WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington, D.C., mayor and city council have been subpoenaed as part of a federal investigation into a councilman who used his position to solicit business from District...
Desperate parents and discount marijuana: DC in a shutdown
WASHINGTON (AP) — No city experiences a shutdown quite like Washington.
Besides the economic impact, a shutdown warps the nation's capital on a cultural, recreational and logistical level -- touching everybody from garbage collectors to young parents, prospective newlyweds to aspiring Eagle Scouts.
City passes bill to issue marriage licenses during shutdown
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington, D.C., City Council has unanimously passed emergency legislation allowing Mayor Muriel Bowser to issue marriage licenses during the partial government shutdown.
News outlets report the Let Our Vows Endure Amendment Act of 2019 was passed Tuesday. The legislation will go into effect as soon as Bowser signs it, which she says she plans to do on Thursday.
DC mayor urges Trump to end shutdown over severe city impact
WASHINGTON (AP) — The mayor of Washington, D.C., has written a letter to President Donald Trump asking him to end the partial federal government shutdown.
WTOP-FM reports Mayor Muriel Bowser's Wednesday letter says the city, its residents and its businesses will severely suffer if the shutdown continues.
Mayor: DC will stay open during federal government shutdown
WASHINGTON (AP) — The mayor of Washington, D.C., says her city will remain open during the federal government shutdown.
Gambling capital: DC votes to legalize sports betting
WASHINGTON (AP) — City lawmakers in Washington have voted to legalize sports betting, making the nation's capital the first U.S. jurisdiction without casinos to authorize sports books.
The D.C. Council voted 11-2 on Tuesday to authorize betting on professional sports at the city's stadiums and arenas, private businesses like restaurants and liquor stores, and within the city limits on a mobile app.
Indianapolis superintendent gets Washington school job
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The leader of the Indianapolis school district has been hired for a similar post in the District of Columbia.
Lewis Ferebee says he will be chancellor of public schools in Washington. He was picked by Mayor Muriel Bowser, but the hire still needs approval from the D.C. City Council.
City votes to impose restrictive rules on short-term rentals
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington city council has voted to impose tight limits on Airbnb and other short-term rental companies.
News outlets report the D.C. City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to restrict short-term rentals to primary residences, and limit rentals in which the owner is absent to 90 days per year. The bill also prohibits property owners from renting out second homes for short periods of time.
City council repeals measure to raise tipped worker wages
WASHINGTON (AP) — The city council in the nation's capital has voted to repeal a measure passed this summer meant to raise tipped worker wages to match standard minimum wage by 2026.
News outlets report the D.C. Council voted 8-5 Tuesday to give final approval for repeal. The council was split the same way when it voted earlier this month to overturn the measure known as Initiative 77, saying it contained misleading wording. The hourly wage for tipped workers is $3.89.
Mayor declares end to sales tax on feminine hygiene products
WASHINGTON (AP) — The mayor of the nation's capital says Washington will no longer charge sales tax on feminine hygiene products.
DC scales back punishment for smoking marijuana in public
WASHINGTON (AP) — People caught smoking marijuana in public in the nation's capital will now get a citation instead of being taken into custody.
News outlets report DC Mayor Muriel Bowser and Metropolitan Police Chief Peter Newsham announced the policy change Friday, effective immediately. Metropolitan police already had the option to forgo arrests, but this new rule mandates it, in an effort to better allocate law enforcement resources.
The Latest: 1 arrest made in DC in Charlottesville protests
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The Latest on events marking the anniversary of violent white nationalist rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia (all times local):
The police chief in Washington, D.C., says only one person was arrested after a chaotic day of protests and counterprotests centered around a white nationalist rally in front of the White House.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Authorities say a 10-year-old girl is dead and three adults are wounded following a shooting in Washington.
Metropolitan police Assistant Chief Chanel Dickerson tells news outlets that four masked men in an SUV pulled into a northeast Washington courtyard and fired multiple shots into a crowd of 15 to 20 people before fleeing. Four people with gunshot wounds were taken to the hospital, where the child died. The conditions of the two men and one woman haven't been released.
WASHINGTON (AP) — There is a new international star in Washington.
Major League Soccer's D.C. United introduced former Manchester United, Everton and England captain Wayne Rooney on Monday. He will wear the No. 9 jersey while trying to spark a struggling club as its most expensive signing.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The D.C. City Council has approved a tax hike on ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft to help fund the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser easily secured the Democratic Party nomination as she seeks a second term in office.
Voters on Tuesday also approved a ballot initiative that will restructure the payment system for waiters, bartenders and other tipped employees in bars and restaurants.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser easily secured the Democratic Party nomination Tuesday night as she seeks a second term in office.
Voters also approved a ballot initiative that will restructure the payment system for waiters, bartenders and other tipped employees in bars and restaurants.
- The Washington TimesD.C. mayor pitches bill to legalize recreational marijuana sales in nation's capitalMay 2, 2019
- The Washington TimesGo-go music dispute in D.C. resolved after intervention from mayor, T-Mobile CEOApril 10, 2019
- The Washington TimesD.C. auditor Kathy Patterson sends warning about Mayor Muriel Bowser's budgetMarch 29, 2019
WASHINGTON (AP) — The mayor and congressional delegate may top the ballot in Washington, D.C.'s primary on Tuesday, but the real drama for voters has to do with waiters, waitresses, bartenders and busboys.
WASHINGTON (AP) — As recently as a year ago, the public school system in the nation's capital was being hailed as a shining example of successful urban education reform and a template for districts across the country.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Washington council member has demanded a police commander demoted amid an increase in killings be reinstated.
Councilman Trayon White Sr. told news outlets in a statement that now-inspector Regis Bryant "has been made a scapegoat." White said Bryant's demotion is an "example of the lack of a coherent and coordinated strategy" from the mayor's office to address increased violence in the ward he represents.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The mayor of the nation's capital is a mom after adopting a newborn.
Democrat Muriel Bowser announced the adoption in a statement Monday. Her office did not disclose the baby's sex, name, age or photograph.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Thanks to Qatar, hockey fans in the U.S. capital get an extra hour of subway service on the night of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference final between the Washington Capitals and Tampa Bay Lightning.
It costs $100,000 to keep the Metrorail system open for an additional 60 minutes past midnight. Metro eliminated late-night operating hours because of budget constraints.
Justin Timberlake has teamed up with the mayor of Washington to promote the "March for Our Lives" rally on Saturday.
WTOP Radio reports Timberlake and Mayor Muriel Bowser made a video urging participation in the march, organized after 17 people were shot and killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, last month.
Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Demi Lovato, Common and Vic Mensa will attend the march in Washington. Charlie Puth will attend the march in Los Angeles.
Residents testify for, against Mayor Muriel Bowser’s comprehensive plan
More than 250 people signed up to testify Tuesday before a D.C. Council hearing on the mayor's amendments to the city's comprehensive plan, which regulates most development in the District from the height of buildings to the number of residents who can live in certain areas.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Justin Timberlake has teamed up with the mayor of the nation's capital for a social media video promoting the upcoming "March for Our Lives."
WTOP-FM reports the video was posted on Timberlake's social media accounts Monday and features Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser and Timberlake speaking in support of the march.
D.C. leaders and gun control activists are calling on Sen. Marco Rubio to withdraw his year-old bill that would rescind the District's strict gun laws in the wake of last month's high school shooting in his home state of Florida.
Mayor Bowser opens the DC Infrastructure Academy
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Mayor of Washington, D.C. has opened a partnership that will provide a pipeline to in-demand infrastructure jobs.
Mayor Muriel Bowser opened the DC Infrastructure Academy on Monday and called it a pathway to the middle class.
The DC Infrastructure Academy will provide high-quality, specialized trainings and other workforce development programs that help District residents secure high-paying, long-term employment in the infrastructure industry.
The D.C. Public Schools scandals are casting an unwelcome shadow on Mayor Muriel Bowser, who campaigned to be the "education mayor" in 2014 and is seeking reelection this year.
Madame Mayor, as a Christian woman, you're probably quite aware that John 8:32 offers powerful advice for people, including those running so fast they're likely to meet themselves turning the corner.
Well, the race for your re-election began four years ago, and now you must pause.
A bronze, larger-than-life statue of late D.C. politician Marion Barry was unveiled Saturday on Pennsylvania Avenue, memorializing the controversial so-called "Mayor for Life" mere blocks from the White House outside the city building where he worked during his decades in public office.
DC settles lawsuit in fatal police shooting for record $3.5M
WASHINGTON (AP) — The District of Columbia has reached a $3.5 million settlement with the family of an unarmed black motorcyclist who was shot and killed by a Metropolitan Police Department officer during an attempted arrest for reckless driving.
Ongoing redevelopment at The Wharf, the District's newest mixed-use destination, has city leaders and residents there thinking that more transportation options will be needed to handle the anticipated influx of new neighbors and visitors on the Southwest waterfront.
"Our population is going to double by the end of what's scheduled to be built," said Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Andrew Listsky. "That's pretty significant."
D.C. Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson resigned Tuesday amid a scandal over receiving preferential treatment in the transfer of his daughter to a school outside her district in violation of a policy he had written himself.
The D.C. Fire and EMS Department at long last has added a new firehouse in upper Northwest, fulfilling 40 years of promises.
Engine Company 22 opened its doors Friday at The Parks at Walter Reed in the Brightwood neighborhood, becoming the third new firehouse to open under Mayor Muriel Bowser.
There is a funky smell coming from D.C. Public Schools.
During the 2012-13 school year, a D.C. varsity football coach was fired amid allegations that a player lived in Maryland.
During the 2017-18 school year, D.C. officials learned that school employees cheated by granting diplomas to students who did not deserve them.
High-ranking D.C. education official resigns in new favoritism scandal
The District's Deputy Mayor of Education resigned Friday after it was revealed she helped the D.C. Chancellor of Education sidestep his own rules when seeking special treatment to transfer his daughter to a new school.
It's 2022. Muriel Bowser is trying to decide whether she, like Marion Barry, will be dubbed "Mayor for Life" after winning a third term.
She has to be cautious about this run because she has two opponents who have name recognition and, more important, larger war chests.
She suspected in 2018 it would come down to the almighty dollar.
Sorry, I got ahead of myself. The issue is campaign public financing.
City officials and parents say they will fight President Trump's plan to cut federal funding for a D.C. program that helps residents attend college anywhere in the nation.
The D.C. Tuition Assistance Grant (DCTAG) program receives $40 million a year from the federal government and provides grants of up to $10,000 to qualified college-bound students. The White House on Monday released its 2019 budget, which includes a proposal to cease funding for the program.
When news broke Monday that some D.C. officials cried foul because President Trump's budget proposes cutting federal funding of a special college tuition program, I took it personally.
D.C. officials slam Trump budget cut to tuition assistance program
City officials are slamming President Trump's call to cut all federal funding to a D.C. program that helps residents attend college anywhere in the nation.
The D.C. Tuition Assistance Grant (DCTAG) program receives about $40 million a year from the federal government to provide grants of up to $10,000 to qualified college-bound students. Mr. Trump's budget, released Monday, proposes cutting that federal expenditure.
Muriel Bowser unveils Fair Shot plan to help D.C.’s black residents
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser kicked off Black History Month on Thursday by unveiling a project to usher more of city's black residents into the middle class, and effectively jump-starting her re-election campaign.
Addressing an audience at the historic Howard Theatre, Miss Bowser presented the project called "Fair Shot: A Toolkit for African American Prosperity," which provides access to resources for residents and businesses to secure, tax rebates, scholarships and other services.
D.C. gears up for Obamacare battle by enacting its own health care law
D.C. officials are hedging bets that the Republican-controlled Congress will repeal Obamacare by enshrining parts of the health care act in city law.
Mayor Muriel Bowser signed legislation Wednesday requiring all insurance companies in the District to cover a list of women's health care procedures without asking patients to pay additional out-of-pocket costs.
The official audit for D.C. Public Schools: All but two of 19 DCPS high schools violated policies that led to seniors receiving diplomas they had not earned.
Put another way, 937 of 2,758 grads had excessive absences and were ineligible for diplomas, or were ineligible or improperly credited for makeup classes, or took those classes concurrently with regular courses.
Looking at the problem a third way: 1-in-3 students who graduated in June 2017 were not supposed to.
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser joined volunteers who hit the streets to count the number of people sleeping outdoors Wednesday night as part of the District's annual "Point-in-Time" (PIT) tally of homelessness.
"We set out three years ago with what some people thought was an impossible goal to end homelessness in our city," Miss Bowser, a Democrat, told about 300 PIT volunteers gathered at Strong John Thomson Elementary in Northwest.
The smart people of the District may be onto something.
At the start of the 2017-2018 school year, Mayor Muriel Bowser, a Democrat, announced a new public-partnership, the DC Infrastructure Academy, a program pegged to plug people into demanding jobs.
Washington vows to stay open if government shuts down
WASHINGTON (AP) — District of Columbia officials are vowing not to let the looming shutdown of the federal government affect the city's normal functions, with local departments picking up the slack for shuttered federal agencies.
At a Friday press conference, with the shutdown due to start at midnight, Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser announced, "Shutdown or no shutdown — D.C. is open."
Report: Students allowed to graduate with extreme absences
WASHINGTON (AP) — A report has found a pattern of allowing students to graduate with extreme absences at a Washington, D.C. high school.
The investigation found that administrators at Ballou High School pressured teachers to pass students despite their grade or the number of unexcused absences. It also pointed to an inappropriate or excessive use of credit recovery courses, which allows students to make up missed work.