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Good afternoon sweet readers! What was up with the wackjob at the Ward 6 mayoral forum last night who kept yelling, “Long live the Second Amendment!” Wrong forum, pal. LL had the misfortune to be standing next to the guy, who after professing his love of the right to bear arms, started to rifle through his backpack looking for something. LL was 90 percent sure he was looking for a gun, but instead he pulled out a pocket Constitution or Bill of Rights to wave around. Crisis averted—on with the news:
The Day the Music Died: Ye olde LL, Mike DeBonis, was up early this morning making a correction to his story about the news weapon in Mayor Adrian Fenty‘s campaign: One of the worst songs in the history of the world. The song, “Five for Fenty” by Stinky Dink, includes the following lyrics: “A lot more sweat, less blood and tears / got the lowest murder rate in ’bout 40 years / 22,000 jobs for the young’uns / so they can do somethin’ constructive for the summer.” LL is no music expert, but he can say with 100 percent certainty that this song blows. Campaign talking points do not a good song make. And Dink is obviously not carefully reading LL Daily; otherwise he would know that the current number of summer jobs is about 18,000, not 22,000. Tisk, Tisk, Mr. Dink. DeBonis originally thought the song was called, “Fire for Fenty,” but turns out the song is inspired by the the 1995 paean to buying marijuana called, “I got Five On It.” LL fav Ronald Moten is the man behind the track, and tells DeBonis the Fenty campaign paid for this song, and has commissioned two other tracks. Moten also predicts that this song will become widely popular around the city. How much Fenty is paying for these songs isn’t yet known. Whatever it is, LL’s pretty sure he’s getting ripped off.
AFTER THE JUMP: Straw poll results; DYRS report; Metro crash post-mortem…
Straw This!: D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray won last night’s straw poll in Ward 6, 56.2 percent to Fenty’s 40.7 percent, reports Tim Craig over at the Post. “With Ward 6 shaping up to be a key battleground in the Sept 14 Democratic primary, few expected either Gray or Fenty to win an outright endorsement. But both candidates appeared to pull out all the stops in a bid to win over the hundreds of voters who showed up for the event at Eastern Market. … Fenty appeared to have a small advantage among voters who walked to the straw poll from homes near the market. But Gray surprised Fenty’s “green team” by chartering at least three buses to transport seniors from other parts of Ward 6 to event.” The acoustics at the forum stunk, so LL didn’t hear everything that was said, though Fenty appeared to find his rhythm when beating Gray over the head for not saying one way or the other what he would do as mayor with DCPS Chancellor Michelle Rhee. The Georgetown Dish‘s Molly Redden has deets on the shenanigans involved in counting the ballots. “The final tally became official around 11 p.m.—nearly two hours after the Ward 6 Democrats had projected that they would have a final count to announce. At about 9:30 p.m., the ballot counting process stalled abruptly when the Fenty campaign challenged a stack of ten ballots that volunteers for Gray had collected from seniors who could not walk into the polling station.”
Rhee on TV: Speaking Rhee, the lady chancellor was on Newstalk with Bruce DePuyt yesterday defending the IMPACT system she used to decide which teachers to fire.DCisthas the breakdown.
Metro is Bad for Your Health: LL says a little prayer everytime he rides Metro, asking the good lord to keep him alive for just one more ride. “Federal investigators slammed Metro on Tuesday for a ‘systemic breakdown of safety management at all levels’ that led to the deadly Red Line crash last summer, pointing to the continued use of uncrashworthy rail cars, safety testing rules that were not followed and alarms that were ignored, reports The Examiner‘s Kytja Weir. The Post‘s Ann Scott Tyson‘s take is here. LL’s question: Why did it take the train conductor three seconds from the time she saw the train ahead of her until she pushed the emergency brake?
Could Have Been Prevented?: The Examiner‘s Freeman Klopott also got his hands on Attorney General Peter Nickles‘ report on DYRS. “The District’s Department of Youth and Rehabilitation Services could have prevented Sanquan Carter from being released from jail in March. It didn’t, and just days later the 19-year-old allegedly committed the first murder that started a chain of violence that ended in one of the District’s deadliest rampages, according to an internal attorney general’s report obtained by The Washington Examiner.”
Medical pot months away [Post]
Jonetta mad at council over Gandhi—no, not that Gandhi [Examiner]
D.C. in race to the top [Post]
Rhee critic Robert Brannum goes to great lengths to let WaPo‘s editorial board know it is “intellectually dishonest” [DCist]