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Good morning sweet readers! If you can complete this couplet: “In Flanders Field where poppies grow …” you might be Canadian. Happy Remembrance Day, eh. News time:
Foreshadowing: The Post editorial board gets out ahead on the long standing failures of the Department of Youth Rehabilitative Services. The Post, via Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham, gets a transcript of a hearing in which a judge wanted to know why DYRS hadn’t “kept its promise to send [a] juvenile to a drug treatment center in Pennsylvania.” The juvenile was Tyronn Vincent Garner, the 17 -year-old who was killed in Georgetown about a month after the hearing. “You know one day, one day there’s going to be a horrible end to all of this — and I don’t want anything to happen to your son but for him to get his service — but I can imagine . . . if something happened to him while he was at DYRS . . . as opposed to [the drug treatment center] where he was supposed to be, there’d be a headline out there somewhere and there would be, I’m sure, employment difficulties across the board. It should never come to that,” said Judge Milton C. Lee Jr.
AFTER THE JUMP: Scare Story Success; Be Gone, Food Desert; Fight Night Occurred…
Scare Story Success: NBC4 tries to scare one day, and sooth the next. Yesterday NBC preached doom over the fact that so many would-be medical marijuana cultivation centers are located in Ward 5. Today, the station actually bothered to present the other side of the issue. “My sense of this is that these growing centers, where they are located, the crime will become less because of the added security,” said Dr. Mohammed Akhter, the director of the D.C. Department of Health.” For a small example of what’s wrong with TV news, compare the soundtracks to both stories. NBC4 also reports that Ward 5 Harry Thomas Jr. is going to propose emergency legislation capping the number of cultivation centers in any certain area.
Be Gone Food Desert: The Post notes that a new Aldi opened in D.C., meaning one less food desert. Ward 5’s Thomas gets an easy media lay up. “‘We’ve had a problem in some areas with food deserts,’ said Harry Thomas Jr. (D-Ward 5), referring to neighborhoods where there is little access to healthy food for low- and moderate-income families. ‘Look out that window and you see the Capitol, and yet in the shadow of the Capitol there are communities, African American communities, that are in need. And healthy food options are one of those needs.’”
In Other News:
- World Ward I memorial gets facelift, Post has President Herbert Hoover and General John Pershing together in lede for the first time in a probably a long time.
- LL could draw this.
- Jaffe praises U.S. Attorney Ron Machen‘s crime fighting skills and church attendance.
- Fight Night occurred.
Gray sked: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Arlington National Cemetery Veterans Day Wreath-Laying Ceremony; 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: “Women Veterans Rock” Veterans Day Rally/Concert; 8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.: William O. Lockridge Community Foundation Dancing With the Scholars Fundraiser.
Council sked: Nada.