EX-MAYORAL HIRE ROCHELLE WEB, the former director of the D.C. Department of Employment Services, says she was fired recently for, in part, expressing concerns that the city was improperly funding a jobs program that serves mostly ex-offenders. Ms. Webb, who lost her job April 1 in the firestorm over Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s political hires, tells The Washington Times in the second part of an exclusive interview.
INTERNET GAMBLING is coming to the District of Columbia. The city will be the first U.S. jurisdiction to allow Internet gambling, trying to raise millions of dollars from the habits of online-poker buffs and acting ahead of traditional gambling meccas such as New Jersey and Nevada, according to the Associated Press.
Permitting the online games was part of the 2011 budget, and a 30-day period for Congress to object expired last week, said D.C. Council member Michael A. Brown, who authored the provision. The games would be available only to gamblers making bets within the borders of the District of Columbia.
A D.C. MAN PLEADED GUILTY Tuesday to unauthorized use of the Jeep of an American University professor found dead in her home last year. Court records show Deandre Hamlin, 18, pleaded guilty in D.C. Superior Court to unauthorized use of a vehicle, the Washington Examiner reports.
Montgomery County prosecutors dropped theft charges in the case last week. Hamlin was arrested after crashing the Jeep that belonged to Sue Ann Marcum, who was found beaten and strangled to death in her Bethesda home. Nobody has been charged in the death of the 52-year-old Marcum.
FORMER VIRGINIA SEN. GEORGE ALLEN on Tuesday reported raising $1.5 million during the first quarter in his quest to reclaim the seat he lost to Democratic Sen. Jim Webb in 2006, dwarfing the roughly $150,000 that newcomer and tea party favorite Jamie Radtke says she raised. Ms. Radtke will face Mr. Allen, also a former Virginia governor, in the Republican primary next year, according to The Washington Times.
A FINAL VIRGINIA REDISTRICTING MAP is on hold until legislators in the General Assembly return to Richmond after Easter. The legislators went home Tuesday after the House voted to approve a congressional map that essentially keeps all 11 congressmen in their districts and expands districts, where needed, to reach ideal population levels.
The Senate took the House bill and amended it with a Democratic version that makes the 4th District a majority-minority district and makes the 3rd District a minority-influence district, the state’s only majority-minority district, according to the Free Lance-Star of Fredericksburg, via email@example.com.
MARYLAND GOV. MARTIN O’MALLEY on Monday criticized General Assembly lawmakers, saying he thought they had “choked” on several of his highest-priority legislative initiatives. They were especially skeptical of the Democratic governor’s signature offshore wind bill, which would have required power companies to enter into a 25-year energy-purchasing contract with an alternative-energy company and would have increased utility bills for Maryland residents, The Washington Times reports.