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Remember the Navy Yard tragedy Tuesday at Canal Park

Tuesday is a somber day in the District of Columbia: It is first anniversary of the Navy Yard rampage, in which deranged contractor Aaron Alexis killed 12 workers before being shot to death by police. The main ceremony commemorating the victims will be an invitation-only affair taking place behind the walls of the Navy Yard […]

D.C. statehood hearing will feature mix of officials and experts

The District’s top elected officials and a panel of legal and policy experts will testify next week before Congress on statehood for the District of Columbia. A witness list released by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee includes two panels, one consisting of nonvoting Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Mayor Vincent C. Gray and […]

House Republicans keep hands off D.C. budget — for now

It was an active summer for House members inclined to intervene in District of Columbia affairs: Two provisions opposed by locally elected officials ended up in an appropriations bill passed by the House in July: A measure from Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) opposing liberalization of city marijuana laws and a measure from Rep. Thomas Massie […]

Congress will hold first D.C. statehood hearing in two decades

The campaign to make the District of Columbia into the nation’s 51st state will get its first hearing on Capitol Hill in more than two decades. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, chaired by Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), will hear testimony next Monday, Sept. 15, on the New Columbia Admission Act of 2013. […]

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 […]

We’re so cool 

That’s it, folks. We can stop now. The two-decade-long transformation of the District of Columbia is now complete: Forbes magazine has declared that D.C. is America’s coolest city. So, pack up the small-plates restaurants. Paint over the bike lanes. Show More Summary

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 ?

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