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Polly Donaldson picked by Bowser to lead D.C. housing department

Mayor-elect Muriel E. Bowser has chosen the leader of a nonprofit affordable housing developer to run the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Developnent. Bowser (D) said Saturday that should would nominate Polly Donaldson, executive director of the Transitional Housing Corp. since 2004, filling a key position in her administration as she prepares to tackle […]

Tommy Wells to be named director of D.C. Environment Department

Mayor-elect Muriel E. Bowser is set to tap a familiar face to run her Department of the Environment, picking D.C. Council colleague and former mayoral campaign rival Tommy Wells as her first agency director appointment, according to people familiar with the decision. Wells, 57, is relinquishing the Ward 6 seat on Jan. 2 after eight […]

D.C. coalition emerges to oppose Exelon-Pepco merger

As District regulators start probing the Pepco-Exelon deal, a coalition of environmental, political and consumer activist groups is raising concerns about the proposed $6.8 billion merger that would swallow D.C.’s homegrown electric utility. Show More Summary

#BlackLivesMatter at the John A. Wilson Building

Dozens of city hall staffers walked out of the John A. Wilson Building Tuesday morning in protest — of the decision of grand juries not to indict the white police officers involved in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, who were African American, but also of the congressional budget deal that seeks to […]

Muriel Bowser names more top aides

Mayor-elect Muriel E. Bowser continued filling the top echelon of her administration Monday, naming aides to three key posts a week after naming her city administrator. “We have very high standards, and we’re shooting high to bringing in the best and brightest people, to look in our government for the best and brightest people, and […]

Bowser will travel to California to make Olympic pitch

Mountains have been moved, the D.C. Council schedule has been adjusted, and Mayor-elect Muriel E. Bowser (D) is traveling to California next week to help make the city’s final pitch to the U.S. Olympic Committee. Bowser was initially resistant to joining the D.C. 2024 delegation for its journey to northern California, citing a conflict with […]

Muriel Bowser announces three days of inauguration events

Mayor-elect Muriel E. Bowser is planning to kick off her mayoral administration with a three-day series of events beginning with a foot race and ending with a kids’ event, organizers announced Friday. “We ran to make the government more open and accessible to residents, workers and visitors — and the same holds true for this […]

Committee will vet potential Marion Barry memorials, Gray says

It’s been just weeks since Marion Barry died and days since he was laid to rest, but the discussion of what might be a suitable memorial to the “Mayor for Life” is only beginning. One online petition has called for naming H Street and Benning Road after Barry. Mayor-elect Muriel E. Bowser said at Barry’s […]

Read the Marion Barry memorial program

At Marion Barry’s final sendoff Saturday, there was no souvenir more in demand than one of the 36-page full-color programs printed up to commemorate the Mayor for Life. Here, with permission of the Barry family, is the program – which includes a schedule of events, the names of key participants, photographs of Barry, and tributes from dignitaries including […]

Civil rights comrades remember Marion Barry

While Marion Barry’s legacy serving Washington was being celebrated in a church across town, a smaller gathering was focused on an earlier part of Barry’s life. Veterans of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee gathered off U Street to remember Barry, who was the storied civil rights group’s first chairman. Attendees included legendary organizer Bob Moses, […]

Brandon Todd will seek Ward 4 D.C. Council seat, with Bowser’s blessing

The last time the Ward 4 D.C. Council seat changed hands, in 2007, it had the feeling of a dynastic succession: Adrian M. Fenty, the presumptive mayor, tapped a little-known advisory neighborhood commissioner, Muriel E. Bowser, to run with his support in the special election. Bowser won comfortably. Seven years later, with Bowser set to […]

Ward 8 residents will elect Marion Barry’s successor in April

Four-term mayor and D.C. Council member Marion Barry has not yet been laid to rest, but District elections officials have already chosen the date when his former constituents will choose his successor. A special election to fill the Ward 8 council seat will be held April 28, the D.C. Board of Elections said Monday. The […]

Public is invited to sign Marion Barry condolence books

What promises to be a two-week mourning period and celebration of Marion Barry Jr.’s life began Tuesday morning with the placing of condolence books at the John A. Wilson Building. The public is invited to sign the books Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday this week between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. The books are located in the […]

Marion Barry: A posthumous reader’s guide

Much has been written about D.C. political titan Marion Barry Jr. in the 36 hours since his death, and much more still is certain to come. You should probably start, if you haven’t already, with obituaries from The Washington Post, Associated Press and The New York Times. And then you can move on to these remembrances, from journalists […]

Anger over ‘Crack Mayor’ headline for TMZ’s Marion Barry post

When the TMZ web site reported Marion Barry’s death early this morning, subtlety was not in the offing. The headline for its posting: “CRACK MAYOR DEAD AT 78.” That prompted an uproar on social media among people upset that Barry’s decades in public life had been reduced to “CRACK MAYOR” and a YouTube clip of […]

Marion Barry’s legacy was built on thousands of summer jobs

In the very first hours after Marion Barry’s death Sunday morning, family and close aides gathered at United Medical Center to mourn his passing. A 4 a.m. news conference attracted not only those close Barry companions, but also a few with a more distant but still deep bond with the former mayor: He’d given them […]

D.C.’s ‘pot belt’ stretches from Hains Point to Columbia Heights

All of the ballots have been counted, and — no surprises here — D.C. residents voted by an overwhelming margin to legalize marijuana possession and home cultivation in the city. In the end, Initiative 71 passed by a more than 2-to-1 margin: 65 percent in favor of legalization, 28 percent opposed, and 7 percent who did not choose […]

Little chance D.C. Council acts on marijuana sales by year’s end

On Tuesday, a D.C. Council committee is scheduled to take up the Marijuana Legalization and Regulation Act of 2013 — a bill that would allow for the sale, taxation and regulation of legal marijuana in the District. With scant weeks remaining in the D.C. Council session, the fact that the Committee on Business, Regulatory and […]

Vincent Gray vetos two bills amid final weeks as D.C. mayor

Mayor Vincent C. Gray made rare use of his veto pen this week, striking down two D.C. Council bills just weeks before he is set to leave office. One bill would permit animal control officers to use flashing lights and sirens while responding to “animal-related emergencies”; another would provide for free meals on snow days […]

Cold emergency declared in D.C., putting shelters on alert

Mayor Vincent C. Gray declared a cold-weather emergency in the District on Tuesday for the first time this season, putting in motion plans to keep homeless residents warm and safe through Wednesday morning. Besides the typically available city shelters, three warming sites will open at 9 p.m., and two overflow shelters will be placed on […]

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