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Vote or else

It’s 7 a.m. on primary election day, and polls are open in the District of Columbia until 8 p.m. If you’re a regular reader of DeMorning DeBonis, you probably have a pretty good idea of the issues at stake, the personalities involved, and the outside forces shaping the Democratic mayoral race, as well as the many down-ballot races being contested Tuesday. You also […]

Muriel Bowser gets the Post nod

The Washington Post’s endorsement for the fast-approaching Democratic primary begins thusly: “If this were an ordinary election year in the District of Columbia, we probably would back Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) for reelection.” The editorial board (which is separate from the news staff) notes that the city appears to be generally on the right track, with finances […]

D.C. keeps on growing

Population growth in the United States has slowed to a pace not seen since the Great Depression, but the District of Columbia’s resident boom continues apace — or nearly pace. The 13,000 additional residents the city picked up between July 2012 and July 2013 according to new Census Bureau estimates equaled 2 percent growth, slightly […]

Goodbye to the FBI?

The long, deliberative process toward moving the FBI off Pennsylvania Avenue now appears to all but guarantee that the Bureau will be leaving the District of Columbia. New site criteria issued by the federal government — requiring at least 50 acres within two miles of a Metro station and two-and-a-half miles of the Capital Beltway — […]

House panel will hear Height Act recommendations Monday

The only people who can make changes to building height limits in the District of Columbia — members of Congress — will hear suggestions on doing so next week. A Monday hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will feature witnesses from the National Capital Planning Commission, which voted last week to recommend only modest […]

First D.C. Wal-Marts will open Dec. 4

They won’t be open for Black Friday, but they will be open soon thereafter: The first two Wal-Mart stores in the District of Columbia will open to shoppers Wednesday, Dec. 4, the retailer said Tuesday. The stores, located at 5929 Georgia Ave. NW and 99 H St. NW, will both open at 8 a.m., bringing […]

Final flight for the Firebirds?

Little known fact: There have been two NCAA national men’s basketball championships won by universities in the District of Columbia. One, of course, was the Division I title won by Georgetown in 1984. The other was just two years prior, won by the University of the District of Columbia Firebirds in Division II. Now three decades […]

The $25 noncriminal high

Soon, in the District of Columbia, possessing marijuana could carry consequences less severe than most parking violations. During discussion of a decriminalization proposal Thursday, according to the Post’s Aaron C. Davis, city officials floated...Show More Summary

Democrats were for a D.C. shutdown exception before they were against it

At 4:19 p.m. today, the House of Representatives passed a measure freeing the District of Columbia to spend its locally collected funds and otherwise conduct business as usual through Dec. 15. The vote was taken by acclamation, but on Tuesday … Continue reading ?

D.C. government will be open Tuesday, employees are told

The District government told its employees Monday afternoon they are expected at work Tuesday, regardless of whether or not Congress extends federal appropriations: MEMORANDUM TO: District of Columbia Government Employees FROM: Shawn Y. Stokes, Director DATE: September 30, 2013 SUBJECT: … Continue reading ?

Tragedy at the Navy Yard

To the dismal list topped by Virginia, Newtown, Fort Hood and Columbine, we now add Navy Yard. The District of Columbia’s worst day since at least June 2009, when two Red Line trains collided near Fort Totten, saw 12 people shot to death by … Continue reading ?

D.C. leaders react to Washington Post sale

The elected leaders of the District of Columbia were among those who reacted to the news Monday that The Washington Post would be sold to Amazon founder and Seattle resident Jeff Bezos, ending hometown ownership of the city’s dominant daily … Continue reading ?

Medical marijuana is on sale in D.C.

Fifteen years after voters first spoke up on the issue and more than three years after the D.C. Council moved to set up a regulatory framework, the District of Columbia recorded its first legal medical marijuana sale Monday evening. “Alonzo,” a 51-year-old … Continue reading ?

Lawmakers won’t weigh in on Chartered Health Plan settlement

How do you spend $48 million in unbudgeted taxpayer money without getting an OK from elected lawmakers? In the District of Columbia, there’s pretty much only one way, and that’s the way Mayor Vincent C. Gray is proposing to settle … Continue reading ?

Happy Fourth of July

It’s the Fourth of July in the District of Columbia, which means two things: (1) Get your butt to the Palisades Parade. And (2) it’s time for your yearly reminder of the District’s state of less-than-total independence. Delivering your holiday message … Continue reading ?

The marijuana arrest capital of the U.S.

In very few places are more people arrested for possessing marijuana than in the District of Columbia. And of the thousands arrested each year, African Americans are more than eight times more likely to be arrested than whites — a … Continue reading ?

Partnered for preservation

The results are in: Ten projects in the District of Columbia won significant grants through the American Express-backed Partners in Preservation contest — starting with Washington National Cathedral, which received the most votes and will now get $100,000 to repair its earthquake-damaged … Continue reading ?

Showdown on Memorial Bridge?

The District of Columbia is no stranger to civil disobedience, to protesters who break the law to make a point. But never have the protests involved more than 2,000 loaded rifles. So you can understand the anxiety many are feeling … Continue reading ?

Acting CFO bill is signed, but Gandhi will stay on

President Obama Wednesday signed the District of Columbia Chief Financial Officer Vacancy Act, a piece of legislation that fixes a hole in the D.C. charter language establishing the CFO’s office. Before today, there was no provision for appointing an acting CFO … Continue reading ?

It’s Election Day (again)

Yes, folks, for the seventh time in the past two-and-a-half years, it’s Election Day in the District of Columbia. Residents can choose an at-large D.C. Council member and vote yes or no on a charter amendment to (maybe) give the District give … Continue reading ?

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