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URL :http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/mike-debonis
Filed Under:United States / Washington D.C.
Posts on Regator:2341
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Archived Since:April 20, 2011

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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 […]

Activists plan to take D.C. service requests to Md. congressman

We’re now about three weeks into the boycott of Maryland’s Eastern Shore called for by D.C. activists upset by Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) and his bid to overturn the District’s marijuana decriminalization law. Regardless of its efficacy — Harris’s district appeared not to be suffering too greatly during a reporter’s drive through on U.S. 50 […]

Texas firm will study soccer deal for D.C. Council

The D.C. Council has selected a Plano, Tex., firm to conduct a financial analysis of the proposed D.C. United soccer stadium deal in coming weeks, setting the stage for a fall debate over the $300 million proposal. Conventions, Sports & Leisure International won a contract worth up to $200,000, beating out three other bidders, the […]

Another man vindicated

Kevin Martin has been out of prison for five years now, after spending 26 years behind bars for a 1982 D.C. killing he did not commit. But Monday was a special day for Martin, 50, who was declared “actually innocent” by a Superior Court judge on the basis of recent DNA testing. Still, Martin’s exoneration remains part of […]

David Catania is only D.C. Council member not to sign pro-union letter

With mayoral foe and fellow D.C. Council member David A. Catania hammering away at her record on education, affordable housing and more, Democratic nominee Muriel E. Bowser has generally shied away from meeting those attacks with attacks of her own. But the tip of a wedge issue potentially favorable to Bowser may have surfaced last […]

Trapped in the closet

You might have assumed that when Pete Cahall, the 50-year-old principal of Wilson High School, told his students, parents and assembled reporters last month that he was “a proud gay man,” that it was a carefully crafted, meticulously planned media stunt. Far from it, he makes clear in an extended interview for a new Post Style profile by Ellen […]

Muriel Bowser schedules soccer stadium hearings in affected neighborhoods

About a month after drawing hundreds of fans and skeptics to the John A. Wilson Building, the debate over a proposed $300 million public-private stadium deal for the D.C. United pro soccer team will head into city neighborhoods next week. D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4), the Democratic candidate for mayor, announced Thursday she […]

Marijuana decriminalization is here

Starting Thursday, D.C. cops can’t arrest you for having a small amount of marijuana. But before you start blazing on the street, consider these caveats to marijuana decriminalization: Using weed is public is still a criminal offense, so handcuffs will be involved if you smoke in front of a cop. Same goes for possessing more than one […]

Top D.C. Democrat: Bowser loss would be ‘hard to explain’

The day after Muriel Bowser won the Democratic mayoral primary, local party leader and fellow D.C. Council member Anita Bonds declared that it was time for national Democrats to step up. “We’re asking them to put resources in here,” Bonds said on April 2, highlighting the unusual general election challenge from fellow lawmaker David A. […]

No easy answers to D.C. General

In a letter to the Post, Beatriz “B.B.” Otero, deputy mayor for health and human services, responds to the revelations contained in the Post’s recent investigation of conditions at the D.C. General family shelter. Otero’s missive is in part defensive — “Reforming the system is the only thing that can help families achieve self-sufficiency and lift themselves out of […]

Pedro Ribeiro, top spokesman for Vincent Gray, departs for federal post

  Mayor Vincent C. Gray will serve the last five-and-a-half months of his term without his most stalwart public defender, chief spokesman Pedro Ribeiro. Ribeiro, Gray’s communications director since late 2011, is leaving for a senior post in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security next month, according to an e-mail sent to administration officials Tuesday. […]

White House: Marijuana is an issue of ‘States’ rights’

In its bid to fend off congressional interference with a pending marijuana decriminalization law, the District might have prompted President Obama to make an interesting declaration. The White House on Monday said it “strongly opposes” the amendment attached last month to the House spending bill that includes the D.C. budget. The amendment, offered by Rep. […]

Muriel Bowser’s summer strategy

The four-corners offense. The prevent defense. The neutral zone trap. In the sporting world, there are many ways to protect a lead. For a textbook demonstration of how to do the same in the political sphere, look no further than Muriel E. Bowser’s mayoral campaign. The D.C. Council member is looking to protect her advantage as […]

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