Author Archive for Mike DeBonis

Thank You and Farewell: Loose Lips Daily

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT—'Michael Schaffer is New Editor of Washington City Paper'; and tweets galore!
Morning all. Afraid the rumors are true; this LL's time is up. You're reading [...]

Better Than the Burbs: Loose Lips Daily

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT—'Fenty Visited Dorothy Height Before Her Death'; 'Final South Capitol Shooter in Custody'; and tweets galore!
Morning all. Here's the kind of newspaper lede big-city mayors [...]

Fenty Visited Dorothy Height Before Her Death

UPDATED 4 P.M.
Mayor Adrian M. Fenty visited a stricken Dorothy Height last month, weeks before the civil-rights pioneer's death.
The visit is significant because nothing has symbolized Fenty's deteriorating relationship with black voters quite like his seeming snub of Height last summer.

Meet Vince Gray: Loose Lips Daily

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT—'Vince Gray Rallies Supporters With Feisty Attacks on Fenty'; 'Voting Rights, D.C. Vote, and Return on Investment'; 'A Leaner CFSA Means Fewer Kids, Families Under [...]

Vince Gray Rallies Supporters With Feisty Attacks on Fenty

Since Vincent C. Gray declared his intention to run for mayor late last month, LL and others have been wondering: What's this campaign going to be about? Gray made it clear at his official kickoff rally this afternoon: Incumbent Adrian Fenty.
In a 25-minute speech delivered inside the Carnegie Library building in Mount Vernon Square, Gray [...]

Voting Rights, D.C. Vote, and Return on Investment

LL, in his column this week, like many political observers of late questioned the strategy the District's political establishment has pursued to secure congressional voting rights for District residents.
"Since the idea of trading a single House vote for D.C. for an extra House vote for Utah took root five years ago in the mind of [...]

Mea Maxima Culpa: Loose Lips Daily

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT—'Parker to Teachers: Layoffs and Raises Are 'Distinct Issues''; 'Shooting Victims' Kin Outraged After Cops Arrest Wrong Kid'; 'Drunk Bicyclists, Beware: Court Upholds DUI Conviction'; [...]

Parker to Teachers: Layoffs and Raises Are ‘Distinct Issues’

Washington Teachers' Union President George Parker is urging union members to treat last year's teacher layoff and a breakthrough contract proposal as "distinct issues" after the budgeting revelations earlier this month.
In a letter being sent to WTU members, Parker writes that while he was "surprised and angered" by Chancellor Michelle Rhee's recent claim of a [...]

Gray Says ‘Let’s Get It On’: Loose Lips Daily

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT—'Bryan Weaver to Officially Challenge Jim Graham in Ward 1'; 'Teachers Make Rap Video to Motivate Students for Testing'; and tweets galore!
IN LL WEEKLY—Muzzle Burned: [...]

Bryan Weaver to Officially Challenge Jim Graham in Ward 1

UPDATE, 4/23
Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham, seeking a third fourth term this fall, is facing another motivated challenger.
Bryan Weaver, a community activist and advisory neighborhood commissioner in Adams Morgan, is set to announce his run at noon on Saturday. The kickoff is being held in Weaver's stomping grounds—Walter Pierce Park, home base for the basketball [...]

Teachers Make Rap Video to Motivate Students for Testing

This week, students at the city's public schools are taking their high-stakes standardized tests—the D.C. Comprehensive Assessment System, or DC-CAS.
But how to motivate kids to reach new heights of testing achievement? Snacks? Field trips? Inspiring speakers?
Teachers at one school, Petworth's E.L. Haynes Public Charter School, decided that a music video would be the way to [...]

The Deal Is Dead: Loose Lips Daily

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT—'Council Approves Medical Marijuana Bill in Preliminary Vote'; and tweets galore!
Morning all. And like that, it's gone: A day after local politicians lined up against [...]

Council Approves Medical Marijuana Bill in Preliminary Vote

Today, on the 20th day of April, shortly before 4:20 p.m., the Council of the District of Columbia took an initial vote to approve medical marijuana in D.C.
The council's action follows the decision by Congress last year to remove prohibitions on implementing a medical marijuana ballot initiative passed by city voters in 1998.
The legislation would [...]

Divided We Stand: Loose Lips Daily

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT—'Dirty Tricks in Ward 5?'; 'Fenty’s Proposed Budget Cuts Include Housing Program'; and tweets galore!
Morning all. If Eleanor Holmes Norton was expecting the District's locally [...]

Cyclist Struck by Georgetown University Bus

A cyclist has been struck by a Georgetown University bus near the intersection of 35th Street and Reservoir Road NW.
The news and photo come to City Desk from reader and political consultant Chuck Thies, who had no information on possible injuries.
UPDATE, 2:50 P.M.: Fire and Emergency Medical Services spokesperson Pete Piringer confirms FEMS responded to [...]

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