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URL :http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/mike-debonis
Filed Under:United States / Washington D.C.
Posts on Regator:2353
Posts / Week:12.2
Archived Since:April 20, 2011

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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 […]

Lawmaker’s signs promote ‘Gun Free DC’ in wake of court ruling

Behold the first artifact of a city coming to terms with its new firearms normal: Not 72 hours after a federal judge ruled the District’s ban on the carrying of handguns to be unconstitutional, the office of D.C. Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) has created signs for business owners interested in keeping guns off […]

Judge: Former drug kingpin Cornell Jones owes the city more than $1 million

The news hasn’t gotten any better for D.C. gangster legend Cornell Jones since a jury found last month that he swindled the city out of nearly $330,000 worth of grant funds. A D.C. Superior Court judge entered final judgment in the case Friday, ordering that Jones and Miracle Hands, the nonprofit group he founded, pay […]

D.C.’s new gun normal

It’s going on three days now since a federal judge struck down the District’s ban on carrying weapons outside the home, and the scramble to figure out what exactly it means continues. City lawyers on Monday asked U.S. District Senior Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr. to stay his ruling pending either an appeal or the opportunity to craft a […]

Carry on, D.C. gun owners

Much was odd about this weekend’s federal court decision striking down the District’s flat ban on carrying weapons outside the home. It emerged on a Saturday, for one, and it was penned by a U.S. District Court judge sitting in Syracuse, N.Y., who had been criticized by the plaintiffs for taking too long to decide a case filed nearly […]

David Catania is for D.C. United stadium but against Reeves Center swap

Count David Catania (I-At Large) among the growing number of D.C. Council members who don’t like the high-stakes land swap at the center of the proposed $300 million D.C. United stadium deal. On WAMU-FM’s Politics Hour Friday, Catania joined mayoral foe Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) and Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) in expressing doubts about the […]

Lien times

Back in September, a Washington Post investigation uncovered how the District’s aggressive system of selling off property tax debts had cause some city residents to lose their homes over piddling tax bills. Reform ensued, and the results are stark. Show More Summary

D.C. gets Trumped once again

The Trumpification of the Old Post Office continued apace Wednesday, with the official groundbreaking for the Trump International Hotel drawing The Donald, his children, and scads of politicians who attended either out of obligationShow More Summary

Soccer stadium debate moves into the neighborhoods

The D.C. Council’s Economic Development Committee is gaveling to order tonight outside its usual John A. Wilson Building confines, convening instead inside the Frank D. Reeves Center — a city office building at 14th and U Streets NW that won’t exist much longer should Mayor Vincent C. Gray, real-estate developers and D.C. United executives have […]

Effective policing or entrapment?

D.C. police and prosecutors have come up with a remarkably successful way of arresting armed robbers, the Post’s Ann Marimow reports: “Instead of waiting for suspects to act, police are essentially bringing robbery opportunities, albeit fake ones, to them” — recruiting, they say, known miscreants and luring them to participate in illegal schemes. It’s a strategy […]

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