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Tom Howell Jr.

Tom Howell Jr.

Tom Howell Jr. covers politics and the White House for The Washington Times. He can be reached at [email protected].

Articles by Tom Howell Jr.

Brittany Norwood is a suspect in the murder of her co-worker. (Credit: Montgomery County Police.)

Lululemon killing suspect indicted

A D.C. woman accused of brutally killing her co-worker at a yoga clothing boutique in Bethesda has been indicted. Published May 6, 2011

More suspicious letters retrieved from D.C. schools

The FBI is investigating six additional letters containing a white powdery substance that were sent to D.C. schools and received Friday morning, after at least 29 similar letters were recovered on Thursday. Published May 6, 2011

Youth fund told it needs 'vision' to regain money

D.C. Council member Tommy Wells on Wednesday challenged leaders of a nonprofit fund for D.C. youth programs to work with Mayor Vincent C. Gray on their vision for the city after program leaders and parents testified that budget cuts will have a dramatic effect on their children's progress. Published May 5, 2011

Cherita Whiting

Subpoenas for reluctant witnesses sent by mail

A D.C. Council member took a new approach to reeling in a pair of elusive witnesses to testify at hearings on Mayor Vincent C. Gray's hiring practices: the mail. Published May 5, 2011

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

D.C.'s Cheh goes postal over hearing subpoenas

A D.C. Council member has taken a new approach to reeling in a pair of elusive witnesses to testify at hearings on Mayor Vincent C. Gray's hiring practices: the mail. Published May 5, 2011

**FILE** D.C. Council member Jim Graham (Liz O. Baylen/The Washington Times)

Graham targets child agency salaries

A D.C. Council member rebuked the District's child welfare agency for failing to identify what positions could be cut among the dozens of "memo writers" and "meeting attenders" making more than $100,000 per year, arguing it could free up money for key priorities facing the budget ax. Published May 4, 2011

**FILE** D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (Associated Press)

McDonnell asks Gray to intervene on Metro station

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray says he will speak with the three D.C. appointees to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority about their votes to build a Metrorail stop under Washington Dulles International Airport instead of an above-ground option $300 million cheaper. Published May 4, 2011

City State: Farewell Sekou

The D.C. council sent off at-large member Sekou Biddle through gift and song at his last legislative meeting. Published May 3, 2011

Council tables study of police staffing

D.C. Council members batted away a proposal Tuesday that would pair the Metropolitan Police Department and its labor union to study retention and recruitment of D.C. officers, but they agreed that staffing is a key priority ahead of a potentially violent summer. Published May 3, 2011

Graham bill would ID young escapees

In response to two highly publicized escapes, a D.C. Council member who oversees the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services wants to speed up the release of pertinent information to the public when a young offender flees from custody. Published May 2, 2011

**FILE** D.C. Council member David A. Catania (The Washington Times)

Catania bill would authorize police attrition study

D.C. Council Member David A. Catania will introduce a bill Tuesday that creates an advisory commission on retention and recruitment of officers in the Metropolitan Police Department. Published May 2, 2011

Catania bill would study police attrition

D.C. Council Member David A. Catania will introduce a bill Tuesday that creates an advisory commission on retention and recruitment of officers in the Metropolitan Police Department. Published May 2, 2011

Hearings on Gray's personnel staff still at 'he said, she said' stage

A former personnel director for Mayor Vincent C. Gray is sticking to her story that the District's fire chief wanted to hire the son of a D.C. Cabinet member in January, though three people and a chain of emails point to her as "the architect" of the decision. Published May 1, 2011

**FILE** D.C. Council member David A. Catania (The Washington Times)

Latest Gray 'cronyism' hearing fails to resolve discrepancies

A former personnel director for Mayor Vincent C. Gray on Friday stuck to her story that the fire chief wanted to hire the son of a D.C. Cabinet member in January, even though three people and a chain of emails point to her as "the architect" of the decision. Published April 29, 2011

Mayor Vincent C. Gray (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Lone witness lined up for Gray hirings hearing

A D.C. Council committee that hoped to shed light Friday on charges of nepotism in Mayor Vincent C. Gray's hiring practices will have to wait a while longer. Published April 28, 2011

Last of 4 youth escapees is arrested in Maryland

The last of four D.C. youths who escaped from a private treatment facility in South Carolina on April 20 was arrested without incident Wednesday by task force members who spotted him outside a CVS in Laurel, authorities said. Published April 28, 2011

D.C. youth who escaped from S.C. facility caught in Md.

The last of four D.C. youths who escaped from a private treatment facility in South Carolina on April 20 was arrested without incident Wednesday by task force members who spotted him outside a CVS in Laurel, authorities said. Published April 28, 2011