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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Nov 29, 2012 Guardianship case in McLean illustrates lack of regulation for those caring for the elderly
QUOTE: raised questions among elder-care advocates and legislators about how a small number of paid guardians — both lawyers and non-lawyer professionals — are treating the aging and how states oversee the process.
Washington Post Nov 23, 2011 Police Tracking Your Every Move With License Plate Readers: Is a law enforcement aid worth sacrificing personal liberties?
QUOTE: These plate readers in D.C. take 1,800 images per minute, every one of which is stored in a database. Basically, these plate readers have made it possible for police to track everyone's movements as they move across the city. These plate readers and the subsequent database of image captures has tipped the privacy concerns of some -- notably the American Civil Liberties Union.
WebProNews Jun 27, 2011 Teacher Grades: Pass or Be Fired
QUOTE: [Impact's] admirers say the system, a centerpiece of the tempestuous three-year tenure of Washington’s former schools chancellor, Michelle Rhee, has brought clear teaching standards to a district that lacked them and is setting a new standard by establishing dismissal as a consequence of ineffective teaching. But some educators say it is better at sorting and firing teachers than at helping struggling ones...
New York Times Apr 25, 2011 Why I am suing Washington City Paper
QUOTE: Simply put, this lawsuit is about the truth — and the need to correct the record, even when you are a public figure, when your character and integrity are falsely and recklessly attacked.
Washington Post Mar 28, 2011 Capital Injustice
QUOTE: Washingtonians still have no meaningful voice in Congress and lack full authority over their own affairs... (Washington’s) second-class citizenship is a legacy of racial injustice and, more recently, partisanship in Congress.
New York Times Feb 06, 2011 Study finds funding gap between D.C. specialty and neighborhood schools
QUOTE: The two public high schools, 21/2 miles apart in Northwest Washington, serve vastly different student populations. And they do it with vastly different levels of financial support, according to an analysis of school spending by a District advocacy group.
Washington Post Aug 10, 2009 Subway Safety Panel Foiled by Constraints: 12-Year-Old Oversight Committee Has Little Influence on Metro Operations
QUOTE: Before June's deadly subway crash, no federal agency stepped in to ensure that [the Washington, D.C.] Metro found and fixed the electrical circuits now suspected of contributing to the worst accident in the system's history. That's because none is authorized to.
Washington Post Aug 04, 2009 More D.C. Kids Had Elevated Lead Than Stated
QUOTE: More than twice as many D.C. children as previously reported by federal and local health officials had high levels of lead in their blood amid the city's drinking water crisis, according to congressional investigators, throwing into doubt assurances by those officials that the lead in tap water did not seriously harm city children.
Washington Post Jun 18, 2009 Woman's Death Outside Shelter Stirs Questions: Friends Say She Was Rejected Because of AIDS Complications; City Disputes Account
QUOTE: "They kicked her [Renee Paige] out of the shelter. They put her out because she couldn't keep herself clean, her bowels and so forth, because of her AIDS," said Tamela Bowens, 46, a friend of Paige's...
Washington Post Jun 03, 2009 Cheney Led Briefings of Lawmakers to Defend Interrogation Techniques: No Indication of Whether Waterboarding Was Discussed
QUOTE: Former vice president Richard B. Cheney personally oversaw at least four briefings with senior members of Congress about the controversial interrogation program [with suspected terrorists]...
Washington Post Jun 01, 2009 Court to Hear Case on Inmate’s Retardation
ABSTRACT: .... prosecutors in Ohio... new opportunity to prove that a death row inmate there was not retarded... was eligible to be executed.
New York Times May 30, 2009 Supreme Court to Address Meeting the Needs of Special-Education Students
QUOTE: ... United States Supreme Court will soon decide when public schools must reimburse parents of special-education students for private-school tuition.
New York Times Apr 10, 2009 Companies Defrauded Churches, D.C. Says: Black Congregations Lured Into Kiosk Scam, Lawsuit Claims
QUOTE: alleging that five companies defrauded at least 30 Washington area congregations of hundreds of thousands of dollars through a computer equipment scam
Washington Post Apr 10, 2009 Health agency covered up lead harm
QUOTE: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention withheld evidence that contaminated tap water caused lead poisoning in kids.
Salon Mar 29, 2009 Star Lobbyist Closes Shop Amid F.B.I. Inquiry
QUOTE: ...[federal] prosecutors’ initial questions have focused on the possibility that Mr. Magliocchetti used straw campaign contributors.... as a front to funnel illegal donations to friendly lawmakers, a felony that could carry a minimum sentence of five years.
New York Times Mar 13, 2009 D.C. Tech Official Is Accused of Bribery
QUOTE: A [Washington D.C.] government official and a business executive were arrested yesterday on bribery charges...
Washington Post Dec 20, 2008 Maryland Students Use Speed Cameras for Revenge: Students in Montgomery County, Maryland use fake license plates to send speed camera tickets to enemies.
QUOTE: High school students in Maryland are using speed cameras as a tool to fine innocent drivers in a game, according to the Montgomery County Sentinel newspaper. Because photo enforcement devices will automatically mail out a ticket to any registered vehicle owner based solely on a photograph of a license plate, any driver could receive a ticket if someone else creates a duplicate of his license plate and drives quickly past a speed camera.
theNewspaper.com Dec 07, 2008 Building on Broken Promises: D.C. Developer's Projects Marred by Unchecked Spending and Dubious Deals
QUOTE: longtime D.C. Council member H.R. Crawford told tenants, "I can show you how you can be a homeowner."....Crawford used hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund his own property management firm even after paying his company more than $3 million in developer's fees, a practice developers and HUD officials say amounts to double-billing.
Washington Post Nov 22, 2008 D.C. Police Agitate For Flood Of E-Mails: Teen Freed Twice, Neighbors Informed
QUOTE: Exasperated by the third arrest of the same suspect in a string of 21 robberies, a D.C. police official sent an electronic bulletin to residents of Columbia Heights pleading for them to flood Peter Nickles, the city's top attorney, with calls and e-mails demanding that the suspect not be released.
Washington Post Nov 20, 2008 Jan. 20 Housing Is Risky Business: Inauguration Renters, Landlords Face Perils Of Disputes, Fraud
QUOTE: thousands of people in the Washington area have come out of the woodwork to make a quick buck by offering their houses for rent in January. But the arrangements -- with deals being brokered largely between amateurs, often online and with little personal contact -- are fraught with peril on both sides, including fights over money and property damage in addition to issues regarding insurance, liability and fraud, experts said.
Washington Post Nov 13, 2008 School Chief Takes on Tenure, and Stirs a Fight
QUOTE: Ms. Rhee has proposed spectacular raises of as much as $40,000, financed by private foundations, for teachers willing to give up tenure....Ms. Rhee said she could no longer wait for a union response to her proposal, first outlined last summer, and announced an effort to identify and fire ineffective teachers, including those with tenure.
New York Times Jul 08, 2008 Advocates Speak Up for Illegal Day Laborers Cheated of Wages
QUOTE: Although few immigrant day laborers realize it, they have the same right as any worker to sue employers for unpaid back wages, even if they are here illegally. In recent months, advocacy groups in the Washington region have been helping such workers file administrative claims and lawsuits, and in some cases they have won.
Washington Post May 21, 2008 Nats Risk Priceless Goodwill For $100,000 a Day in Damages
QUOTE: A snippy legal battle between the Washington Nationals and the District government has been raging behind the scenes since February. Even now, a quarter of the way into the first season at Nats Park, the team's owners are demanding that the city cough up $100,000 a day in damages because, according to the Nationals, the stadium was not completed in time for Opening Night in March.
Washington Post May 20, 2008 Disabled Riders Question Need For MetroAccess Recertification
QUOTE: Her disability is permanent. But every three years, she must go through a time-consuming process that will cost Metro more than $1 million this year to prove a basic fact of life for her and thousands of other riders: Her disability makes it difficult for her to ride Metrorail or Metrobus and therefore qualifies her for curb-to-curb MetroAccess service.
Washington Post May 06, 2008 He's a Man, as Charged: But Should Emerging Brain Science Affect Courts' Handling of Young Defendants?
QUOTE: The debate over whether kids should be tried and punished as adults has simmered for years. The discussion is intensifying, however, because of recent discoveries that the brain's prefrontal cortex, which governs reasoning, develops more slowly than the limbic system, where the emotions reside.
Washington Post May 04, 2008 Fund Gives Tenants Little Relief
QUOTE: The District's Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs has a lifeline for tenants living in dangerous conditions: a multimillion-dollar fund to repair buildings when owners refuse to do the work. But in a city vexed by dozens of distressed buildings, DCRA has rarely intervened.
Washington Post Mar 17, 2008 Fighting Gun Traffickers Involves Lots of Legwork, a Little Luck
QUOTE: Firearms traffickers...profit in an underground economy that has bustled for decades in the District, regardless of the city's long-debated prohibition on handgun ownership, one of the toughest gun-control laws in the nation.
Washington Post Mar 03, 2008 Despite City Law, Few Assisted Living Centers Licensed
QUOTE: Most assisted living centers in the District have not been licensed or inspected eight years after the D.C. Council mandated government oversight of the facilities ...As a result, consumer advocates say, some of the District's most vulnerable residents have been left at greater potential risk for abuse and neglect...
Washington Post Feb 24, 2008 A Case of a Family Services Job Well Done, or Overdone?
QUOTE: ...[a] Georgetown couple is convinced that their names are not being removed from the city's child protection registry largely because of the District's embarrassment over the Jacks case. The parents believe the city was right to suspect abuse, right to investigate, right to run tests. But they say the case went off the rails when city lawyers continued to press abuse allegations even after the judge found no cause to proceed.
Washington Post Feb 05, 2008 Lawyers Fighting D.C. Gun Ban Argue Against Militia Focus
QUOTE: If the Constitution protects an individual's right to possess a handgun, then [Washington DC's] ban on such arms must be declared unconstitutional, lawyers for the man challenging the "nation's most draconian gun laws" told the Supreme Court yesterday.
Washington Post Jan 12, 2008 Justice Dept. Critical Of Appellate Ruling On D.C. Handgun Ban
QUOTE: The federal government, protective of its own gun control measures, took issue with the 2 to 1 decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which said because handguns are "arms" under the provisions of the Second Amendment, an outright ban is unconstitutional.
Washington Post Jan 10, 2008 Human Dignity Also Needs to Be Preserved
QUOTE: HUD filed a complaint against the D.C. government, alleging that by denying the Lucases permission to install a ramp, the city is violating anti-discrimination laws. "I hope they would get off the position that historic preservation trumps fair housing or any law that protects the disabled,"...
Washington Post Jan 07, 2008 As PTA Groups Move Online, So Does Dissension
QUOTE: [School email lists] are increasingly becoming ensnared in contests for control of the medium and the message. Principals are accused of trying to silence their discussion-group critics. Parents have allegedly stolen or hijacked e-mail lists.
Washington Post Nov 24, 2007 Municipal Fraud Inquiry Clouds Washington Anew
QUOTE: The municipal government’s reputation was tarnished anew this month when federal investigators revealed the largest corruption inquiry in the city’s history. Prosecutors say that for at least seven years, local tax officials carried out a brazen scheme in which they cut themselves checks for bogus refunds totaling more than $30 million.
New York Times Sep 04, 2007 D.C. Asks Supreme Court to Back Gun Ban
QUOTE: Most legal experts believe the court will accept the case, which could lead to a historic decision next year on whether the ambiguously worded Second Amendment to the Constitution protects private gun ownership or only imparts a civic right related to maintaining state militias.
Washington Post Sep 02, 2007 Woman's Bond Revoked After Conviction in Crash: Driver Had Told Others Medication Made Her Drowsy; Judge Calls Her a "Ticking Bomb"
QUOTE: The judge's decision Thursday to revoke Evelyn Odette Velez's bond before sentencing came as a surprise to lawyers in the case because she wasn't drunk or speeding when the collision occurred and because prosecutors had asked only that she stay off the roads.
Washington Post Sep 02, 2007 Back From Behind Bars: Homelessness, Unemployment and Familiar Temptations Greet the 2,000 Prisoners Who Return to the District Each Year
QUOTE: Most emerge ill-equipped to stay out of prison. Two-thirds are re-arrested within three years. Forty percent are sent back to prison. This means more crime, more victims and more money spent to send them through the justice system again and again.
Washington Post Aug 29, 2007 Rhee Seeks Authority to Terminate Employees: Planned Legislation Is Aimed at Reorganizing the D.C. School Central Command
QUOTE: As the initial piece of her strategy, Rhee has begun drafting legislation that would ask the D.C. Council to suspend personnel laws so that the chancellor would have the authority to terminate employees without having to reassign them to other jobs. Rhee also has been meeting with council members to lay the groundwork for their political support, members said.
Washington Post Aug 10, 2007 District's Ex-Charter Schools Chief Admits Fraud
QUOTE: As charter school oversight chief for the D.C. Board of Education, [Brenda Belton] repeatedly stole from the school system, arranging about $649,000 in illegal school payments and sweetheart contracts to herself and her friends.
Washington Post Aug 09, 2007 Staffers Say Renovation Made Them Ill
QUOTE: Many say they have been sickened by dust, soot and possibly noxious fumes from a massive building rehabilitation
Washington Post Jul 25, 2007 English, Math Time Up in 'No Child' Era: 44% of Schools Polled Reduce Other Topics
QUOTE: The survey provides grist for critics who say the federal testing mandate has led educators to a radical restructuring of the public school curriculum in a quest to teach to new state tests. But backers of the law... say that without mastery of reading and math, students will be hampered in other areas.
Washington Post Jul 20, 2007 Medicaid Funding At Risk In D.C.: City Has Overpaid Firms $97 Million, According to Audit
QUOTE: The District wasted nearly $100 million over the past five years overpaying health care contractors for services that many Medicaid patients did not receive...
Washington Post Jul 15, 2007 Fear Seizes Pr. William Immigrants -- Legal and Not
QUOTE: [Although] Support for the measures among the county's non-Hispanic residents appeared to be broad, and county supervisors said their offices have been flooded by calls and e-mails backing the resolution… Others said they were torn. "I can see the benefit to county taxpayers. But these are very hardworking individuals," said Marilyn Koshetar of Woodbridge. "It's a no-win situation."
Washington Post Jun 17, 2007 City Moves to Ban Restaurant Smoking
QUOTE: the Alexandria City Council voted unanimously yesterday to use its zoning powers to ban smoking in restaurants, an unusual tactic opponents said would lead to costly lawsuits.
Washington Post Jun 10, 2007 Ailing Patient at St. Elizabeths Poorly Monitored, Agency Says: Man with Stomach Pains Later Died
QUOTE: A mental patient who complained of stomach pains was not properly examined or monitored in the hours before his dead body was discovered...[Washington DC's] Department of Mental Health found many of the same problems that have affected St. Elizabeths for years...
Washington Post May 21, 2007 HUD Set to Auction SE Complex Despite Current Residents' Offer
QUOTE: To the dismay of residents and city officials, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development plans to foreclose and sell Sayles Place to the highest bidder at auction Wednesday. Residents are lining up financial backing, hoping to fend off foreclosure and buy it on their own.
Washington Post Jan 14, 2007 Bethesda Rescue Squad's D.C. Service Draws Criticism
QUOTE: "Unlike city ambulances, the Bethesda-Chevy Chase service is free. It also delivers patients to their hospital of choice....leading some critics to view the service as an outdated, unfair perk for the District's wealthiest majority-white neighborhoods."
Washington Post Dec 31, 2006 States Take Lead on Ethics Rules for Lawmakers
QUOTE: Several states, responding to the federal scandals as well as their own statehouse imbroglios, have already adopted more sweeping gift and travel bans, broader measures to end the central role of lobbyists or government contractors in financing campaigns and new public campaign financing intended to reduce lawmakers’ dependence on big donors.
New York Times Sep 27, 2006 States, Counties Begin to Enforce Immigration Law
QUOTE: law enforcement officers did not check the immigration status of people they came into contact with, and in the vast majority of cases, a run-in with the law carried little threat of deportation. But that accommodation for the burgeoning illegal population ended abruptly in April....Some Latino leaders say the program here is contributing to a discriminatory climate in which Hispanic drivers feel as if they are being "hunted" by police.
Washington Post Aug 01, 2006 FCC Finds Possible Bias Against MASN by Comcast
QUOTE: Federal regulators said yesterday that Comcast Corp. may have discriminated against a regional sports television network by refusing to carry the network's broadcasts of Nationals games.
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