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Cost trips up D.C. fire headquarters plan

The D.C. Council has taken steps to bar a planned move of the fire department's headquarters to a shuttered school in Southeast in an effort to save the budget-crunched District about $30 million. Published May 3, 2009

Council hits lack of rules for Fenty initiatives

A D.C. Council committee Tuesday chided Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's administration for failing to submit regulations that govern some of his critical public-safety initiatives. Published April 29, 2009

Lawmakers among 106 arrested

More than 100 protesters -- including five members of Congress -- were arrested Monday during a series of demonstrations in the District focused on health care, the environment and the conflict in Sudan. Published April 28, 2009

Capitol Police chief vows action over Facebook

U.S. Capitol Police Chief Phillip D. Morse promised Wednesday to deal "swiftly" and "seriously" with any members of the force who are found to have participated in online forums that contained degrading references to women and glorified excessive drinking. Published April 23, 2009

EXCLUSIVE: Capitol Police probe officers' Facebook pages

U.S. Capitol Police officials are investigating allegations that several of the force's officers participated in online groups that posted degrading references to women and exulted in behavior such as attending strip clubs and excessive drinking. Published April 22, 2009

Council awaits regulations on inmate release

A key D.C. Council member says his committee hasn't received regulations governing a budget proposal by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty that would cut costs by allowing inmates to earn time off their sentences, even though his panel is expected to vote on the planin just eight days. Published April 20, 2009

Prosecutors drop bid to put Barry in jail

Federal prosecutors Thursday dropped a request that D.C. Council member Marion Barry be jailed for failing to pay his taxes on time, instead asking a judge to extend the former mayor's probation, subject him to electronic monitoring and place him under a curfew. Published April 17, 2009

Prosecutors drop request to jail Barry

Federal prosecutors Thursday dropped a request that D.C. Council member Marion Barry be incarcerated for failing to pay his taxes on time, instead asking a judge to extend the former mayor's probation, subject him to electronic monitoring and give him a curfew. Published April 16, 2009

McAuliffe discloses campaign donors

Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe's multimillion-dollar war chest has been filled by donors who include longtime friend and former president Bill Clinton and celebrity real estate magnate Donald Trump. Published April 16, 2009

D.C. eyes gay marriage recognition

The D.C. Council will consider Tuesday whether to recognize domestic partnerships granted in other states and countries — a decision that could serve as a prelude to the city's own attempt to legalize same-sex marriage. Published April 8, 2009

D.C. to recognize state gay marriages

Gay-marriage advocates scored major victories in the District and Vermont on Tuesday, with the passage of legislation allowing same-sex couples to marry in Vermont and the approval of a bill that would see those marriages recognized in the nation's capital. Published April 8, 2009

D.C. Council recognizes gay marriage

The D.C. Council overwhelmingly voted Tuesday in favor of legislation recognizing gay marriages from other states -- a move city lawmakers lauded as a step toward legalizing such marriages in the city. Published April 7, 2009

EXCLUSIVE: 'More toll roads,' says Va. House speaker

Virginia House Speaker William J. Howell proposed Thursday that his state construct a sweeping network of highway and road tolls that could be leased to private companies, generating new transportation funding. Published April 3, 2009

D.C.'s money-saving plan: Free inmates

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty wants to help balance the District's recession-squeezed budget by allowing as many as 80 percent of the city's inmates to qualify for early release, borrowing a tactic that has stirred controversy elsewhere in the nation. Published April 2, 2009

Fenty again tries to raise phone fees

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty is hoping the third time's a charm for his plan to increase the city's emergency 911 phone charge. Published March 30, 2009

Fenty seeks freezes, fees, cuts in '10

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty proposed a fiscal 2010 budget that calls for eliminating more than 1,600 jobs, freezing tax deductions and imposing tens of millions of dollars in fees and fines to deal with an $800 million shortfall. Published March 21, 2009

Fenty's 2010 budget calls for 1,600 job cuts

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty Friday unveiled a fiscal 2010 budget that calls for eliminating more than 1,600 jobs, freezing tax exemptions and imposing new fees to help the city close a roughly $800 million shortfall. Published March 20, 2009

6 tribes seek U.S. approval of status

A long-stalled quest by six Virginia Indian tribes began anew Wednesday at a congressional hearing on legislation to grant the groups federal recognition. Published March 19, 2009

Chief information officer reinstated

White House Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra has returned to his post after being placed on leave following a corruption scandal in his former office, but the reinstatement comes amid reports of his guilty plea to a theft charge roughly 13 years ago. Published March 18, 2009