Kwame Brown Prepares To Lead D.C. Council | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: 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

Bringing Tales Of WWII To American Radios And Bookshelves

Bill Shirer brought stories of war in Europe into American homes. NPR's Scott Simon talks with Ken Cuthbertson about his new book, A Complex Fate: William L. Shirer and the American Century.
NPR

Trickster Journalist Explains Why He Duped The Media On Chocolate Study

John Bohannon, the man behind a stunt that bamboozled many news organizations into publishing junk science on dieting, talks to NPR's Robert Siegel about why he carried out the scheme.
NPR

Hastert Due To Be Arraigned Next Week

The Los Angeles Times reports that the FBI spoke with two individuals who made accusations of sexual abuse against the former Speaker of the House.
NPR

Tech Giants Compete ... For Your Vacation Albums

With ballgames, family reunions and trips to the beach, summer is full of chances to snap photos. Apple and Google are in a battle to help you store, organize and share all those visual mementos.

Leave a Comment

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