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    See What Have You Done, Charlie Sheen: Hot Shots star Charlie Sheen's high-speed police escort continues to cause all kinds of trouble. At Councilmember Phil Mendelson's public hearing yesterday, Police Chief Cathy Lanier was called a liar yesterday by one of her subordinates, Cmdr. Hilton Burton. Lanier responded by calling Burton a liar and questioning his integrity. Oh boy, MPD's dirty laundry made public. This will end well. The alleged lyin' issues include whether Lanier approved or knew of dozens of celebrity escorts when she was head of the division that oversaw escorts and whether she instructed Burton to lie to the public in the days following the Sheen blow up about why some officers connected to Sheen's escort were transferred to another division. Meanwhile: the local press corps got to have fun coming up with creative ledes.  The winner: TWT's Tom Howell Jr., which begins, "Believe it or not, actress Hilary Duff and Nation of Islam minister Louis Farrakhan have something in common."

    AFTER THE JUMP: Taxicab Commission Takes Its Lumps; Gray to the White House; Business Lobby Pats Itself On Back...

    Bad Taxicab Commission, Bad: D.C. Taxicab Commission, you can't expect to have reporters arrested and not get spanked by the media. First whack comes courtesy of the Post editorial board: "if any agency needs more sunlight, it is the chronically troubled cab commission." Next up, Harry Jaffe in the Examiner: "'I knew the taxicab commission was already dysfunctional," Council Member Tommy Wells told me, "but this shows that it's dysfunctional even more." Jaffe also rightly calls out the Gray administration for putting out interim Taxicab Commission Chairwoman Dena Reed's questionable statements on the arrests, which would have you believe that the U.S. Park Police is in the habit of taking it upon itself to arrest "disruptive" videographers of District government meetings.  Third up is the Post's Mike DeBonis, who offers a nice nuanced overview of the crazy that is the D.C. taxi industry, before gently remarking that there's "a lot of room to improve the regulators." Also worth noting, via DCist, is that D.C.'s open government law needs to make clear that reporters should be able to record public meetings if the government is serious about being open.

    See You at the White House: Someone at the Wilson Building was burning the midnight oil, as LL got a news release from the mayor's office at 3 a.m. saying Mayor Vince Gray is going to be at a "fight for Democracy" rally in front of the White House Saturday. "It is time for an ‘All Hands on Deck’ approach to bring justice and equality to the District of Columbia. And we need our President to be captain of the ship leading the way to freedom," Gray says in a statement. The news release comes on the heels of this report by DCist that had the mayor's office saying he wouldn't be at the rally but would be at the popular D.C. Caribbean Carnival Parade instead.

    In Other News:

    • Business lobby writes letter saying they have juice with the council.
    • Peaceoholics not responsible for South Capital Shooting, says TWT.
    • House spending panel retains D.C. abortion ban.
    • Judith Terra sworn in as Chair of D.C. Arts Commission.
    • VIP trains to The Greenbrier.
    • Bomb scares hit Metro nearly twice daily.
    • Business groups express concerns over Dulles Rail project cost.

    Gray sked: Washington Building Congress Board of Governors meeting, The Mayflower Hotel, 7:30 a.m., Media Skills Development Institute Opening for cabinet members, The World Bank, 9 a.m., Summer Youth Employment Program opening ceremony, The Arc Theatre, 10 a.m., Media Skills Development Institute lunch for cabinet members, The World Bank, 12:30 p.m., Georgia Avenue/Rock Creek East Community Support Collaborative cookout, 1104 Allison St. NW, 2:00 p.m., desk work and staff meetings, 4 p.m., Joseph K. Smith Memorial Summer Camp Fundrasier Dinner, Navy Yard Conference Center, 6:30 p.m., Continental Society Conclave Conference’s Nite at the Improve, 9 p.m.

    Council sked: Three round tables on confirmation resolutions–DDOT Director Terry Bellamy, Room 500 JAWB, 10 a.m., People’s Counsel Sandra Mattavous-Frye, Room 412 JAWB, 11 a.m., Department of Human Services Director David Berns, Room 120 JAWB, 2:00 p.m.

    Nick DeSantis contributed.
    House spending panel retains D.C. abortion ban. Judith Terra sworn in as Chair of D.C. Arts Commission. VIP trains to The Greenbrier. Bomb scares hit Metro nearly twice daily. Business groups express concerns over Dulles Rail project cost.

    Gray sked: Washington Building Congress Board of Governors meeting, The Mayflower Hotel, 7:30 a.m., Media Skills Development Institute Opening for cabinet members, The World Bank, 9 a.m., Summer Youth Employment Program opening ceremony, The Arc Theatre, 10 a.m., Media Skills Development Institute lunch for cabinet members, The World Bank, 12:30 p.m., Georgia Avenue/Rock Creek East Community Support Collaborative cookout, 1104 Allison St. NW, 2:00 p.m., desk work and staff meetings, 4 p.m., Joseph K. Smith Memorial Summer Camp Fundrasier Dinner, Navy Yard Conference Center, 6:30 p.m., Continental Society Conclave Conference’s Nite at the Improve, 9 p.m.

    Council sked: Three round tables on confirmation resolutions–DDOT Director Terry Bellamy, Room 500 JAWB, 10 a.m., People’s Counsel Sandra Mattavous-Frye, Room 412 JAWB, 11 a.m., Department of Human Services Director David Berns, Room 120 JAWB, 2:00 p.m.

    Comments

    1. #1

      Why wouldn't Lanier LIE when the word on the street when Fenty was mayor is that she covered up the many times he pummeled Michelle. Yet she has a zero tolerance for domestic abuse...LOL!

    2. #2

      DCist is wrong. An open meetings law should NOT single out the media for greater privileges than the public. An open meetings law needs to apply to EVERY MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC, which includes members of the news media. The news media are simply there to be the eyes and ears of citizens who are unable to attend. No news media organization worth its salt would ever advocate that the media be given greater rights than any member of the public when it comes to open government laws.

    3. #3

      I don't trust DC's police department. It seems, we are constantly hearing about corrupt DC police officers. Recently, a DC MPD Sgt. was charged with allegations of stealing thousands of dollars from a senior citizen. What is going on with all the corruption within MPD? The DC mayor, DC Council Chairman, and several DC Councilmembers have allegations against them for corruption. A federal appointed 'Control Board' need to step in and govern the Nations Capital.

    4. #4

      Southeast Ken these celeb escorts services from cops are usual in EVERY states since years ! They just got caught by medias (which already knew but did not care, they only cared this time because it was a way to make some headlines about Charlie Sheen, a medias magnet, they are literally obsessed with this actor..) and decided to lie in order to keep some "nice" image before public eye.pathetic..Lanier is a big hypocrite, a liar and as a cop it is even worse, she should be fired asap.
      Cathy Lanier the dirty cop..PITIFUL..

    5. #5

      Ramsey taught her well...

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