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URL :http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/mike-debonis
Filed Under:United States / Washington D.C.
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Archived Since:April 20, 2011

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Carol Schwartz kicks off mayoral run with old-school vibe

It has been nearly six years since Carol Schwartz walked the halls of the John A. Wilson Building as a D.C. Council member. But that is the backdrop she chose Tuesday for a noontime mayoral campaign kickoff rally, one meant to present a candidate in touch with the contemporary problems of a growing and changing […]

Congress will hold first D.C. statehood hearing in two decades

The campaign to make the District of Columbia into the nation’s 51st state will get its first hearing on Capitol Hill in more than two decades. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, chaired by Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), will hear testimony next Monday, Sept. 15, on the New Columbia Admission Act of 2013. […]

David Grosso spurns Silverman, endorses White in at-large D.C. Council race

At-large D.C. Council candidate Robert White won his third endorsement from a potential future colleague Monday, winning the favor of fellow independent David Grosso (At Large). Grosso’s nod is at once surprising and not. Both Grosso and White spent years working for House Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D), overlapping for a short time. In an […]

Can Ward 5 go from ‘dumping ground’ to industrial area that ‘works’?

More than a year and a half ago, I climbed into a Ford Taurus with D.C. Council member Kenyan McDuffie (D-Ward 5) and toured some of his ward’s most notable landmarks. Among them: The crumbling Alexander Crummell School, whose grounds were then set to be used as a bus lot. The car repair shops along […]

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier: ‘I wouldn’t bring an armored personnel carrier out … for a protest’

D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier made her most pointed comments to date Tuesday on the tensions in Ferguson, Mo., taking exception with the way that police there handled protests of the killing of young Michael Brown. But pressed on a hot-button issue by WUSA-TV reporter Bruce Johnson — the trend toward the “militarization” of […]

D.C. Council candidate Robert White’s reform plan: Ban campaign contributions altogether

Federal prosecutors have turned time and again to a favorite phrase as they’ve battled D.C. political corruption — “pay-to-play politics” — and for the past several years now, elected officials and candidates have floated various solutions to the pay-to-play problem. Show More Summary

‘No more punting’ on school boundaries

Did Vince Gray just do his successor a huge favor? By accepting and adopting a new set of boundary and feeder patterns for the D.C. Public Schools, along with a host of education policy changes, Gray may have given the next mayor the gift of a new status quo — one that addresses schools’ overcrowding and underenrollment […]

D.C. fixes sinkhole large enough to swallow child

Want to get a hole fixed in D.C.? One way to get quick action, it turns out, is to place a small child inside of it. After those tweets appeared Wednesday night, the D.C. transportation department jumped into action. According to spokesman Reggie Sanders, a crew was on the scene by 10:40 a.m. Thursday, with a […]

Before Ferguson 2014, there was Mount Pleasant 1991

The unrest in Ferguson, Mo., is far from a case of first impressions. Another civil disturbance with much in common with Ferguson took place in Mount Pleasant in 1991, where residents rioted after a Latino man was shot by police. Reporters from WAMU-FM and WRC-TV caught up with former mayor Sharon Pratt to ask her impressions of Ferguson and […]

Park Southern is a federal case

D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) has passed on investigating the management of the Park Southern Apartments; there’s no indication that the Office of the Inspector General has taken any steps to look into it, either. But someone is...Show More Summary

David Catania wins D.C. police union’s endorsement

The Democratic mayoral nominee will not have a monopoly on labor endorsements in this year’s D.C. mayoral race, it turns out. While Muriel Bowser has won the backing of organized labor’s main umbrella organization in the city, as well as nods from several major individual unions, independent rival David A. Catania is set to pick […]

Kaya Henderson, D.C. public schools chief, will join Georgetown University’s board

Kaya Henderson has earned two degrees from Georgetown University, received an honorary doctorate and taught a course at the university’s school of public policy. Now the D.C. public schools chancellor’s relationship with her alma mater is set to deepen further: Henderson will join Georgetown’s board of directors later this year, the university said Tuesday. The […]

The Corcoran is dead

This is how 145 years of independence ends for the Corcoran Gallery of Art: with a 49-page court opinion that expresses regret and sadness over the demise of Washington’s oldest private cultural institution but finds that allowing the Corcoran to disband is, at this point, the best way to ensure the gallery’s assets continue to serve Washingtonians. Superior […]

The life of a D.C. ‘oil man’

For a young man looking to support a family with a criminal record and little job experience outside of the drug trade, making ends meet is not a simple task. So more than a few, the Post’s Robert Samuels reports, have turned to slinging fragrant oils on the street and on the Metro — $10 a vial for scents […]

Eastern Market redevelopment gets court’s okay

Six years ago, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee moved to close 23 schools, and none of those properties was more coveted by developers than the Hine Junior High site, on Pennsylvania Avenue SE smack between Eastern Market and the eponymous Metro station. Now, to some neighbors’ dismay, it […]

Booze apps get D.C. alcohol board’s blessing

Six weeks after regulators shut down a leading online alcohol delivery service, the District’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board on Wednesday issued new guidance to companies that want to sell booze via the Internet. Long story short, it doesn’t matter how you order the booze, but a licensed D.C. package store has to actually stock the […]

Mayoral debate will go on, Bowser or no Bowser, organizers say

For more than a month, representatives of Ward 4?s advisory neighborhood commissions have been seeking to organize a mayoral debate. Initially, the group sought to schedule the event for mid-July. But when Democratic nominee Muriel Bowser made clear that she would stick to her policy of not debating until the ballot is set, a process set […]

Another violent night in D.C.

Seven people were wounded by gunfire overnight in five separate incidents in three quadrants of the city, according to police. The violence began around 9:30 p.m. in the Lincoln Heights area, where multiple men were wounded, one critically. Show More Summary

$8 million ‘demonstration center’ debuts on St. Elizabeths campus

City officials took another big step toward opening up the long-cloistered St. Elizabeths campus Wednesday with the opening of a new meeting center and “demonstration space” in the historic former mental hospital’s onetime chapel. It...Show More Summary

Manhunt for a cop-shooter

An off-duty D.C. police detective was shot multiple times early Wednesday morning near the intersection of Pennsylvania and Southern avenues SE, the Post’s Peter Hermann and Victoria St. Martin report. The unidentified detective, Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said, is in stable condition following surgery; one arrest has been made, but police are searching the District and […]

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