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A D.C. Council member plans to introduce legislation next week that would legalize and regulate the sale of marijuana for recreational use in the nation's capital — the latest in a series of proposed steps to loosen the District's drug laws.
It's three weeks and counting since the D.C. Council enacted a Wal-Mart bashing bill, and Mayor Vincent C. Gray is still agonizing over whether to sign it.
"It's a huge first step," United coach Ben Olsen said. "We've had these before, but this one's different because of the resources the ownership group has, and it's in D.C. We haven't gone down this road with the District."
The District's attorney general took issue Thursday with a bill that would redefine the way the police department seizes cars related to certain crimes, holds them and sells them for profit.
The July Fourth Palisades Parade in Northwest D.C. often serves as an unofficial kickoff of the District's local political campaign season — this year being no exception, with three candidates in next year's mayor's race marching the milelong route and a recently declared fourth candidate apparently making a low-profile debut.
A D.C. Council member is calling on the District's fire chief to resign, after the release last week of a committee report that questioned the chief's leadership ability and recommended disapproval of his signature ambulance redeployment plan.
D.C. police are increasingly relying on video footage pulled from the city's network of surveillance cameras in criminal investigations, as officers identify more effective ways to deploy the devices and detectives find new uses for them.
A D.C. Council committee will not support the fire department's ambulance redeployment plan — a key proposal by the fire chief — because the agency has been unable to provide clear answers about its capacity to address the city's emergency services needs.
The D.C. Council voted Wednesday to roll back the city's sales tax to the lowest rate in the region and signaled a willingness to negotiate other taxes as members considered the best uses for a budget surplus projected to total $600 million in the next five years.