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Market Forces For four years, The Best of Health-Naturally Inc. owner Shawnie Lewis has been hawking echinacea, green tea, and aloe vera juice to health-conscious weekend shoppers at Eastern Market. About a month ago, market acting manager Richard Glasgowwho also co-owns the market’s Southern Maryland Seafoodinformed Lewis that a reconfiguration would take place near her spot on the north end of the building. “He told me that it would only be slight changes, and I would be only a couple feet north of where I was,” says Lewis. But when she arrived to set up shop Nov. 12, Lewis saw that she had been replaced by more tables and chairs for Market Lunch, which is owned by Tom Glasgow, Richard’s brother. Her table, meanwhile, had moved to a hidden space with uneven floors that made it impossible for Lewis to use her mobile display tables. “A conflict of interest, don’t you think?” Lewis asks. At an Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee meeting a few days later, she brought the allegation to District officials. But when she came to the market to sell her wares on Nov. 23, Lewis says, Glasgow responded by rolling her display cases and healthy merchandise out the door. Glasgow did not return a phone call for comment.
Raising the Bars Last month, the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) appointed Carolyn Cross as the new warden of the Correctional Treatment Facility near the D.C. Jail complex. Cross replaces Mary Buell, who oversaw the facilitywhich the private-prison concern runs for the D.C. governmentuntil she was transferred to a new prison near Boise, Idaho. Cross has since rolled out the red carpet. “There is a lot of misconception in the public about how a private correctional facility operates,” Cross says, though CCA has hardly recorded a flawless track record at its facility that houses District inmates in Youngstown, Ohio. “I want the community to know how we work, and the best way to do that is to invite the public into our house,” she says. No word yet on whether there’s a mandatory minimum stay.
Web Abridged The District’s community e-mail lists generally get applauded as high-tech front porches that help keep neighbors in touch. For weeks, subscribers to the Mount Pleasant Forum have been debating the merits of granting a liquor license to Mount Pleasant Street NW newcomer Marx Cafea restaurant whose live music and proposed 3 a.m. closing time some people think will turn the strip into the next Adams Morgan. Last week, Marx Cafe property owner Mark Peters wrote in to attack the arguments of liquor license naysayers. Turns out that was the edited version: Though the forum notes that “opinions are solely those of the author/sender,” administrator Robert Frazier deleted libelous phrases branding Mount Pleasant Neighborhood Alliance President Laurie Collins as “racist” and lambasting her “Gestapo friends” in the version that reached neighbors’ computer screens. “I was concerned with the fact that Robert felt the need to edit,” says Collins, who thinks Peters’ actual language should have been presented for all to judge. “I don’t think he does that with every article in there.” Frazier could not be reached for comment.
Weight and See Philadelphia has its cheesesteaks. Kansas City boasts tangy, finger-licking barbecue. Baltimore slurps down blue crabs and Natty Boh. But just how rotund can you get off U.S. Senate bean soup? According to a study in the January issue of Men’s Fitness, the District ranks as the fourth-fittest city in the country, surpassed only by San Diego, Minneapolis, and Seattle. So who’s the flabbiest? No surprise that Philadelphia has been living large, with its famous hoagies and whopping 498 pizza parlors within city limits. Men’s Fitness cites two reasons for D.C.’s slight build: Twenty-eight percent of District residents exercise on any given day, and the city hosts a relatively low number of smokers. And with utility work forcing beleaguered D.C. drivers out of their cars, it should be no time before D.C. overtakes its three more-fit competitors.
Reporting by Elissa Silverman.
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