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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

Articles by Tom Howell Jr.

S.C. officials troubled by presence of D.C. offenders

While D.C. officials search for two young escapees and debate whether they should place juvenile offenders in out-of-state facilities, two South Carolina legislators are looking into the types of youths being placed on their turf. Published April 25, 2011

Orange’s name back on council ballot

When the D.C. Democratic State Committee appointed a relative newcomer named Sekou Biddle to an at-large seat on the D.C. Council in January, it left former council member Vincent B. Orange in the lurch. Published April 24, 2011

D.C. expands Bikeshare program

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced Wednesday an expansion of the Capital Bikeshare program, a popular initiative that serves more than 11,000 riders in the District and Northern Virginia. Published April 21, 2011

Five face new charges for 2010 Southeast D.C. shootings

Five men previously indicted on murder charges for shootings on South Capitol Street last year that shocked the District and prompted legislation to thwart youth violence face a total of 30 new charges in a superseding indictment, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District said. Published April 21, 2011

Labor hopes escape leads to dialogue with DYRS chief

An escape from the District's juvenile detention facility that involved the brutal beating of a corrections officer has caused labor leaders and city officials to confront issues threatening to derail the confirmation of Mayor Vincent C. Gray's pick to head the city's troubled juvenile justice agency, union officials say. Published April 20, 2011


Brown’s 2008 campaign hearings get under way

D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown was a no-show Monday at a hearing seeking answers from his 2008 re-election campaign as to why it failed to report numerous transactions and maintain proper records. Published April 18, 2011

OCF holds hearing on Brown campaign finance violations

The District's Office of Campaign Finance met Monday with representatives of council Chairman Kwame R. Brown's 2008 re-election campaign seeking answers as to why it failed to report numerous transactions and maintain proper records. Published April 18, 2011

‘Arrest’ raises Vincent Gray’s street cred

A large number of D.C. residents are fuming over a federal budget deal that they say took a swipe at the District's autonomy. That fervor, it seems, might save Vincent Gray's political career. Published April 17, 2011

D.C. online poker talks going nowhere

Just because Congress didn't object to a bill authorizing online gambling in the District doesn't necessarily mean that federal lawmakers agree that the city can start running online poker. Published April 13, 2011

Rochelle Webb, former director of the Department of Employment Services, says her early dismissal was based partially on fear of what she would say in testimony.

Webb tells how she got swept up in scandal

Rochelle Webb has had a week to "get over the shock" of the abrupt end of her city job on April 1 — a parable of sorts on how an outsider was swept into the gears of local influence and the roulette known as the excepted service, a system of political hires who serve at the will of the executive. Published April 11, 2011

OPTS OUT: Former mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown speaks to reporters in the John A. Wilson Building lobby Thursday during a hearing on the personnel practices of Mayor Vincent C. Gray's administration. He chose not to testify. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Gray ex-aide concedes errors

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray's former chief of staff testified Thursday that she made errors in hiring for the administration and allowed informal standards to guide how much appointees were paid. Published April 7, 2011

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

Spending increase proposed for office with ties to Gray

A D.C. Council member on Wednesday cried foul over a four-member city agency slated for a budget increase that would cover the salary of the daughter of a close confidante of Mayor Vincent C. Gray. Published April 6, 2011

Brown moves to keep out non-resident students

D.C. residents have told officials that for years they have seen cars with Maryland license plates pull up to their schools and drop off students. Published April 5, 2011