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District Taco plans Tenleytown location

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 09/03/15 4:20pm

District Taco's F Street NW location downtown (flickr user m01229). Tenleytown may be getting another fast casual restaurant soon, as District Taco plans a location at Brandywine Street and Wisconsin Avenue. Before the restaurant can proceed, however, it must win exemption from a “chain store” restriction in order to open at the to-be-completed Tenley View development at 4600 Wisconsin Ave. The Tenleytown advisory neighborhood commission will consider voting on giving the restaurant ...

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D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson comes back to AU

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 08/31/15 11:30am

Glad that's over!! #Nats #firstpitch— Phil Mendelson (@ChmnMendelson) August 28, 2015 When Muriel Bowser was elected mayor in November last year, AU completed a double: the top two local politicians in the District were graduates of the school. Phil Mendelson, the second top politician in city hall as D.C. Council chairman, graduated from the School of Public Affairs in 1981, and Bowser earned her master’s from the same school in 2000. I challenge @AmericanU ...

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Black Lives Matter activists heckle Mayor Bowser's plan to stop violence during her speech

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 08/28/15 2:06am

A woman protests during Mayor Muriel Bowser's address (Cuneyt Dil/The Eagle). Mayor Muriel Bowser first bellowed over the protesters, and her allies leapt to their feet to her defense, attempting to drown out the Black Lives Matter activists yelling and heckling the mayor’s proposed plan to curb killings in the District. “Who’s with me?” the mayor smiled and asked repeatedly, as officials and fans of her 5-part “Safer, Stronger DC” proposal cheered at a packed address outlining the ...

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Black Lives Matter activists to protest mayor’s press conference

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 08/26/15 9:36pm

CALL TO ACTION: Tell @MayorBowser NO! to EXPANDING #PoliceTerror in D.C. #SouthEastMatters #DC #DMV— Erika Totten (@2LiveUnchained) August 26, 2015When Mayor Muriel Bowser details a new proposal to combat gun violence in the city on Thursday morning, a group of local Black Lives Matter activists who are upset about her plans to ask for greater police power say they intend to protest. Bowser will push for legislation that would give D.C. police power to search individuals ...

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D.C. targets violent crimes committed on Metro trains, buses

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 08/14/15 1:04am

(Photo courtesy Metro) Following the stabbing death of Kevin Sutherland aboard a Metro train on July 4, Mayor Muriel Bowser’s administration is considering stricter penalties for crimes committed on public transit. Bowser said at a press conference Thursday she has requested Deputy City Administrator Kevin Donahue to “make sure the penalties for any crimes committed on public transit are robust.” Afterward Bowser spoke, mayoral spokesperson Mike Czin said the administration will take ...

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No one really knows why D.C.’s violent crime rate is up this summer

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 08/13/15 3:31pm

D.C. is experiencing an uptick in violent crime this summer that has local officials scratching their heads. Mayor Muriel Bowser blames the increase partly on synthetic drug use, while Police Chief Cathy Lanier rejects the notion it’s part of a ‘Ferguson effect’ and has vowed to address the sale of the drug. D.C. councilmembers and neighborhood leaders have held meetings across town to discuss public safety in recent weeks. For the AU community, the issue hit home when 2013 alumnus Kevin ...

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Mayor Bowser: The District will take aggressive action to reduce carbon pollution

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 08/04/15 2:51pm

Mayor Muriel Bowser (file photo/Bryan Park). Mayor Muriel Bowser pledged the District will “continue to take aggressive action” to curb the effects of climate change on Monday, following a new White House proposal to reduce carbon emissions across the country. President Obama unveiled America’s Clean Power Plan in a Facebook video Sunday and a speech on Monday. The plan sets carbon standards on power plants and rewards states that invest in clean energy, among creating other initiatives. The ...

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WATCH: John Oliver makes the case for D.C. statehood

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 08/03/15 7:33pm

John Oliver, host of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight,” showed his talent for making complex policy into comedic fodder last night while advocating for the District to become the 51st state.Oliver went through a laundry list of examples where Congress has intervened in the city’s affairs: abortion rights, gun restriction laws, marijuana legalization and needle exchange programs. District officials were quick to praise Oliver for bringing the longstanding issue of statehood to a national audience.Thanks ...

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New college sexual assault bill proposed in D.C. Council

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 07/16/15 2:17am

AU students protest sexual assault in 2014 (Kristie Chua/The Talon). All students enrolling in a District college would be required to take a sexual assault prevention course under a new bill proposed in the D.C. Council on Tuesday.  Colleges would also be required to put a “prominent notation” on transcripts of students who are convicted of sexual violence — or when a student under investigation withdraws from the school. The note would remain on students’ transcripts if ...

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Your guide to the July Fourth parades

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 07/04/15 1:37am

Then candidate for mayor Muriel Bowser at the 2013 Palisades parade (crystalndavis/flickr). It’s not as exciting as an election year, when mayoral and D.C. Council candidates crisscross town to march in July Fourth parades to earn votes, but you still have a chance to meet the mayor and other lawmakers in this year’s celebrations. These are the six parades and block parties Mayor Muriel Bowser will be attending tomorrow, courtesy of her public calendar. 10 AM -- Capitol Hill 4th of ...

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The D.C. Council gets its own “House of Cards” like web series

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 07/02/15 10:22pm

The widely popular Netflix television show “House of Cards” is loved by Capitol Hill and White House junkies nationwide, but there’s another place on Pennsylvania Avenue that might be getting its own fictional web series: The John A. Wilson Building.The Wilson Building, where the D.C. Council and mayor work, is the center of the new teaser for a web series named “The Council.” In a promo video, fictional councilmembers take turns trying to show the audience who's really the bigwig (or ...

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Minimum wage rises to $10.50 in D.C.

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 07/02/15 2:03am

Pay day just got sweeter (pictures of money/flickr). D.C. joined an exclusive group of jurisdictions nationwide that have a minimum wage above $10 on Wednesday. Employees in the District must lawfully be paid at least $10.50 per hour, and tipped workers must also earn pay that is equal to that amount when tips are included. The wage hike is a part of a plan signed into law last year by then-Mayor Vincent Gray to increase wages in steps; it increased to $9.50 last July and it will end at ...

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D.C. Councilmembers air budget concerns to Bowser

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 04/16/15 4:07pm

D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (far right) says he is against raising taxes while the city is financially strong (Cuneyt Dil/The Eagle). D.C. Councilmembers outlined a laundry list of concerns with Mayor Muriel E. Bowser’s 2016 budget plan on Monday, with a handful opposing her proposed increases to the sales and parking tax. At issue is a sales tax increase of 0.25 percent — bumping the city’s total sales tax to 6 percent, at level with Maryland and Virginia’s — and ...

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Bowser proposes tax hikes to fight homelessness, fund affordable housing

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 04/10/15 6:16pm

Mayor Muriel E. Bowser presented her $12 billion budget proposal to the D.C. Council on April 2 (Cuneyt Dil/The Eagle). Mayor Muriel E. Bowser wants to increase the D.C. sales tax to fund affordable housing and initiatives aimed at fighting homelessness in the city, she said on April 2. Under the 2016 budget proposal Bowser presented to the D.C. Council, the citywide sales tax would rise 0.25 percent percent to 6 percent total. She defended the tax hike as a necessary measure to end homelessness ...

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Bill would raise smoking age to 21 in D.C.

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 04/03/15 7:38pm

Raul Lieberwirth/flickr The legal age to buy and possess tobacco products may soon be increased to 21 in D.C. If Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie has his way, a bill he introduced to the D.C. Council April 1 will increase the minimum age required to purchase and possess tobacco products from 18 to 21. “Raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products will significantly reduce our youth’s exposure to a deadly habit,” McDuffie (D-Ward 5) said through a press release April 1. “The legislation ...

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Bowser promises ‘pathways to the middle class’ in State of the District

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 04/01/15 3:17pm

Photo: Bryan Park/The EagleMayor Muriel E. Bowser touted D.C. as one of the strongest economies in the country during her first State of the District address, but also cautioned that the city faces historic economic inequality.The address on March 31 — Bowser’s first city-wide speech as mayor — was titled “pathways to the middle class,” a phrase she used throughout the night when highlighting initiatives to improve schools, decrease crime and combat homelessness and rising ...

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Security checkpoints coming to National Zoo

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 03/23/15 5:38pm

nationalzoo/flickr The National Zoo will implement temporary security checks at entrances during the busy spring period, a new move at the traditionally screening-free attraction, director Dennis Kelly said. The new measures will be similar to security checks at the National Mall’s July 4 fireworks ceremony, Kelly said at a Woodley Park advisory neighborhood commission meeting on March 16. Security will screen visitors and their bags for prohibited weapons and banned items like alcohol. “Increased ...

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Get to know D.C. Government: Executive Office of the Mayor

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 03/19/15 5:35pm

The D.C. government is housed in John A. Wilson Building (rachaelvoorhees/flickr). This is part of a series of explainers about local D.C. government and politics by District Wire. Next up is the city’s executive office, the mayor. Read DW’s previous explainer on D.C.’s legislative body, the D.C. Council, here. How is D.C.’s mayor elected? Every four years there is a citywide election, where registered D.C. voters elect the mayor along with some councilmembers and other city ...

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D.C. presses ahead with marijuana legalization despite congressional protest

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 02/25/15 9:21pm

Bowser at a press conference about the legalization of marijuana on Feb. 25. CUNEYT DIL / THE EAGLEMayor Muriel Bowser and city leaders will press ahead with implementing marijuana legalization in D.C. Feb. 26 at midnight, defying late threats to stop legalization from Republicans in Congress.Bowser stood united with eight D.C. councilmembers, Attorney General Karl Racine and Police Chief Cathy Lanier at a press conference Feb. 25 and said marijuana will be legal Thursday at 12:01 a.m. “Our ...

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Congress sends last-minute letter to Bowser, seeking to block pot legalization

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 02/25/15 2:28pm

Photo credit Prensa 420Some members of Congress warned Mayor Muriel Bowser late Tuesday night that the city will be breaking federal law if it legalizes marijuana.Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the committee that oversees the District’s affairs, told Bowser in a letter that Congress blocked any attempts to legalize marijuana and urged her to reconsider the city’s decision.The letter came after Bowser met with D.C. councilmembers, Police Chief Cathy Lanier and Attorney ...

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