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New Poll: Gray Leads Fenty

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- A poll by Clarus Research Group released late Wednesday afternoon shows City Council Chairman Vincent Gray with a comfortable lead over incumbent Mayor Adrian Fenty in the Democratic primary election that will be held next Tuesday.

The Clarus poll shows Gray with an seven-point lead among likely Democratic voters with Gray ahead 45 to 38 percent.

The poll shows a racial divide among Democratic voters, with Gray leading Fenty 62 percent to 17 percent among African American voters and Fenty leading Gray 68 percent to 22 percent among White voters.

"I think what's fascinating about the poll, three things:

Number one: the incumbent mayor has consistently run behind this challenger.

"Number two: a deep racial divide in the electorate and

"Number three: the importance of election-day turnout, which will ultimately determine the winner," said Ron Faucheux of the Clarus Poll.

Defense Lawyers Want to Know how Often Informants Lie

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Attorneys representing the man accused of intern Chandra Levy's slaying plan to call an expert on jailhouse informant sociology as a witness in the trial scheduled to begin in October.

Defense lawyers submitted court paperwork Tuesday announcing their plans to call Loyola Law School Professor Alexandra Natapoff to testify about cooperating witnesses, including how often they fabricate testimony.

Prosecutors said earlier this summer they may call as many as four people who have served prison sentences with Ingmar Guandique to testify against him at his trial.

Guandique has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and other counts filed in Levy's death.

His attorneys said in court filings they want Natapoff to testify about an informant's expectation of rewards in exchange for testimony.

Bombay Sapphire Art Exhibition Coming to Connecticut Avenue

Saturday, September 11, 2010 The BOMBAY SAPPHIRE and Russell & Danny Simmons’ Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation will kick off the BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Artisan Series. 

The event will run from 6:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. at the International Vision Gallery, located at 2629 Connecticut Avenue in NW.

The exhibition will feature 30 artists from the region.  Two of the contestants will be selected to have a chance at winning the title of top artisan at a final event in Miami at ART BASEL.

Celebrity Mark Ecko is taking part in the event, and has contributed two pieces of art.

"I'm really excited that BOMBAY SAPPHIRE and Complex are working together on this program as both of us are committed to discovering new talent, be it mixologists or artists,” said Ecko. “Supporting local artists, while giving twenty visual artists the opportunity to shine during ART BASEL Miami, is very much in line with my long term commitment to the arts."

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.

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).


Adams Morgan Annual Arts & Crafts Festival October 2

This coming Saturday, October 2nd, Adams Morgan will play host to their annual "Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fest".

The list of vendors for the 2010 Adams Morgan "Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fest" has been released!

The event will take place from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Marie Reed Learning Center at 18th & Wyoming.  The festival will have dozens of booths that will feature a variety of types of arts and crafts, as well as live performances.

I went to last year's festival and can say from experience that there truly is something for everyone.

Check out the entire Crafty Bastards' vendor list here, and come out to the event on Saturday! 

Also, if you send us photos or blog posts after the event to neighborhoodtips@wusa9.com, your work will be featured on our Where You Live site!