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Opponents of a hybrid elected/appointed school board used mixed media to get their message out. Ward 8 Councilmember Sandy Allen, for instance, wore a bright red-and-white “No!” sticker during last Monday’s D.C. Council legislative session; it showed up quite well on District Cablevision Channel 13’s rebroadcast later that evening. Others took a more hands-on approach. Ambling north on 16th Street NW last Sunday evening, a woman casually walked up to a light pole near the Church Street intersection, grabbed the blue-and-white “Vote Yes for Better Schools” sign, and then tucked the poster under her armpit. She nabbed two others a few blocks later and deposited them in a trash can. When confronted about her illegal action, the woman, who declined to give her name, said she felt justified because the mayor had improperly used public funds to support the referendum. “I paid for those posters,” she said. “And I don’t like the way they look.” Elissa Silverman
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