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Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 04/24/2014

Et tu, Irv?

Advocates for D.C. budget autonomy wish Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan would call off his dogs.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:02 AM ET, 04/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics, The Law

Posted at 09:29 AM ET, 04/23/2014

Congress is always watching

House panel’s interest in marijuana legislation shows that there’s no escaping the curiosity of Capitol Hill.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:29 AM ET, 04/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics, The Hill

Posted at 09:47 AM ET, 04/22/2014

West End project is a go

Six years of preparation and two years of litigation have come to an end.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:47 AM ET, 04/22/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Business, DeMorning Links, Development, Politics

Posted at 09:10 AM ET, 04/21/2014

Fire shifts fight goes on

Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe said the savings from proposed shift changes would help beef up paramedic corps.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:10 AM ET, 04/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics, Public Safety

Posted at 10:09 AM ET, 04/18/2014

Not enough homes

A day after two men were found dead of exposure, Mayor Gray highlighted ‘rapid rehousing’ efforts for the homeless.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:09 AM ET, 04/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 10:12 AM ET, 04/17/2014

Budget autonomy goes to court

Council chairman will file a lawsuit Wednesday against the mayor and CFO, challenging their refusal to recognize referendum.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:12 AM ET, 04/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics, The Law

Posted at 09:54 AM ET, 04/16/2014

The gay Democrat’s dilemma

David Catania’s independent bid to be D.C.’s first openly gay mayor presents hard choice to gay Democrats.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:54 AM ET, 04/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 09:22 AM ET, 04/15/2014

Emancipation Day isn’t free

The John A. Wilson Building’s two leading Vincents have a day to resolve parade funding tiff.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:22 AM ET, 04/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 09:35 AM ET, 04/14/2014

So long to the neighborhood school?

Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s effort to change school boundaries and enrollment policies would accelerate trends long underway.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:35 AM ET, 04/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Education, Politics

Posted at 10:39 AM ET, 04/11/2014

Accountability delayed is accountability denied

The fire lieutenant implicated in Cecil Mills’s premature death retires without sanction.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:39 AM ET, 04/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Public Safety

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 04/10/2014

‘Predictability,’ please

Mayoral candidates lambaste Gray school admission proposals, saying it would undermine parents’ expectations.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:00 AM ET, 04/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, DeMorning Links, Education, Politics

Posted at 08:49 AM ET, 04/09/2014

Transportation disintegration

Top DDOT officials announce their exits as vast restructuring proposal is unveiled.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:49 AM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics, Transportation

Posted at 08:53 AM ET, 04/08/2014

A ‘complicated’ safety net

Relisha Rudd case highlights ‘how difficult and potentially disastrous each decision about whether to keep a family together can be’

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:53 AM ET, 04/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 04/07/2014

The border war begins

City officials release first concrete proposal to redraw public school boundaries and change admission policies.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:00 AM ET, 04/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Education, Politics

Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 04/03/2014

The lamest duck

Muriel Bowser may be acting mayoral, but Vince Gray remains mayor for nine more months.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:19 PM ET, 04/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 09:43 AM ET, 04/02/2014

Muriel Bowser wins

In the end, it wasn’t even close. Voters “ready for a fresh start” flocked to Bowser.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:43 AM ET, 04/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 03/31/2014

A dampened D.C. mayoral race

Incessant rain kept this weekend’s last-ditch campaigning fairly low-key.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:37 AM ET, 03/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 10:23 AM ET, 03/28/2014

The final weekend

Vincent C. Gray is preaching to the choir, hoping they’ll stand up again and sing his tune.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:23 AM ET, 03/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 03/27/2014

Who lost Relisha?

Unraveling the heartbreaking tale of a missing 8-year-old.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:00 AM ET, 03/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 03/26/2014

Vince vs. Muriel

It is increasingly clear that only two candidates have a reasonable chance of victory in next week’s Democratic mayoral primary.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:00 AM ET, 03/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 03/25/2014

The search for Relisha continues

Police released new photos Monday of 8-year old Relisha Rudd and the 51-year-old man believed to have abducted her.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:00 AM ET, 03/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Public Safety

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 03/24/2014

Ron Machen feels the heat

With allegations against the mayor on the table, no indictment forthcoming, and an election just a week away, the U.S. attorney is now feeling some pressure.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:00 AM ET, 03/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, DeMorning Links, Law Enforcement, Politics

Posted at 09:21 AM ET, 03/21/2014

Where is Relisha?

Police are frantically searching for 8-year-old Relisha Tenau Rudd, said to be in the care of a D.C. General shelter janitor.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:21 AM ET, 03/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Public Safety

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 03/20/2014

The day ‘One City’ died

Vincent Gray gives up on conciliation, embraces the District’s most divisive politician.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:01 AM ET, 03/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 03/18/2014

Does Muriel Bowser have a Sharon Pratt problem?

The one-term former mayor may have poisoned the well for a generation of female mayoral candidates.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:20 AM ET, 03/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 09:08 AM ET, 03/17/2014

Let the voting begin

Early voting begins at 10 a.m., delayed 90 minutes due to the snowfall.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:08 AM ET, 03/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 09:47 AM ET, 03/14/2014

‘Put it on the table’

Mayor Vincent C. Gray challenged his leading mayoral foes Thursday night to present evidence of his wrongdoing.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:47 AM ET, 03/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 09:04 AM ET, 03/13/2014

Hook, line and sinker

Vincent Gray continues to muscle his way toward Election Day, possibly against his own lawyer’s advice.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:04 AM ET, 03/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 03/12/2014

‘Who do you believe?’

In his State of the District address, Mayor Vincent Gray impugned accuser Jeffrey Thompson.

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Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 03/11/2014

Say ‘Uncle’?

The primary race has started anew, with this question: Do you believe “Uncle Earl,” or do you believe Vince Gray?

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:08 AM ET, 03/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, DeMorning Links, Law Enforcement, Politics

Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 03/10/2014

Down the stretch they come

Early voting for the April D.C. primary elections begins in one week.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:08 AM ET, 03/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 03/06/2014

The mayor-for-life lives

Marion Barry was released from medical care Wednesday, and pledged to remain in politics.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:04 AM ET, 03/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 09:25 AM ET, 03/04/2014

DeMorning decriminalization

The D.C. Council is expected to finalize a marijuana decriminalization bill Tuesday.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:25 AM ET, 03/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 02/28/2014

Firefighters did not fight for Cecil Mills

Internal report raises questions about basic training for firefighters.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:52 AM ET, 02/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics, Public Safety

Posted at 09:32 AM ET, 02/26/2014

Bowsermentum?

New polling indicates mayoral candidate Muriel Bowser may be making headway with her campaign strategy.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:32 AM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 02/25/2014

Don Graham speaks

The former owner of The Post has strong opinions on what is necessary to continue education reform progress in D.C.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:15 AM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Education, Politics

Posted at 09:43 AM ET, 02/24/2014

Medric Cecil Mills Jr. did not have to die

City report finds multiple failures led to longtime city employee’s Jan. 25 death

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:43 AM ET, 02/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Public Safety

Posted at 09:37 AM ET, 02/21/2014

Muriel Bowser gets the Post nod

The endorsement is fuel for the narrative that Bowser is the leading challenger to Vincent Gray.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:37 AM ET, 02/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 09:42 AM ET, 02/20/2014

The end of the Corcoran is nigh

The Corcoran Gallery of Art is on the verge of being dismembered after nearly 150 years.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:42 AM ET, 02/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Culture, DeMorning Links

Posted at 07:42 AM ET, 02/14/2014

Out with the snow, in with the slush

Snowmageddon this ain’t: The super-seeming snowdrifts of 24 hours ago turned quickly to a slushy mess Thursday.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:42 AM ET, 02/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Weather

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 02/11/2014

It was 50 years ago today

Perhaps the most famous event in D.C. musical history took place on Feb. 11, 1964, when the Beatles played the Washington Coliseum.

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Tags:  DeMorning Links, Music

Posted at 09:03 AM ET, 02/10/2014

Fire cadets in the spotlight

The death of Cecil Mills brings focus to long-controversial recruiting program.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:03 AM ET, 02/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links

Posted at 10:09 AM ET, 02/07/2014

No sue for you

An unusually strict legal doctrine could protect the city from a lawsuit in Fire Department case.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:09 AM ET, 02/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 02/06/2014

‘We are supposed to respond’

More than 10 days after Cecil Mills’s death, Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe has broken his silence.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:00 AM ET, 02/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links

Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 02/05/2014

Weeded out

A widely supported bill to decriminalize marijuana was weakened on the D.C. Council dais Tuesday.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:07 AM ET, 02/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:36 AM ET, 10/23/2013

The post-mayor

In Silicon Valley, Adrian Fenty has found a culture more tolerant of his way of doing business.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:36 AM ET, 10/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 10/22/2013

Pot bust?

Business has hardly been gangbusters in the first three months of the District’s medical marijuana industry.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:01 AM ET, 10/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Health, Politics

Posted at 09:57 AM ET, 10/21/2013

Rats in the city

Can a community meeting turn the tide in the ages-old battle against urban rats?

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:57 AM ET, 10/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Health

Posted at 09:23 AM ET, 10/18/2013

D.C.’s public schools keep growing

Raw enrollment figures released by the city show four percent growth this school year over the last.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:23 AM ET, 10/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Education

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 10/17/2013

Here’s to small victories

The shutdown is over, and the city ended up with a token of congressional appreciation in the end.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:01 AM ET, 10/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics, The Hill

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 10/16/2013

Election-year legislating in D.C.

Among bills introduced Tuesday is bid to provide up to $50 million in annual tuition grants to D.C. public school graduates.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:15 AM ET, 10/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics

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

Vincent Gray’s big decision

Vincent Gray has roughly a month left to decide whether to run for a second term.

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

Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 10/14/2013

Can Metro keep up with the boom?

A glut of transit oriented development has planners wondering if Metro can keep up.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:47 AM ET, 10/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Development, Transportation

Posted at 02:37 AM ET, 10/11/2013

Address unknown

The D.C. tax office failed to notify thousands of property owners about debts, leading them into the treacherous tax sale process.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:37 AM ET, 10/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics

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

‘Don’t screw it up’

District leaders’ confrontational approach to the federal shutdown finally resulted in some confrontations.

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

Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 10/09/2013

'Severely negative consequences' at hand?

Mayor Gray shifted his shutdown tone Tuesday, moving from it's-business-as-usual to warnings of 'severely negative consequences.'

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:40 AM ET, 10/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics, The Feds, The Hill

Posted at 09:57 AM ET, 10/08/2013

Change is gonna come

The campaign against the Washington Redskins' long controversial name and identity came to Georgetown Monday.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:57 AM ET, 10/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Sports

Posted at 09:43 AM ET, 10/07/2013

America's garbagemen

District taxpayers are now subsidizing trash removal on property owned by the world's most powerful government.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:43 AM ET, 10/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics, The Feds, The Hill

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

Shutdown to shootout

Another week, another violent encounter prompted by a visitor to our fair city.

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

Posted at 11:51 AM ET, 10/03/2013

No moratorium on U Street business growth

D.C. alcohol regulators ruled unanimously against a request to institute a liquor license moratorium in the city's hottest neighborhood.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:51 AM ET, 10/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links

Posted at 10:39 AM ET, 10/02/2013

Charter school corruption

The latest blockbuster fraud lawsuit from Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan targets the leaders of the city's oldest charter school.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:39 AM ET, 10/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Education, Law Enforcement

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

Their shutdown, not ours

D.C. government is open but that doesn’t mean the federal shutdown will leave the District unscathed.

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

Posted at 09:32 AM ET, 09/30/2013

Shutdown threat ebbs for D.C.

It is increasingly clear the District government won't be shutting down with the feds — at least, not at first.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:32 AM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics, The Hill

Posted at 10:21 AM ET, 09/27/2013

Shutdown showdown inches closer

A federal shutdown gotten more likely, raising the stakes on the District's moves toward defying it.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:21 AM ET, 09/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 09/26/2013

Meet the new D.C. CFO

At noon, Mayor Vincent C. Gray is set to introduce Jeff DeWitt, his nominee for chief financial officer.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:08 AM ET, 09/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 09/25/2013

Shutdown showdown

District leaders had their mad-as-hell-and-not-gonna-take-it moment during a breakfast meeting Tuesday.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:08 AM ET, 09/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics, The Hill

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 09/24/2013

Wal-jobs come to D.C.

Wal-Mart opened hiring centers Monday, and hundreds of Washingtonians came ready to apply for work.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:01 AM ET, 09/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Business, DeMorning Links

Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 09/23/2013

A grim accounting

D.C.’s murder count had been on a five-year downward trend now highly unlikely to continue.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:03 AM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Public Safety

Posted at 08:32 AM ET, 09/19/2013

‘Leo the hero’ remembers

Leo Johnson, Family Research Council, Family Research Council shooting, Floyd Corkins, Floyd Lee Corkins, FRC, FRC shooting, Leo Johnson DC

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:32 AM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 09/18/2013

A pivot to the minimum wage

D.C. lawmakers killed a narrow ‘living wage’ bill Tuesday but expressed broad support for an across-the-board wage hike.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:48 PM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Business, DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 08:51 AM ET, 09/17/2013

Tragedy at the Navy Yard

The District’s worst day since at least June 2009, when two Red Line trains collided near Fort Totten, saw 12 people shot to death by a gunman.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:51 AM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:38 AM ET, 09/16/2013

Another censure for Marion Barry?

Panel members also likely to recommend loss of Barry’s committee chair after ethics board finding.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:38 AM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 09/13/2013

The veto comes at last

A 64-day fait accompli came to an end Thursday morning with Gray veto.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:35 AM ET, 09/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Business, DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 09/12/2013

The Hillary connection

Jeffrey Thompson’s alleged “shadow” spending went well beyond the District line, it appears.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:02 AM ET, 09/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Law Enforcement, Politics

Posted at 10:25 AM ET, 09/11/2013

How did this happen?

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:25 AM ET, 09/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 09/10/2013

‘Not enough people caring’

The District’s Office of Tax and Revenue has a jaw-dropping error rate.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:02 AM ET, 09/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:10 AM ET, 09/09/2013

‘They’re taking people’s lives’

Hiw a cadre of sometimes unscrupulous investors took advantage of a poorly overseen system to prey on elderly homeowners in the city's poorest neighborhoods.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:10 AM ET, 09/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:13 AM ET, 09/06/2013

The Wal-Mart debate jumps the shark

It's a week after the Large Retailer Accountability Act was delivered to Mayor Vincent C. Gray, and his decision on the bill can't come soon enough.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:13 AM ET, 09/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Business, DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 09/05/2013

Could the Olympics be worth it for the city?

Former city planner says Olympics "are a great motivator to mobilize people regionally around a vision for future growth"

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:26 AM ET, 09/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Business, DeMorning Links, Sports

Posted at 10:05 AM ET, 09/04/2013

Meet the new boss

The Washington Post started officially moving into the Jeff Bezos era Tuesday with a visit from the new billionaire owner.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:05 AM ET, 09/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Business, DeMorning Links

Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 09/03/2013

Decision time for Vincent Gray

The transmittal of the Large Retailer Accountability Act sets up the highest-stakes veto decision of Gray's tenure

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:15 AM ET, 09/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Business, DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 09:26 AM ET, 08/30/2013

Another Red Line mess

The early-Friday derailment of a non-passenger train on the Red Line is the latest ugly incident for Metro.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:26 AM ET, 08/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Transportation

Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 08/29/2013

Twice the traffic cameras

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:56 AM ET, 08/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 08/28/2013

Olympic dreaming

Big dreams come at a big cost, though: A projected price tag of $4 to $6 billion, to start.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:42 AM ET, 08/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:50 AM ET, 08/27/2013

Back to the grind

Monday was back-to-school day, and students at two DCPS high schools were greeted with sparkling new buildings.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:50 AM ET, 08/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Education

Posted at 09:14 AM ET, 08/16/2013

The high cost of D.C. housing

A report from the Center for Housing Policy shows how the region's housing prices are getting increasingly out of whack with residents' incomes.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:14 AM ET, 08/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Economy, Housing

Posted at 09:18 AM ET, 08/15/2013

Civil war in the fire department

Relations between D.C. fire brass and its rank-and-file are "deteriorating," and that is putting it kindly.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:18 AM ET, 08/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics, Public Safety

Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 08/14/2013

Fire chief: 'We are in a critical period of change'

Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe said he's been "working hard behind the scenes" to address problems.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:15 AM ET, 08/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Public Safety

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 08/13/2013

What is the deal with Vernon Hawkins?

What sort of cooperation has Hawkins offered or agreed to provide to earn his seemingly favorable plea deal?

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:02 AM ET, 08/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Law Enforcement, Politics

Posted at 09:23 AM ET, 08/12/2013

Campaigning in the shadows

Before there was a "shadow campaign," there was other unreported political spending from Jeffrey E. Thompson.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:23 AM ET, 08/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Law Enforcement, Politics

Posted at 09:52 AM ET, 08/09/2013

Still waiting for affordable housing

A redevelopment of D.C. Housing Authority headquarters is unlikely to do much for displaced residents.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:52 AM ET, 08/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Housing

Posted at 10:17 AM ET, 08/08/2013

A soccer-stadium scrap

After property questions emerge, city leaders threaten to use eminent domain to take stadium properties.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:17 AM ET, 08/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Business, DeMorning Links, Politics, Sports

Posted at 10:09 AM ET, 08/07/2013

The day after

After the shock of Monday's announcement of the sale of The Washington Post, Tuesday was a day to process what it all means.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:09 AM ET, 08/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Business, DeMorning Links

Posted at 10:10 AM ET, 08/06/2013

The Grahams say goodbye

The Washington Post Co. will relinquish its namesake newspaper, leaving D.C., for the first time in modern memory, without a locally-owned daily newspaper.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:10 AM ET, 08/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Business, DeMorning Links

Posted at 10:16 AM ET, 08/05/2013

A stadium deal's past and future

The tentative D.C. United deal has an interesting past and implications for the future of the city and team.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:16 AM ET, 08/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Business, DeMorning Links, Development, Politics, Sports

Posted at 10:09 AM ET, 08/02/2013

Mayoral moneybags

What can be divined about the young mayoral race from the first batch of campaign finance filings?

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:09 AM ET, 08/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, DeMorning Links, Politics

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

A pricey upgrade to South Capitol Street

The city continues to refine plans for a $900 million overhaul of South Capitol Street, including a rebuilt Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:01 AM ET, 08/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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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 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 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 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)
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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 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 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 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 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 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 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)
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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 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 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 08:02 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 08:01 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 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 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 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 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 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

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 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 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)
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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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)
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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 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

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)
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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 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)
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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 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 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 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 10:53 AM ET, 05/08/2013

Showdown on Memorial Bridge?

The District of Columbia is no stranger to civil disobedience, to protesters who break the law to make a point. But never have the protests involved more than 2,000 loaded rifles.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:53 AM ET, 05/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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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)
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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 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 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 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

Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 04/30/2013

D.C. taxis, now with nifty stripe

Taxi Commission Chairman Ron Linton promises "a more stable, traditional use of color" after initial designs were panned.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:37 AM ET, 04/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Transportation

Posted at 08:55 AM ET, 04/29/2013

One department, two arson rates

Fire and Emergency Medical Services investigators last year seemed to close arson cases at a remarkable rate. But turns out the statistics are misleading.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:55 AM ET, 04/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Public Safety

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 04/26/2013

Teenagers these days

Asked Thursday about the District's budget autonomy referendum, Rep. John L. Mica (R-Fla.) opted for a paternalistic, if not patronizing, analogy.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:02 AM ET, 04/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Politics, The Hill

Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 04/25/2013

Whither the D.C. GOP?

The D.C. Republican Party, which saw its best hopes in a decade of electing one of its own to the D.C. Council vanish with Patrick Mara's third-place finish.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:03 AM ET, 04/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2013, DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 04/24/2013

Anita Bonds, council member in full

After an Election Day that saw expectedly dismal turnout, Anita Bonds will remain an at-large D.C. Council member for at least another 20 months.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:20 AM ET, 04/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2013, DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 07:03 AM ET, 04/23/2013

It's Election Day (again)

Residents can choose an at-large D.C. Council member and vote yes or no on a charter amendment to (maybe) give District give budgeting freedom from Congress.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:03 AM ET, 04/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2013, DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 08:42 AM ET, 04/22/2013

Last-minute D.C. Council drama

With less than 24 hours until Election Day polling begins, concern is rising among some candidates about splitting the "progressive" vote.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:42 AM ET, 04/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:36 AM ET, 04/19/2013

The things they left behind

D.C. cops may no longer work out of the old Special Operations Division headquarters, but they left plenty behind, including old but potentially sensitive documents.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:36 AM ET, 04/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:10 AM ET, 04/18/2013

D.C. test cheating: Time to move on?

Can the District's standardized testing regime be trusted? That question gets a public airing today at the D.C. Council.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:10 AM ET, 04/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:33 AM ET, 04/17/2013

Down the stretch they come

The latest chapter in the perpetual campaign is coming to a close ahead of Tuesday's special election, with some late-breaking shakeups.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:33 AM ET, 04/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2013, DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 04/16/2013

It could happen here

Mayor Gray called on D.C. residents and visitors to enjoy today's Emancipation Day festivities but urged them to remain vigilant.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:02 AM ET, 04/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Public Safety

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 04/15/2013

Too much democracy in D.C.?

Candidates in the upcoming D.C. Council special election are lightly grumbling about the surfeit of candidates forums in the runup to local elections.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:02 AM ET, 04/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2013, DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 04/12/2013

Missing DCPS cheating memo is revealed

Leak of 2009 memo raises new concerns about how seriously former Chancellor Michelle Rhee took cheating allegations and whether high-stakes exams are reliable vehicles of accountability.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:07 AM ET, 04/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:05 AM ET, 04/11/2013

Will DHS ever move to St. Elizabeths?

Will the red-brick buildings of St. Elizabeths hold federal bureaucrats? Or will they continue to languish?

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:05 AM ET, 04/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:12 AM ET, 04/10/2013

The perks of being a council member

D.C. Council member Vincent Orange summoned Washington Nationals phenom Bryce Harper and manager Davey Johnson to the John A. Wilson Building to receive a ceremonial resolution Tuesday.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:12 AM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:21 AM ET, 04/09/2013

Let's talk about race

With the prospect that the 13-member D.C. Council could see an unprecedented 8-5 white majority, racial campaigning has become somewhat more explicit.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:21 AM ET, 04/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 04/08/2013

At-large D.C. Council voting is underway

Early voting began this morning at One Judiciary Square, and it will continue daily from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. through April 20, with the exception of April 14 and 16.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:01 AM ET, 04/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:14 AM ET, 04/04/2013

Who is Patrick Mara?

Who is Patrick Mara?

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:14 AM ET, 04/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:26 AM ET, 04/03/2013

Michael A. Brown takes a bow

Brown puts an abrupt end to his at-large comeback bid, one mounted as the ashes of his failed re-election campaign had barely cooled.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:26 AM ET, 04/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:41 AM ET, 04/02/2013

Big break for Blues Alley?

The Georgetown club is the subject of a D.C. Council proposal entitling it to 10 years worth of property tax breaks on "newly leased or purchased property in the District."

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:41 AM ET, 04/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Arts, DeMorning Links, Politics

Posted at 09:36 AM ET, 04/01/2013

There's always this year

The Nationals start a new bid for a world championship today, "carrying expectations not only of winning Washington's first World Series since 1924, but of launching baseball's next dynasty."

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:36 AM ET, 04/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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 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)
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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 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)
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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 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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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 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)
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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)
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Posted at 10:07 AM ET, 02/28/2013

Michael Brown mounts his comeback

Brown, seeking to retake an at-large D.C. Council seat, says he's been exonerated of campaign allegations. Is he?

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:07 AM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:29 AM ET, 02/27/2013

Protester is free to roam

Rives Miller Grogan, who protested the recent presidential inauguration from a tree, is now free to roam the greater portion of the District of Columbia without fear of incarceration.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:29 AM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:27 AM ET, 02/25/2013

Judgment day for Jim Graham

What started as "two minutes of conversation nearly five years ago at the end of an hour[-long] meeting" ends today in a likely reprimand for the four-term Ward 1 Democrat.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:27 AM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:21 AM ET, 02/22/2013

Move the FBI to Poplar Point?

City leaders have long made big plans for the 110-acre tract, and now Mayor Vincent C. Gray is ready to pitch the site as the next location of FBI headquarters.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:21 AM ET, 02/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 02/21/2013

D.C.'s pre-K model for America

When President Obama called for a massive expansion of pre-kindergarten education, he was taking a page out of Mayor Vincent C. Gray's old playbook.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:00 AM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Education

Posted at 09:33 AM ET, 02/20/2013

Vince Gray's 'sustainable' tomorrow

Mayor Vincent C. Gray aims to make the District the "the healthiest, greenest, and most livable city in the United States" by 2032.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:33 AM ET, 02/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Environment, Politics

Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 02/18/2013

Four more years?

Vincent Gray's first campaign might have been a mess, but he believes he can run for reelection on his record as mayor.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:22 AM ET, 02/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:18 AM ET, 02/13/2013

Who deserves a vote?

There was a lot of voting talk in Tuesday's State of the Union address, but no mention of the District.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:18 AM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:06 AM ET, 02/12/2013

All eyes on Mendo

Pressure is mounting on the D.C. Council to move on the ethics charges against member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1).

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:06 AM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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