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District of DeBonis: January, 2013

Posted at 07:21 PM ET, 01/31/2013

Hospital contract is a D.C. Council hot potato

Another year, another D.C. Council contracting battle.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:21 PM ET, 01/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 05:07 PM ET, 01/31/2013

More medical marijuana growing sites in D.C.?

One D.C. Council member is renewing efforts to prevent "overconcentrations" of marijuana growing sites in the city.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:07 PM ET, 01/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 01/31/2013

Bad night on the Green Line

Metro passengers were stuck for hours under the Anacostia River after a small fire along the tracks resulted in a power outage.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:15 AM ET, 01/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Transportation

Posted at 06:35 PM ET, 01/30/2013

Taxi credit-card mandate delayed again

A procedural quirk means cabs won't be required to accept plastic before May.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:35 PM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Transportation

Posted at 06:06 PM ET, 01/30/2013

Obscure law could allow D.C. Council to spend $100 million of surplus

Marion Barry's staff has identified a 2009 statute allowing the council to spend up to $100 million of a prior-year budget surplus.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:06 PM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 01/30/2013

Who is responsible for the District's $50 million estate tax haul?

One dead taxpayer is apparently responsible for a $50 million contribution to city coffers, contributing mightily to an overall surplus of $417 million.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:59 AM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Money, Politics

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 01/30/2013

Patty Stonesifer's next act

The longtime CEO of one of the world's largest philanthropic organizations is taking the helm of comparatively piddling Martha's Table.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:19 AM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:41 PM ET, 01/29/2013

Cab driver is convicted of assaulting his passenger

A Superior Court judge on Jan. 9 convicted Kefyalew B. Teshome, 44, of misdemeanor assault, and now his driving privileges have been suspended.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:41 PM ET, 01/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Public Safety, Transportation

Posted at 10:06 AM ET, 01/29/2013

Gray: $417 million D.C. surplus will stay in bank

Mayor Vincent Gray is likely to propose new spending if current-year revenues are upgraded.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:06 AM ET, 01/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 01/29/2013

Benning Road whodunit

Authorities are asking tough questions about the liquor licensing at a pool hall where five revelers were shot Friday night.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:00 AM ET, 01/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:56 PM ET, 01/28/2013

Mark Segraves leaves WTOP for Channel 4

One of D.C.'s top local reporters is switching teams.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:56 PM ET, 01/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Media, Politics

Posted at 10:10 AM ET, 01/28/2013

A $400 million windfall for D.C.

But 2012 surplus may not mean service restoration unless projections of future revenue are increased.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:10 AM ET, 01/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 01/25/2013

Mary Cheh is featured on Mugshots.com

After introducing bill to release mugshots of criminal suspects, Cheh is getting a taste of what it's like to have you face plastered among the accused.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:19 AM ET, 01/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics, Public Safety

Posted at 09:50 AM ET, 01/25/2013

They said, she said

Responding to criticism of the police department's handling of sexual assault cases, Chief Cathy Lanier has come out swinging yet again.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:50 AM ET, 01/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics, Public Safety

Posted at 05:42 PM ET, 01/24/2013

Taxi credit-card mandate delayed to April

Because the D.C. Taxicab Commission didn't have a quorum today, it could not vote to authorize the publication of the necessary regulations.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:42 PM ET, 01/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics, Transportation

Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 01/24/2013

Jim Graham ends effort to join Youth Trust board

Graham told Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) Wednesday he was withdrawing his earlier request regarding the Children and Youth Investment Trust Corp.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:10 AM ET, 01/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 01/24/2013

What's next for Metro

Can Metro expand for the next generation while also upgrading its existing service?

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:52 AM ET, 01/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Transportation

Posted at 05:04 PM ET, 01/23/2013

Eleanor Holmes Norton suggests feds should pay for Bloomingdale flooding fix

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton has asked President Obama to include $40 million in next budget for D.C. flooding relief.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:04 PM ET, 01/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Infrastructure, Politics, The Hill

Posted at 01:51 PM ET, 01/23/2013

Lawsuit over D.C. Council e-mails is settled

The settlement comes three weeks after the D.C. Council adopted new rules on the handling of public business on private e-mail accounts.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:51 PM ET, 01/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 10:39 AM ET, 01/23/2013

Banned in D.C.

Rives Miller Grogan's arboreal anti-abortion antics earned him yet another D.C. arrest.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:39 AM ET, 01/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:56 PM ET, 01/22/2013

Vincent Gray's State of the District address set for Feb. 5

The speech will be held at 7 p.m. at the Sixth and I Historic Synagogue the same venue as last year's address.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:56 PM ET, 01/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 01:33 PM ET, 01/22/2013

Time to sign up for D.C. summer jobs program

Applications to the annual Summer Youth Employment Program open on Friday, and the city is warning kids to sign up quickly.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:33 PM ET, 01/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics, Youth

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 01/22/2013

Four more years till we have to do this again

It was less crowded, less stressful and less exuberant than 2009, but it was still pretty darn big for a second inauguration.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:15 AM ET, 01/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links

Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 01/18/2013

Credit cards in D.C. taxicabs by March 30

A long, messy push toward universal credit-card acceptance in D.C. taxis is near an end.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:27 PM ET, 01/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Transportation

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 01/18/2013

Fifteen DCPS schools will close

Will Kaya Henderson's first round of school closures be her last?

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:01 AM ET, 01/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:18 PM ET, 01/17/2013

Jim Graham seeks appointment to Youth Trust board

The Children and Youth Investment Trust Corp. was used by Harry Thomas Jr. used to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:18 PM ET, 01/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 06:57 PM ET, 01/17/2013

Creator of 'Taxation Without Representation' plates finds vindication

As happy as city leaders are that the District's "Taxation Without Representation" plates will appear on the presidential limousine, Sarah Shapiro is happier.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:57 PM ET, 01/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 01/17/2013

Mayoral inauguration invitations go to broad group of VIPs

About 480 prominent Washingtonians are invited to an open house in the Wilson Building; a more exclusive list of about 60 are invited to the city's $342,000 viewing stand.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:16 PM ET, 01/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Inauguration, Politics

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 01/17/2013

Blue flu shot

City officials say they are taking steps to prevent another spate of firefighter absences.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:00 AM ET, 01/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:41 PM ET, 01/16/2013

Costco is among first to seek Sunday liquor sales

D.C. alcohol authorities started taking applications from liquor retailers who want to sell their wares on Sundays for the first time.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:41 PM ET, 01/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Business

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 01/16/2013

Wilson Building carries 'Full Democracy' message for inaugural parade

"A More Perfect Union Must Include Full Democracy in DC," reads a banner affixed to the John A. Wilson Building.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:01 PM ET, 01/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics, The Hill

Posted at 09:57 AM ET, 01/16/2013

What's in a license plate?

"Taxation Without Representation" plates on the presidential limo might be a symbolic gesture, but it's one that comes with fringe benefits.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:57 AM ET, 01/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 04:12 PM ET, 01/15/2013

White House petition for 'Taxation' license plates is struggling

White House petition for 'Taxation' license plates is struggling

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:12 PM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 02:39 PM ET, 01/15/2013

After two-year fight, nonprofit will again give D.C. youths job training

Urban Alliance regained funding after two-year fight with D.C. contracting officials.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:39 PM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 01/15/2013

Rat patrol

Vincent Orange intervened to assist market owner -- and frequent campaign contributor -- deal with health inspectors.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:20 AM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 01:34 PM ET, 01/14/2013

David Catania has left his job with M.C. Dean

Catania left his $240,000-a-year executive job in December as the prominent local firm does an increasing amount of business with the District government.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:34 PM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Business, Politics

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 01/14/2013

Revisiting Michelle Rhee

More than two years after Rhee left the D.C. Public Schools, D.C. just can't stop talking about her. But then again, neither can the rest of the country.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:00 AM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:50 PM ET, 01/11/2013

Department of Behavioral Health will combine mental health, substance abuse functions

The new agency, which will open Oct. 1, will combine mental health and substance abuse functions.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:50 PM ET, 01/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 01/11/2013

Get your dang flu shot

Get your dang flu shot

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:55 AM ET, 01/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:26 PM ET, 01/10/2013

Chuck Brown Park will feature bandshell, 'timeline tower'

A $1 million steel-and-wood music pavilion will be built this year on the grounds of Langdon Park in Northeast.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:26 PM ET, 01/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Culture, Music

Posted at 02:10 PM ET, 01/10/2013

Seattle flag flies over the Wilson Building

"D.C. is good on its word," Mayor Vincent Gray tweeted to his Seattle counterpart.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:10 PM ET, 01/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics, Sports

Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 01/10/2013

What happened at Noyes Elementary?

The battle over Adell Cothorne, the former Noyes Elementary principal who recently went public with standardized test cheating allegations, continues.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:53 AM ET, 01/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Education

Posted at 07:09 PM ET, 01/09/2013

Three years after breathalyzer scandal, D.C. police restart alcohol breath testing

Three years after breathalyzer scandal, D.C. officials say they are confident things are back on track.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:09 PM ET, 01/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Public Safety

Posted at 03:59 PM ET, 01/09/2013

Irv Nathan says he's done fighting the budget autonomy referendum

Irvin Nathan said Wednesday he will stand down his opposition to the maneuver that has divided the city government's top legal minds.

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:59 PM ET, 01/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Law, Politics, The Hill

Posted at 01:13 PM ET, 01/09/2013

Redskins name change should be discussed, Vincent Gray says

Vincent Gray said hard discussions about the team's offensive name would have to accompany any stadium talks.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:13 PM ET, 01/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics, Race, Sports

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 01/09/2013

'Frontline' and center

In PBS documentary, veteran correspondent John Merrow draws on his deep reserve of footage from his years embedded with Michelle Rhee.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:00 AM ET, 01/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Education

Posted at 04:22 PM ET, 01/08/2013

Budget autonomy referendum will go to voters

Elections officials chose not to heed warnings from the District's attorney general that the measure is, in his view, unlawful.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:22 PM ET, 01/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 03:01 PM ET, 01/08/2013

On RGIII decision, Marion Barry has Mike Shanahan's back

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan can rest assured knowing that one prominent fan thinks he has done no wrong.

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:01 PM ET, 01/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics, Sports

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 01/08/2013

Hear no fraud, see no fraud

A shoddy investigation into D.C. Public Schools' standardized testing has meant fraud allegations have lingered.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:00 AM ET, 01/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:28 AM ET, 01/07/2013

Expel check

Charter students are many times more likely to be kicked out of their schools than DCPS students.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:28 AM ET, 01/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Education

Posted at 05:15 PM ET, 01/04/2013

Union Station tax dispute is settled, also not settled

Agreement will pump $7.5 million into city coffers, but leaves key legal question unresolved.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:15 PM ET, 01/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Development, Transportation

Posted at 03:18 PM ET, 01/04/2013

Kaya Henderson is, unsurprisingly, not okay with arming teachers

Chancellor Kaya Henderson is, unsurprisingly, not OK with arming her teachers.

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:18 PM ET, 01/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education, Politics

Posted at 02:08 PM ET, 01/04/2013

Skyland Town Center will have Wal-Mart, apartments by 2016

At a Thursday meeting, developers for the first time shared a fairly precise timeline for bringing the project to fruition.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:08 PM ET, 01/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Development, Politics

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 01/04/2013

Count twice, vote once

Jim Graham tried a parliamentary end-around to reject welfare cuts, but he forgot to count his votes first.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:00 AM ET, 01/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:07 PM ET, 01/03/2013

D.C. Council takes step toward e-mail transparency

New rule does more to ensure official e-mails remain open to inspection, but it may not be enough to end an ongoing lawsuit.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:07 PM ET, 01/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics, Transparency

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 01/03/2013

D.C. and the 113th Congress

So far, committee assignments look OK for D.C.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:15 PM ET, 01/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  The Hill

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 01/03/2013

A new term, a new day?

At the D.C. Council swearing-in, there were acknowledgments that the body needs to turn a new page after a tumultuous two years.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:17 AM ET, 01/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links

Posted at 04:08 PM ET, 01/02/2013

Marion Barry, master of the universe

In an official biography, Barry is said to be ultimately responsible for the prosperity of the District's most thriving neighborhoods.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:08 PM ET, 01/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 01/02/2013

Michael Brown, again a Democrat, is running for D.C. Council

Brown, now a Democrat, picked up ballot petitions just hours before his replacement was sworn in.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:03 PM ET, 01/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 01/02/2013

Eighty-eight murders

The District finished 2012 with 88 homicides, the lowest yearly total the city's seen since the early 1960s.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:20 AM ET, 01/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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