Washington Lawyers’ Committee Suggests Abolishing DC Police’s Gang Database
Law Enforcement
Washington Lawyers’ Committee Suggests Abolishing DC Police’s Gang Database
2024-01-23 22:15:39
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — A report this month from the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs warns that Washington, D.C., police appear to be violating constitutional rights to privacy with their Gang Database. Innocent persons could be placed on... Read More

Giuliani Argues for Avoiding Disbarment as a DC Attorney
Law
Giuliani Argues for Avoiding Disbarment as a DC Attorney
2023-11-03 21:17:15
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is awaiting a decision from a legal ethics panel on whether he will retain his license as a lawyer in Washington, D.C. Giuliani’s attorneys argued during a hearing Thursday that he... Read More

DC Council Seeks New Strategy to Defuse Gun Violence Disputes
Crime
DC Council Seeks New Strategy to Defuse Gun Violence Disputes
2023-10-30 20:41:41
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — The District of Columbia Council held a roundtable discussion Monday seeking ideas on how to reduce crime two days after a 13-year-old was shot and killed by a security guard as he tried to steal a car.  Washington,... Read More

Labor Laws Dispute at Washington Airports Touches on States’ Rights for DC
Labor
Labor Laws Dispute at Washington Airports Touches on States’ Rights for DC
2023-10-23 21:34:36
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — A dispute over whose labor laws should govern workplaces at the Washington area’s two major airports is spilling over into a debate on states’ rights for the District of Columbia. Virginia transportation officials say their state laws should... Read More

DC Officials Endure Congressional Criticism for Rising Crime Rate and Lax Prosecutions
Crime
DC Officials Endure Congressional Criticism for Rising Crime Rate and Lax Prosecutions
2023-10-12 20:44:10
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — A congressional panel cast doubt on the District of Columbia’s ability to control its own problems Thursday as violent crime surges in the nation’s capital while it drops in most other U.S. cities. The victims have included members... Read More

Hackers Access DC Voter Records
Cybercrime
Hackers Access DC Voter Records
2023-10-07 14:28:17
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Hackers breached the District of Columbia's Board of Elections website on Thursday, gaining access to 600,000 "lines" of U.S. voter data, including D.C. voters reports, city officials said. Sarah Winn Graham, the spokeswoman for the board, said a... Read More

What If Someone Cries ‘Rigged Election’ During the Primaries?
2024 Elections
What If Someone Cries ‘Rigged Election’ During the Primaries?
2023-10-05 13:41:12
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — It’s admittedly a hypothetical question, but given the divisive rhetoric that has swirled around elections and politics in general since November 2020, it seemed worthwhile to put it to elections officials across the country anyway: Just what would... Read More

DC Prosecutors Begin Charging More Juveniles as Adults
In The States
DC Prosecutors Begin Charging More Juveniles as Adults
2023-09-11 19:33:38
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — Prosecutors in the District of Columbia are whipping up political controversy over their latest crime-fighting effort that focuses on trying more 16- and 17-year-olds as adults. With juvenile crime at the highest levels in decades, they say they... Read More

ACLU Sues DC Dept. of Corrections Over Inmate Policy on Kosher Meals
Litigation
ACLU Sues DC Dept. of Corrections Over Inmate Policy on Kosher Meals
2023-08-21 18:02:32
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the District of Columbia Department of Corrections for failing to offer kosher meals on request from Jewish inmates. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Riley Benjamin, who has been in... Read More

House Republicans Seek to Abolish Authority for DC’s Home Rule
Congress
House Republicans Seek to Abolish Authority for DC’s Home Rule
2023-08-17 20:14:20
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — Three House Republicans propose turning over government in the District of Columbia to a congressional committee rather than letting local officials make policy decisions. Their bill, introduced last week, is largely a move that seeks a federal solution... Read More

DC Councilman Wants National Guard to Help Control Homicide and Crime Rate
Law Enforcement
DC Councilman Wants National Guard to Help Control Homicide and Crime Rate
2023-08-09 20:07:33
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — A member of the District of Columbia Council is calling on the National Guard to help police confront a surge in homicides and other crimes this year. In the first six days of August, 16 people were shot... Read More

Businessman Strives to Bring Luxury to DC’s Once-Stigmatized Cannabis Sector
Cannabis
Businessman Strives to Bring Luxury to DC’s Once-Stigmatized Cannabis Sector
2023-08-02 23:14:52
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — To the casual passerby strolling along K Street NW, the neat, glass-dominated storefront of Monko could easily be mistaken for a spa, high-end hair cuttery or upscale purveyor of lotions and other beauty products. That aura of luxury... Read More

DC Lawsuit Adds to Outrage Over Toxic ‘Forever Chemicals’
Litigation
DC Lawsuit Adds to Outrage Over Toxic ‘Forever Chemicals’
2023-07-19 18:35:31
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — The District of Columbia’s attorney general sued 25 chemical companies this week in a lawsuit that adds to a widening array of claims over the production and sale of materials that contain PFAS, also known as “forever chemicals.”... Read More

DC Council Passes ‘Emergency’ Bill to Counter Soaring Crime Rate
Crime
DC Council Passes ‘Emergency’ Bill to Counter Soaring Crime Rate
2023-07-11 22:49:44
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — The District of Columbia Council approved a get-tough bill Tuesday intended to put a dent in the city’s surging crime rate. Overall crime in the nation’s capital is up 30% and homicides by 17% so far this year... Read More

Writers Guild Strike Hits DC With Protests at Marvel Movie Location
Labor
Writers Guild Strike Hits DC With Protests at Marvel Movie Location
2023-06-29 19:04:32
by Carter Schaffer

WASHINGTON — Members of the Writers Guild of America and their allies used the filming of a new Marvel franchise feature near the White House as a platform for airing their grievances and marking the start of the eighth week... Read More

Justice Dept. Allows US Attorney to Testify About DC Crime
Cities
Justice Dept. Allows US Attorney to Testify About DC Crime
2023-05-11 23:08:29
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — A change of opinion by the Justice Department this week saved one of its attorneys from a subpoena by a congressional committee investigating crime in Washington, D.C. The House Committee on Oversight and Accountability is investigating why crime... Read More

Court Upholds DC Gun Ban on Large-Capacity Magazines
Cities
Court Upholds DC Gun Ban on Large-Capacity Magazines
2023-04-24 20:25:16
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — A federal judge last week upheld a District of Columbia ban on large-capacity magazines in what appears to be a shift away from gun ownership rights. Washington, D.C., has been aggressive in trying to restrict gun rights but... Read More

Senate Vote Ends Chances for DC Criminal Code Update
U.S. Senate
Senate Vote Ends Chances for DC Criminal Code Update
2023-03-09 21:42:16
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to strike down a proposed Washington, D.C., criminal reform bill. The senators, like members of the House days earlier, said it is too soft on crime. They also said it calls into... Read More

Bipartisan House Vote Dooms DC Bills on Noncitizen Voting, Criminal Code
Congress
Bipartisan House Vote Dooms DC Bills on Noncitizen Voting, Criminal Code
2023-02-09 22:46:34
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The D.C. City Council took a trouncing on the floor of the House Thursday, with the chamber handily approving two resolutions blocking a pair of controversial bills passed by the city council. The first resolution struck down a... Read More

Firefighters Seek Contempt Citation Against DC for Ban on Beards
Cities
Firefighters Seek Contempt Citation Against DC for Ban on Beards
2022-12-07 16:50:20
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — Washington, D.C., firefighters are asking a federal judge for a contempt citation against the city for its ban on beards. Firefighters argue the ban violates the freedom of religion of their Muslim and Jewish members. The District of... Read More

DC Considers Wide-Ranging Anti-Discrimination Data Law
Technology
DC Considers Wide-Ranging Anti-Discrimination Data Law
2022-09-27 17:29:12
by Madeline Hughes

WASHINGTON — D.C. Councilman Robert White heard nearly seven hours of wide-ranging testimony about the proposed Stop Discrimination by Algorithms Act last week. The proposed law would prohibit a wide range of businesses across the district from using algorithms to... Read More

DC Names Sports Celeb as City’s First Sustainability Ambassador
District of Columbia
DC Names Sports Celeb as City’s First Sustainability Ambassador
2022-09-06 14:46:38
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Heading into her second year with the Washington Spirit, the professional women’s soccer team in the nation's capital, Anna Heilferty expressed an interest in using her sports prowess to share her equal passion for sustainability. A new mayoral... Read More

Courts Waffle on Vaccine Mandates for Municipal Workers
Health
Courts Waffle on Vaccine Mandates for Municipal Workers
2022-08-30 20:13:45
by Tom Ramstack

NEW YORK — New York is keeping its COVID-19 vaccine mandate for municipal workers for now while Washington, D.C., is losing its mandate because of recent judges’ decisions. The differing court rulings within days of each other add to confusion... Read More

New York, Washington Plead for Federal Help With Immigrants
Immigration
New York, Washington Plead for Federal Help With Immigrants
2022-08-22 22:48:35
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — Pleas for federal assistance from city officials are becoming more shrill as Texas continues busing thousands of illegal immigrants to New York City and Washington, D.C. The mayors of both cities say their resources for housing and feeding... Read More

Appeals Court Says Judicial Workers Can Engage in Political Activities
Law
Appeals Court Says Judicial Workers Can Engage in Political Activities
2022-08-17 20:01:27
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., this week refused to allow a series of restrictions on the political activity of some judicial workers. The court’s ruling said the two workers who sued to block the restrictions... Read More

Capitol Police Arrest Alleged Serial Armed Carjackers
Law Enforcement
Capitol Police Arrest Alleged Serial Armed Carjackers
2022-08-03 20:24:54
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Two men arrested by U.S. Capitol Police officers Tuesday night are now facing felony charges for their alleged involvement in a series of armed carjackings throughout the D.C. metro area. According to the Capitol Police, one of its... Read More

DC Attorney General Loses Again in Antitrust Claims Against Amazon
Antitrust
DC Attorney General Loses Again in Antitrust Claims Against Amazon
2022-08-03 16:55:49
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — Washington, D.C.’s attorney general lost again Monday in an attempt to hold Amazon.com liable for alleged antitrust violations. Attorney General Karl A. Racine filed an anti-competition lawsuit last year that accused Amazon of unfair trade practices that included... Read More

DC Mayor Could Deploy National Guard Under Defense Bill Approved by House
District of Columbia
DC Mayor Could Deploy National Guard Under Defense Bill Approved by House
2022-07-22 20:12:59
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON — The District of Columbia’s mayor would gain a right to call out the National Guard in an emergency under the National Defense Authorization Act approved by the U.S. House of Representatives this month. The $840.2 billion bill would... Read More

Northern Section of GW Memorial Parkway to Undergo $161M Renovation
Infrastructure
Northern Section of GW Memorial Parkway to Undergo $161M Renovation
2022-07-19 23:03:40
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Interior Secretary Deb Haaland was among the officials who took part in a ceremonial groundbreaking Monday for the $161 million renovation of the northern section of George Washington Memorial Parkway. The project is one of the largest infrastructure... Read More

The Choice in Virginia and DC: Stay the Course or Embrace Change
Elections
The Choice in Virginia and DC: Stay the Course or Embrace Change
2022-06-18 16:47:05
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Glenn Youngkin’s victory in the 2021 gubernatorial contest has Republicans dreaming of pulling the state’s congressional delegation solidly back into the red column. This year the smart money says both Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., who currently represents the... Read More

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