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SATURDAY

As governor of Texas, our new president threw the book at juveniles for crimes that for him would be “youthful indiscretions”—even if he did blow a 2.4 at 35. Listening to him, you’d think that Tec-9-toting teens were everywhere. But in reality, the juvenile crime rate has fallen across the country and even more steeply in the District, which has managed to nudge the rate downward without locking up every single kid or shipping them all off to horrific boot camps. That doesn’t mean that a run-in with the police is a cakewalk. Just ask the 12-year-old who nibbled a fry in the Tenleytown Metro. To find out just how the juvie system in D.C. works, check out Howard University School of Law’s free workshop on juvenile justice—”The Juvenile System: What You Need to Know to Protect Your TeenAger”—which starts at 4 p.m. at Sistrum Bookstore, 5920 Georgia Ave. NW. Free. For reservations call (202) 806-8199. (Annys Shin)