VIA THE WASHINGTON POST: For 50 years, Southwest Washington was divided in half by a mall and office complex that withered with age. Like the freeway that isolates the neighborhood from downtown, Waterside Mall left its community without a center. Today the mall is gone, two gleaming glass office towers with a splashy ground-floor Safeway […]

VIA THE WASHINGTON POST: The D.C. Council is pushing to tighten regulation of pawnshops in the city and give residents a stronger voice in where they open, after a lengthy battle over plans to put a pawnshop in a Northwest Washington neighborhood. Pawnshop oversight legislation sponsored by council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) won unanimous […]

VIA THE WASHINGTON TIMES: D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray used school reform to kick off his run for mayor Saturday in downtown Washington, where an estimated 350 people intermittently chanted, “Send Fenty home!” Several current and former council members were in attendance, including at-large members Michael A. Brown and Phil Mendelson. Virginia Williams, mother […]

VIA WTOP: D.C. Police have arrested at least two more adults in connection with last month’s drive-by shooting in Southeast that killed four people and left five others wounded. Police arrested two adults on Thursday afternoon. A third suspect is still being sought. The arrests come as the District Attorney’s General Office dropped all charges […]

VIA THE WASHINGTON POST: The Washington Post’s Ben Pershing reports that House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer has announced that a D.C. voting rights bill will not come up this session, in part because of opposition to an amendment that would have eliminated most of the District’s gun-control laws. “At this point in time I do […]

VIA THE WASHINGTON POST: The D.C. Council unanimously approved a bill Tuesday to allow chronically ill patients to receive a doctor’s prescription to use marijuana and buy it from a city-sanctioned distribution center. Under the bill, which passed without debate, a patient who suffers from HIV, glaucoma, cancer or a “chronic and lasting disease” may […]

VIA THE WASHINGTON POST: Officials at the District’s Water and Sewer Authority (WASA) are advising customers in certain Northwest neighborhoods not to use water until further notice due to a higher-than-normal chlorine concentration. The boundaries of the area are: West Boundary: MacArthur Boulevard NW North Boundary: Western Avenue and Eastern Avenue NW East Boundary: Amtrak […]

VIA THE WASHINGTON POST: D.C. Council member Vincent C. Gray, a Democratic candidate for mayor, said Monday that he will not support the D.C. voting rights bill pending before Congress unless substantive changes are made to the provision that restricts the city’s ability to set its own gun-control laws. Gray, whose position puts him at […]

VIA THE WASHINGTON POST: President Obama is urging Congress to approve a D.C. voting rights bill, just as one is scheduled to come before the U.S. House of Representatives next week. Although Obama has long indicated he supported giving District residents a vote on Congress, some advocates have accused him of being too silent on […]

VIA THE WASHINGTON POST: Mayor Adrian M. Fenty’s proposed budget for fiscal 2011 relies on at least $72 million in new and increased fees and penalties as part of an effort to close a $523 million shortfall. The budget, which Fenty (D) submitted to the D.C. Council last week, proposes dozens of new fees. Parents […]

VIA THE WASHINGTON POST: Tears and tributes flowed Wednesday at the funerals for teenagers William Henry Jones III and DaVaughn A. Boyd, who died last week in a multiple shooting in Southeast Washington, one of the deadliest outbreaks of gun violence in the District in years. Jones, 19, was working toward his GED and liked […]

VIA THE WASHINGTON POST: The 14-year old youth who police said drove the minivan in last week’s mass shooting in Southeast Washington has been charged with 41 counts in juvenile court, including four of first-degree murder while armed, attempted murder while armed and assault with intent to kill, according to court records revealed Wednesday. At […]