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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:
Good morning sweet readers! It’s Thursday (though it feels like it should be Saturday), and that means a new dead tree edition of Washington City Paper has hit the streets. This week’s cover story is on bread, specifically how Taylor Gourmet is lying to you when they say their import theirs from Philly. LDP also takes a look how how the city’s recently built public libraries are trying to fool people into reading by looking like space ships. News time:
RIP William Lockridge: The Ward 8 school board member died last night at age 63. The Post has an obit with praise from Mayor Vince Gray and CM Marion Barry and this description from a 1988 Post story: “an avenging angel to some, an unrepentant mischief-maker to others; one minute ready to slug a colleague, the next minute opening his home and his checkbook to a needy student.”
AFTER THE JUMP: Two More for At-Large Race?; Metro Driver Poop on Trains; Michelle Rhee in the News…
Let’s All Run: D.C. Wire reports that Wayne Dickson, giver of Whole Foods at its current Logan Circle location, is running for in the special election for the at-large seat. The Post dutifully reports that Dickson is old (72) and white. “Dickson says he thinks there is currently room in the race for a pro-business, low-tax Democrat who’s willing to speak out about controversial issues such as teen pregnancy. ‘That has troubled me for years and years and years,’ Dickson said. ‘I think it’s just an issue that needs to be talked about. I think community has to start searching about solutions.'” Dickson adds that he’s not expecting CM Jack Evans to stump for him. For more background on Dickson’s entrepreneurial side, see this old Post article describing Dickson’s and his wife Carol Felix‘s late-age foray into commercial real estate. Best quote: “‘The brokers who did the deal made buckets of money off that,’ Carol said of the Whole Foods move. ‘So, we sat there and said, ‘How hard can this be?” LL also reports that Bryan Weaver is going to run, maybe. And Keith Ivey has produced a handy spreadsheet of all the potential candidates.
Media Criticism of the Day: Arrg! What is wrong with the Washington Examiner? The paper has an absolute perfect story to run on the cover of a tabloid: Kytja Weir‘s tale of Metro bus and train drivers pooping and peeing in the trains and buses because they don’t have enough time for breaks and there aren’t enough bathrooms handy. Possible headlines: Don’t Ride the Pee Train! Metro Drivers Poop Their Pants! Instead, the paper runs the 857th variation of the same story it always runs (Virginia is greater than Maryland) on its cover and buries Weir’s story near the back of the local news section. This is inexcusable, Examiner. You are a tabloid, act like one!
Michelle Rhee In the News: Oops, LL missed former Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee’s follow up interview in Fast Company, in which she gives the details about how the idea to spend $1 billion of other people’s money fighting teacher unions was born. Rhee was also NJ Guv and GOP rising star Chris Christie’s special guest at his state of the state speech (“No one in America has been more clear that we must change our public education system. … Thank you Michelle”) and penned an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on how elected officials can use a budget crisis as a way to implement her brand of education reform. More locally, the Times reports that the Center for Education Reform likes the District’s school laws and quotes Rhee saying some charter school teachers have told her they don’t want to unionize. And the Post and Georgetown Dish have more details on the saga at Hardy Middle School, a less-than-flattering part of Rhee’s legacy.
CM Michael Brown wants to rename part of Pennsylvania Avenue as a way of bringing attention to the District’s lack of voting rights. He’ll be taking suggestions at the Wilson Building at 5 p.m. today. In other meaningless symbolism news, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton has introduced three voting rights bills that have no chance of passing.
Mike DeBonis compares D.C. Democratic State Committee to his college radio station that no one listened to. Says they ought to figure out quick how to be more relevant or consider giving up the quirky right to pick an at-large councilmember four months before the rest of the city gets a say.
LDP reports that the first stages in planning for streetcars in Anacostia is underway.
D.C. gets credit for curbing homelessness.
Catholicvote.org is displeased with Gray’s office decorations. (Seriously though, putting a Planned Parenthood award next to a picture of the pope does seem sophomoric.)
Gray schedule: Meeting with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar at 10 a.m., then touring MLK construction site at 2 p.m. At 7 p.m., Hizzoner is going to the ANC3B meeting with CM Mary Cheh at Stoddert Elementary at 7 p.m.