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Topic - Paul Quander
D.C. officials have launched a formal investigation into why a fire department ambulance was not available to transport a police officer injured in a hit-and-run crash.
A large number of D.C. firefighters called out sick on New Year's Eve, leaving the city short-staffed on a busy night.
The Metropolitan Police Department is moving a liaison unit that works with the city's Asian community from its longtime home in Chinatown, a quiet change that ignited fears the police chief plans to tinker with another specialized crew despite vows that little will change except where the officers store their gear.
The Washington Nationals and half of D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray's Cabinet are ironing out plans to beef up security, vendor inspections and traffic control in and around Nationals Park next week when the city hosts its first baseball postseason game in almost 80 years, officials said Wednesday.
Pepco officials say they are ready and willing to enter into serious talks with customers and the D.C. government about burying power lines, an expensive proposition viewed as an antidote to power outages like those that afflicted the region during the heat wave and monster thunderstorm earlier this month.
Pepco officials told a D.C. Council committee on Friday they are ready and willing to enter serious talks with customers and the city government about burying power lines in the District, an expensive proposition that is viewed as an antidote to power outages like those that afflicted the region during a heat wave this month.
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.
Washington residents are up in arms, though not armed. With violent crime up 40 percent in the first two months of the year - including double the number of robberies at gunpoint - residents are looking for ways to protect themselves. Elected officials and police have no solution.
The D.C. government has temporarily halted use of one of its most popular Twitter accounts in order to get a tighter handle on information disseminated about emergency operations.
Mayor Vincent C. Gray on Monday introduced his new chief of staff and a deputy to handle community outreach, frankly accepting that early "hits" to his administration besmirched his office ahead of more recent, positive strides.
D.C. firefighters are being dispatched on late-night patrols to high-crime areas as deterrents and during the day to provide payday protection for residents enrolled in the city's youth-jobs program, raising safety concerns for the "unarmed" firefighters.
Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times "Every member of [the fire department] is held to a standard of performance, and those standards are universal," says Paul Quander, the District's deputy mayor for public safety and justice.
Mr. Quander said he does not believe the officer was put in any greater "peril" because of the wait for an ambulance, which was first reported by the Washington Examiner.