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    D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson on Tuesday announced 20 schools that could be closed next year, among them the alma mater of four former NBA players, the District's first junior high school and an educational center built in 1927.

  • **FILE** The Washington Monument. (Associated Press)

    SIMMONS: 1910 building law for D.C. is height of absurdity today

    Rep. Darrell E. Issa, California Republican, who chairs the House panel overseeing D.C. affairs, is really onto something that D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray, Council Chairman Phil Mendelson and council member Kenyan McDuffie should give considerable attention to.

  • A driver maneuvers his classic American car along a wet road in Havana on Oct. 25, 2012, as a wave crashes against the car. Hurricane Sandy blasted across eastern Cuba as a potent Category 2 storm and headed for the Bahamas after causing at least two deaths in the Caribbean. (Associated Press)

    D.C. area declares state of emergency as Sandy approaches

    Officials in the D.C. area girded for heavy rains and dangerous winds on Sunday into next week, as Hurricane Sandy creeps up the eastern seaboard.

  • D.C. Council member Kenyan McDuffie (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

    D.C. begins storm prep for Sandy

    D.C. residents in flood-prone areas such as Bloomingdale are on "pins and needles" as city agencies put the final stamp on plans to deal with heavy rains and potentially dangerous winds on Sunday into next week from Hurricane Sandy's creep up the eastern seaboard, officials said Friday.

  • SIMMONS: McDuffie wrapping his arms around development

    Since winning the race to represent Ward 5 on the D.C. Council five months ago today, Kenyan McDuffie hasn't made headlines as an emerging political personality. That's probably a good thing, considering that some of his most likeable colleagues are in the prosecutorial sightlines of the U.S. attorney and other investigators.

  • D.C. Council member Kenyan McDuffie (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

    Gray addresses Northwest D.C. flooding problems

    D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced a trio of short-term measures on Friday aimed at mitigating the impact of severe flooding that has damaged homes in the Bloomingdale and Le Droit Park neighborhoods this summer during bouts of intense rainfall.

  • Kenyan McDuffie (Photo provided by Kenyan McDuffie)

    McDuffie adamant about emergency funds as Bloomingdale floods

    A D.C. lawmaker is calling on the city to establish an emergency relief fund for residents of the Bloomingdale neighborhood reeling from flood damage after fierce rains backed up their outdated sewer once again during the Labor Day weekend.

  • McDuffie: Bloomingdale neighborhood needs help now

    D.C. Council member Kenyan McDuffie is calling for an "all hands on deck" effort to stem too-frequent flooding in the Bloomingdale neighborhood after a string of devastating rainstorms this month.

  • SIMMONS: Trolley folly for Ward 5 stakeholders

    Score one for Costco, but there's push back from Ward 5 on the District's streetcar project.

  • D.C. Council member Kenyan McDuffie, who last month won office in a special election, has already had two fundraisers in his honor hosted by the same sort of interests whose influence he pledged on the campaign trail to avoid. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

    D.C. reformer meets with lobbyists he sought to curtail

    D.C. Council member Kenyan McDuffie won office last month on a platform of restoring ethics to city government, swearing off so-called "bundled contributions" and eliminating pay-to-play politics.

  • D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown holds up the new "Mr. McDuffie" nameplate for Kenyan McDuffie, the newest member of the D.C. Council who was sworn in Wednesday. With Mr. McDuffie are his wife, Princess, and daughter Jozi. "I know where we are today, but I also know how far we have to go," the new Ward 5 member said upon taking over for his convicted predecessor Harry Thomas Jr. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

    McDuffie takes D.C. Council seat amid several ovations

    Kenyan McDuffie had taken only a few steps into the D.C. Council chamber on Wednesday when a standing-room-only crowd applauded and cheered wildly for the newly elected lawmaker.

  • SIMMONS: McDuffie says he heard what Ward 5 wants

    Kenyan McDuffie tells me he is taking to heart the message that Ward 5 voters sent on Tuesday about what happens to crooks, liars and wannabes.

  • Kenyan McDuffie (Photo provided by Kenyan McDuffie)

    Gray: McDuffie 'an outstanding choice' for Ward 5

    Mayor Vincent C. Gray said voters in Ward 5 made “an outstanding choice” in picking Kenyan McDuffie to be their voice on the D.C. Council and restore integrity to a seat marred by scandal.

  • Anna Taylor (above, right) signs in at the Mount Bethel Baptist Church voting station in Northwest to cast her vote in a special election Tuesday to replace imprisoned Harry Thomas Jr. as the D.C. Council member from Ward 5. Kenyan McDuffie (left), a candidate to replace Thomas, arrives at the church in the rain to cast his vote. His wife, Princess, and two daughters accompany him. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

    McDuffie wins Ward 5 D.C. Council seat handily

    Kenyan McDuffie, a born-and-bred resident of the District's Stronghold neighborhood who touted public policy experience and a laundry list of labor endorsements, soundly defeated a crowded field on Tuesday to replace former D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr. and begin a new chapter for Ward 5 leadership at city hall.

  • Former D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr. makes his way to a waiting car after his sentencing at the E. Barrett Prettyman United States Courthouse in Washington, D.C., Thursday, May 3, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr/The Washington Times)

    Voters head to polls to pick replacement for Thomas

    Voters in Ward 5 will replace former council member Harry Thomas Jr. on Tuesday by choosing from a long menu of candidates who hope to restore confidence and integrity to the Northeast ward's seat at city hall.

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