Skip to content

Deborah Simmons — Life As It Happens

Deborah Simmons

Deborah Simmons was a senior correspondent who reported on City Hall and wrote about education, culture, sports and family-related topics.

Related Articles

In this March 22, 2021, file photo, Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser testifies before the House Oversight and Reform Committee. (Carlos Barria/Pool via AP) ** FILE **

Hit, run, get McGruff the Crime Dog, but blame climate change

- The Washington Times

Muriel Bowser is running for D.C. mayor again so she can either best so-called Mayor for Life Marion Barry. Or hang onto her seat long enough to wipe homelessness off the city's to-do list. Or usher in statehood and become the city's first bona fide U.S. senator.

Virginia Gov.-elect, Glenn Youngkin, second from right, speaks to the media as Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, second from left, Suzanne Youngkin, right, and Pam Northam look on after a transition meeting in Richmond, Va., Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021.

Virginia's infrastructure fight -- Round 2

- The Washington Times

Democrats and Republicans in Congress approved President Biden's infrastructure proposal for the states after Virginians voted last week for new management -- a Republican one -- and they'll be taking office in early January.

In this March 20, 2020, file photos, a man smokes inside a tent on skid row in Los Angeles. The 9th U.S. Court of Appeals on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021, overturned a federal judge’s sweeping order that required the city and county of Los Angeles to quickly find shelter for all homeless people living on downtown’s Skid Row.  (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File) **FILE**

Time ticks by fast when battling homelessness

- The Washington Times

D.C. officials are facing several deadlines -- all of their own making -- and it doesn't matter whether they're wearing digital time pieces, showing off a Piaget or checking the clock on their government-issued laptop.

Washington, D.C., Council Chairman Phil Mendelson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 12, 2016, before a House Oversight Government Operations subcommittee hearing on whether the District of Columbia government truly has the power to spend local tax dollars without approval by Congress. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) ** FILE **

Redrawing boundaries for D.C. wards

- The Washington Times

Before month's end, the U.S. Census data should be is the hands of D.C. officials and available for city residents to begin registering public comments about proposed boundaries for the city's eights wards.