: News

Gray Calls For Police On Primary Day

Play associated audio

By Patrick Madden

With less than a week until the mayoral primary in the District, passions are running high for the campaigns of Mayor Adrian Fenty and top challenger Vincent Gray.

But some of that energy has led one candidate to call for more police on primary day.

After a Labor Day weekend that featured overzealous campaign supporters shouting at each other and reportedly nearly coming to blows outside one early voting center in Northeast, mayoral candidate Vincent Gray says he's going to ask D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier to place officers at each polling precinct during the peak voting hours on September 14th.

"Certainly we are not trying to suppress the vote or have any impact like that, we are trying to ensure that its a pleasant and safe experience for everyone," says Gray.

Gray also says he wouldn't, in his words, be averse to the Justice Department playing some type of monitoring role on election day as well.

Repeated attempts to reach the Fenty campaign for comment were not successful.

NPR

A Good Joke Told Twice Is Not Necessarily Stolen

When comedians write jokes about the news, they're bound to come up with similar punch lines. Comedy writer Larry Getlen tells NPR's Rachel Martin that stealing jokes happens sometimes, but it's rare.
NPR

'Oleogustus' Is The Newly Discovered Taste, And Boy, Is It Bad

There's a new, sixth taste for humans: the taste for fat. But Rick Mattes of Purdue University tells NPR's Rachel Martin to think less yummy ice cream, more rancid food.
NPR

Obama To Detail Tougher Plan To Fight Climate Change

President Obama will unveil climate change regulations Monday, expected to set tougher limits on coal than previously proposed. NPR's Scott Horsley previews the announcement with host Rachel Martin.
NPR

Despite Host Controversy, Amazon Takes A Chance On 'Top Gear'

The trio that made Top Gear the world's biggest car show will return to the small screen in a new show for Amazon Prime. The BBC canned one of its hosts last year after a fight with a producer.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.