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DC Primary: One Week To Go

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- There is but one week to go before DC Democrats go to the polls to select their candidate for Mayor, a move that always leads to the Democrats winning in November in DC.

DC Council Chairman Vincent Gray is leading in the polls by 17 percent among likely voters according to a Washington Post poll.

On Tuesday he said complacency is his biggest concern and getting his people to the polls. Mayor Fenty who four years ago won every precinct is trying to cut into that 17 points by targeting undecided and soft voters.

If he can't expand the number of likely voters he's in big trouble of becoming a one term Mayor.

Critics say Fenty won 52 percent of the vote four years ago; but has failed to expand his base. Fenty landed the endorsement of the Examiner newspaper today. He already has the Washington Post endorsement.

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A Conversation With Mayor Adrian Fenty And His Wife Michelle

WASHINGTON DC (WUSA) -- DC Mayor Adrian Fenty is far behind in the polls, in danger of losing his job after only one term. It would the biggest fall in this city's young history of electing its political leaders. The big question is how did it come to this? Some answers from the Mayor himself and his wife Michelle who sat down with our Bruce Johnson for an exclusive interview at their home in Northwest.

Early Voting Locations In DC

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA)--Beginning Monday, August 30th District voters, for the first time, will be allowed to do early voting.  This will last until September 13th for the Primary.

Early voting hours will be 8:30am through 7pm.  Voters can cast their ballots at the following location beginning Monday:

One Judiciary Square
441 4th Street, NW

Beginning on Saturday, September 4 from 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM, four additional early voting locations will open:

Chevy Chase Community Center
5601 Connecticut Avenue, NW

Hine Junior High School
335 8th Street, SE

Southeast Tennis and Learning Center
701 Mississippi Avenue, SE

Turkey Thicket Recreation Center
1100 Michigan Avenue, NE

Please note that early voting centers will not be open on Sunday, September 5 or Sunday, September 12. Voting locations will be open on Monday, September 6 (Labor Day).


Visit the Tudor Place Historic House and Garden For These Special Events

The Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, located at 1644 31st Street, NW at the top of Georgetown, is hosting two events: one on Saturday, September 11, as well as one on Sunday, September 12.

On Saturday, September 11, Tudor's staff will deliver a lecture about the conservation of "George Washington's chest-on-chest, a mid 18th c. piece that stood in his bedroom at Mt. Vernon" at 10:30 a.m.  There will also be a tour of the Washington Collection after the lecture.  This event is completely free for members and $10 for nonmembers.

On Sunday the 12th, from 1 p.m.-3 p.m., there will be a Grandparents Day Ice Cream Social.  People who attend the event will be able to create their own ice cream sundaes and tour the gardens.  Admission to this event is as follows:

Member Children $10
Nonmember Children: $12
Adults: $5

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Jazz in The Garden Presents Josh Bayer Friday, September 3

Tonight, Friday, September 03, the National Gallery of Art will once again host “Jazz in the Garden”.  The event, held in rain or shine, will run from 5:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m., and will feature Josh Bayer playing Progressive Jazz Guitar.

The “Jazz in the Garden” is in its tenth season, and there are only two performances left this summer.

All concerts are held in front of the Pavilion Café, and are all completely free of charge!  People who attend the concert may not bring alcohol nor can they bring coolers.  They may, however, bring blankets.

The Café will have a seasonal light fare menu and beverages for purchase.

The National Gallery of Art is located near the Archives-Navy Mem'l-Penn Quarter Metro stop on Constitution Avenue between Third and Seventh Streets. 

Michael Brown, What's In A Name?

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -- Michael D. Brown is running for the at large seat on the DC Council now held by Phil Mendelson a popular democrat and proven vote getter in all parts of the District.

The first surprise is that its NOT the Michael A. Brown who already sits on the Council, the son of the late Democratic Party leader. That Michael brown is not up for re-election.

The Michael Brown on the ballot is the Shadow Senator for DC, a fairly unknown public figure, outside the DC full voting rights movement.

DC voters are apparently confusing the two Browns and telling Washington Post pollsters they prefer the latter Michael Brown, when they really mean the former.

Michael D. Brown dropped the middle initial in his name on the ballot, further confusing voters.

Movie Theater Moving Into the West End

A brand new movie theater is moving into West End.  The theater will be located on 2301 M Street, right in the heart of the West End community.

The theater is planning on serving alcohol, and is hoping to be open from 10 a.m.-midnight from Sunday through Thursday and from 10 a.m. – 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Because the theater plans on being open so late on weekends, coupled with the fact that the theater will serve alcohol could cause some concern for Foggy Bottom and West End residents.  So Josh Levin of the soon-to-be West End Cinema left a note on the the doors of 2301 M Street assuring residents that there was nothing to worry about.

The note reads:

"Dear Neighbors,