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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.

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

Mayor Vincent C. Gray (left) and Council member Jack Evans talk following the ceremony to mark the start of construction on CityCenterDC, a mixed-use development project that will be located on the site of the former convention center. The city estimates that some 3,700 new jobs will be created by the project. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

CityCenterDC a ‘piece of the puzzle’ downtown

Standing on the edge of the long-awaited CityCenterDC real estate project, D.C. Council member Jack Evans joked that he had met with George Washington and Pierre L'Enfant to "talk to them about how to get this done." Published April 4, 2011

Gray confidante withdraws name from nomination

A close confidant of Mayor Vincent C. Gray withdrew her nomination Monday to be the chairman of the Washington Convention Center and Sports Authority, the mayor's office said. Published April 4, 2011

Qatari money funds D.C. city center project

An investment arm of oil-rich Qatar is putting up the equity needed to fund the massive CityCenterDC project, officials said moments before breaking ground Monday at the site of the old downtown convention center six blocks from the White House. Published April 4, 2011

Jack Evans, Ward 2 Democrat

D.C. budget has ‘deal-breakers’ for 2012

Mayor Vincent C. Gray's fiscal 2012 budget proposal already has drawn sharp criticism from D.C. Council members who either oppose tax increases for the city's top earners or cuts to social services, providing a glimpse into the potential battles in the coming weeks. Published April 3, 2011

Gray pulls nomination of embattled appointee

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray on Friday withdrew the nomination of a Cabinet-level appointee under fire for using an employee as a chauffeur and staying at an expensive hotel at taxpayer expense. Published April 1, 2011

Gray introduces ‘very difficult’ budget

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray on Friday announced plans to levy higher taxes on the city's wealthiest residents while steeply cutting human services programs in a fiscal 2012 budget proposal that favors education and keeps public safety funding steady. Published April 1, 2011

Bill memorializes Southeast shooting victims

A D.C. council member introduced ambitious legislation to stem truancy among youth and recognize behavioral issues that could lead to violence one year after several youths were gunned down in front of a house on South Capitol Street. Published March 30, 2011

Proposed licensing system enrages D.C. cabdrivers

Dozens of D.C. taxi drivers gathered in front of City Hall on Wednesday to angrily protest a bill that would introduce a medallion licensing system in the District. Published March 30, 2011

Chief Kenneth B. Ellerbe last week ordered that the pre-2007 D.C. Fire Department logo (right) replace the new seal featuring a Maltese eagle (above).

D.C. chief returns old seal to uniforms

The District's new fire chief has ordered members to use a patch with a pre-2007 department seal on their uniforms, reversing the phase-in of a Maltese eagle logo ordered under the city's former fire chief. Published March 29, 2011

Gray sets lofty goals in State of D.C. address

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray envisions a District of Columbia with the best schools in the nation, a place where anyone can earn a living and enjoy the rights of a full U.S. citizen, and a city "that acts as a magnet for the best talent in the world." Published March 28, 2011

Efforts to hire Brown detailed in D.C. hearing

A former D.C. government worker said Monday he was directed by D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray's chief of staff to find a job for controversial mayoral contender Sulaimon Brown. Published March 28, 2011

City State: D.C. Council begins hearing on Gray hirings

A hearing into the personnel practices of D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray started this morning with council member Mary M. Cheh's announcement that a second hearing will be tentatively scheduled for April 7. Published March 28, 2011

D.C. man sentenced in fatal crash

A 35-year-old District man was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison for crashing head-on into a sedan on Alabama Avenue, killing a mother of four and injuring her children, while under the influence of PCP last year, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. Published March 25, 2011

Infant killed as car drifts backward in driveway

An infant was killed Friday morning in Laurel when a mother tried to protect her other child from a car drifting backward in a driveway, Prince George's County police said. Published March 25, 2011

Construction worker dies at D.C. work site

A construction worker was killed Thursday after a large amount of clay-like dirt fell on him at a work site on Evarts Street in Northeast, a D.C. fire official said. Published March 25, 2011