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District of DeBonis: May, 2013

Posted at 02:11 PM ET, 05/31/2013

Kenyan McDuffie dismisses employee over debit-card misuse

Former aide acknowledges using a constituent service debit card to pay bar tabs.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:11 PM ET, 05/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 01:14 PM ET, 05/31/2013

Living wage bill will get full D.C. Council vote

The "Large Retailer Accountability Act" would require the biggest names in retail to pay their workers a super-minimum hourly wage of $12.50.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:14 PM ET, 05/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Business, Politics

Posted at 10:07 AM ET, 05/31/2013

No more July 4 gun march

You can all exhale now: It appears the armed march on Washington scheduled for July 4 has been called off.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:07 AM ET, 05/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Public Safety

Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 05/30/2013

The EPA and a seven-minute ambulance delay

While a Wednesday ambulance delay might appear to be another story of fire department dysfunction, the story is rather more complicated.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:06 AM ET, 05/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Public Safety

Posted at 08:04 PM ET, 05/29/2013

Jack Evans will launch mayoral run June 8

The longtime D.C. Council member will become the third sitting legislator to formally seek the city's top office next year.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:04 PM ET, 05/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Politics

Posted at 02:27 PM ET, 05/29/2013

Ginnie Cooper, D.C. Public Library chief, will step down

Cooper, who has overseen a $153 million remaking of the District's public library system, said Wednesday she will retire before the year ends.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:27 PM ET, 05/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Culture, Libraries, Politics

Posted at 09:39 AM ET, 05/29/2013

The $2 million sinkhole

No one's exactly sure what undermined the pavement at 14th and F streets NW, but the upshot is that the fix will end up costing nearly two weeks and $2 million.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:39 AM ET, 05/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Transportation

Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 05/28/2013

Swimming pool politics

With Mayor Vincent Gray, again, opting not to perform a Tony Williams-style cannonball to open pool season, WRC-TV's Tom Sherwood quizzed Gray's potential replacements on the matter.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:37 AM ET, 05/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 04:52 PM ET, 05/23/2013

D.C. shows Sun Belt-like population growth

Among the nation's 25 largest cities, only Austin and Charlotte grew faster than the District did between 2010 and 2012.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:52 PM ET, 05/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Economy

Posted at 11:04 AM ET, 05/20/2013

Tommy Wells discusses his mayoral run

Ahead of his formal announcement Saturday, Wells sat for a lengthy interview on why he's running and his vision for the city.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:04 AM ET, 05/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Politics

Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 05/17/2013

Uber wars threaten to reignite over new regulations

Conflict again threatens to erupt over regulations being considered by the D.C. Taxicab Commission that Uber claims could severely impact its business.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:01 AM ET, 05/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics, Transportation

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 05/17/2013

'Medic unit roulette'

At hearing, D.C. Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe will address questions about department's paramedic shortage.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:02 AM ET, 05/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Public Safety

Posted at 06:21 PM ET, 05/16/2013

Civil disobedience for me but not for thee?

Mayor Vincent C. Gray failed to acknowledge his own personal arrest record Thursday when addressing plans for a July 4 gun March.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:21 PM ET, 05/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 09:20 AM ET, 05/16/2013

Decriminalize it?

With medical marijuana dispensaries not even open yet, some lawmakers are exploring whether the D.C. Council should decriminalize or even legalize cannabis in the city.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:20 AM ET, 05/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Drugs, Health

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

Don't know your dog's breed? In D.C., it's a Xoloitzcuintli.

Don't know your dog's breed? To the city's health department, it might as well be a rare Mexican hairless breed.

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

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 05/15/2013

A billion dollars to bury the power lines

Mayor Vincent C. Gray's power line burial task force is finally out with recommendations: Spend up to $1 billion to bury the 60 most troublesome "feeder" lines.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:01 AM ET, 05/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Infrastructure, Politics

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 05/14/2013

Partnered for preservation

Ten projects in the District of Columbia won significant grants through the American Express-backed Partners in Preservation contest — starting with Washington National Cathedral.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:01 AM ET, 05/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Culture, DeMorning Links

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 05/13/2013

Tommy Wells will launch mayoral run Saturday

The D.C. Council member will bring more than three months of exploration when he formally launches his mayoral campaign at a rally in Northeast Washington.

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:00 PM ET, 05/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Politics

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 05/13/2013

Vince and Ron share a stage

WRC-TV cameras on Friday captured Mayor Vincent Gray and U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen Jr. awkwardly sharing the spotlight at a police memorial event.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:14 AM ET, 05/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 05/10/2013

Food truck showdown day

Months, if not years, of fighting between food trucks and traditional restaurants comes to a head Friday at the John A. Wilson Building.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:02 AM ET, 05/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Food, Politics

Posted at 09:44 AM ET, 05/09/2013

Was the good doctor a deviant?

Pediatrician Robert P. Dickey's sterling reputation was shattered Wednesday when federal agents raided his home, catching him in the act of viewing child pornography.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:44 AM ET, 05/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:51 PM ET, 05/08/2013

Taxi Commission makes it official: Credit cards in all D.C. cabs by Aug. 31

After prolonged process, D.C. Taxi Commission makes it official.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:51 PM ET, 05/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Transportation

Posted at 09:42 AM ET, 05/07/2013

Who you gonna call?

The District government's latest public safety flare-up comes after a resident claims she was put on hold by a city 911 operator for more than a minute while an intruder was inside her house.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:42 AM ET, 05/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Public Safety

Posted at 02:36 PM ET, 05/06/2013

Patrick Mara wins the absentee ballot count

Numbers show Mara wasn't able to grow his voter base in any significant way, suggesting a limit to the number of Democrats and independents willing to support a Republican.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:36 PM ET, 05/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2013, Politics

Posted at 09:44 AM ET, 05/06/2013

Vote and preserve

Online "Partners for Preservation" voting continues through Friday, with 24 sites across the region competing for as much as $100,000 each.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:44 AM ET, 05/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Culture, DeMorning Links

Posted at 06:13 PM ET, 05/03/2013

D.C. taxi credit card mandate remains on track (knock on wood)

D.C. Taxicab Commission Chairman Ron M. Linton confirmed he is sticking to a timeline of requiring cabs to accept credit card payment no later than Aug. 31.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:13 PM ET, 05/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Transportation

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 05/03/2013

At first mayoral fundraiser, Muriel Bowser takes shot at primary date change

At first mayoral fundraiser, she said her council colleagues are "so scared they're trying to change the election date."

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:30 PM ET, 05/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Politics

Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 05/03/2013

Vincent Orange gets ethics sanction

The at-large D.C. Council member has the distinction of becoming the first city official to be formally admonished by the District's new ethics board.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:08 AM ET, 05/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 04:04 PM ET, 05/02/2013

City: 'Fake weed' will turn you into a zombie

A new D.C. government education campaign is telling city youth that using "synthetic marijuana" products will turn them into zombies, Night of the Living Dead-style.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:04 PM ET, 05/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health

Posted at 03:27 PM ET, 05/02/2013

Mayor Gray unveils immigrant license push to some grumbles

The mayor won plaudits, but several advocates turned his "One City" motto back on him by calling for "one city, one license."

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:27 PM ET, 05/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 12:38 PM ET, 05/02/2013

What 'DC Reads' this year is up to you

The D.C. Public Library is renewing its annual citywide reading and discussion event, and you have less than 48 hours to weigh in on which book will be highlighted.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:38 PM ET, 05/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Culture

Posted at 10:10 AM ET, 05/02/2013

D.C. schools' declining budgets

Many schools will have fewer resources next year despite a brightening city revenue picture.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:10 AM ET, 05/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Education

Posted at 05:06 PM ET, 05/01/2013

Acting CFO bill is signed, but Gandhi will stay on

Before today, there was no provision for appointing an acting CFO should the actual CFO resign or otherwise be incapable of holding office.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:06 PM ET, 05/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Money, Politics

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 05/01/2013

David Catania's education reform 2.0

Rather than dicker with standardized testing or teacher evaluations, Catania says he wants to adjust the underlying mechanics of school funding and promotion rules.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:01 AM ET, 05/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Education

 

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