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Chronology of Marion Barry’s Career With PM-Barry, Bjt

February 16, 1990

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Here is a chronology of events of the political career of District of Columbia Mayor Marion Barry:

1974: Barry, a black activist, is elected to the D.C. City Council.

1976: Barry is re-elected to the council.

March 9, 1977: Hanafi Muslims shoot Barry in the chest during their seizure of the District Building. The bullet barely misses Barry’s heart, but he’s back at work a week later.

Jan. 21, 1978: Barry announces his intention to run for mayor of the nation’s capital.

Sept. 12, 1978: Barry, after receiving a last-minute endorsement from The Washington Post, wins the Democratic primary with 35 percent of the vote over two opponents, incumbent Mayor Walter Washington and City Council President Sterling Tucker.

Nov. 7, 1978: Barry is elected mayor.

Jan. 2, 1979: Barry is inaugurated; pledges that ″here in Washington D.C., we will be our brother’s keeper.″ During his first term, the city deficit mushrooms, forcing Barry to cut jobs and services and press for more federal aid. He weathers a major snowstorm and a drawn-out teacher’s strike.

1982: Barry is re-elected. His second term sees improved fiscal health, renewal of the downtown area, a decline in unemployment and crime and growing crowding of the city’s jails and prisons. Scandals begin to take their toll as 10 top city officials are convicted of various financial crimes.

Sept. 25, 1983: Barry is stricken with chest pains while attending a meeting in a downtown hotel; hospital officials blamed the episode on a hiatal hernia. A physician not involved in his treatment tells police the mayor suffered a drug overdose, a report not revealed for six years. Police then say they could find no evidence for the physician’s statement.

Nov. 4, 1986: Despite his mounting troubles, Barry is re-elected to an unprecedented third term, taking 61 percent of the vote.

Jan. 2, 1987: Barry is inaugurated.

Jan. 26, 1987: Vacationing in California, Barry is hospitalized briefly after suffering chest pains, later explained as a flare-up of the hiatal hernia.

Jan. 30, 1987: The mayor is still on the West Coast when back-to-back snowstorms hit Washington, paralyzing the city. He decides to attend the Super Bowl rather than return to direct the cleanup effort.

Apr. 16, 1987: Barry defends the city ambulance system after eight people die in six months following the slow arrival of ambulances.

May 22, 1987: U.S. Attorney Joseph diGenova announces federal probe into allegations of fraud in city government.

June 18, 1987: Barry denies a local television station’s report that he used cocaine with a former city employee.

Dec. 22, 1988: Police officers planning to attempt a drug buy from Charles Lewis, a former Virgin Islands official and acquaintance of Barry’s, are called back when it’s discovered that the mayor is in Lewis’ hotel room. Traces of cocaine are found in the room.

Dec. 29, 1988: U.S. Attorney Jay Stephens announces plans to investigate Lewis episode.

Dec. 31, 1988: Barry apologizes for ″bad judgment″ in the incident.

Jan. 5, 1989: A grand jury investigating Barry’s alleged interference into police drug probe has subpoenaed the mayor’s telephone logs.

Jan. 6, 1989: Lewis denies ever using drugs with mayor.

Jan. 11, 1989: City Council member Betty Ann Kane calls for council investigation into a joint personnel project involving the Virgin Islands government on which Lewis worked as a consultant to the city.

Jan. 12, 1989: The FBI joins the probe into the Lewis episode.

Jan. 19, 1989: Barry appears under subpoena before the grand jury and testifies for three hours. He tells reporters he has done nothing wrong.

April 24, 1989: Lewis is convicted in the Virgin Islands on four counts of possession of cocaine.

May 15, 1989: Lewis is indicted in Washington on 16 cocaine and perjury charges.

Sept. 17: Barry responds to hecklers at an outdoor festival by making an obscene hand gesture.

Nov. 6: Lewis pleads guilty in a plea bargain to two counts of conspiring to distribute cocaine and names Barry as a person for whom he bought crack cocaine while staying at the hotel where Barry visited him in 1988.

Nov. 27, 1989: A local television station reports that the 1983 hernia episode was reported to police as a drug overdose; police say they investigated at the time but found no substantiation.

Dec. 12: Published report says FBI report includes evidence the agency believes could support allegations that Barry used drugs.

Jan. 7, 1990: Los Angeles Times publishes interview in which Barry ridicules potential mayoral challenger Jesse Jackson.

Jan. 18, 1990: Barry is arrested on a drug charge in a downtown hotel.

Jan. 21, 1990: Barry announces he will seek assistance ″to heal my body, mind and soul,″ but makes no mention of drug abuse.

Jan. 22, 1990: Barry checks into Hanley-Hazelden Treatment Center in West Palm Beach, Fla. His spokeswoman says the mayor will be treated for alcoholism.

Feb. 15, 1990: A federal grand jury indicts Barry on eight counts of perjury and possession of a controlled substance.

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