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District of DeBonis: December, 2011

Posted at 05:48 PM ET, 12/30/2011

DeEvening Links: Happy New Year

Accused cop-kicker James Donald Ruffin has been released from custody but barred from McPherson Square.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:48 PM ET, 12/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:54 PM ET, 12/30/2011

D.C. hunger striker persists; protest branches out

Adrian Parsons is 23 days into protest; proposes three new protest actions.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:54 PM ET, 12/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 12/30/2011

DeMorning Links: Freedom has a price

Federal judge says city must pay $1.1 million in legal fees for landmark handgun litigation.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:01 AM ET, 12/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:59 PM ET, 12/29/2011

DeEvening Links: Destined for lameness?

Does high rent equal low cultural cachet for D.C.?

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:59 PM ET, 12/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:12 PM ET, 12/29/2011

Marion Barry scolded for political attack sent via council e-mail

D.C. Council chairman Kwame R. Brown warned Barry that his attack on a campaign opponent may have violated council rules.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:12 PM ET, 12/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 12/29/2011

DeMorning Links: Taking the taxi temperature

D.C. Council member wants to know how you feel about city taxi service.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:12 AM ET, 12/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 12/28/2011

DeHoliday Links: Behold The List

Style has spoken: Buying in Bloomingdale is out; renting in Navy Yard is in. Make a note.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:00 AM ET, 12/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 12/27/2011

DeHoliday Links: Winter wonderland

District of DeBonis will return in full on Thursday; in the meantime, links!

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:32 AM ET, 12/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:57 PM ET, 12/22/2011

DeHoliday Links: See you next week

Time for a brief holiday hiatus.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:57 PM ET, 12/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:10 PM ET, 12/22/2011

Former ANC chairman agrees to repay ‘misappropriated’ funds

William C. Shelton was ANC 5B’s chairman when he drew $28,878 from the commission’s checking account without authorization.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:10 PM ET, 12/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:48 AM ET, 12/22/2011

DeMorning Links: Plummeting poll numbers

Not much of a Christmas present for city politicians in a new Clarus Research Group poll released early this morning.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:48 AM ET, 12/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:09 PM ET, 12/21/2011

DeEvening Links: Bring on the gay divorces

The D.C. Council is considering a bill to allow outside same-sex couples to dissolve their unions in the District.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:09 PM ET, 12/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:15 PM ET, 12/21/2011

Is Vincent Gray slacking on D.C. bike lanes?

A leading cyclist advocacy organization says the mayor has not kept up with his cycling promises.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:15 PM ET, 12/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:45 PM ET, 12/21/2011

D.C. population estimated at 617,996; outpaces all states in growth

The city’s population is now estimated at

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:45 PM ET, 12/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:31 PM ET, 12/21/2011

Charge against school board member dropped

Prosecutors have dropped a misdemeanor charge against Trayon White, the Ward 8 member of the D.C. State Board of Education.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:31 PM ET, 12/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

DeMorning Links: Following the money

Investigators are scrutinizing $832,000 in 2008 council earmarks meant for a “Ward 5 initiative” and for “gang-intervention initiatives.”

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

Posted at 07:38 AM ET, 12/21/2011

Some year-end love for my suburban compatriots

My favorite 2011 posts from State of NoVa’s Tom Jackman and Rosenwald, Md.’s Mike Rosenwald

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:38 AM ET, 12/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:49 PM ET, 12/20/2011

DeEvening Links: ‘Bath salt’ ban

Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3) today introduced a bill to add “bath salts” to the city’s list of illicit drugs

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:49 PM ET, 12/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 12/20/2011

Hot Shoppes is coming back to D.C.

A venerable but bygone name in American hospitality will be resurrected in the city where it began.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:15 PM ET, 12/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:54 AM ET, 12/20/2011

DeMorning Links: One D.C. hunger striker persists

Three of four Occupy D.C. hunger strikers are now eating, but the last is vowing to fast into Christmas.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:54 AM ET, 12/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:47 PM ET, 12/19/2011

DeEvening Links: Manic Enterprises

D.C. police sting claims $7.2 million in drugs, 161 weapons, and 70 arrests.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:47 PM ET, 12/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:45 PM ET, 12/19/2011

Previewing the final D.C. ethics reform vote

Expect last minute amendments on disclosure of contractor donations, outside employment and member expulsion.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:45 PM ET, 12/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 12/19/2011

D.C. Water’s George Hawkins gets down, again

The guy who runs the city water system really likes to dance.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:00 PM ET, 12/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:32 PM ET, 12/19/2011

The D.C. taxi reform bill, in detail

New taxi legislation would make a series of sweeping changes, including cab and driver quotas, standardized roof lights and a minimum number of hack inspectors.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:32 PM ET, 12/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 12/19/2011

What color would you paint D.C. taxicabs?

It appears there is some political heft behind taxi color consolidation. So what color?

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:17 PM ET, 12/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:41 AM ET, 12/19/2011

Chavous presses on with campaign after arrest

Kevin B. Chavous is vowing to press on with his campaign after his arrest early Friday on a solicitation of prostitution charge.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:41 AM ET, 12/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:16 AM ET, 12/19/2011

DeMorning Links: A ‘forceful modernization’ of taxis

Reform bill would mandate credit-card readers, GPS navigation systems, single paint color and more.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:16 AM ET, 12/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:03 PM ET, 12/16/2011

DeEvening Links: Cross that bridge

The inbound freeway span of the new 11th Street Bridge opens Sunday.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:03 PM ET, 12/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:32 PM ET, 12/16/2011

Federal spending deal would cut dollars to D.C. priorities

Bill under consideration by Congress would reduce funding to tuition program, schools, Homeland Security project.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:32 PM ET, 12/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:24 PM ET, 12/16/2011

Ward 7 candidate Kevin Chavous arrested on solicitation charge

Kevin B. Chavous, a Democrat running for the Ward 7 D.C. Council seat, was arrested Thursday night on charges of soliciting a prostitute.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:24 PM ET, 12/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:19 AM ET, 12/16/2011

DeMorning Links: Status quo on spending

Under a last-minute deal, D.C. could not fund abortions but could continue to fund needle exchange and medical marijuana.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:19 AM ET, 12/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:59 PM ET, 12/15/2011

DeEvening Links: Security lapse

Undercover officers have repeatedly sneaked simulated bombs into high-profile District government buildings.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:59 PM ET, 12/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:33 PM ET, 12/15/2011

D.C. government dusts off shutdown plan

Because all District spending must be appropriated by Congress, a federal shutdown would also mean a city shutdown.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:33 PM ET, 12/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:56 PM ET, 12/15/2011

Which Republican presidential candidates will appear on D.C. ballots?

At least two GOP candidates are in danger of being left of D.C.’s primary ballot.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:56 PM ET, 12/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:24 PM ET, 12/15/2011

Georgetown U. might finally get its boathouse

The Park Service’s new consideration of a “non-motorized boathouse zone” represents the first movement on the issue in three years.

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:24 PM ET, 12/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 12/15/2011

Gray wants feds to reimburse Occupy expenses

Because the protests have apparent Park Service blessing, Gray says feds should handle $1.6 million in policing and trash removal costs.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:26 AM ET, 12/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:27 AM ET, 12/15/2011

DeMorning Links: It’s getting better

The city’s delivery of basic services has improved drastically over the past decade, and it continues to improve.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:27 AM ET, 12/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:01 PM ET, 12/14/2011

IRS files new lien on Marion Barry’s house

The Sept. 9 lien is the latest in a decadelong string of tax issues for the former four-term mayor.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:01 PM ET, 12/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:04 PM ET, 12/14/2011

DeEvening Links: Willing to settle

Harry Thomas Jr. visited the District’s federal courthouse this morning, and he’s probably hoping he won’t have to return anytime soon.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:04 PM ET, 12/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:47 AM ET, 12/14/2011

DeMorning Links: The heat is on

Darrell Issa wants the Interior Department to explain why it has allowed protesters to camp in violation of Park Service rules.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:47 AM ET, 12/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:20 PM ET, 12/13/2011

DeEvening Links: Taxi fare hike

Commission passes rate increase offset by the elimination of a host of surcharges, including those for luggage and additional passengers.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:20 PM ET, 12/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 12/13/2011

D.C. campaign finance report roundup!

Incumbents are leading as expected, but not all incumbents are doing equally well.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:44 AM ET, 12/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:56 AM ET, 12/13/2011

DeMorning Links: Let’s get direct

Marion Barry wants Spike Lee to drop him a line.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:56 AM ET, 12/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:50 PM ET, 12/12/2011

DeEvening Links: Know your hunger strikers

Three men are sitting in a translucent tent in McPherson Square, on a hunger strike for D.C. voting rights.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:50 PM ET, 12/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:17 PM ET, 12/12/2011

Scenes from a Ward 7 Republican Christmas party

This was not the party of Abraham Lincoln or Frederick Douglass. This was most definitely the party of Ron Moten.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:17 PM ET, 12/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 12/12/2011

DeMorning Links: Crisis of confidence

A malaise has settled inside the John A. Wilson Building these days.

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

Posted at 07:08 PM ET, 12/09/2011

DeEvening Links: Fight night

In about 24 hours, big-time boxing will return to the District. Why has it been so long?

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:08 PM ET, 12/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:33 PM ET, 12/09/2011

The Establishment escalates its anti-Occupy D.C. rhetoric

There are signs today that The Man’s posture of salutary neglect toward Occupy D.C. might be coming to an end.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:33 PM ET, 12/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:26 PM ET, 12/09/2011

Shoe shop owner Malcolm Hines gets 18 months on gun charges

Malcolm Hines did not escape significant jail time for keeping a shotgun to protect his Congress Heights shoe shop.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:26 PM ET, 12/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Some alternate Marion Barry castings

What if Eddie Murphy can’t play the mayor-for-life?

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

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 12/09/2011

DeMorning Links: Marion Barry, the movie

The Reliable Source reports Spike Lee has a deal with HBO to direct a Marion Barry biopic, starring Eddie Murphy.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:00 AM ET, 12/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:59 PM ET, 12/08/2011

DeEvening Links: Drive safely

D.C., for 2011, is already well ahead of its recent traffic fatality numbers.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:59 PM ET, 12/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:44 PM ET, 12/08/2011

Brenda Donald begins encore performance at CFSA

Donald returns to D.C.’s child welfare agency after running Maryland’s social service department.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:44 PM ET, 12/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:31 PM ET, 12/08/2011

Hill says he’s prepared to resign from library board

John W. Hill Jr., longtime library board chair, says he “just can’t be there to cut a ribbon on this library.”

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:31 PM ET, 12/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:11 PM ET, 12/08/2011

Natwar Gandhi does not care for your silly questions

A filing in the federal lawsuit over the D.C. lottery contract includes video of CFO’s deposition.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:11 PM ET, 12/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 12/08/2011

DeMorning Links: Mind the achievement gap

National tests show D.C. Public Schools have the largest achievement gap between black and white students among big-city school systems.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:06 AM ET, 12/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:40 PM ET, 12/07/2011

DeEvening Links: Rain and handcuffs

Today’s incessant rain didn’t stop at least 60 protesters from getting arrested on K Street NW.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:40 PM ET, 12/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:33 PM ET, 12/07/2011

The new Washington Interfaith Network

WIN’s latest “action” made for great theater Monday night.

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:33 PM ET, 12/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Some D.C. officials use private e-mail for official business

Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) regularly and openly sends official e-mails from his personal account.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:12 PM ET, 12/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:35 AM ET, 12/07/2011

DeMorning Links: Ranking D.C.’s charter schools

Public Charter School Board unveils new, easy-to-use assessments of 53 schools.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:35 AM ET, 12/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:52 PM ET, 12/06/2011

DeEvening Links: Viva velo

A bicycle racing facility might be on its way to Buzzard Point.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:52 PM ET, 12/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:37 PM ET, 12/06/2011

Gandhi deposition offers new lottery revelations

Gandhi and his chief of staff often corresponded about official business on personal e-mail accounts to make it “non-FOIA-able.”

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:37 PM ET, 12/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 12/06/2011

Lockridge name will go on new Southwest library

The D.C. Council voted Tuesday to name the $15 million facility for late activist and school board member William O. Lockridge.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:30 PM ET, 12/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 12/06/2011

D.C. gun laws could be eased

A bill introduced to the D.C. Council by Phil Mendelson (D-At Large) would ease the District’s toughest-in-the-nation gun laws.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:32 PM ET, 12/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 12/06/2011

DeMorning Links: ‘We are working on it’

Mayor Vincent Gray appears on Redskins TV show, says he’s ‘very, very interested in the team coming back’.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:02 AM ET, 12/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:23 PM ET, 12/05/2011

DeEvening Links: Foundations are important

The “People’s Pentagon” was out of code because it wasn’t attached to anything.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:23 PM ET, 12/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:14 PM ET, 12/05/2011

D.C. Council members emerge from meeting; Brown says he’ll speak to Thomas

Member shared concerns and offered “ideas and suggestions” for dealing with Harry Thomas Jr. in a closed-door meeting.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:14 PM ET, 12/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:48 PM ET, 12/05/2011

The competing visions of D.C. ethics reform

Is ethics reform more about Jack Evans, who appears to walk right up to the edge of the law, or Harry Thomas, who stands accused of blowing past it?

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:48 PM ET, 12/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 12/05/2011

D.C. Council panel moves on ethics bill; Thomas is absent

Harry Thomas Jr. did not attend a sometimes-heated committee debate Monday morning.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:49 PM ET, 12/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 12/05/2011

DeMorning Links: Arrests, but no eviction for Occupy

Police did not use Saturday night’s barn-raising as an excuse to evict Occupy D.C. protesters from the rest of McPherson Square.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:00 AM ET, 12/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:40 PM ET, 12/02/2011

DeEvening Links: Bad day for HTJ

Federal agents raid Harry Thomas’s house and take his SUV and motorbike.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:40 PM ET, 12/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:23 AM ET, 12/02/2011

DeMorning Links: Ethics maze

The D.C. Council is moving full steam ahead on its reform bill; a markup is set for Monday.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:23 AM ET, 12/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:54 PM ET, 12/01/2011

DeEvening Links: Montel’s medical marijuana pitch

Williams showed up at a Ward 5 community meeting to sell residents on his plans for a medical marijuana operation.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:54 PM ET, 12/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:29 PM ET, 12/01/2011

D.C. Council members describe themselves in a sentence

New council Web site offers a one-sentence peek into each pol’s political soul.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:29 PM ET, 12/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:45 PM ET, 12/01/2011

D.C. Public Schools, libraries closed Friday

Kids have no school, and they can’t go to the library instead.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:45 PM ET, 12/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:13 PM ET, 12/01/2011

Vincent Orange orders all D.C. agency heads to attend hearing

The government-wide cattle call would be unprecedented had Orange not done the same during his previous stint on the council.

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:13 PM ET, 12/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:27 AM ET, 12/01/2011

DeMorning Links: Bottle service

Allegations of booze giveaway to city inspector highlight “standard practice in the club industry.”

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:27 AM ET, 12/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:46 PM ET, 11/30/2011

DeEvening Links: State secrets

The Justice Department refuses to cough up how much the U.S. Attorney’s Office in D.C. is spending.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:46 PM ET, 11/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:32 PM ET, 11/30/2011

Officials weigh in on D.C. ethics reform bill

Council members and a pair of city officials have offered suggestions of changes to draft bill.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:32 PM ET, 11/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:19 AM ET, 11/30/2011

Live coverage: D.C. ethics bill hearing

The D.C. Council will be hearing testimony on a comprehensive ethics reform proposal. The Post’s Mike DeBonis is covering that committee meeting. He’s also following discussion on proposed 12-hour shifts for city firefighters.

By Washington Post staff  |  11:19 AM ET, 11/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:27 AM ET, 11/30/2011

DeMorning Links: License to cheer

District sports fans may soon have the option to purchase team-themed license plates.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:27 AM ET, 11/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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