Blog Profile / DeBonis


URL :http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/mike-debonis
Filed Under:United States / Washington D.C.
Posts on Regator:2372
Posts / Week:10.8
Archived Since:April 20, 2011

Blog Post Archive

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 […]

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 […]

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