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District of DeBonis: June, 2013

Posted at 02:19 PM ET, 06/28/2013

Tommy Wells: Elected attorney general should retain control of city legal staff

Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) says in a system where lawyers report to the mayor, "the independent voice pointing out pitfalls of law and ethics will be effectively eliminated."

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:19 PM ET, 06/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics, The Law

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 06/28/2013

Fewer sports opportunities for DCPS girls

The National Women's Law Center has filed a Title IX complaint against the D.C. Public Schools after finding stark disparities in athletic opportunities for boys and girls.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:01 AM ET, 06/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Education, Sports

Posted at 09:21 PM ET, 06/27/2013

Another lottery contract is under the D.C. Council's microscope

A deal worth $9.7 million to produce and distribute scratch-off tickets is certain to appear in some form on the D.C. Council's agenda at its July 10 meeting.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:21 PM ET, 06/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 02:23 PM ET, 06/27/2013

Deal pending on Chartered Health Plan's unpaid bills

Health care providers who have seen their bottom lines damaged by the collapse of D.C. Chartered Health Plan could be made whole by summer's end.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:23 PM ET, 06/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health, Politics

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 06/27/2013

'Faulty assumptions' in sexual assaults probe

An independent review has sustained many of the police department's criticisms of the Human Rights Watch report of sexual assault investigations.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:02 AM ET, 06/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Law Enforcement, Public Safety

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 06/26/2013

Did Tony Cheng bribe the unbribeable?

In the course of trying to enter the taxi business, a grand jury has found, the restaurateur and his son paid bribes.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:19 AM ET, 06/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Law Enforcement, Politics

Posted at 11:34 PM ET, 06/25/2013

Sales tax cut likely to get D.C. Council's okay

The cut represents legislators' first efforts to roll back tax increases made four years ago when economic crisis decimated government revenues.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:34 PM ET, 06/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 06/25/2013

Living wage bill could get square-footage requirement back

John A. Wilson Building vote counters say sentiment on the bill is closely split.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:44 PM ET, 06/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Business, Politics

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 06/25/2013

Rusty's day out

How's a lesser-known species to get its due? For the National Zoo's red panda, it means beating an escape from his enclosure,prompting a social-media fueled freak out.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:02 AM ET, 06/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links

Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 06/24/2013

Another revenue windfall for D.C. government

The District government is expected to take in roughly $600 million more in the coming five years than previously anticipated — including an addition $85.9 million in the current budget year.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:29 PM ET, 06/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 09:22 AM ET, 06/24/2013

No mercy for Nats scalpers

An out-of-towner describes the consequences for those who engage in the "unspeakable crime" of reselling their Nationals tickets on Half Street SE.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:22 AM ET, 06/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Public Safety, Sports

Posted at 06:27 PM ET, 06/21/2013

Eleanor Holmes Norton starts giving her Jeffrey Thompson money away

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton's campaign said Friday a combined $20,000 would be donated to the D.C. Vote nonprofit advocacy group.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:27 PM ET, 06/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Law Enforcement, Politics

Posted at 02:08 PM ET, 06/21/2013

Feds seek six-month sentence for Vincent Gray campaign aide

Thomas W. Gore pleaded guilty in May 2012 to destroying records related to the federal investigation of the Vincent Gray campaign's dealings with Sulaimon Brown

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:08 PM ET, 06/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Law Enforcement, Politics

Posted at 09:28 AM ET, 06/21/2013

Following the money

Lee A. Calhoun's admissions Thursday laid bare what U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. called an "assembly line" for illicit campaign contributions at the former Thompson, Cobb, Bazilio and Associates.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:28 AM ET, 06/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Law Enforcement, Politics

Posted at 09:09 AM ET, 06/20/2013

Frederick Douglass takes his rightful place

A seven-foot likeness of Douglass now sits in the U.S. Capitol, representing the District among statuary from the 50 states.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:09 AM ET, 06/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics, The Hill

Posted at 08:37 PM ET, 06/19/2013

Bikeshare workers turn up volume on wage complaints

Several current and former Capital Bikeshare employees delivered petitions to city and company officials on Wednesday.

By Stefanie Dazio  |  08:37 PM ET, 06/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Labor, Politics, Transportation

Posted at 03:12 PM ET, 06/18/2013

Food trucks are here to stay

The D.C. Council voted unanimously to complete the approval process for regulations setting out where and how food trucks may operate.

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:12 PM ET, 06/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Food, Politics

Posted at 09:58 AM ET, 06/18/2013

'Dark things' in Forest Hills

Details revealed in court Monday in the case of a shocking home invasion and sexual assault tell the tale of an assignation gone very wrong.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:58 AM ET, 06/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:50 PM ET, 06/17/2013

Primary election date change proposal appears to be dead

With at least three of five members of the council's Government Operations Committee currently opposing the change, it looks as though next year's primary day will remain April Fools'.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:50 PM ET, 06/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Politics

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 06/17/2013

Vote on living wage bill delayed a week

The move gives business leaders who oppose the bill extra time to water it down or kill it entirely.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:34 PM ET, 06/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 06/14/2013

Farewell, Washington Examiner

Today is the last day of local coverage for the Examiner, which delivered government accountability journalism in 450-word doses for eight years.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:02 AM ET, 06/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links

Posted at 04:52 PM ET, 06/13/2013

Michael A. Brown will not be charged in campaign probe

U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. said at a Monday news conference that the $113,950 in missing campaign money is part of a "separate investigation" that is continuing.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:52 PM ET, 06/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Law Enforcement, Politics

Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 06/13/2013

All eyes on Vincent Orange

D.C. Council member Vincent B. Orange (D-At Large) acknowledged Tuesday that he had recently met with investigators and provided campaign documents to them.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:51 AM ET, 06/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Law Enforcement, Politics

Posted at 07:10 PM ET, 06/12/2013

Northeast developers eyed in campaign finance probe

Prosecutors have issued subpoenas seeking campaign finance records to members of the Choi family, who own properties in the wholesale market area north of Florida Avenue NE.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:10 PM ET, 06/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Law Enforcement, Politics

Posted at 03:37 PM ET, 06/12/2013

Jack Evans discusses his mayoral run

Ahead of his formal announcement, Evans (D-Ward 2) sat for an hour-long interview on why he's running.

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:37 PM ET, 06/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Politics

Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 06/12/2013

Where have all the students gone?

Nearly nine out of 10 students at closing D.C. Public Schools buildings have yet to re-enroll in DCPS for next year, leading to concerns that charters will continue to sap students.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:48 AM ET, 06/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Education

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 06/11/2013

A 'piece of the piece'

Papers filed in federal court Monday recount in rich detail Michael Brown's felonious scheme to trade his assistance pressuring city bureaucrats for $55,000.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:01 AM ET, 06/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 08:45 PM ET, 06/10/2013

Photos: Michael A. Brown takes bribes from undercover federal agents

The most memorable part of the former D.C. Council member's prosecution is likely to be the photos above, which show him in the process of accepting the bribes that will almost certainly put him in prison.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:45 PM ET, 06/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 06/10/2013

A shock but not a surprise

Former D.C. Council member Michael A. Brown brushed off his money troubles for years but now his lawyer says they led him to take a $55,000 bribe.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:19 AM ET, 06/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 06/07/2013

Down goes Michael Brown

Former city lawmaker Michael A. Brown told his closest supporters Thursday night that he intends to plead guilty to a serious federal crime.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:02 AM ET, 06/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics

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

Muriel Bowser's political queries irk Gray administration

Committee staff for D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser, a mayoral candidate, have asked board nominees about their political activity.

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:13 PM ET, 06/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Politics

Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 06/06/2013

Frager's on fire

The walls of Frager's Hardware still stand this morning along the 1100 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE, but not much else has been saved.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:22 AM ET, 06/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links

Posted at 08:10 PM ET, 06/05/2013

Liveblog: Fire at Frager's Hardware

Frager's Hardware, the iconic Capitol Hill retailer whose narrow aisles and stuffed shelves have served residents for 90 years, caught fire Wednesday evening.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:10 PM ET, 06/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Public Safety

Posted at 01:27 PM ET, 06/05/2013

'Put it on, put it on,' urges D.C. condom commercial

The D.C. Department of Health is taking to the airwaves to tell D.C. residents to use condoms.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:27 PM ET, 06/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health

Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 06/05/2013

The marijuana arrest capital of the U.S.

In very few places are more people arrested for possessing marijuana than in the District of Columbia. And African Americans are more than eight times more likely to be arrested than whites

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:56 AM ET, 06/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Public Safety

Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 06/04/2013

D.C. Council will start reporting tickets, other gifts

DC Council, DC Council disclosure, DC Council gift disclosure, DC Council gifts, Phil Mendelson, V. David Zvenyach, Dave Zvenyach, Yvette Alexander, Jack Evans, Muriel Bowser

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:26 AM ET, 06/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 09:10 AM ET, 06/04/2013

Sexual assault reported at West End firehouse

What's worse is that two captains and a lieutenant could also be in trouble for failing to act promptly on the woman's report.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:10 AM ET, 06/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Public Safety

Posted at 09:38 AM ET, 06/03/2013

The chartering chancellor

Mayor Vincent C. Gray is proposing to grant Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson's wish to authorize her own charter schools.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:38 AM ET, 06/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Education, Politics

 

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