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  • Illustration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

    TYRRELL: Delousing of a movement

    As the tents were coming down at McPherson Square, the dead rats and mice being retrieved, the urine and feces and filthy bedding disposed of by D.C. employees dressed in hazardous-materials suits like their contemporaries at Fukushima, Japan, I thought of the left-wing press. You see, I read the left-wing press.

  • A raid on the Occupy encampment at McPherson Square in Washington, D.C., turns ugly as Park Police officers try to clear protesters from sections of the park, Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012. Tents and camping equipment were removed by park police and maintenance officials, some dressed in hazmat suits. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

    Police raid Occupy D.C. camp

    Police in riot gear and cleanup crews in hazardous materials suits began enforcing no-camping laws in McPherson Square and Freedom Plaza over the weekend, resulting in intense — and often physical — confrontations with Occupy D.C. protesters who resisted their efforts.

  • James McPherson of Norfolk, Va., holds an upside-down American flag on Jan. 30, 2012, at the Occupy D.C. encampment at Freedom Plaza in D.C. Park Police said they would begin to enforce the no-camping laws at noon that day. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

    Occupy D.C. deadline passes with rancor, no arrests

    The noon deadline Monday for Occupy D.C. protesters to stop camping in McPherson Square and another federal park passed without confrontation, but the rancorous group danced, played music and draped a gigantic blue tarp over a statue of Civil War Gen. James McPherson amid a strong police presence.

  • Occupy DC demonstrators protest against the Alfalfa Dinner at the Capitol Hilton in Washington on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

    Occupiers prep for breakup of two D.C. camps

    Occupy D.C. protesters gave a mix of responses Sunday when asked what they will do when the National Park Service begins its crackdown on their camps in McPherson Square and Freedom Plaza.

  • Feds plans to enforce camping ban on Occupy D.C.

    The head of the National Park Service said Tuesday the Occupy DC protesters will get one final warning before U.S. Park Police begin to enforce the ban on camping in McPherson Square.

  • Jonathan Jarvis, director of the National Park Service, testified the Park Service will soon begin a crackdown on Occupy D.C. campers. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

    Park Service to move against McPherson Square Occupiers

    Occupy D.C. protesters are one warning away from a National Park Service crackdown, officials said during Tuesday's House oversight committee meeting on the decision-making process behind the handling of the protesters.

  • Tracy Keith of Chapel Hill, N.C., works the information booth at the Occupy D.C. encampment at McPherson Square. Suggestions that the campers there move to join fellow protesters over at Freedom Plaza have not gone over all that well. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

    Occupy D.C. camps divided, don't want to be united

    With their patchwork of colorful tents and tarps, neo-hippie residents and rallying cries about corporate and government greed, the two Occupy D.C. camps look and sound almost identical to outsiders.

  • A man who gave his name as "King of America" jokes with the crowd during Tuesday's Occupy protest on the West Lawn Capitol while Rit Picone of New Paltz, N.Y., waves his upside-down American flag behind him. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

    Occupiers converge on Capitol's lawn

    The Occupy Congress rally that organizers guaranteed would unite thousands of supporters under a banner of anti-government greed in fact spurred only one collective opinion: underwhelming numbers.

  • **FILE** Rep. Darrell E. Issa, California Republican (Associated Press)

    Issa schedules hearing on Occupy D.C.

    The chairman of a powerful House oversight committee has asked the director of the National Park Service to testify next Tuesday on the decision-making process behind Occupy D.C.'s camp at McPherson Square.

  • An Occupy DC protestor's sign and tents sit in McPherson Square Park in Washington, Friday, Jan. 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

    Occupy D.C. seeks jump-start at Capitol rally

    Occupy D.C. on Tuesday will spend its first day of action in more than a month with a scheduled rally on Capitol Hill, an event organizers have promised will draw thousands of supporters and could determine the movement's ongoing viability.

  • Occupy D.C. activist John Zangas, of the District, Monday replaces artwork torn down by police at the McPherson Square encampment in Northwest. Mr. Zangas says he has been part of the encampment since it began in October and has talked to many people he wouldn't have met otherwise. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

    Gray wants Occupy D.C. out of McPherson Square

    D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray is pressuring federal park officials to address the Occupy D.C. encampment in McPherson Square, suggesting protesters should "at a minimum" be consolidated with an anti-war camp on Freedom Plaza "for elimination of the rat infestation, clean up and restoration" of the downtown park.

  • **FILE** Rep. Darrell E. Issa, California Republican (Associated Press)

    Issa presses for answers on Occupy D.C. protesters

    The Republican chairman of a powerful House oversight committee on Tuesday told the Department of the Interior secretary that the National Park Service has been "unresponsive" to his questions regarding Occupy D.C.'s extended stay in McPherson Square despite getting a deadline extension and that he might consider "compulsory processes" to get answers.

  • With the John A. Wilson Building looming in the distance, Charles Holsopple helps keep the area clean at the Stop the Machine protest encampment at Freedom Plaza in Washington on Thursday. Mr. Holsopple, 58, left his home in Tampa Bay, Fla., to join the movement and has been here since Oct. 6. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

    Gray to ask U.S. for cash to help cover Occupy costs

    D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray says he will ask the federal government to reimburse the District for police costs associated with the Occupy movement.

  • Allison Marman of Silver Spring visits her boyfriend, who has been living in McPherson Square, on Nov. 22, the day after U.S. Park Police arrested a person on charges of sexual assault and theft. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

    Issa to Interior: Has politics prevented police from evicting Occupy D.C.?

    A Republican member of Congress wants the Interior Department to explain whether politics played into the decision to let Occupy D.C. illegally "damage or destroy" a downtown park recently rehabilitated with $400,000 in stimulus funds.

  • DINING: Succulent, speedy fare

    Everything from the speedy service to the perfectly executed house-made pastas is a breeze at Siroc, a recently opened Italian restaurant at McPherson Square.

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