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District of DeBonis: December, 2012

Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 12/31/2012

Hail

Hail to Alfred Morris. Hail to RG3. Hail to DeAngelo Hall. Hail to Mike Shanahan. And hail to Marion Barry.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:55 AM ET, 12/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Sports

Posted at 05:24 PM ET, 12/28/2012

Fire chief revises controversial ambulance plan

Kenneth Ellerbe's proposal would have taken the city's most advanced ambulances off the street during overnight hours.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:24 PM ET, 12/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Public Safety

Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 12/28/2012

A hot one

Today's frigid winds notwithstanding, 2012 was the hottest year on record for Washington.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:18 AM ET, 12/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links

Posted at 06:41 PM ET, 12/27/2012

Barbara Lett Simmons, 'faithless elector,' is dead at 85

In 2000, Simmons became a rare "faithless elector" who failed to deliver a previously pledged electoral vote.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:41 PM ET, 12/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Obituary

Posted at 02:27 PM ET, 12/27/2012

Transforming the 'dumping ground'

D.C. Council member Kenyan McDuffie wants a task force to explore ways to end the "overconcentration" of gritty uses in Ward 5.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:27 PM ET, 12/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 12/21/2012

Kenyan McDuffie is on the rise

Ward 5's rookie Democrat was the one clear winner above all in Thursday's committee shuffle.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:05 PM ET, 12/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 12:47 PM ET, 12/21/2012

Vincent Gray shifted $350,000 to fund Sessoms's firing from UDC

A budget reprogramming request sent Monday asked legislators to transfer funds for "personal services for strategic UDC personnel."

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:47 PM ET, 12/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 12/21/2012

Lunchlady la-la land

An independent audit found DCPS lost $10 million in one year by contracting out to megavendor Chartwells-Thompson Hospitality.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:00 AM ET, 12/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:36 PM ET, 12/20/2012

Kwame Brown starts a business

LKB Enterprises LLC will provide "business consulting services to various business entities."

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:36 PM ET, 12/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 12/20/2012

Census: D.C. added 30,000 residents in 27 months

Latest estimates show the city added 30,000 residents in 27 months.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:08 PM ET, 12/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Demographics

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 12/20/2012

Down goes Allen Sessoms

The UDC president was fired after four years during a lengthy closed-door board of trustees meeting.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:00 AM ET, 12/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:39 PM ET, 12/19/2012

Gee, thanks, Joe!

Just before retirement and the end of Congress’ session, Lieberman introduces a D.C. statehood bill.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:39 PM ET, 12/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics, The Hill

Posted at 03:11 PM ET, 12/19/2012

Season's greetings from Kwame Brown

The former D.C. Council chairman sent a holiday note to a list of supporters Wednesday afternoon.

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:11 PM ET, 12/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 12/19/2012

Michael Brown remains cagey on special election run

Soon-to-be-former D.C. Council member Michael A. Brown remained noncommittal on whether he'd seek to reclaim an at-large seat in April.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:16 AM ET, 12/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 09:58 AM ET, 12/19/2012

The bridge we've been waiting for

A direct connection between the Southeast Freeway and the Anacostia Freeway opens today.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:58 AM ET, 12/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:03 PM ET, 12/18/2012

There will be no campaign finance reform for Christmas

D.C. Council member Mary Cheh withdrew her last-ditch attempt to improve city campaign finance law.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:03 PM ET, 12/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign Finance, Politics

Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 12/18/2012

Progress in D.C. child welfare agency, monitor finds

Court-appointed monitor finds "sense of both forward movement and optimism" four years after Banita Jacks tragedy.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:54 PM ET, 12/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Children, Politics

Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 12/18/2012

Vincent Gray's plan for more cops runs into D.C. Council objections

Mayor Gray's plan to add 48 officers faces council vote Tuesday.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:26 AM ET, 12/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 09:56 AM ET, 12/18/2012

Hub of luxury

Influx of luxe brands reflects the growing affluence of D.C. and its surrounding region.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:56 AM ET, 12/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links

Posted at 07:52 PM ET, 12/17/2012

Marion Barry compares Phil Mendelson to 'white southerners' who opposed civil rights

Marion Barry says Chairman Phil Mendelson's opposition to ex-offender bill is like "white southerners" who opposed civil rights.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:52 PM ET, 12/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 06:07 PM ET, 12/17/2012

Mary Cheh raises environmental objections to Ivy City bus plans

The D.C. Council member is the second to reject city plans to locate a cahrter tour bus lot in Ivy City.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:07 PM ET, 12/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Neighborhoods

Posted at 02:59 PM ET, 12/17/2012

Mendelson resists money order donation curbs

The D.C. Council chairman said he is concerned a proposal to restrict political contributions could discriminate against poor donors.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:59 PM ET, 12/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Campaign Finance, Politics

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 12/17/2012

Newtown, D.C.

A Connecticut town's grief has prompted reflections on our own, more quotidian gun violence.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:04 AM ET, 12/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 12/14/2012

Medical marijuana at last?

City officials raised the real possibility that qualified patients might be legally medicating themselves within months.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:00 AM ET, 12/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:02 PM ET, 12/13/2012

Kwame Brown disavows aggressive tweets from his account

The former D.C. Council chairman blamed a stolen phone for 90 minutes worth of edgy tweeting.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:02 PM ET, 12/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics, Twitter

Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 12/13/2012

Kenyan McDuffie urges Gray to drop Ivy City bus plan

The Ward 5 council member said he prefers "a proposal that invests in the wellbeing of Ivy City residents."

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:49 PM ET, 12/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Neighborhoods, Politics

Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 12/13/2012

More questions for the money man

The District's chief financial officer is back before the D.C. Council today, with plenty to discuss.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:31 AM ET, 12/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links

Posted at 08:55 PM ET, 12/12/2012

D.C. Council member employed by street-paver wants more street paving

D.C. Council member Anita Bonds, employed by Fort Myer Construction, wants to focus on "the repair of these streets."

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:55 PM ET, 12/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2013, Politics

Posted at 02:42 PM ET, 12/12/2012

No 'Plan' for Ivy City, says Vincent Gray

Vincent Gray rejects the suggestion his administration is trying to move poor residents out of town.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:42 PM ET, 12/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Development, Neighborhoods, Politics

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 12/12/2012

Patrick Mara enters at-large D.C. Council race

The State Board of Education member and prominent Republican said he will make his third run for citywide office.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:00 AM ET, 12/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2013, Politics

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 12/12/2012

Miracle on Capitol Hill

Four month after beating, T.C. Maslin was well enough Tuesday to greet well-wishers at an evening fundraiser.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:00 AM ET, 12/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:44 PM ET, 12/11/2012

LGBT community center wins space in D.C. government building

LGBT community center wins space in D.C. government building.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:44 PM ET, 12/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics, Real Estate

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 12/11/2012

The Corcoran stays put

The Corcoran Gallery of Art will remain a gallery, trustees said Monday after six months of exploring a move.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:00 AM ET, 12/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:32 PM ET, 12/10/2012

Ivy City bus lot plans halted by judge

Judge found that city officials broke the law by not seeking neighborhood input and by circumventing a mandated environmental assessment.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:32 PM ET, 12/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 12/10/2012

Behold your potential D.C. taxi color schemes

The D.C. Taxicab Commission is soliciting feedback ahead of an expected vote to set the new paint scheme in the spring.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:00 PM ET, 12/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Transportation

Posted at 02:49 PM ET, 12/10/2012

D.C. elections chief has few answers on long voting lines

Election board's director arrived at a Monday oversight hearing with little to say about long lines and other voting issues.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:49 PM ET, 12/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2012

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 12/10/2012

Department of just ice

The latest must-have accouterment for your luxury Upper Northwest home: A hockey rink.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:00 AM ET, 12/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:12 PM ET, 12/07/2012

Before appointment, Anita Bonds takes a radio bow

In 72 hours, members of the D.C. Democratic State Committee will choose the next D.C. Council member.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:12 PM ET, 12/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 04:16 PM ET, 12/07/2012

Allen Lew will chair D.C. Water board

Amid the big announcement of a Bloomingdale flood relief plan comes other major news for the $400 million-a-year city's water and sewer utility.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:16 PM ET, 12/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Environment, Infrastructure, Politics

Posted at 02:12 PM ET, 12/07/2012

Sickout at the Taxicab Commission?

A commissioner suggests employees' sickness isn't an epidemic, but a job action against agency management.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:12 PM ET, 12/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Transportation

Posted at 09:56 AM ET, 12/07/2012

Taxicab racism, film at 11

We know it's hard for a black guy to get a cab. It's another thing to see how hard it is for a black guy to get a cab.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:56 AM ET, 12/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links

Posted at 08:26 PM ET, 12/06/2012

Jack Evans wants to swap the FBI for the Redskins

A relocation idea is one the D.C. Council member has floated for years.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:26 PM ET, 12/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics, Sports

Posted at 04:55 PM ET, 12/06/2012

Eleanor Holmes Norton, congresswoman of action

Norton takes her crusade against "synthetic marijuana" to a Benning Road gas station.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:55 PM ET, 12/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Drugs

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 12/06/2012

Quicker liquor on Sundays

D.C. is now slightly less blue -- not happier or more Republican, just less moralizing.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:33 AM ET, 12/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 12/05/2012

The District is losing friends on Capitol Hill

Several of the most District-friendly members will no longer be in key posts for the 113th Congress.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:00 AM ET, 12/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:09 AM ET, 12/05/2012

The D.C. Council makes sausage

The council session lurched toward a close Tuesday with a 13-hour business day.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:09 AM ET, 12/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 12/04/2012

Vincent Gray is still not a fan of budget autonomy referendum

Gray didn't like the idea when it was first proposed, and he still doesn't like it now.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:30 PM ET, 12/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 12/04/2012

Goodbye, FBI?

Federal property managers have taken concrete steps toward relocating FBI headquarters.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:00 AM ET, 12/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:32 PM ET, 12/03/2012

Uber triumphant

For Uber, D.C. has turned out to be an oasis of innovation and progressive transportation regulation.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:32 PM ET, 12/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics, Transportation

Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 12/03/2012

Frontline' will examine Michelle Rhee's D.C. legacy

The episode will air less than a month before Rhee's memoir-cum-manifesto hits bookstores.

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:23 PM ET, 12/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education

Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 12/03/2012

Chartered Health Plan on cusp of sale to AmeriHealth Mercy

It appears embattled businessman Jeffrey E. Thompson is about to be out of the health care business altogether.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:36 PM ET, 12/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health, Politics

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 12/03/2012

$11 million here, $11 million there

Short summary of story

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:00 AM ET, 12/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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