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“Loyalty to petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul.” – Mark Twain Askia Muhammad Examines Susan Rice Hearings See Page 23 • C e l e b r a t i n g 4 8 Ye a r s o f S e r v i c e • Serving More Than 50,000 African American Readers Throughout The Metropolitan Area / Vol. 48, No. 7 Dec. 6 - Dec. 12, 2012 Burnie Williams III, the owner of Chat’s Liquors on Capitol Hill, says the timing of the changes to the alcohol regulation is curious – especially now that Costco Wholesale warehouse opened its doors on Nov. 29 in Northeast and sells alcoholic beverages. /Photo by Khalid Naji-Allah Council Moves Closer to Overhauling Liquor Laws By Michelle Phipps-Evans WI Staff Writer The D.C. Council unanimously passed the first reading of a set of amendment proposals that would overhaul the District’s liquor laws at the council’s last legislative session for 2012. Toward the end of a marathon legislative session on Tuesday, Dec. 4, the council voted to push through the Omnibus Alcoholic Regulation Amendment Act of 2012 for consideration at a later date. If passed, the law will allow Sunday sales by certain retailers; allow full-service grocery stores to sell 64-ounce “growl- ers” to carry out; and the legalization of “wine pubs” in the city. “The bill resulted from three years of work in two taskforces that covered noise and alcohol,” said Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1), chair of the Committee on Human Services with oversight of the Al- cohol and Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA), which issues these licenses. He said the legislation incorporated 43 recommendations of the Alcoholic Beverage Control taskforce, which met more than 10 times between December 2011 and April 2012. “This legislation addresses Visit us online for daily updates and much more @ Tanger Outlet Groundbreaking at National Harbor Page 13 Hundreds Voice Concerns over Proposal to Close Schools Page 20 the problem of spillover noise in neighborhoods that are adjacent to entertainment areas,” Graham said. “The bill requires a nighttime complaint line and a response team at ABRA that will be operational every night until one hour after the legal Follow us on Life of Steven Newsome Celebrated Page 25 See ALCOHOL on Page 8 and on DCTV 95 & 96

Washington Informer - December 6, 2012

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