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Andrea Noble was a crime and public safety reporter for The Washington Times.

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Rep. Darrell E. Issa "remains very supportive" of budget autonomy for the District, the California Republican's spokesman says. Voters approved the charter amendment in April but must wait for a congressional deadline to pass before it can take effect.
(Andrew Harnik/The Washington Time)

House report sets up possible legal fight over D.C. budget autonomy

A report issued Tuesday by a House committee dismissed as nonbinding a voter-approved referendum to grant the District budget autonomy, signaling a possible legal fight ahead over the city's attempts to seize greater control of its finances. Published July 16, 2013

Washington, D.C., Mayor Vincent Gray (The Washington Times)

Wait could be long for Vincent Gray's decision on 'living wage' bill

D.C. residents, stakeholders and Wal-Mart executives alike are eager to see whether Mayor Vincent C. Gray will sign or veto a contentious bill that raises the minimum hourly wages at large retail stores — but they could be waiting awhile. Published July 16, 2013

3 men injured in Southeast D.C. shooting

Three men were shot early Tuesday while playing dominoes outside a Southeast D.C. apartment complex located just up the road from the scene of a shooting three days earlier that injured four people. Published July 16, 2013

Rep. Darrell E. Issa "remains very supportive" of budget autonomy for the District, the California Republican's spokesman says. Voters approved the charter amendment in April but must wait for a congressional deadline to pass before it can take effect.
(Andrew Harnik/The Washington Time)

Clock ticks in Congress for D.C. budget autonomy

The District has reached the final countdown in its quest for budget autonomy. Almost over is a waiting period of 35 legislative days during which Congress could attempt to derail a voter-approved charter amendment that lets the city set its own fiscal calendar and spend its own local tax dollars without congressional approval. Published July 15, 2013

D.C. ethics board censures, fines Marion Barry

The District's ethics board censured and fined D.C. Council member Marion Barry on Thursday for failing to disclose gifts he received from city contractors. Published July 11, 2013

Nelly Moreira's car was taken by D.C. police in March 2012 after her son was pulled over while possessing an unregistered gun. Although he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge, the car wasn't returned because of a process called civil asset forfeiture. (Andrew S. Geraci/The Washington Times)

How D.C. police can seize your car and hold it indefinitely

Through a process called civil asset forfeiture, the Metropolitan Police Department is within its rights take a car suspected of being used in commission with certain crimes and sell it for profit — even if charges are not filed or upheld in court. Published July 10, 2013

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Wal-Mart threatens to bail on some D.C. stores

Wal-Mart is threatening to stop development of three of its six planned stores in the District if a bill is signed into law that would raise the minimum wage the big-box retailer would be required to offer employees. Published July 9, 2013

D.C. Council member Jack Evans, Ward 2 Democrat, walks with supporters in the Palisades July Fourth parade. Mr. Evans was one of three mayoral candidates in addition to the sitting mayor, Vincent C. Gray, to participate this year. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Politicians show they love a parade in Palisades

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. Published July 4, 2013

D.C. Council member Mary M. Cheh (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

D.C. Council member calls on fire chief to resign

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. Published July 2, 2013

Attacks on transgender women not seen as related

Two transgender women were assaulted Saturday in separate incidents, D.C. police said, marking five attacks against either a transgender woman or a drag queen in the District within the week. Published June 28, 2013

D.C. Council member Tommy Wells requested the Crowell & Moring review that said Human Rights Watch overstated D.C. police's mishandling of sexual assault cases. (The Washington Times)

Review: Mishandling of sexual assaults by D.C. police overstated

A Human Rights Watch report overstated the Metropolitan Police Department's mishandling of sexual assault cases but has paved the way for legislation that could improve victims' treatment by law enforcement, an independent review concluded. Published June 27, 2013

Washington, D.C. Fire and EMS Chief Kenneth B. Ellerbe speaks at a press conference held at Fire and EMS headquarters on his proposed plan to redeploy the department’s emergency medical service workers into a configuration that would leave ambulances staffed with no paramedics during the overnight hours, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, November 13, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Council panel nixes fire chief's ambulance plan

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. Published June 27, 2013