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As D.C. schools chief Kaya Henderson departs this week, puff pieces from the Post and elsewhere describe a rosy legacy of improved test scores. But that’s not true for the District’s most troubled schools and the at-risk students she pledged five years ago to help. This week’s City Paper cover story looks at how she failed DCPS’s most vulnerable charges.


  • D.C.’s Chief Medical Examiner has ruled the death of an unarmed black motorcyclist a homicide. [Post, NBC4]

  • The family of that motorcyclist, Terrence Sterling, is set to speak publicly today. [AP]

  • Police say a woman was abducted while waiting for a bus in Petworth. [NBC4, WTOP]

  • What the D.C. police department is doing to recruit more officers. [Post]

  • D.C. Health Link rates for individual plans are going up under changes next year. [WBJ]

  • A West Virginia resident allegedly shot a deer near Palisades and faces charges. [FOX5]


  • Blunder Boys: They’re great political consultants, so why do their candidates keep losing?

  • Make or Break: D.C.’s highest fiscal authority appears ready to pull a $46 million tax break if the luxury hotel in Adams Morgan doesn’t comply with a hiring agreement.

  • Yak It to Me: Breaking down New Orleans’ best-kept secret.

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer (tips? wsommer@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • D.C. Corrections chief Tom Faust is retiring. [City Paper]

  • Businesses talk family leave. [Times]

  • More on proposed end to diaper, tampon tax. [Times]

  • Gay cop’s lawsuit runs into court trouble. [Blade]

ARTS LINKS, by Matt Cohen (tips? mcohen@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • The Washington Ballet’s new artistic director talks about the transition from dancing to directing. [Post]

  • Submit your concert photos to display at the D.C. Public Library. [DC Music Download]

  • Flyer By Night: Our new monthly feature that highlights the art of gig posters by local artists. [WCP]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes (tips? lhayes@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Chronicling D.C.’s drinking history. [Thrillist]

  • Fast food has gone bonkers to keep customers. [Post]

  • Union Drinkery is now open in Park View. [Borderstan]

  • Where to find Rosh Hashana food in D.C. [Eater]

  • Over the top, wallet-busting dishes. [Zagat]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Andrew Giambrone (tips? agiambrone@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Developer JBG has decided to sell the Wardman Park property in Woodley Park. [WBJ]

  • How to revitalize D.C.’s downtown parks, like Franklin Square. [Greater Greater Washington]

  • D.C. commits almost $7 million to affordable housing projects in Southeast. [Housing Complex]

  • What two Chinese restaurants on 14th Street NW say about D.C.’s changes. [Post]

  • The median sale price for a home in D.C. was up more than 10 percent last month as compared to last year. [WTOP]