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House GOP: Mind your weed, D.C.

Public attitudes toward marijuana may be rapidly tilting toward liberalization, but that doesn’t necessarily apply to the House Republican caucus. Today’s House Appropriations markup of theD.C. budget could include an amendment preventing the District government from implementing the decriminalization law passed by the D.C. Show More Summary

Cornell Jones, ex-drug kingpin, swindled D.C. for $330,000, jury finds

A former drug kingpin who received more than $300,000 from 2006 to 2008 to build a job-training center to people with HIV/AIDS instead used the funds to build a luxury strip club, a D.C. Superior Court jury found Tuesday. Cornell Jones and Miracle Hands, the nonprofit group Jones founded after serving nine years in prison […]

Foam container ban set for 2016 after D.C. Council vote

District lawmakers quietly voted Tuesday to ban the use of plastic foam food and drink containers, still a common option in city cafes and carry-outs, by 2016 — putting D.C. in the company of Seattle, San Francisco and other cities that have banned foam containers for environmental reasons. The foam ban was included in a […]

Appeals court won’t revisit D.C. attorney general election

In what will almost certainly be the final judicial word on the matter, the District’s highest court said it would not revisit its ruling that the District’s first attorney general election must take place this year or as soon as practically possible thereafter. The D.C. Court of Appeals ruling — which declines a rehearing request […]

Will the ‘yoga tax’ survive?

The “yoga tax.” The “fitness tax.” The “gym tax.” The “wellness tax.” Whatever you call it, the controversy over levying the District’s 5.75 percent sales tax on health clubs went from zero to the cover of the Wall Street Journal (complete with yogi stipple portrait) in 26 days flat. Is a proposal that represents 0.5 percent of the District’s overall budget worth […]

D.C. health insurers propose rate hikes for 2015

In its second year offering coverage under the Affordable Care Act, the District’s largest health insurer hopes to hike rates on most of its plans for individuals and small businesses by more than 10 percent — far outstripping the increases its competitors are seeking. According to data released Monday by the D.C. Department of Insurance, Securities […]

Soccer stadium hearing will go on despite World Cup conflict

Sunday’s thrilling tie with Portugal gave new gravity to the U.S. soccer team’s next World Cup match — set for noon Thursday against Germany: Win or draw, and the Americans move on; lose, and things get more complicated. It also makes Thursday’s match in Recife even more of a must-watch for local soccer fans, who were […]

Five years after the Red Line disaster

View Photo Gallery —Family members and city officials gather in Northeast Washington for the groundbreaking ceremony. Seems like it was just yesterday, but it has been five years since the Red Line disaster killed a Metro operator and eight riders near the Fort Totten station. Efforts to erect a permanent memorial finally culminated in a groundbreaking […]

Kaya Henderson gives teachers a break

In the school reform war fought by Michelle Rhee and Adrian Fenty, few battles were bloodier than the move to implement “value-added” teacher evaluations – that is, adding student test scores to the mix. So there were plenty of double takes Thursday when D.C. Show More Summary

Gymnasium will be named for Medric Mills Jr., who died after firefighters dawdled

The memory of Medric “Cecil” Mills Jr., the 77-year-old District resident who died after firefighters failed to respond when he collapsed across the street from their firehouse, will be commemorated not far from where he lived in Northeast Washington. Mayor Vincent C. Gray said during a television interview Thursday that the gymnasium at the North Michigan Park […]

D.C. budget has ‘deficiencies,’ CFO tells council

The city budget passed by the D.C. Council last month has “several deficiencies,” the District’s independent chief financial officer told lawmakers Wednesday — a frank acknowledgment that an ambitious tax-cut package has thrown the city’s spending plan out of balance. Chief Financial Officer Jeffrey S. DeWitt writes in the letter that “several modifications” will be […]

Bad day to throw a party

There’s nothing wrong with employee appreciation. But the D.C. Department of Human Services may have picked the wrong day — the year’s hottest  so far — to shut down for an “employee recognition celebration.” WJLA-TV’s Tom Roussey reports that more than 500 gathered at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Panorama Room for the party, leaving phones and […]

Two more D.C. lawyers ponder attorney general runs

Big-shot white-collar defense lawyer Mark H. Tuohey entered the first-ever race for D.C. attorney general Tuesday, and two other prominent attorneys in private practice could follow him into the contest. Also said to be exploring runs are Lorie S. Masters of Perkins Coie and Karl A. Racine of Venable, both of whom are both well-regarded […]

Vincent Gray on why the 2024 Olympics could be good for D.C.

If the U.S. Olympic Committee does in fact choose Washington next year to be nation’s official bid city for the 2024 summer games, Mayor Vincent C. Gray won’t be around to call any shots — so take his comments Wednesday on the news that the USOC has shortlisted D.C. with due caution. That said, in […]

Vincent Gray leans on churches to help D.C.’s homeless families

It’s now mid-June, temperatures are in the 90s and “hypothermia season” — the cold-weather period when demand for emergency housing is strongest — is most definitely over. But hundreds of homeless families remain in the city’s shelter on the D.C. General campus or in motel rooms across the city, despite a crash effort to locate […]

About those tax cuts …

You’ll recall that, last month, D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson slashed Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s pet streetcar program, opting instead for a broad package of tax cuts recommended by the Tax Revision Commission. While the mayor seethed, the chairman burnished a new reputation for fiscal responsibility. Three weeks later, things don’t look so rosy: The council’s […]

Mark Tuohey, sports-loving defense lawyer, joins D.C. attorney general race

A prominent name in the District’s legal and political worlds said Tuesday he’s joining the rapidly developing race to be the city’s attorney general: Mark H. Tuohey, a white-collar defense attorney also known for his central role in bringing a Major League Baseball team back to Washington, said Tuesday he had filed papers to pursue […]

House is set to cut D.C. tuition grants, but not as much as it previously wanted

The District’s fiscal 2015 budget goes before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services Wednesday, and draft legislation circulated Tuesday contains good news and bad news for District officials who have sought to maintain the federal government’s commitment to funding college tuition assistance for D.C. Show More Summary

It’s Barry time

Today’s the day: Grab your copy of “Mayor for Life: The Incredible Story of Marion Barry, Jr.” Or, if you prefer, grab one of the 55 copies that the D.C. Public Library has ready to borrow. Or just read a few more key details from the book, like how Barry makes sure we know no other mayor has […]

Here’s everyone Marion Barry thanks in his new book

There’s no index in “Mayor for Life: The incredible Story of Marion Barry, Jr.” But there is another way for prominent D.C. personages to measure their proximity to the most important man in 50 years of D.C. political history: the acknowledgements section. Barry offers three-and-a-quarter pages of thank-yous, in addition to the dedication to his […]

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