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D.C. fans of long reads cheered last week’s cover story by Ruben Castaneda about Adrian James, once a celebrated Metropolitan Police Department officer who ultimately lost his badge and became an informant in a murder case implicating a top Marion Barry aide. “Heck of a read,” Helder Gil (@hgil) tweeted. “Great follow-up piece from @RCastanedaWP on a story from his book on the crack years in D.C.,” Caitlin Dearing Scott (@cdearingscott) wrote. Castaneda is the author of a 2014 memoir titled S Street Rising: Crack, Murder, and Redemption in D.C., which chronicles not only the height of the crack epidemic in D.C. but also his own struggle with addiction while covering the drug scourge for the Post. “GREAT piece … that features #BloomingdaleDC,” @teamcouscous wrote, referring to the neighborhood where James once took out a notorious cop killer in a violent shootout. “Wow. You should read this,” wrote Nicole Mann (@nikkimann17).
In response to Matt Terl’s profile of The Washington Post’s new Wizards beat writer Candace Buckner, Brian Urrutia (@bpu77) wrote, “Nice intro to the Post’s new Wiz beat reporter from this wks City Paper.” The @BulletsForever Twitter account highlighted one of Buckner’s more illuminating comments—“My introduction to [Wizards] fans was just their utter disappointment”—noting “#WizardsTwitter has a brand.” And Ben Sumner (@benjaminsumner) put fan angst in perspective: “Great article on @CandaceDBuckner who just reminded me that the Wizards are NOT as bad as the 76ers.” Like Terl, K. Travis Ballie (@KTravisBallie) noted that Bucker is “also the only African-American woman covering the NBA beat in the nation.” Reader @mimiph was the peanut gallery outlier. Apparently resentful of Buckner’s observation that Wizards fans enjoy wallowing in their own misery, she wrote, “This is extremely offensive.”
Reader response to Jeffrey Anderson’s reporting on the neighborhood policing legacy of outgoing Police Chief Cathy Lanier was mixed. “Good overall look at the challenges of Chief Lanier’s tenure,” Jason Terry (@JTinDC) wrote. Eugene Puryear (@EugenePuryear) was less impressed: “Pretty cool you ran a story on Lanier’s critics without talking to anyone from the Movement for Black Lives.”
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