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"I've seen weekends when we've had as many as 40 officers held out of service on hospital details guarding prisoners," Chief Cathy L. Lanier said Monday at a D.C. Council hearing. (The Washington Times)

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The D.C. Council is calling for a ban on the sale of synthetic cannabinoids — sold as incense under names including Spice, K2 and Yucatan Fire — because of their easy availability and danger. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** D.C. Council member Marion Barry (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Protesters exit the D.C. Council chambers after members failed to override the mayor's veto of the "living wage" bill. (Andrea Noble/The Washington Times)

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Protesters exit the D.C. Council chambers after members failed to override the mayor's veto of the "living wage" bill. (Andrea Noble/The Washington Times)

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"I've seen weekends when we've had as many as 40 officers held out of service on hospital details guarding prisoners," Chief Cathy L. Lanier said Monday at a D.C. Council hearing. (The Washington Times)

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D.C. Council member Tommy Wells, Ward 6 Democrat, aware of the city's reputation for issuing tickets, said he has modeled the marijuana bill after legislation in Massachusetts, where the law has already been road-tested. (The Washington Times)

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D.C. Council member Tommy Wells, Ward 6 Democrat, aware of the city's reputation for issuing tickets, said he has modeled the marijuana bill after legislation in Massachusetts, where the law has already been road-tested. (The Washington Times)

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D.C. Council member Tommy Wells, Ward 6 Democrat and a candidate for mayor, wouldn't wade into personnel decisions involving the demotion of fire department Deputy Chief John Donnelly, though he praised his work at the Frager's Hardware fire. (The Washington Times)

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D.C. Council member Jim Graham, Ward 1 Democrat, says the number of youths being committed to DYRS has been "dramatically reduced" in the past two years. (The Washington Times)

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Michael A. Brown pleaded guilty to accepting money from undercover agents while he was on the D.C. Council.

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D.C. Council member Tommy Wells requested the Crowell & Moring review that said Human Rights Watch overstated D.C. police's mishandling of sexual assault cases. (The Washington Times)

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D.C. Council member Michael A. Brown (The Washington Times)

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"I've seen weekends when we've had as many as 40 officers held out of service on hospital details guarding prisoners," Chief Cathy L. Lanier said Monday at a D.C. Council hearing. (The Washington Times)

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If an emergency hit the District, as it did Boston, "it would be almost impossible for many off-duty workers, who would be desperately needed, to respond in a timely manner," Mayor Vincent C. Gray wrote to D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson. (The Washington Times)

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Patrick Mara is the lone Republican running for a D.C. Council seat against a slew of Democratic candidates. (DCGOP)

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D.C. Council member Mary M. Cheh (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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the washington times The D.C. Council reprimanded member Jim Graham on Monday for “affecting adversely the confidence in the public in the integrity of the government” by using his positions on the council and Metro board to influence the city’s lottery contract.

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D.C. Council member Jim Graham’s attorney disputed an ethics board’s unfavorable ruling and said his client didn’t have a chance to present evidence in his favor to be considered. (The Washington Times)

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** FILE ** Councilman David Catania questions a witness during a hearing held by the D.C. Council Monday, March 28, 2011, in Washington, D.C., about the hiring processes in Mayor Vincent Gray’s administration. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)