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URL :http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/mike-debonis
Filed Under:United States / Washington D.C.
Posts on Regator:2322
Posts / Week:12.6
Archived Since:April 20, 2011

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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 […]

Tattoo artists still peeved over D.C. regulations

It has been nearly a year since the D.C. Department of Health first proposed regulations governing the city’s body art industry. That initial draft, you may recall, did not go over particularly well — especially the proposal to impose a 24-hour waiting period for tattoos and piercings in a bid, as one official put it, to […]

Study: D.C.’s big minimum-wage hike may not be a game-changer

Last year, after vetoing a controversial “living wage” bill while also promising to act on an increase to the city’s overall minimum wage, Mayor Vincent C. Gray commissioned an academic study of the subject, hoping to influence lawmakers as they moved forward with discussion of a wage increase. In the end, the study would have […]

Million-dollar Muriel

Monday was, for the most part, a good day for Muriel Bowser’s mayoral campaign. The Democratic nominee accepted the expected but notable endorsement of the city’s umbrella labor organization, calling it a “big boost” to her campaign. The bigger boost, however, came from the more than 1,000 new donations she reported late Monday, pushing her bank account […]

Latest D.C. candidate to swear off corporate money is a Republican

It has become somewhat fashionable of late for D.C. political candidates of a progressive bent to publicly forego campaign contributions from corporations — potentially hamstringing their fundraising but demonstrating their good-government bona fides to left-leaning voters. Show More Summary

The man who fought D.C.’s gun laws

To legal scholars, the case that promises to end the District’s ban on carrying handguns in public is known as Palmer v. District of Columbia. Tom G. Palmer himself is hardly an abstraction, however. A Oxford-trained, libertarian political ethicist who has lived in the city for more than two decades, Palmer tells The Washington Post’s Spencer […]

City’s response to parking complaint: ‘WE DONT TICKET OUR OWN’

Dave Salovesh was biking down the L Street bike lane Wednesday morning when he encountered a significant obstacle: A van belonging to the city transportation department. It’s bad enough when private vehicles park illegally in the lane, but call it doubly frustrating when a government van from the very agency that installed the cycletrack is […]

Thirty-five years of summer jobs

  Today is the last day of this year’s Summer Youth Employment Program and a milestone of sorts: the 35th anniversary of the summer jobs initiative that was started by then-Mayor Marion Barry in 1979 and became a fixture of what it means to grow up in D.C. The program has been a bright spot for […]

For new CFO Jeff DeWitt, customer service is job one

Jeffrey S. DeWitt has now had a solid seven months as the District’s chief financial officer — enough time to settle in, sort through a messy budget, get sued by the D.C. Council and otherwise kick the tires of the city’s oft-criticized financial apparatus. On Thursday, DeWitt released his much-anticipated strategic plan for the Office […]

We’re so cool 

That’s it, folks. We can stop now. The two-decade-long transformation of the District of Columbia is now complete: Forbes magazine has declared that D.C. is America’s coolest city. So, pack up the small-plates restaurants. Paint over the bike lanes. Show More Summary

‘Love locks’ are not forever

In the realm of questionable European imports, they might not be the Yugo, but “love locks” are awful close. Apparently, in some parts of the world, it is fashionable for couples to express their ardor by snapping a custom-engraved padlock on to a piece of civic infrastructure — typically a bridge — and throwing away the key. […]

Why didn’t Marion Barry get the boot?

If you or I had racked up 21 parking or speeding tickets totaling $2,824 in fines over the course of two years, rest assured our vehicles would have long since been booted, towed and impounded. And yet D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) was able to drive under those circumstances up until he crashed his Jaguar […]

The saga of Marion Barry and his Jaguars continues

Nine years ago, Marion Barry was asked in a Washington Post Q&A about the best car he’d ever had. “Jaguar,” Barry replied, even though he was driving a Mercedes-Benz at the time. Since then, Barry has returned to his favorite luxury marque, and controversy has invariably followed. When he found himself in a traffic mishap […]

A hospital on the mend

What’s next for United Medical Center, the city-owned hospital on Southern Avenue SE? Nearly 18 months into a two-year turnaround, key financial and patient care metrics are on the upswing: More patients are coming in the door, and the hospital is getting paid for their care. More doctors are on staff and key investments are in the […]

Muriel Bowser to supporters: Did I mention I’m a Democrat?

It has been four months since D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) triumphed in the Democratic mayoral primary, and it will be another six weeks before she is set to participate in her first general election debate, but as she addressed hundreds of supporters at a birthday-bash fundraiser Thursday night in Takoma, Bowser finally […]

A disappointing year of DCPS test scores

A year ago, Mayor Vincent C. Gray and D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson were pleased as punch to report “historic” gains by DCPS students on the annual DC-CAS standardized tests. This year, not so much. While there were incremental gains in top-line reading and math scores, a deeper look at the results reveals “some unsettling data points,” […]

Ahead of birthday fundraiser, Catania questions Bowser’s supporters

It’s not often that a political candidate sees the need to promote a competitor’s fundraising events, but independent mayoral hopeful David Catania has found a reason. On Thursday evening, Democratic rival Muriel Bowser will greet hundreds of supporters at a 42nd birthday event in Takoma. An invitation her campaign e-mailed to supporters Tuesday included a […]

Vincent Gray’s ‘One City, One Hire’ finally meets its 10,000-job goal

Nearly three years ago, Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) rolled out a new jobs program with an ambitious goal: In a city suffering from 11 percent unemployment, he pledged to match 10,000 jobless District residents with employers in a year’s time. In the end, it took three years, but on Wednesday, Gray finally proclaimed that […]

Charters v. DCPS goes to court

One of the longest-running policy disputes in District government is headed to federal court: A group of charter schools sued the city Wednesday, saying it has not lived up to its obligation to provide charters with the same level of resources as the traditional D.C. Public Schools system. The funding differential, according to the lawsuit, adds up […]

Goodbye, FBI

The writing was on the wall, to be sure. But the announcement Tuesday from the General Services Administration of the three finalist sites for a new FBI headquarters — none of which are in the District — should still land with a bit of a thud. Yes, as Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton […]

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