A heightened police presence was evident Tuesday at the District's annual Emancipation Day parade, where local officials considered the long-term implications for security within the District after the Boston Marathon bombings.
D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said heightened security plans initiated after a pair of blasts near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday afternoon will remain in place until officials are "comfortable" there is no threat against the District.
Mayor Vincent C. Gray on Sunday urged D.C. residents to vote in favor of a ballot question next week that frees the District's local budget from the grip of Congress — an endorsement that comes after months of opposition to the measure on the grounds that it could invoke federal ire and might not stand up in court.
Sen. Joe Lieberman plans to introduce legislation that would grant "budget autonomy" to the District, a key priority for Mayor Vincent C. Gray and other city leaders that would allow them to manage their fiscal year and local dollars without being tethered to congressional approval, a Senate committee aide said Monday.
Procrastinators across the land get a break this year: Tax filing day is April 17. It's normally the 15th, but that falls on a Sunday this year. The next day is Emancipation Day in the District of Columbia and Patriots' Day in Massachusetts. So, we all get 48 more hours to sweat over our returns.
A mayor rocked by charges of pay-for-play politics, a House investigation and a federal probe into his 2010 campaign is losing friends fast. To stem the tide, D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray's strategists are employing politicians' usual method for regaining allies: using tax dollars to enrich special interests.
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