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District of DeBonis: July, 2013

Posted at 06:21 PM ET, 07/31/2013

Some D.C. taxis get another month to install credit card readers

The decision effectively pushes back, yet again, a longstanding project to make plastic a universally accepted form of taxi payment.

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:21 PM ET, 07/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics, Transportation

Posted at 04:06 PM ET, 07/31/2013

The wait continues for D.C. 'living wage' bill

Three weeks after the council's vote, the bill still hasn't arrived on Mayor Vincent Gray's desk.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:06 PM ET, 07/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

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

D.C. medical marijuana: Is it worth the price?

There are indications that Capital City Care's prices for legal marijuana are competitive with street prices.

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

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 07/31/2013

'Haters are going to hate'

New test scores show the most dramatic year-over-year gains for D.C. public school students since 2008.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:01 AM ET, 07/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Education, Politics

Posted at 07:04 PM ET, 07/30/2013

Jack Evans snags early union endorsement thanks to 'living wage' vote

A machinists' union leader cited Evans's recent vote in favor of a controversial "living wage" bill as the "primary reason" for the early nod.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:04 PM ET, 07/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Labor, Politics

Posted at 09:27 AM ET, 07/30/2013

Medical marijuana is on sale in D.C.

A 51-year-old HIV-positive Northwest resident was first person to purchase legal medical marijuana.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:27 AM ET, 07/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Health, Politics

Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 07/29/2013

D.C.'s economy could be 'stalling,' financial officials warn

A report from city finance official cites federal labor statistics indicating that the number of jobs in the city has plateaued after a period of strong post-recession growth.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:44 PM ET, 07/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Economy

Posted at 11:19 AM ET, 07/29/2013

Can soccer save Buzzard Point?

The hope is that an investment around a new pro soccer stadium will finally turn Buzzard Point around.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:19 AM ET, 07/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Development, Politics, Sports

Posted at 04:45 PM ET, 07/26/2013

Softball injury puts Vince Gray in a boot

A mayoral aide not authorized to discuss the matter publicly said the injury was a minor strain.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:45 PM ET, 07/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health, Politics

Posted at 09:05 AM ET, 07/26/2013

Vamos United stadium

Nothing could have been more encouraging to the stadium deal's architects than seeing Barry chanting "Vamos United."

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:05 AM ET, 07/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics, Sports

Posted at 07:34 PM ET, 07/25/2013

Read the D.C. United stadium deal

Behold the 17-page document putting the city and the team on a path toward building a 20,000-seat soccer stadium.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:34 PM ET, 07/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics, Sports

Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 07/25/2013

D.C. United stadium: The political pitfalls

The soccer stadium deal is predicated on land swaps, tax abatements and other legal maneuverings that will require council approval.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:01 AM ET, 07/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics, Sports

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 07/25/2013

D.C. United stadium deal approaches reality

The terms are simple, but the execution is going to be supremely complicated and full of political pitfalls.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:02 AM ET, 07/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics, Sports

Posted at 07:36 PM ET, 07/24/2013

Lawmakers won't weigh in on Chartered Health Plan settlement

The plan is to pay the District's share out of the city's contingency cash reserve, a maneuver which does not require D.C. Council approval.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:36 PM ET, 07/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health, Politics

Posted at 04:29 PM ET, 07/24/2013

Christian Carter, mayoral candidate, is being sued for unpaid office rent

The long-shot mayoral candidate's business issues go beyond his contracting disputes with the city.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:29 PM ET, 07/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Politics

Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 07/24/2013

Just keep walking

The problems continue for the Fire and Emergency Medical Services department, and so do Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe's peevish reactions to being questioned about them.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:01 AM ET, 07/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics, Public Safety

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 07/23/2013

Watch what you wear to city pools, D.C. parks department warns

The District's parks and recreation department on Monday issued detailed guidance on the proper attire for a visit to the city's nearly two dozen public swimming pools.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:00 PM ET, 07/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Recreation

Posted at 11:51 AM ET, 07/23/2013

Jeffrey Thompson's former firm assumes key role in city accounting contract

A contract appeal airs claims that District financial officials allowed Bazilio Cobb Associates to unfairly maneuver to assume a key role in a long-delayed project.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:51 AM ET, 07/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 08:03 AM ET, 07/23/2013

Keep your 'hands' to yourself, judge says

The battle between Police Chief Cathy Lanier and the police union over legality of "All Hands of Deck" deployment tactic continues.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:03 AM ET, 07/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Law Enforcement, Public Safety, The Law

Posted at 06:47 PM ET, 07/22/2013

Living-wage supporters' latest appeal to Vincent Gray: Save our 'self-determination'

The group of clergy who rallied Friday urging Mayor Vincent Gray to sign "living wage" bill think they have identified Hizzoner's political soft spot: his zest for "self-determination."

By Mike DeBonis  |  06:47 PM ET, 07/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Business, Politics

Posted at 04:35 PM ET, 07/22/2013

Latest D.C. mayoral candidate is locked in city contracting disputes

Christian A. Carter's Saturday kickoff at the Hill Center was clouded by questions about his work as a city contractor.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:35 PM ET, 07/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Politics

Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 07/22/2013

Freeway pylon paint job cost $50,000

"Water Pylons" didn't hold up to the elements and began peeling after just a few months.

By Sadie Dingfelder  |  11:24 AM ET, 07/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arts, Neighborhoods

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 07/22/2013

14th Street goes boom

The uptick of activity along 14th Street NW is the culmination of more than a decade of planning, investment.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:04 AM ET, 07/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Business, DeMorning Links, Development

Posted at 05:30 PM ET, 07/19/2013

Obamacare already working in D.C., officials say

City insurance regulators announced Friday that they have finishing granting approval to the plans set to be offered on the city's health insurance exchange.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:30 PM ET, 07/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health

Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 07/19/2013

No end in sight

Allegations against Thompson could go unresolved into the fall, impinging on the coming campaign season.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:22 AM ET, 07/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Law Enforcement, Politics

Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 07/18/2013

What will the D.C. Council do about Marion Barry?

Five D.C. Council members met behind closed doors Thursday to discuss what discipline should be in order for the former mayor.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:32 PM ET, 07/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 07/18/2013

Scholarships get slashed

The House appropriations committee took the meat ax to the beloved Tuition Assistance Grant program, cutting funding in half from current levels.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:19 AM ET, 07/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics, The Hill

Posted at 07:10 PM ET, 07/17/2013

Is it too hard to get a D.C. Water construction job?

D.C. Jobs or Else made a YouTube video showing Ward 8 residents trying to apply for jobs through a D.C. Water "job opportunity center."

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:10 PM ET, 07/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Economy, Politics

Posted at 02:40 PM ET, 07/17/2013

Wait continues for health-care providers owed by Chartered Health Plan

It will be at least a month before they start receiving the nearly $50 million they are owed.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:40 PM ET, 07/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health, Politics

Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 07/17/2013

More retailers urge veto of D.C. 'living wage' bill

Executives from six national chains posted a letter to Mayor Vincent Gray Wednesday urging him to reject the bill.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:49 PM ET, 07/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Business, Politics

Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 07/17/2013

Referendum, shmeferendum

Language inserted into House Republicans' appropriations report calls the referendum "an expression of the opinion of the residents, only."

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:07 AM ET, 07/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links

Posted at 04:38 PM ET, 07/16/2013

High-ranking D.C. finance official is being ousted

Anthony F. Pompa had been deputy chief financial officer for financial operations and systems since 1997.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:38 PM ET, 07/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 02:22 PM ET, 07/16/2013

Is Mayor Vincent Gray running for reelection?

We have four mayoral candidates in D.C. but not much of a mayoral race just yet.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:22 PM ET, 07/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Politics

Posted at 09:55 AM ET, 07/16/2013

When will D.C. be an All-Star town?

Nationals Park is expected to play host to professional sports' premier all-star experience.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:55 AM ET, 07/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Sports

Posted at 06:17 PM ET, 07/15/2013

Federal judge jokes about a Vincent Gray prosecution

Outgoing chief district judge Royce Lamberth created a small stir at his farewell ceremony Monday by joking about the possibility of a federal case against the mayor.

By Ann E. Marimow  |  06:17 PM ET, 07/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Law Enforcement, Politics, The Law

Posted at 09:35 AM ET, 07/15/2013

The man from Bull Savannah

From the humblest of roots in rural Jamaica, Thompson grew into a classic American rags-to-riches story.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:35 AM ET, 07/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 01:47 PM ET, 07/12/2013

Phil Mendelson hasn't given up hope on changing primary date

Council Chairman Phil Mendelson said he is holding out hope the date could be moved when the council comes back from its summer recess.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:47 PM ET, 07/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Politics

Posted at 01:13 PM ET, 07/12/2013

Five D.C. council members will weigh Marion Barry's fate

Kenyan McDuffie will chair the special committee looking into Barry's acceptance of $6,800 in illegal gifts from city contractors

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:13 PM ET, 07/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 07/12/2013

Marion Barry's give and take

Barry's fine for accepting illegal gifts is the first one ever levied on an elected official by the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:01 AM ET, 07/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 08:09 PM ET, 07/11/2013

Complex calculations behind the Wal-Mart vote

Wednesday's vote on the District's new "living wage" law had about a decade of history and a lot of politics behind it.

By Lydia DePillis  |  08:09 PM ET, 07/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Business, Politics

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 07/11/2013

No elected attorney general for you

The D.C. Council voted Wednesday to delay the first AG election until 2018, citing the lack of candidates, the argument over the scope of the office and the general ongoing uncertainty.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:02 AM ET, 07/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics, The Law

Posted at 08:55 PM ET, 07/10/2013

Council vote throws D.C. Lottery's instant ticket business in doubt

The D.C. Council declined to approve a new $9.7 million, four-year contract to produce, deliver and distribute instant scratch-off lottery tickets.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:55 PM ET, 07/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 07/10/2013

Wal-Mart plays hardball

Wal-Mart executives made explicit what the "negative consequences" will be should a living-wage mandate become law: Three of six planned D.C. stores would never open.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:01 AM ET, 07/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Business, DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 01:12 PM ET, 07/09/2013

Vincent Orange wants D.C. Council to have power to expel mayor

A proposed charter amendment would permit the legislature to boot the mayor or soon-to-be-elected AG.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:12 PM ET, 07/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 09:53 AM ET, 07/09/2013

What happened to Michael Kingsbury?

The autistic 7-year-old, missing for more than a day, was found on the floor of a car just yards from his home.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:53 AM ET, 07/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Public Safety

Posted at 05:47 PM ET, 07/08/2013

Search for D.C.'s next CFO takes shape

Search panel leader Alice M. Rivlin said "six to eight" candidates are under consideration.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:47 PM ET, 07/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 07/08/2013

D.C. Council will vote Wednesday on changing primary election date

Chairman Phil Mendelson's decision to move an emergency bill changing the election date from April 1 to June 10 sidesteps the normal legislative process.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:08 AM ET, 07/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Politics

Posted at 09:12 AM ET, 07/08/2013

A 'New Community' in waiting

Nearly after a mayor's pledge, "oversights, missteps and missed opportunities" have meant progress has been halting in remaking the former Sursum Corda and Temple Courts.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:12 AM ET, 07/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Development, Politics

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 07/04/2013

Happy Fourth of July

It's time for your yearly reminder of the District's state of less-than-total independence.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:02 AM ET, 07/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Voting Rights

Posted at 01:52 PM ET, 07/03/2013

Jim Graham fails in bid to challenge ethics ruling

A Superior Court judge ruled Wednesday that the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability was within its rights by issuing a February opinion critical of Graham.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:52 PM ET, 07/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics, The Law

Posted at 09:49 AM ET, 07/03/2013

Zoning rewrite, after five years, nears finish

Planning Director Harriet Tregoning said her office will send more than 700 pages of reworked code for final approval later this month.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:49 AM ET, 07/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics, Real Estate

Posted at 09:04 AM ET, 07/03/2013

'One city, one license' prevails

A D.C. Council committee voted Tuesday to issue driver's licenses to undocumented residents that are indistinguishable from those issued to legal residents.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:04 AM ET, 07/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 03:57 PM ET, 07/02/2013

Reta Jo Lewis, ex-State Department official, enters D.C. mayor race

The former Clinton and Obama administration official is a surprise fourth entrant to the 2014 mayoral race.

By Mike DeBonis  |  03:57 PM ET, 07/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Politics

Posted at 12:09 PM ET, 07/02/2013

Mary Cheh is first D.C. Council member to call for fire chief's resignation

A D.C. Council member is calling on Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe to resign, following months of controversy about the department's readiness and management acumen.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:09 PM ET, 07/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics, Public Safety

Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 07/02/2013

Streetcars in our time?

Slapdash planning years ago has meant the streetcar line's opening date has been a moving target that hasn't yet stopped moving.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:22 AM ET, 07/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Transportation

Posted at 02:31 PM ET, 07/01/2013

Thomas Gore, guilty of Gray campaign misdeeds, seeks probation

In a court papers filed Friday, Thomas W. Gore asked U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly to spare him jail time when he is sentenced on July 26.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:31 PM ET, 07/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Law Enforcement, Politics

Posted at 11:25 AM ET, 07/01/2013

FBI relocation would mean fewer jobs but more tax dollars, study says

The analysis reflects the impact of replacing the FBI's property-tax-exempt building with a mixed-use private development.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:25 AM ET, 07/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Economy, Politics

Posted at 09:12 AM ET, 07/01/2013

Metro Stockholm syndrome

It's increasingly expensive, increasingly unreliable and just about useless on the weekends, but Washington area residents still love Metro, a new Washington Post poll has found.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:12 AM ET, 07/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Transportation

 

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