A City Council retreat this week at the Washington Convention Center turned into a profanity-laced shouting match between Council members Marion Barry and David Catania.
The Valentine's Day incident was sparked by a discussion on the United Medical Center in Southeast. And, while it wasn't the first time Barry and Catania have traded barbs, the verbal fight -- that included insults -- might have represented a new height of animosity between the pair, according to reports.
Barry said in an interview afterward that Catania had been "disrespectful and rude." Catania countered that Barry "has cussed me more times than Carter's got liver pills."
In the end, as the Council closed out its planning for the upcoming legislative agenda, Vincent Orange good-naturedly walked around the conference room handing out Valentine's gift bags to his peers.