marion Barry T-shirts

Impresario Joe Englert made a mint this weekend on a repurposed piece of D.C. political memorabilia.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:06 PM ET, 09/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:48 PM ET, 09/19/2011

CFO’s testimony in lottery case postponed

Natwar M. Gandhi was to testify under oath Monday in a lawsuit stemming from a lottery contract award.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:48 PM ET, 09/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:57 AM ET, 09/19/2011

Barry-backed candidate loses Ward 8 Dems bid

Natalie Williams, former spokeswoman for Marion Barry, lost an election for presidency of the Ward 8 Democrats.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:57 AM ET, 09/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 09/19/2011

Michael Brown pushes back at gambling critics

In a “Dear Colleagues” letter, Brown aims to “set the record straight” on ”iGaming.”

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:17 AM ET, 09/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 09/19/2011

DeMorning Links: Magic money

The District government has an $89 million surplus, but it might go right into savings.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:30 AM ET, 09/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:52 PM ET, 09/16/2011

DeEvening Links: Jobless rate nears record high

District unemployment is at 11.1 percent, nearing the February 1983 high of 11.6 percent.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:52 PM ET, 09/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:42 PM ET, 09/16/2011

Why selling city office buildings is dumb

DISTRICT OF DEBONIS | A former official comes out against a proposal to sell city-owned office buildings.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:42 PM ET, 09/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:19 PM ET, 09/16/2011

Lottery contract wrangling detailed in court filings

The procurement of the District’s lottery contract continues to be a political headache for top city officials.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:19 PM ET, 09/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 09/16/2011

Evans, Graham do not care to be compared to Harry Thomas

Two D.C. Council members are pushing back against a former colleague’s comparison.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:48 PM ET, 09/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:48 AM ET, 09/16/2011

DeMorning Links: Moving day

The not-a-column moves to Wednesdays, as The Root D.C. launches in today’s paper.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:48 AM ET, 09/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:18 PM ET, 09/15/2011

DeEvening Links: Honesty in government

Jack Evans explains why a smoking provision had to be slipped in the budget.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:18 PM ET, 09/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:13 AM ET, 09/15/2011

Race and ethics in D.C.

Former D.C. Council member Bill Lightfoot airs concerns about differing ethical standards for white and black officials.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:13 AM ET, 09/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:56 AM ET, 09/15/2011

DeMorning Links: Let’s test about sex

DCPS and charter school students will take nation’s first statewide standardized test on health and sex education.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:56 AM ET, 09/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:36 PM ET, 09/14/2011

DeEvening Links: Breathe easier

Initial District budget draft goes to Senate committee without spending riders.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:36 PM ET, 09/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:43 PM ET, 09/14/2011

Mary Cheh says it’s not easy being green

The Ward 3 D.C. Council member defends her environmental record.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:43 PM ET, 09/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:48 PM ET, 09/14/2011

D.C. extends medical marijuana application deadline

Would-be pot entrepreneurs now have until Sept. 30.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:48 PM ET, 09/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:27 AM ET, 09/14/2011

Gray beat Fenty a year ago today

Vincent Gray beat Adrian Fenty one year ago.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:27 AM ET, 09/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:31 AM ET, 09/14/2011

DeMorning Links: ‘Harry Thomas gotta go’

Four months before they can begin in earnest, Ward 5 residents ponder a recall of their embattled council member.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:31 AM ET, 09/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:36 PM ET, 09/13/2011

DeEvening Links: Rider time

Activists are on high alert as the city budget goes to a Senate committee for approval.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:36 PM ET, 09/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:52 PM ET, 09/13/2011

Full-time council? Part-time council? Does it matter?

In Los Angeles, a debate similar to that of the District’s.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:52 PM ET, 09/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 09/13/2011

Ranking D.C.’s public schools

Jay Mathews ranks the most successful DCPS and charter schools.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:29 AM ET, 09/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:22 AM ET, 09/13/2011

DeMorning Links: The price of decisiveness

Three social workers fired after the Banita Jacks tragedy are going back to work for the city.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:22 AM ET, 09/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:30 PM ET, 09/12/2011

DeEvening Links: Dunbar football coach fired

Use of ineligible players leads to Ashaa Cherry’s dismissal.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:30 PM ET, 09/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 09/12/2011

Read the Sulaimon Brown arrest report

Brown reportedly told his arresting officers, “I’II have each and every one of you on the news by next week!”

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:30 PM ET, 09/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 09/12/2011

Former Norton aide to seek D.C. Council seat

David P. Grosso is seeking the seat now held by Michael A. Brown (I-At Large).

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:25 PM ET, 09/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:26 PM ET, 09/12/2011

Judge gives preliminary approval for settlement in 37-year-old case against D.C.

U.S. District Judge Thomas F. Hogan cleared the way Monday to end a long-running class action lawsuit against the District government.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:26 PM ET, 09/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:31 AM ET, 09/12/2011

DeMorning links: Sulaimon Brown arrested

The former mayoral candidate said he was cuffed after a traffic stop on Florida Avenue NW.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:31 AM ET, 09/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:47 PM ET, 09/09/2011

DeEvening Links: Columbus Plaza, rebuilt at last

More than three years after originally promised, Union Station’s front yard is getting overhauled.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:47 PM ET, 09/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:55 PM ET, 09/09/2011

Brown orders sweeping financial disclosures for D.C. Council members and staff

D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown has vexed some colleagues by requiring financial disclosures for all council employees.

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:55 PM ET, 09/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 09/09/2011

DeMorning Links: High alert

“Specific” but “unconfirmed” threat puts city on edge for 9/11 anniversary weekend.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:01 AM ET, 09/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:57 PM ET, 09/08/2011

DeEvening Links: From whence he sues

Dan Snyder litigates without reading; Metro to close Dupont station entrance; Albrecht Muth still weird

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:57 PM ET, 09/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 09/08/2011

DeMorning Links: The deluge

Why it won’t stop raining; why it stinks to be a mayoral chief of staff; and why Dan Snyder is wrong

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:15 AM ET, 09/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:05 PM ET, 09/07/2011

DeEvening Links: Down with distractions

Andi Pringle resigns; Gray opposes taxi medallions; Cathedral crane collapses

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:05 PM ET, 09/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:15 PM ET, 09/07/2011

Cornell Jones, then and now

Accused of spending city funds on a strip club, Jones returns to the headlines 25 years after his arrest on drug trafficking charges.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:15 PM ET, 09/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:59 PM ET, 09/07/2011

Triumph of the ‘securicrats’

WRC-TV’s Tom Sherwood laments the host of Jersey barriers, bollards and other barricades that surround our city’s landmarks.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:59 PM ET, 09/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 09/07/2011

Sekou Biddle quits job; prelude to another run?

The four-month D.C. Council member isn’t committing to a reprise of his at-large campaign.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:39 PM ET, 09/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 09/07/2011

DeMorning Links: Hitched at last

Former D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee married her longtime fiance Sacramento Mayor and former NBA star Kevin Johnson.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:51 AM ET, 09/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:01 PM ET, 09/06/2011

DeEvening Links: Good news on the Mall

Capital Bikeshare is finally Mall-bound; what Sulaimon Brown did with his records; Kwame Brown’s Navigator bill

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:01 PM ET, 09/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:21 PM ET, 09/06/2011

Is D.C.’s ‘golden goose’ going to keep laying eggs?

A real estate lawyer argues that the D.C.’s commercial property tax assessments are too high.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:21 PM ET, 09/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:58 PM ET, 09/06/2011

Gray administration releases resumes of political appointees

Six months after denying a records request, the Gray administration has released appointee resumes.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:58 PM ET, 09/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 09/06/2011

DeMorning Links: Remembering to remember

Remembering 9/11’s “other victims”; new Metro map takes shape; who evacuates the city?

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:54 AM ET, 09/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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