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District of DeBonis: October, 2011

Posted at 08:43 AM ET, 10/28/2011

DeLongWeekend Links: Barbecue time

Back on Tuesday — Happy Halloween!

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:43 AM ET, 10/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:11 PM ET, 10/27/2011

DeEvening Links: Capitol Hemp raided

Seven arrested, merchandise confiscated from city head shops.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:11 PM ET, 10/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:09 PM ET, 10/27/2011

Tough talk on D.C. voting-rights movement at gala

D.C. Vote dinner offered pep talk for movement searching for a way forward

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:09 PM ET, 10/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:28 PM ET, 10/27/2011

St. Elizabeths suit is settled after six years

Deal with nonprofit overseer is the latest milestone for D.C.’s improving mental health system.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:28 PM ET, 10/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:07 PM ET, 10/27/2011

Hotel deal conflict never existed, Evans says

D.C. Council member rejects activists’ accusation that he acted for his law firm’s benefit.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:07 PM ET, 10/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 10/27/2011

DeMorning Links: Block the box

AAA spokesman calls gridlock citation the “stupidest ticket I have ever heard of in my life.”

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:45 AM ET, 10/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:42 PM ET, 10/26/2011

DeEvening Links: Pay more for popcorn

Mayor Vincent Gray is proposing an additional tax on movie theater concessions.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:42 PM ET, 10/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:21 PM ET, 10/26/2011

D.C. ethics reform: Where’s the sheriff?

Official from ethics board says District’s laws leave ‘gaps’ in enforcement.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:21 PM ET, 10/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:58 PM ET, 10/26/2011

No, D.C. photographers, you will not be arrested

An obscure set of D.C. regulations is aimed at a largely bygone corps of street photographers.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:58 PM ET, 10/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 10/26/2011

Seeking balance in D.C.’s town-gown relations

How can the city counter parochial neighborhood concerns in the campus planning process?

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:04 PM ET, 10/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:50 AM ET, 10/26/2011

DeMorning Links: ‘You can still do business’

Bad city government headlines haven’t slowed the pace of investment in D.C.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:50 AM ET, 10/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:20 PM ET, 10/25/2011

DeEvening Links: No relation

Vincent Gray, an unrelated namesake of the mayor, is one of two men arrested for Metrobus murder.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:20 PM ET, 10/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:46 PM ET, 10/25/2011

D.C. Council ethics extravaganza tomorrow!

Besides legislators’ proposals, outside groups also have reform recommendations.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:46 PM ET, 10/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 10/25/2011

DeMorning Links: Death in a taxicab

Charging documents tell an awful story about the last moments of Lanham cabbie Domingo Ezirike.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:30 AM ET, 10/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:32 PM ET, 10/24/2011

DeEvening Links: A shame about Ray’s?

Ward 7’s only steakhouse is closed — for how long is unclear.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:32 PM ET, 10/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:15 PM ET, 10/24/2011

Here are 159 minor things D.C. officers can arrest you for

Besides expired tags, police can arrest you (or not) for a variety of small-bore issues.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:15 PM ET, 10/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 10/24/2011

Apple Store in downtown D.C.?

CityCenter developers look to woo city’s second Apple outlet.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:27 PM ET, 10/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:41 AM ET, 10/24/2011

DeMorning Links: Multimodal on the Mall

National Park Service says more Mall transportation options are coming.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:41 AM ET, 10/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:57 PM ET, 10/21/2011

DeEvening Links: Find these guys

Police are looking for two young men in connection with the murder of Demetrius Thompson, 22.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:57 PM ET, 10/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:09 PM ET, 10/21/2011

Ron Moten, ‘Civil Rights’ Republican

The Ward 7 activist notes his particular GOP flavor on his voter registration card.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:09 PM ET, 10/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:19 PM ET, 10/21/2011

Credit cards in D.C. cabs: Really not that difficult

At least one company is offering a low-cost option allowing cab riders to pay with plastic.

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:19 PM ET, 10/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 10/21/2011

Changes made to ‘iGaming’ meetings

D.C. Lottery officials have tweaked their community outreach plan.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:06 PM ET, 10/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:25 AM ET, 10/21/2011

DeMorning Links: Ron Moten, Republican

Outspoken activist and Fenty supporter joins the red team.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:25 AM ET, 10/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:23 PM ET, 10/20/2011

DeEvening Links: Stone cold cash

Mayor Gray seeks federal help for National Cathedral quake repairs.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:23 PM ET, 10/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:50 PM ET, 10/20/2011

Attorneys defend deed tax claims in D.C. Council testimony

Two lawyers say the city could have collected hundreds of millions of dollars in additional taxes.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:50 PM ET, 10/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:58 PM ET, 10/20/2011

Clifford Tatum is new D.C. elections administrator

Clifford D. Tatum, an Atlanta-based consultant, takes over three months after the previous executive director’s resignation.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:58 PM ET, 10/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:47 PM ET, 10/20/2011

Thousands arrested in D.C. for expired car registrations since 2009

Preliminary police figures indicate controversial practice is more widespread than previously thought.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:47 PM ET, 10/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 10/20/2011

Pr. William’s Stewart blasts Gray’s immigration order, calls D.C. a ‘sanctuary city’

Corey Stewart says Mayor Vincent Gray’s immigration order will have ‘negative effect on public safety in the region.’

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:46 AM ET, 10/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:27 AM ET, 10/20/2011

DeMorning Links: Don’t hate the trees

Some New Yorkers aren’t happy with city tree-planting campaign.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:27 AM ET, 10/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:44 PM ET, 10/19/2011

DeEvening Links: Love in the Reeves Center

Torrid D.C. government employee love triangle revealed.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:44 PM ET, 10/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:59 PM ET, 10/19/2011

John Hill to step down at Federal City Council

Hill, 57, anticipates a return to the private sector — not the District government.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:59 PM ET, 10/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 10/19/2011

Harry Thomas Jr. gets domain-jacked by GOP

The D.C. Council member didn’t register his Web name before promoting it on Twitter.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:15 PM ET, 10/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:58 PM ET, 10/19/2011

The uneasy interplay of public safety and expired-tag arrests

Should it matter that expired-tag arrests help take guns and criminals off the streets?

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:58 PM ET, 10/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:12 AM ET, 10/19/2011

DeMorning Links: Death at a gas station

Mohammed Abduselam, 37, was murdered at the Congress Heights filling station where he worked.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:12 AM ET, 10/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:07 PM ET, 10/18/2011

DeEvening Links: Farewell to Frank

Charity is asking for donations to pay for Frank Kameny’s funeral.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:07 PM ET, 10/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:11 PM ET, 10/18/2011

D.C. Council has to fix redistricting legislation

Resident’s scrutiny reveals misdrawn borders.

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:11 PM ET, 10/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:38 AM ET, 10/18/2011

DeMorning Links: Tragic irony in Congress Heights

After residents debate whether their community “is a ghetto,” they exit to the scene of a fatal shooting.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:38 AM ET, 10/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:51 PM ET, 10/17/2011

DeEvening Links: Bad night on New Jersey Avenue

Arkansas lobbyist sues Hyatt Regency over bar-tab arrest.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:51 PM ET, 10/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:11 PM ET, 10/17/2011

Mark Plotkin grades Vincent Gray’s MLK remarks

The right words at the wrong time, says the WTOP political commentator.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:11 PM ET, 10/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:57 PM ET, 10/17/2011

In Arlington, the makings of a ‘grand bargain’ on taxi fares?

County board considers a fare hike attached to a credit-card requirement.

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:57 PM ET, 10/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:53 PM ET, 10/17/2011

Reminder: ‘Dream City’ event tonight

Harry Jaffe and Tom Sherwood will discuss their 1994 book at 7 p.m. tonight in Shaw.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:53 PM ET, 10/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 10/17/2011

‘Is Congress Heights a Ghetto?’

Ward 8 group holds forum in response to Marion Barry’s ‘ghetto’ comments.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:43 PM ET, 10/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:53 AM ET, 10/17/2011

DeMorning Links: Gray makes his stand

At Sunday’s MLK Memorial dedication, the mayor called out President Obama and congressional leaders.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:53 AM ET, 10/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:42 PM ET, 10/14/2011

DeEvening Links: Rally time

The D.C. Full Democracy Freedom Rally and March kicks off at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:42 PM ET, 10/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:43 PM ET, 10/14/2011

Vince Gray goes about his business

In a Washington Business Journal interview, the mayor touts his economic development record.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:43 PM ET, 10/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:29 PM ET, 10/14/2011

What does Pete Piringer’s placement portend?

Does FEMS flack’s transfer reflect a new Gray administration commitment to social media?

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:29 PM ET, 10/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 10/14/2011

D.C. Lottery makes its pitch for Internet gambling

Ward 5 residents want to know what exactly ‘iGaming’ proceeds will fund.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:29 AM ET, 10/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:23 AM ET, 10/14/2011

DeMorning Links: Gimme shelter-in-place

Officials ponder how to prevent gridlock after a disaster.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:23 AM ET, 10/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:02 PM ET, 10/13/2011

DeEvening Links: How long is too long?

Folks ponder how long “Occupy D.C.” can last.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:02 PM ET, 10/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:31 PM ET, 10/13/2011

To clean the rivers, tunnels aren’t the only solution

Green development could clean D.C.’s waterways at less cost than massive storage tunnels.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:31 PM ET, 10/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:31 PM ET, 10/13/2011

Headquarters plan nixed for Petworth rec center

City officials say they’re no longer considering moving parks headquarters to a long-delayed rec center in Petworth.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:31 PM ET, 10/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 10/13/2011

DeMorning Links: License plates and handcuffs

City leaders say they’re open to revising law that allows police to arrest drivers with expired tags.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:53 AM ET, 10/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:45 PM ET, 10/12/2011

DeEvening Links: The mystery of Cafe Milano

Why do famous and important people like this undistinguished Georgetown restaurant so much?

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:45 PM ET, 10/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 10/12/2011

DeMorning Links: Frank Kameny, 1925-2011

Pioneering gay rights activist dies at 86.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:00 AM ET, 10/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:17 PM ET, 10/11/2011

DeEvening Links: Metro likes subtitles

Metro board ponders station renamings.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:17 PM ET, 10/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:19 AM ET, 10/11/2011

DeMorning Links: Four more months?

Freedom Plaza protesters negotiate an extended permit.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:19 AM ET, 10/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:38 PM ET, 10/10/2011

DeEvening Links: Mayo for all!

DISTRICT OF DEBONIS | Ted Leonsis pledges plenty of mayonnaise for Verizon Center.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:38 PM ET, 10/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:49 PM ET, 10/10/2011

ANC ponders censure for insult-hurling member

Columbia Heights commissioners consider whether to punish one of their own.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:49 PM ET, 10/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:33 PM ET, 10/10/2011

Becoming ‘Miss UDC’ is no cakewalk

Behold the strenuous prerequisite for vying for the UDC crown.

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:33 PM ET, 10/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 10/10/2011

Barry reunites with Farrakhan at Philadelphia event

The D.C. Council member’s appearance with Farrakhan continues a long, convoluted history.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:15 PM ET, 10/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 10/10/2011

DeMorning Links: Custodial battle

Thousands of office cleaners could strike later this week.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:53 AM ET, 10/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:07 PM ET, 10/07/2011

DeEvening Links: Machen’s listening

The U.S. attorney said he feels the “sense of urgency” on D.C. government matters.

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

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

Politics derailed extension of grass-cutting contract, documents show

E-mail, memo show Gray administration was concerned about losing D.C. Council vote.

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

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

DeMorning Links: Better one than none

Under new bill, D.C. stands to get one statue in the Capitol.

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

Posted at 07:05 PM ET, 10/06/2011

DeEvening Links: Four decades in photos

The Washington Blade is debuting a new photo archive.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:05 PM ET, 10/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:54 PM ET, 10/06/2011

“The List” of D.C.’s voluntarily integrated restaurants

John Kelly looks at a relic from D.C.’s last days of segregation.

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:54 PM ET, 10/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:27 AM ET, 10/06/2011

DeMorning Links: Remembering RFK

Three-month tribute honors RFK Stadium’s 50th anniversary.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:27 AM ET, 10/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:47 PM ET, 10/05/2011

DeEvening Links: No more Fiesta for Mount Pleasant?

After criticism, Fiesta D.C. organizers are exploring a move to Columbia Heights.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:47 PM ET, 10/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:28 PM ET, 10/05/2011

Is Eastern Market in danger of turning into a Dean & DeLuca?

An overhaul to the historic market’s governance has some up in arms.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:28 PM ET, 10/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 10/05/2011

A louder voice for D.C. taxi riders?

Dupont resident organizes a group to oppose taxi fare hikes.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:02 PM ET, 10/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 10/05/2011

DeMorning Links: Earthquakes have consequences

The National Cathedral faces $25 million bill to fix August quake damage.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:50 AM ET, 10/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:31 PM ET, 10/04/2011

DeEvening Links: Gun laws OK’d

Appeals court upholds handgun registration, assault weapon ban

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:31 PM ET, 10/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:28 PM ET, 10/04/2011

What we talk about when we talk about lawn-mowing

A contract spat teaches us about D.C. government and politics.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:28 PM ET, 10/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:46 PM ET, 10/04/2011

Discuss Dream City on Oct. 17

Authors discuss the essential 1994 book about contemporary District politics.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:46 PM ET, 10/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:38 AM ET, 10/04/2011

DeMorning Links: Mowed down

Controversy erupts over D.C. grass-cutting contract.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:38 AM ET, 10/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:21 PM ET, 10/03/2011

DeEvening Links: Circulate across the Anacostia

New D.C. Circulator route crosses from Capitol Hill to Ward 7’s Skyland.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:21 PM ET, 10/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:37 PM ET, 10/03/2011

Meetings set on D.C. Internet gambling plan

Community forums in each ward kick off Oct. 13 and run through Nov. 17.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:37 PM ET, 10/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 10/03/2011

‘No Profanity Day’ not related to legislators’ language, says sponsor

Michael Brown says it was Kurtis Blow, not Jack Evans, who inspired his legislation.

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:35 PM ET, 10/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:25 PM ET, 10/03/2011

Ten years after the control board

On Oct. 1, 2001, the D.C. Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Authority went dormant.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:25 PM ET, 10/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 10/03/2011

DeMorning Links: Miss you, Tony

Colby King wants the old mayor back.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:22 AM ET, 10/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

DeEvening Links: Sunday at MLK

Gray reverses budget cut that would have shuttered D.C.’s central library on Sundays.

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

Posted at 06:32 PM ET, 09/30/2011

Battle over United Medical Center quiets down

Gandhi and Catania are still at odds, but seem to share a vision.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:32 PM ET, 09/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:46 PM ET, 09/30/2011

D.C. Democrats’ battle over committee seat gets messy

A showdown over a Democratic National Committee seat is set for Nov. 3.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:46 PM ET, 09/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:03 AM ET, 09/30/2011

DeMorning Links: Watering the deserts

“Healthy Corners” program aims to bring fruits and vegetables to city bodegas.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:03 AM ET, 09/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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