Tag: muriel bowser

For now, DC Council won’t vote to criticize diversion of ice rink funding

WASHINGTON — D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson will pull from Tuesday’s Council agenda the vote on a resolution targeting the mayor’s plan to divert funding from Fort Dupont Ice Arena renovations. Muriel Bowser has proposed redirecting funds for it and other projects toward school repairs and maintenance, a move that has drawn criticism from rink […]

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Bowser announces free DC Circulator rides for a month

WASHINGTON — All rides on the D.C. Circulator will be free through Feb. 28 starting Monday, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Friday. The free rides are part of Bowser’s Fair Shot February campaign. “We’re kicking off Fair Shot February by making it easier for Washingtonians to get where they need to go and connect to […]

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DC program aims to help furloughed feds with mortgage payments

WASHINGTON — Furloughed federal workers who live in the District could be getting help with their mortgages from the D.C. government. Mayor Muriel Bowser and the D.C. Housing Finance Agency on Wednesday announced the D.C. Mortgage Assistance Plan, which will make zero-interest recourse loans of up to $5,000 a month available to D.C. federal workers. […]

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DC mayor bucks fed gov’t with bill to offer ‘essential’ workers unemployment

WASHINGTON — D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser says she will introduce emergency legislation that she says would allow federal employees who live in D.C. and who have been working without pay during the partial government shutdown to file for unemployment benefits. Bowser’s announcement, which came during a news conference Tuesday, could trigger a legal showdown with […]

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DC kicks off annual Summer Youth Employment program

WASHINGTON — The District of Columbia has opened its annual Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment program for applications from both D.C. youth and employers who want to participate this year. Mayor Muriel Bowser kicked off the application opening at an event at the Newseum Thursday morning. The Summer Youth Program, first launched in […]

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DC mayor vetoes bill decriminalizing fare evasion on Metro

WASHINGTON — D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser vetoed a measure Wednesday that would decriminalize fare evasion on Metro. The move follows the D.C. Council’s approval of the bill in a 10-2 vote last month. It would make evasion a civil offense, subject to a fine of up to $50. Currently a criminal offense, fare evaders face […]

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Couples celebrate as DC resumes issuing marriage licenses as shutdown continues

WASHINGTON — Couples are again able to get married in the District. Mayor Muriel Bowser signed emergency legislation Friday giving her the authority to issue marriage licenses during the partial federal government shutdown. D.C.’s courts had decided issuing the licenses was not essential. Caitlin Walters said she and her fiancé, Kirk Kasa, both from New […]

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DC passes bill to issue marriage licenses during shutdown

WASHINGTON — Good news for lovebirds: Marriage licenses will soon be issued in D.C. again. The licenses have been unavailable during the partial government shutdown because D.C. Superior Court decided issuing them was a nonessential function. At the request of D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, the D.C. Council unanimously passed emergency legislation Tuesday called the Let […]

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Local leaders issue joint statement calling for end to government shutdown

WASHINGTON — The chief executives of D.C., Maryland and Virginia have joined together in a letter which calls for an immediate end to the partial government shutdown. In the letter sent to President Donald Trump and leaders of the U.S. House and Senate, Maryland’s Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, Virginia’s Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam and D.C.’s […]

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2 suspects arrested, millions of dollars’ worth of heroin seized in DC

WASHINGTON — The arrest of two suspected drug dealers has led to the seizure of a cache of weapons, millions of dollars of heroin and a Maserati, District and federal officials announced Friday. “We believe this is one of the largest seizures of heroin in this area,” Police Chief Peter Newsham said. An undercover agent […]

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Road closures, parking restrictions set for Bowser’s 2nd swearing-in

WASHINGTON — Muriel Bowser is set to begin her second term as D.C.’s mayor, with a swearing-in ceremony Wednesday morning at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Attorney General Karl Racine, council chairman Phil Mendelson, and six other council members will also be sworn-in during Wednesday’s ceremony. The event starts at 9:30 a.m. Street closures […]

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DC mayor urges Trump to work with Congress to bring ‘immediate end’ to shutdown

WASHINGTON — D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser penned a letter to President Donald Trump Wednesday urging him to end the partial government shutdown. Bowser’s letter, on behalf of the 702,000 D.C. residents and businesses, said that the city will experience a severe impact if the shutdown continues. “Indeed, many DC residents, businesses including restaurants and hotels, […]

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What local politicians are saying about the government shutdown

WASHINGTON — The partial federal shutdown has ripple effects nationally as the Senate adjourned on Saturday with no resolution and no full session until Thursday. But what are local politicians saying about the shutdown and what it means on a local level? Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam sent a letter to President Donald Trump, pushing for the chief […]

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DC to remain open during government shutdown

WASHINGTON — As a city that is uniquely intertwined with federal services, the effects of a shutdown can be felt in D.C. more strongly than most other cities. However, the city will remain open during the shutdown, according to the mayor of D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced on Friday that the District remained committed to […]

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DC names new director of night life and culture

WASHINGTON — D.C.’s restaurant and night life scene has been booming in recent years, and now the newly appointed person in charge of keeping it running is someone who is familiar with the job already. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has named Shawn Townsend as the District’s new Director of Night Life and Culture. It sounds […]

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My Take: DC’s mayor is dishing out food takes for the holiday

Apparently D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has some hot food takes for Thanksgiving. Like WTOP on Facebook and follow @WTOP on Twitter to engage in conversation about this article and others. © 2018 WTOP. All Rights Reserved. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.

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Dear DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, You Can Be Wrong but You Can’t be Loud and Wrong About Mumbo Sauce

Photo: Alex Wong (Getty Images) Many years ago I remember getting into an argument with a friend about the documentary, Waiting for Superman, the 2010 documentary that looks at the American public school system. The argument wasn’t about the specifics of the film at all. The argument was about how […]

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DC mayor stirs up controversy with saucy mumbo criticism

By Eli Watkins, CNN (CNN) — Washington’s mayor started a heated Thanksgiving discussion early by telling the city she is “annoyed” with a beloved condiment in the nation’s capital. “Is anybody else annoyed by Mumbo sauce? I wish people would stop suggesting that it is quintessential DC. I’m just saying I was a full grown […]

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Dozens of children find new homes at annual DC Adoption Day

WASHINGTON — D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser was the guest speaker at the Annual DC Adoption Day ceremony on Saturday. Bowser, who recently adopted a baby girl named Miranda last May, said that families are “made in beautiful ways.” “You may have been foster parents. You may be part of a familial adoption. You may be […]

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PHOTOS: Meet the dogs and cats of the DC mayor’s office

Sheila Reid — director of the Mayor’s Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Affairs — hangs out with Millie, who was up for adoption at the Humane Rescue Alliance, and has since been adopted. (Courtesy Humane Rescue Alliance) WASHINGTON — Contrary to popular belief, D.C. does not actually stand for “District of Cuties.” But […]

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Anita Bonds wins 1 of 2 DC Council at-large seats

WASHINGTON — Democrat Anita Bonds is projected to secure one of two at-large seats on the D.C. Council. Five candidates were vying to unseat Democrat Anita Bonds as well as independent Elissa Silverman, a frequent rival of Mayor Muriel Bowser. Candidates for those at-large seats included Republican Ralph Chittams Sr.; Libertarian Denise Hicks; independents Rustin Lewis and […]

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‘Such an unspeakable tragedy’: Area leaders show solidarity at DC synagogue

WASHINGTON — The region’s top three elected leaders and religious officials from many denominations gathered for an interfaith prayer service Monday night in Northwest D.C., following the deadly attack Saturday at a Pittsburgh synagogue. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser offered sympathy and messages of support to the […]

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