: News

Filed Under:

Kwame Brown Prepares To Lead D.C. Council

Play associated audio

Now that Vincent Gray is preparing to take over as mayor in D.C., his replacement on the city council is getting ready to pick up the reins.

Moments after his first press conference as council chair-elect ended, Kwame Brown faced his first real test -- a so-called 3 a.m. call politicians like to talk about.

An angry crowd of more than 100 people was gathering outside the Wilson building -- they wanted answers about a recent death, and they wanted to speak to someone in charge.

Brown was whisked out outside and handed a megaphone.

"Anytime that someone loses their life, that's a problem. And we need a full investigation, and I call...for a full investigation immediately," Brown told the crowd.

There will be little on-the-job training for Brown as council chair, and with the city's bleak budget picture, Brown has his work cut out for him. He says he looks forward to working with Gray, a former colleague on the council, but adds that the council will be not become a rubber stamp for the new mayor.

"We are going to be holding the executive accountable, making sure we have an independent council that makes sure that it represents the residents of the District of Columbia, who come first," Brown says.

Brown takes over in January.

NPR

Once Outlaws, Young Lords Find A Museum Home For Radical Roots

Inspired by the Black Panthers, the Young Lords were formed in New York City by a group of Puerto Rican youth in 1969. Their history is now on display in a new exhibition.
NPR

Europe's Taste For Caviar Is Putting Pressure On A Great Lakes Fish

Scientists say lake herring, a key fish in Lake Superior's food web, is suffering because of mild winters and Europe's appetite for roe. Some say the species may be at risk of "collapse."
WAMU 88.5

A Congressional Attempt To Speed The Development Of Lifesaving Treatments

Earlier this month, the House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Cures Act in a rare bi-partisan effort. The bill is meant to speed the development of lifesaving treatments, but critics warn it may also allow ineffective or even harmful drugs onto the market.

NPR

Some Google Street View Cars Now Track Pollution Levels

Google's already tested three of the pollution-sensor equipped cars in Denver, and is currently trying them out in the Bay Area.

Leave a Comment

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