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ROD LAMKEY JR./THE WASHINGTON TIMES D.C. Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe discusses light-duty assignments before a D.C. Council hearing at the Wilson Building in the District on Wednesday. He is mulling a change in policy that would offer 90 days rather than 30 days of limited-duty assignments to all sick, injured or pregnant firefighters and paramedics.

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Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times Online-poker foe Marie Drissel, testifying Wednesday before a D.C. Council panel, called estimates of anticipated revenues “fairy-tale numbers.”

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D.C. Council member Michael A. Brown, at-large independent, says online gambling is a win-win that can generate millions in public revenue. (The Washington Times)

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List of D.C. Council contingency spending priorities (Click to open)

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D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown's budget plan, passed Tuesday, restored funding to services for the homeless. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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The city government has accused D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr. of using grant money and donations for trips and expenditures. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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ROD LAMKEY JR./THE WASHINGTON TIMES Human Services Committee Chairman Jim Graham confers with D.C. Council members about the nomination of Neil A. Stanley as director of the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services.

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D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (dark suit) chats with Gregory McCarthy, Washington Nationals vice president for government and municipal affairs, as D.C. Council member Yvette Alexander (top, right), of Ward 7, awaits the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday at Fort DuPont Park in Southeast. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Mayor Vincent C. Gray promised that all contracts for more than $1 million would go to the D.C. Council for review, but a contract for school security remains unchecked. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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D.C. Council member David A. Catania (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Before an empty witness stand at the Wilson Building, D.C. Council member Mary M. Cheh, center, along with council Chairman Kwame R. Brown, left, and council member David A. Catania, right. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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From left, D.C. Council member Jim Graham, Chief of Police Cathy L. Lanier and interim DYRS Director Neil A. Stanley on Thursday discuss the escape of four D.C. teens from the Palmetto Summerville Behavioral Health Center in Summerville, S.C., in front of the John A. Wilson Building in the District. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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D.C. Council member Mary M. Cheh has set a Committee on Government Operations and the Environment personnel practices hearing for April 29. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr. must appear in federal court next month for a hearing about student loans he is accused of not repaying. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr. must appear in federal court next month for a hearing about student loans he is accused of not repaying. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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D.C. Council member Mary M. Cheh seeks subpoena power for testimony ahead of a hearing into the mayor's high salaries for public-service employees. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Yvette M. Alexander (The Washington Times)

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MUM: D.C. Council member Yvette Alexander spends less than 5 percent of constituent service funds on constituents. (The Washington Times)

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D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown wants a pro-bono adviser to help the council with upcoming budget challenges. (Rod Lamkey Jr./Special to The Washington Times)

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D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown