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URL :http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/mike-debonis
Filed Under:United States / Washington D.C.
Posts on Regator:2081
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Archived Since:April 20, 2011

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Emergency nonresponse

Outrage mounted Wednesday over the death of 77-year-old Medric Cecil Mills Jr., who was shopping just across Rhode Island Avenue NE from the Engine 26/Truck 15 firehouse Saturday when he was stricken with an apparent heart attack. As Mills desperately needed help, the first responders there hardly responded at all, leading city officials pledging to get to the bottom […]

No more Mr. Nice Council

The D.C. Council’s curtain of comity has been breached: Member David Grosso (I-At Large) on Tuesday did what not so long ago would have been unthinkable for a council incumbent: He said out loud that one of his colleagues, Jim Graham (D-Ward 1), should take a hike. In a robocall sent to Ward 1 voters […]

Homeless D.C. families are sent to Maryland hotels

The surge in the number of homeless D.C. families — one that has far outstripped the city’s shelter capacity amid recent cold weather — led one mayoral candidate to level attacks Tuesday on incumbent Vincent C. Gray. D.C. Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) invited reporters to meet him at a Maryland motel where as […]

D.C. unemployment rate drops to 8.1 percent, lowest since 2008

The District’s unemployment rate dropped to 8.1 percent in December, a post-recession low, the city’s employment services department said Tuesday. The citywide improvement included significant drops in joblessness in D.C.’s most economically disadvantaged wards, with Ward 8?s rate now standing at 17.7 percent, down from the 25 percent seen in 2011. Expect to hear more […]

Another blown streetcar deadline

On Monday more than 500 people lined up for 34 jobs on the new H Street/Benning Road streetcar line. That’s a good sign of progress for the long-stalled streetcar project. Unfortunately, NewsChannel 8?s Mike Conneen points out, service to the public is at least 30 days away, probably longer. That would seem to break yet another self-imposed deadline from […]

Has Kenyan McDuffie brought fractious Ward 5 together at last?

At one point during remarks at his re-election campaign kickoff Saturday afternoon, D.C. Council member Kenyan McDuffie told the crowd that “one of the special things about Ward 5 is that when the campaigning is all said and done, we all pull together.” With apologies to PolitiFact, that claim would rate “mostly false.” Politics in […]

Marion Barry leaves hospital after 16 days

Marion Barry was released Monday from Howard University Hospital after a 16-day stay, a spokeswoman said. The 77-year-old D.C. Council member and former four-term mayor was admitted on Jan. 11. Spokeswoman LaToya Foster has not confirmed details about Barry’s medical condition, but several people who visited Barry in the hospital described the issue as pertaining […]

Disunited

In a city where too many issues reveal stark divisions along racial, geographic and socioeconomic lines, there is at least one issue where most residents appear to broadly agree: Using public resources to finance a stadium for the D.C. United pro soccer team is a bad idea. New Washington Post polling shows roughly six in ten […]

New Supercans are on their way

Never fear, the new Supercans are nearly here. In November, Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) announced a plan to roll out $9 million worth of new trash and recycling bins to District households in the new year. But his plan for funding the new receptacles — drawing from funds previously earmarked for the city retiree health […]

No skiing for you

If you don’t pay your bills, you risk having your cable TV turned off. If the D.C. Public Schools doesn’t pay its bills, it found out Thursday morning, it risks stranding dozens of schoolkids expecting to go on a long-anticipated ski trip. The Post’s Emma Brown reports that a $430,000 billing dispute is the reason a bus […]

Vincent Gray discusses his mayoral run

Earlier this month, Mayor Vincent C. Gray formally launched his re-election campaign — one that seemed unthinkable 18 months ago. But polls show that public approval of his job performance have rebounded since then, and a significant portion of the Democratic primary electorate is willing to look past the ongoing federal investigation into his 2010 campaign. […]

The final Options

Options Public Charter School’s troubled management is now well documented, but compounding the school’s issues is that it serves some of the city’s most troubled students. That has made winding down the 400-student school’s operations a tricky matter, the Post’s Emma Brown reports, with one possibility being that the D.C. Public Schools take over Options on […]

No place to go

Tuesday’s snowstorm and today’s arctic chill have inconvenienced many District residents, with schools closed for the second straight day and government offices opening late. For some residents, however, the problems are much more serious. Show More Summary

Mayoral candidates make statements with real estate

Sometimes a campaign headquarters is more than a campaign headquarters. So hopes D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4), who on Tuesday announced the impending opening of her second mayoral campaign office, to be located in the heart of Historic Anacostia in Ward 8 — on Martin Luther King Avenue SE, steps from Good Hope Road. […]

Snow day

There’s few flakes so far, but the threat of as much as 8 inches of snow today has closed the D.C. Public Schools, most charter schools, the local and federal courts, not to mention D.C. and federal government offices. Forecasters are expecting today’s snowfall to be the most significant the city has experienced in three years. And once the snow is […]

Marion Barry has spent more than a week in the hospital

When the field of Democratic mayoral candidates gathered for a forum and straw poll Saturday at Turner Elementary School in Ward 8, one notable spectator was absent: Marion Barry, the ward’s D.C. Council member. The forum’s moderator, WUSA-TV reporter and anchor Bruce Johnson, relayed to the crowd that Barry had been at Howard University Hospital […]

Christian Carter exits D.C. mayor race, leaving eight Democrats on ballot

The mayoral field for the upcoming Democratic primary unexpectedly took final shape Saturday when Christian Carter, a businessman who entered the race in July, announced at the Ward 8 Democrats candidates forum and straw poll that he was dropping out of the race. “I put my voice out there, and I’m going to continue to […]

Who can break from the pack?

In the Democratic primary race for D.C. mayor, the real competition is this: Who can emerge from the pack as the most foremost challenger to incumbent Vincent C. Gray? The recent Washington Post poll may show Gray with a commanding advantage over his seven competitors, but three-fourths of Democratic voters surveyed preferred another candidate. Fortunately for Gray, […]

Albrecht Muth, convicted killer

A chapter closes on one of the most bizarre crimes in modern Washington history: A Superior Court jury found Albrecht Gero Muth guilty Thursday of the 2011 murder of wife Viola Herms Drath in their Georgetown townhouse. The verdict came after a six-day trial and three hours of deliberation, after prosecutors made the case that Muth, […]

Hotel workers hand Gray first major endorsement

Vincent C. Gray waded through a crowded room in a downtown office building, full of cheering supporters waving signs and chanting “Mayor Gray! Mayor Gray! Mayor Gray!” It was a moment that, for the first time in his young reelection campaign, seemed right out of Gray’s 2010 run — in the best way possible. His host […]

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