D.C. Wire: Hamil R. Harris

Posted at 04:36 PM ET, 02/18/2010

Holder joins in effort to help men be better fathers

Attorney General Eric Holder, D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) and a host of law enforcement and community leaders gathered today at the University of the District of Columbia in an effort to help men of the city become better fathers. "A father's role in the life of a child...

By hamil r. harris  |  04:36 PM ET, 02/18/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:46 PM ET, 01/27/2010

Norton: Too bad State of Union won't address D.C. voting rights

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) said today that she is pleased that two District residents were among the White House guest invited to sit with the First lady during the President Obama's State of the Union Address. But Norton suggested she was disappointed that once again a president wasn't...

By Anne Bartlett  |  07:46 PM ET, 01/27/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 12/18/2009

City reaches deal to remove billboards many saw as eyesores

Bishop William Barr said that he was grateful for the commercial billboard that stood high above his church's property in Northeast Washington. "That sign has been there even before the church was here," Barr said. "We got about $2,000 a year for it to be there because they use...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  08:30 AM ET, 12/18/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:06 AM ET, 11/27/2009

Remembering Abe Pollin

Marion Barry had just been sworn in as mayor for the second time in January 1995, when a staffer told him that Abe Pollin, the philanthropist and entrepreneur who died Wednesday, had a belated Christmas present for Barry. Then Pollin called. "Mr. Mayor, Marion I want to take the Bullets...

By Washington Post editors  |  09:06 AM ET, 11/27/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:42 PM ET, 09/24/2009

Forum Focuses on Marriage in Black Community

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton had to "sweet talk" the fire marshal because so many people packed her Congressional Black Caucus forum, "Single Women, Unmarried Men: What has happen to Marriage in the Black Community?" "In order to stay married you have to be willing to be committed to...

By Anne Bartlett  |  03:42 PM ET, 09/24/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:53 PM ET, 09/11/2009

National Cathedral Bells Toll in Memory of Sept. 11 Attack

The bells in the spires high above the National Cathedral tolled eight times today to mark the eighth annivesary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack. At the cathedral's regular noon service, the Rev. Nancy James tailored her homily for the somber occasion. "Today we come together for a holy task,...

By Anne Bartlett  |  01:53 PM ET, 09/11/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:26 PM ET, 09/10/2009

Holy War in D.C. Courtroom

Even though it was the day before the election in Memphis for the presidency of the National Baptist Convention, the Rev. Henry J. Lyons stopped campaigning to be in a D.C. Superior Court room Wednesday in the hope that a judge would delay the important vote. At one time, Lyons...

By Anne Bartlett  |  03:26 PM ET, 09/10/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:31 PM ET, 08/27/2009

Norton: Kennedy was a Friend to D.C.

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton said District residents have lost one of their main champions in the U.S. Senate with the death of Sen. Edward Kennedy, whether it was advocating for D.C. statehood or signing laws to improve the lives of District youth. Norton said Kennedy would have likely prevented...

By Anne Bartlett  |  03:31 PM ET, 08/27/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 08/21/2009

Mendelson: City Should Back Off Tennis Center Eviction

D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson (D-At large) said yesterday that the city should drop its effort to evict Cora Masters Barry's organization from the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center now that the Recreation Wish List is once again a registered D.C. corporation. "This kind of thing could have been handled...

By Anne Bartlett  |  03:40 PM ET, 08/21/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:43 AM ET, 08/19/2009

Mayor Rethinks Recreation Wish List Eviction

There seem to be second thoughts in D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's administration about evicting Cora Masters Barry and her Recreation Wish List Committee from the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center, the city-run tennis program she founded. "If Cora Barry gets her corporate papers together, then we will determine if...

By Washington Post Editors  |  11:43 AM ET, 08/19/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:57 PM ET, 08/18/2009

Southeast Tennis Program Tries to Avert Eviction

Lawyers for former D.C. first lady Cora Masters Barry and officials with the Recreation Wish List Committee have now filed papers for the committee to become a registered D.C. corporation, in an effort to prevent the organization from being evicted from the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center. Robin Eve-Jasper, director...

By Anne Bartlett  |  03:57 PM ET, 08/18/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:10 PM ET, 06/09/2009

Golf Icons Celebrate Langston's History

This week, council member Harry Thomas Jr. (D-Ward 5) teamed up with Professional Golfers' Association PGA legend Calvin Peete and a host of African American golfing greats in the club house of the John Mercer Langston Golf Course to celebrate the course's 70th anniversary. At one time, it was...

By Hamil Harris  |  04:10 PM ET, 06/09/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:56 PM ET, 06/02/2009

Video: D.C. Clergy Voice Support for Gay Marriage Recognition

More than 100 of the city's religious leaders gathered today at Covenant Baptist Church in Southeast Washington to voice support for the D.C. Council's legislation approving recognition of other states' gay marriages....

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  07:56 PM ET, 06/02/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 05/29/2009

'New Beginnings' for Youthful Offenders

D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty and several city officials today officially opened the New Beginnings Youth Detention Center, a $44 million facility that replaced Oak Hill, the city's crumbling, overcrowded facility that had been plagued with problems for more than four decades. "It is a little bit of an emotional day...

By Vanessa Williams  |  04:40 PM ET, 05/29/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:20 PM ET, 05/28/2009

Mayor Fenty: Fire Department Improving

D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty said today that the city's fire and emergency medical service departments continues to make improvements agreed to in a settlement with the family of David Rosenbaum, a New York Times reporter who died after failing to get proper treatment following a mugging near his home...

By Hamil Harris  |  05:20 PM ET, 05/28/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:31 PM ET, 05/28/2009

Video: Mayor Opens Playground at N.E. Elementary

Adrian Fenty visited J.O. Wilson Elementary School in northeast Washington for a "day of youth" that included unveiling a new playground designed to be safer and cleaner....

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  03:31 PM ET, 05/28/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:42 PM ET, 05/21/2009

Pools Open: Dive In!

Mayor Adrian Fenty (D) was all smiles today because for the first time in recent memory the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation will open all 19 of the city's outdoor swimming pools this holiday weekend to mark the beginning of the summer season. "This Memorial Day weekend, starting...

By Vanessa Williams  |  01:42 PM ET, 05/21/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:45 PM ET, 04/22/2009

Service Bill Signing a Tribute to Kennedy

The event was attended by Republican and Democratic leaders, former president Bill Clinton, first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Biden and his wife Jill and former first lady Rosalynn Carter. But the signing ceremony for the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act this afternoon was really meant as a...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  02:45 PM ET, 04/22/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:44 PM ET, 04/13/2009

Video: Fraud Victims Worship on Good Friday

Despite being victimized in a nationwide computer scam, area churches come together for a Good Friday service. -- Hamil Harris...

By Mike McPhate  |  04:44 PM ET, 04/13/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:16 PM ET, 04/10/2009

Video: Fenty, Nickles Detail Alleged Computer Scam

D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty and D.C. Attorney General Peter Nickles stood outside the Mount Horeb Baptist Church in Washington D.C. today to talk about how the church lost more than $62,000 in a computer scam that has affected dozens of churches in the D.C. area and more than 250 across...

By Mike McPhate  |  03:16 PM ET, 04/10/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:55 PM ET, 04/09/2009

Video: Residents Welcome Dump Demolition

87-year-old Elbert Sims and his neighbors were glad to see a dump demolished in Northeast D.C. that they say has been a nuisance for years. -- Hamil Harris...

By Mike McPhate  |  01:55 PM ET, 04/09/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:16 AM ET, 02/27/2009

Officials Cheer Vote for D.C. Voting Representative

-- Video by Hamil R. Harris...

By Washington Post Editors  |  08:16 AM ET, 02/27/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:37 PM ET, 02/25/2009

Video: Post's Harris Discusses D.C. Vote Measure

Washington Post staff writer Hamil Harris appeared on News Channel 8 this morning to discuss the Senate's decision to consider giving a House seat to the District....

By Mike McPhate  |  12:37 PM ET, 02/25/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 01/12/2009

Fenty Tour Highlights D.C. Tenant Conditions

Mayor Adrian Fenty and city officials toured Washington apartments last week in an effort to force landlords to clean up residences with safety and health violations....

By Mike McPhate  |  01:17 PM ET, 01/12/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 01/05/2009

Obama's Arrival Excites Local Ministers

On the Sunday that President Elect Barack Obama and his family officially moved to the District, excitement was running high among the pastors and members of several local congregations. Hamil Harris / The Washington Post...

By Washington Post Editors  |  08:45 AM ET, 01/05/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:08 AM ET, 01/05/2009

Obama Meets Family at Hay Adams Hotel

Amid the distant cries of protestors, applause by supporters and flashing cameras of the media, President-Elect Barack Obama arrived at the Hay Adams Hotel Sunday night. Hamil Harris / The Washington Post...

By Washington Post Editors  |  08:08 AM ET, 01/05/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:26 PM ET, 12/15/2008

Mayor, D.C. Open Stead Park in Northwest

Mayor Fenty, Councilman Jack Evans and others were on hand for today's opening of Stead Park, on the 1600 block of P St. in Northwest. The Post's Hamil R. Harris was on the scene....

By Washington Post Editors  |  02:26 PM ET, 12/15/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:45 AM ET, 11/26/2008

Add It to the Map: 'Chuck Brown St.'

The D.C. Council is considering naming streets after several prominent residents, including go-go legend Chuck Brown. Brown discussed the honor with The Post's Hamil Harris in this video....

By Washington Post Editors  |  09:45 AM ET, 11/26/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)