Posts Tagged ‘Ward 8’

Marion Barry Becomes WaPo Poverty-Beat Reporter

Today, Councilmember Marion Barry and/or his ghostwriter writes an op-ed addressing his controversial TANF legislation that would impose a five-year limit on public assistance and a host of other aid to District residents. Is this guy trying to score a book deal? Become the next Bill Cosby?
Debate after the jump!

Time Running Out for Peaceoholics?

An ongoing zoning battle in Ward 8 between Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Sandra “S.S.” Seegars and the Peaceoholics continued raging this week.
The ANC Seegars chairs, 8E, filed a motion with the Board of Zoning Adjustments on behalf of three residents—Brian Townes, Tonette Sivells and Shayla Edgerton—trying to stop Peaceoholics from developing a building they own on [...]

Vincent Gray Dropped From Whistleblower’s Lawsuit Against Marion Barry

Some good news out of the courts for mayoral candidate (and D.C. Council Chairman) Vincent Gray—he's no longer named in a lawsuit against Councilmember Marion Barry.

Whistleblower Sharon Wise came forward some time ago to expose the shady dealings that took place when Barry secured earmark money and sent it to nonprofit groups [...]

Young ANC Candidate Larry Pretlow: Eliminate Curfew

Not too long ago, 21-year-old ANC 8C03 candidate Larry T. Pretlow II hatched a plan for lowering crime in Ward 8. "We have a large issue with public safety," he says. The 4.0-G.P.A. Strayer University student believes "a lot of our crime is from youth," so he came up with a way of curtailing the [...]

Phil Mendelson Gets An Earful at Ward 8 Public Safety Forum

The crowd outside Covenant Baptist Church in Congress Heights last night seemed none too friendly toward Councilmember Phil Mendelson, organizer of the evening's community meeting on public safety.
Clark Ray, who is challenging Mendelson for his at-large council seat, and his campaign team greeted all of the meeting's attendees with a targeted flier: "Another election year meeting in Ward [...]

Seegars Strikes Back at Peaceoholics

Southeast D.C. Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner  Sandra "SS" Seegars fired yet another volley Friday in her ongoing feud with the nonprofit Peaceoholics organization.
Seegars put out a press release demanding that the group, which aims to turn at-risk youths away from violence, be investigated for taking three teens wanted by authorities away on a recent Maryland retreat.
The teens, who were being sought for [...]

Morning Roundup: The ‘Should Georgetown Secede?’ Edition

Morning!
First, a mini roundup: Washington Post readers don't like pictures of gay men kissing ("please don’t shove this 'Gay' business in our face"; "I will be glad when your rag goes out of business. Real men marry women"; "disturbing"). Former representative Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) has some splainin' to do (it's not every day you can [...]

One Vote Here for “River East”

As contributor Chris Lewis wrote in our feature piece this week, sides are forming in wards 7 and 8 over what to call their turf. For the longest time, "I live east of the river" has been the refrain. It's as stable a part of the District landscape as the Big Chair and the elegant [...]

The Quiet Demise of Marion Barry’s Politics

Hours after Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry was harshly sanctioned by his D.C. Council colleagues yesterday, he retreated to Matthews Memorial Baptist Church, located on a bluff above Suitland Parkway, to deliver his State of the Ward address before hundreds of zealous supporters.
The narrative for such an event would seem rather pat: redemption, loyalty, Christian [...]

Donna Watts Remains A Mystery

Donna Watts-Brighthaupt, beloved folk hero and future bold name and/or photo in Barry obit montage, is impossible to figure out. Yesterday, she attended Barry's State of the Ward speech. Before the speech, she posted this cryptic comment on Facebook:
"You'll soon know why MB the politician continues to keep me close. I'll work with him and [...]

Morning Roundup: The ‘They Can’t Take My Dignity’ Edition

Morning, all!
Big news of yesterday: Marion Barry was censured.
Big news of today: Marion Barry was censured yesterday.
Big news of tomorrow: Marion Barry was censured earlier this week.
And not only censured. The D.C. Council also voted to strip him of his committee chairmanship and refer the findings of the Bennett Report to a criminal prosecutor. Can [...]

Ward 8 Dems Still Mum On Barry

As the D.C. Council gets set to throw the book at Councilmember Marion Barry, party leaders in his ward still haven't released their own public statement on the troubled politician. The Ward 8 Dems are still debating internally on what to say or whether to say anything at all.
“I have no comment on that situation.” [...]

Jewelry Industry Equally Confused, Hurt By Barry

Whether you're a member of the D.C.  Council or one of Ward 8's ANC Commissioners, you have rendered an opinion about the conduct of Councilmember Marion S. Barry, as laid out in the Bennett Report.
Yet one constituency has yet to speak out on the politician's ethics: Jewelry merchants.
Their voice must be heard in this matter, [...]

What Should Happen To Marion Barry? A Survey of Ward 8 ANC Commissioners

City Desk did a survey of ANC commissioners in Ward 8 today to find out: As the D.C. Council considers what, if any, action to take against Marion Barry following the release of the Bennett Report, what do you think should happen to him?

Mary Buckley, of ANC 8B: Buckley says "everyone should be treated the [...]

The Friday Limerick Review

The man with an arm like a hammer
Whose back taxes caused quite the clamor
The infamous Cho
Does not have to go
Spend 40 long years in the slammer
D.C. has a new place to eat
(Its transport was quite the mean feat)
You know what'd be hot?
Some food from this 'bot
To make morning breakfast complete
Gee, what was this statement from [...]

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