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New bill first step in getting free WiFi for D.C.

By Casey Wexler Last updated: 03/03/16 2:53pm

At-large D.C. Councilmember Vincent Orange took the first step this week in an attempt to bring free WiFi to all of D.C.Orange introduced the WiFi Task Force Act of 2016 on Tuesday during a legislative meeting. If passed, the bill would establish a task force that would research the best route to offer free WiFi throughout the city, “including the most efficient construction and operation of a municipality wireless network.” The bill is co-sponsored by Councilmembers David Grosso, LaRuby May ...

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Neighborhood leaders oppose expanding jurisdiction of campus police officers

By Casey Wexler Last updated: 02/12/16 1:48pm

Ward 5 D.C. Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie (center) has proposed a bill addressing the city's special police officers (Cuneyt Dil/The Eagle). Neighborhood leaders are blasting a D.C. Council bill that would give college police departments in the District the authority to patrol outside campus bounds. Last Wednesday, the Spring Valley/Palisades Advisory Neighborhood Commission passed a resolution 6-1 opposing the bill. Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie introduced the Special Police Officer Enhanced ...

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D.C. residents required to clear sidewalks of snow — but not for this storm

By Casey Wexler Last updated: 01/22/16 8:24pm

A snowy Tenleytown Friday evening (Cuneyt Dil/The Eagle). D.C. residents will be subject to new regulations this snow season, but not for this weekend’s snow storm. “We don’t expect to issue tickets during this snow event,” Mayor Muriel Bowser said at a press conference Thursday morning.[Follow District Wire's snow storm live blog] A new law that went into effect this winter requires residents and businesses to shovel their sidewalks 8 hours after snow stops falling, or face fines. “Property ...

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Live blog: Post-Snowzilla; AU, federal government closed Tuesday

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 01/21/16 4:39pm

More details on AU's closing tomorrow Monday 10:15 PMFrom AU Alert:"Shuttle Services: AU Shuttle Bus will not operate. Dining: TDR will open at 9 a.m. All other food/dining facilities will open pending staffing.Bender Library is open from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.Bookstore is closed.Student Health Center is closed. Jacobs Fitness Center (Sports Center) is open from 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. and Cassell Fitness Center is open from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Washington College of Law: ...

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Mayor Bowser announces new efforts to ending LGBTQ youth homelessness

By Casey Wexler Last updated: 01/20/16 3:12pm

Forty-three percent of the city’s homeless youth are a part of the LGBTQ community, according to a recently released D.C. Homeless Youth Census.The census was conducted in August 2015 over a nine day period, and is part of of the city’s efforts to end homelessness in the District by 2020, according to a press release announcing the findings.In a continuing effort to combat this issue, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced the expansion of Casa Ruby, a LGBTQ community center near Howard University, in ...

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Live blog: State of the Union

By Casey Wexler, Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 01/12/16 8:59pm

Welcome to District Wire's live blog of President Obama's final State of the Union address. Cuneyt Dil and Casey Wexler here. Beginning shortly.  (function() { var lb24 = document.createElement('script'); lb24.type = 'text/javascript'; = '24lbScript'; lb24.async = true; lb24.charset="utf-8"; lb24.src = '//'; (document.getElementsByTagName('head')[0] || document.getElementsByTagName('body')[0]).appendChild(lb24);})();

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New poll shows Vincent Gray in lead for D.C. Council seats

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 01/11/16 10:24pm

Vincent Gray (courtesy Gray 2014 campaign). If former mayor Vincent Gray runs for the D.C. Council this year, a new poll shows he has a strong shot at winning either the at-large or Ward 7 seats that are up for grabs. Thirty-two percent of Democratic primary voters citywide said they would vote for Gray, giving him a 12 percent lead over incumbent at-large Councilmember Vincent Orange. Further worrisome for Orange is that 4 in 10 residents responding in the same poll said they have an unfavorable ...

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Bourbon Coffee to open in Tenleytown this week

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 12/30/15 10:30pm

A Bourbon Coffee store in Boston (Bourbon Coffee). Bourbon Coffee is set to open at 4200 Wisconsin Ave. NW in Tenleytown this week, the company told District Wire, next to the AU Greenberg Theatre and Sullivan’s Toys & Art Supplies. “The store is ready and we are just awaiting final inspections prior to opening,” the company’s operations manager, Ryan Barker, wrote in an email. The coffee joint will join Starbucks and Coffee Nature as the third coffee shop in the area. The company ...

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Mayor signs off on regulations for District’s police body-worn camera program

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 12/30/15 10:17pm

Mayor Muriel Bowser, joined by D.C. councilmembers and administration officials, signs the District's police body-worn camera program into law on Wednesday (Cuneyt Dil/The Eagle).Mayor Muriel Bowser signed into law what she called the “most comprehensive, innovative [police] body-worn camera program in America” on Wednesday. The regulations outlined in the law will govern the city’s program to equip 2,800 patrol officers with body-worn cameras by this summer. The first shipment of 700 ...

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