D.C. Police Officer Ernie Davis takes great pride in his yearly National Night Out bash, held each summer in Brightwood Park. This year, he invited Mayor Anthony A. Williams and Ward 4 Councilmember Adrian Fenty, voter-registration volunteers, the Adult Education Mobile, sundry D.C. sports stars, and—as in previous years—a few Hooters Girls. “If it helps to make this a great event,” Davis wrote to an Internet discussion group, “I welcome them with open arms.” But the waitresses won’t be attending this year: Complaints from residents led 4th District Capt. Hilton Burton to banish the Hooters Girls and their free food from this year’s event, scheduled for Aug. 2. “I have 13- and 14-year-old girls in my neighborhood who have one, two, three children,” says Andrea Richardson, a Brightwood Park resident. “When you’re in a community plagued by teen pregnancy and other problems, you really have to think about the message you’re sending.”—Jeff Horwitz

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