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District of DeBonis: March, 2013

Posted at 12:09 PM ET, 03/29/2013

As Gray ponders options, United Medical Center gets $11 million cash infusion

The cash should allow the hospital to pay its creditors, easing pressures as turnaround artists take over the hospital's management.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:09 PM ET, 03/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 03/29/2013

An 'acceptable state of readiness'

Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe's appearance in front of the D.C. Council dais Thursday did not go altogether smoothly.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:02 AM ET, 03/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Public Safety

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 03/28/2013

Happy budget day!

A $103 million rebuild of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library highlights Mayor Vincent C. Gray's 2014 budget plan.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:30 AM ET, 03/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 06:17 PM ET, 03/27/2013

Three firms picked for D.C. Medicaid contracts

The winning firms named Wednesday — the AmeriHealth Mercy Family of Cos., MedStar Family Choice and Thrive Health Plan Inc. — are the same three that appeared in a draft news release that leaked earlier this month.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:17 PM ET, 03/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health, Politics

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 03/27/2013

Bryan Weaver launches council run, with big assist from RFK

The bulk of Bryan Weaver's remarks in his campaign launch video are recycled, mainly from speeches by Robert F. Kennedy.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:00 PM ET, 03/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Politics

Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 03/27/2013

The Jim Graham controversy continues

If Jim Graham thought his colleagues' reprimand vote last month would end his ordeal over a 2008 contracting dispute, he was wrong.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:06 AM ET, 03/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 03/26/2013

Crisis of confidence?

In the latest dustup inside the Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department, the firefighters union votes no confidence in Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:42 AM ET, 03/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links

Posted at 05:17 PM ET, 03/25/2013

Muriel Bowser discusses her mayoral run

The first official entrant into the 2014 mayoral race talks about why she's running and what her vision for the city is.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:17 PM ET, 03/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 03:46 PM ET, 03/25/2013

Bryan Weaver readies Ward 1 D.C. Council run

Weaver, a former union organizer who now runs a youth nonprofit, acknowledged Monday that he'd filed campaign papers but declined to discuss his prospects in detail.

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:46 PM ET, 03/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Politics

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 03/22/2013

Patrick Mara wins Post nod

More than a month before Election Day, Mara has won the Post editorial board's full-throated endorsement in the at-large D.C. Council race.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:02 AM ET, 03/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:31 PM ET, 03/21/2013

D.C. wins bond rating upgrade from S&P

The Wall Street firm improved its opinion of some District bonds, handing city officials a modest reward for their financial management amid ongoing federal budget uncertainty.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:31 PM ET, 03/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Money, Politics

Posted at 03:13 PM ET, 03/21/2013

This gadget will soon be on top of all D.C. cabs

A new standardized dome light — one that should make it a lot easier to determine if a cab on the street is available for hire — coming to D.C. taxicabs in the coming months

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:13 PM ET, 03/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Transportation

Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 03/21/2013

Peace or vibrancy on 14th Street?

The vast majority of residents who testified on a proposed liquor license moratorium for some of the city's most thriving neighborhoods are no fans of the idea.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:22 AM ET, 03/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 03/20/2013

Taxi credit-card proposal gets further tweaks

The D.C. Taxicab Commission will take up a proposal to tweak regulations surrounding the credit-card mandate — including a modest increase in fares — at its Wednesday meeting.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:15 PM ET, 03/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Transportation

Posted at 10:03 AM ET, 03/20/2013

Less news is bad news

No more local coverage for the Washington Examiner.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:03 AM ET, 03/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Media

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 03/19/2013

D.C. trash study won't focus on incinerator, official says

D.C.'s public works director said he would make it clear that a planned $300,000 study will examine all manners of waste disposal.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:45 AM ET, 03/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Environment, Politics

Posted at 09:27 AM ET, 03/19/2013

Wilson Building camera chase!

On Monday, Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice Paul Quander offered a lesson in how not to handle a media feeding frenzy.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:27 AM ET, 03/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Public Safety

Posted at 09:34 AM ET, 03/18/2013

Whither United Medical Center?

By every measure except money, the city-owned United Medical Center has been a success. But with city officials only grudgingly committed to ongoing subsidies, its financial picture remains cloudy.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:34 AM ET, 03/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Health, Politics

Posted at 03:12 PM ET, 03/15/2013

D.C. anti-SLAPP law goes before federal appeals judges

Case at issue is defamation suit filed ex-agriculture official against now-deceased conservative newsman.

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:12 PM ET, 03/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  The Law

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 03/15/2013

Trial by speakerphone

Albrecht Muth lies in a hospital bed, having starved himself to the edge of death. But his trial for the murder of his 91-year-old wife will go on.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:01 AM ET, 03/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:21 PM ET, 03/14/2013

James E. Lyons Sr. is UDC's interim president

Lyons, who served as Maryland's secretary of higher education from 2007 to 2010, will assume the temporary post on March 20.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:21 PM ET, 03/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education, Politics

Posted at 04:13 PM ET, 03/14/2013

Wal-Mart is among 'Don't block D.C. Progress' backers

The megaretailer acknowledged Thursday that it had a hand in the creation of "Don't Block D.C. Progress."

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:13 PM ET, 03/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Business, Politics

Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 03/14/2013

Creative fire truck accounting

A deputy fire chief has been forced into retirement after giving a D.C. Council a faulty list of reserve equipment.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:48 AM ET, 03/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Public Safety

Posted at 07:24 PM ET, 03/13/2013

Small-business health exchange mandate will go to D.C. Council

A District board is moving full steam ahead with a controversial plan to require small businesses to purchase their health insurance through a government exchange.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:24 PM ET, 03/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health, Politics

Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 03/13/2013

'Large retailer' living-wage bill is moving forward

Hearing is set for bill that would mandate higher wages for stores like Wal-Mart, Costco and Home Depot.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:04 PM ET, 03/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Business, Politics

Posted at 10:05 AM ET, 03/13/2013

Life, death and guns in Capitol View

The Post's Krissah Thompson and Hamil Harris go to D.C.'s Capitol View neighborhood, a place where handgun violence is a part of everyday life.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:05 AM ET, 03/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Crime, DeMorning Links

Posted at 09:38 AM ET, 03/12/2013

Thirteen shot at Tyler House

Thirteen shot at Tyler House

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:38 AM ET, 03/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Crime, DeMorning Links

Posted at 05:33 PM ET, 03/11/2013

D.C.'s pensions are looking pretty

D.C. alone had a fully funded municipal employee pension plan in fiscal 2009, according to a study by the Pew Center on the States

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:33 PM ET, 03/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Money, Politics

Posted at 02:17 PM ET, 03/11/2013

D.C. Medicaid contracts still in flux

The effort to award some of the District's largest contracts will continue for at least a couple more weeks.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:17 PM ET, 03/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health

Posted at 10:24 AM ET, 03/11/2013

A public safety 'tipping point'

The D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services department faces a potential crisis of public confidence after a series of well-publicized incidents.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:24 AM ET, 03/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Public Safety

Posted at 09:38 AM ET, 03/08/2013

An officer and the 'thug life'

The sad and fascinating history of a young man charged with assaulting a D.C. police officer Tuesday with his Lexus.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:38 AM ET, 03/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links

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

D.C.'s budget picture isn't as pretty as it seems

Barring another round of upward revisions, the rising costs of government threaten to quickly outstrip the new revenue projections.

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

Posted at 09:05 AM ET, 03/07/2013

D.C.'s big snow bust

The question for local bureaucrats is: We shut the schools, courts and the rest of government down for this?

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:05 AM ET, 03/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links

Posted at 08:55 AM ET, 03/06/2013

Yes, there is a snowstorm coming

Yes, there is little or no accumulation downtown thus far. But significant snow is now falling and sticking, and D.C. schools and government offices are closed for the day.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:55 AM ET, 03/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links

Posted at 08:43 PM ET, 03/05/2013

D.C. moves closer to awarding Medicaid contracts

The District appears to have tentatively chosen three firms to manage the health care of about 160,000 low-income city residents.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:43 PM ET, 03/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health, Politics

Posted at 05:53 PM ET, 03/05/2013

D.C. to FBI: We'll give you 10 acres

Mayor Vincent C. Gray is proposing to locate a new headquarters on the 110-acre Poplar Point site across the Anacostia River from Nationals Park.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:53 PM ET, 03/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Development, Politics, The Feds

Posted at 03:54 PM ET, 03/05/2013

Time to pay D.C.'s 'shadow' delegation?

D.C. Council member Vincent Orange wants to pay the three elected officials comprising the city's "shadow" delegation to Congress for the first time.

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:54 PM ET, 03/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics, Voting Rights

Posted at 09:29 AM ET, 03/05/2013

Antoine Jones 3, United States 0

Acting as his own defense attorney, the accused drug kingpin convinced half a jury he didn't do it

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:29 AM ET, 03/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, The Law

Posted at 03:52 PM ET, 03/04/2013

Judge nixes Kwame Brown's travel request

The former D.C. Council chairman hoped to continue leading an annual bus trip of D.C. high school students to a college recruitment fair in North Carolina.

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:52 PM ET, 03/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics, The Law

Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 03/04/2013

'One City,' two federations

In Mayor Vincent C. Gray's 'One City,' know there's still plenty to divide us -- take something as basic as neighborhood activism.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:11 AM ET, 03/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links

Posted at 08:58 AM ET, 03/01/2013

Bag tax roadshow

The District's political odd couple road-tripped to Annapolis Thursday to tell the Maryland statehouse black caucus about the boons of a five-cent plastic bag fee.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:58 AM ET, 03/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics

 

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