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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT—-“Jack Evans Says He Still Supports Peter Nickles,” “Councilmember Alexander Raises Concerns Over AG Nickles.”
Morning all. Last night may have been National Night Out but for Mayor Fenty, it’s Greek Week. WaPo breaks the stunning news that the District government actually paid the $37,000 tab for his Kappa Alpha Psi’s welcoming party. The bash was held on Monday night and featured an open bar, crab cakes, red velvet cupcakes, and jazz bands tooting on two floors. The Post makes no mention of beer bongs and togas. The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development had put out the dough via a grant. AG Peter Nickles apparently has forced Fenty and Co. to reimburse the city for the shindig. But Nickles swears Fenty knew nothing about the city’s involvement. Key graphs:
“Attorney General Peter J. Nickles said he looked into the matter Tuesday morning at the request of the mayor. ‘I concluded immediately that this was not proper,’ said Nickles, who said the society reimbursed the money that morning.
Although the mayor attended the affair and was on stage as fraternity members thanked him for paying for the event, ‘he didn’t put two and two together that this was money that had come from the city,’ Nickles said.”
SEX ED NEWS: The District plans to expand its STD testing program into all public high schools. WaPo has the full story on this progressive move. There are plenty of reasons to do this. Key graphs: “The program conducted last year at eight high schools found that 13 percent of about 3,000 students tested positive for an STD, mostly gonorrhea or chlamydia, according to the D.C. Department of Health. The expansion places D.C. public schools in the vanguard of a growing number of urban school districts that test adolescents for STDs. About 12,000 students attend public high schools in the District.” The news came within hours of DC Appleseed releasing its report card on how the District is dealing with the HIV/AIDS crisis (for public education, the District received a C+). WaPo covers the DC Appleseed’s findings noting the overall positive scores: “But the report took Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) to task for failing to give the disease more visibility. ‘While Mayor Fenty and his administration deserve recognition for the continued support of . . . numerous HAA initiatives, his public appearances and statements about the epidemic have fallen short of his enthusiasm for action inside the government,’ it said.”
THE NEW YORK TIMES IS ON OUR SIDE: The paper’s editorial board comes down hard against Congress and its attempts to meddle in our needle exchange program. The editorial dubbed the meddling an “outrage.”
NATIONAL NIGHT OUT: As we mentioned above, National Night Out happened. This meant another All-Hands-On-Deck effort from the D.C. Police Department. Police visibility was high! But News Channel 8 reports that the District still endured at least one violent incident. Three people were injured during a shooting in Southeast shortly after 10 p.m. News Channel 8 reports: “Fire officials say two 38-year-old women and a 17-year-old boy have each been shot in the leg.”
AFTER THE JUMP: A power outage, more Metro news, Harry Jaffe pens a quick profile of the judge in the Pershing Park case, and much, much more.
Fox5 covers a power outage that left one Northeast neighborhood without electricity for most of yesterday. Three utility poles had crashed to the ground. Key graph: “The downed lines were a health hazard for some. One 7 month old who suffers from a heart condition was taken from his apartment complex, which had no electricity for hours.”
METRO: Yesterday, Metro General Manager John B. Catoe Jr. begged a Senate subcommittee for more money. WaPo reports: “Metro, the only major transit agency without a source of dedicated funding, says it needs more than $7 billion for capital projects over the next 10 years to offer safe and reliable service.” Catoe stated that without additional funding, safety as well as service would decline. Bonus graph: “Catoe used a question from Menendez about what lessons he has learned from the crash to sharpen his request for more money. He noted that the oldest Series 1000 train cars are less crashworthy than the newer cars, which he said “did not cause the accident but had an impact on the amount of damage that can be done.” All six of the cars on the train that struck the one ahead of it were from the old series.”
FBI RAID: Yesterday, the feds raided a health clinic in SE as well as a medical supply company. The agents are looking into allegations of medicaid fraud. WUSA9 reported that a number of patients had to be turned away while the agents did their work.
STaTter 911 raises some good points over the on-going issues with the hydrants:
“Councilmember Jim Graham announced Friday he will hold a hearing on September 16 to determine what went wrong at the fire last Wednesday night at the Chain Bridge Road mansion of former DC Board of Education president Peggy Cooper Cafritz. The Ward 1 councilmember is trying to determine why it took the DC Fire & EMS Department almost two hours to establish a reliable water supply to combat the fire.
Mayor Adrian Fenty has asked the fire chief and the DC Water & Sewer Authority (WASA) for reports this week on what happened and how to correct the issues.
If this sounds familiar, it should. In late 2007, Councilmember Graham held a series of hearings looking at the serious water supply issues that became apparent during a four-alarm fire that destroyed an apartment building in Adams Morgan on October 1 of that year. The Fenty administration also ordered an investigative report into the problems that occurred during that fire.
So what happened to the report?”
YOU DON’T MESS WITH U.S. DISTRICT COURT JUDGE EMMET SULLIVAN: That’s the gist of Harry Jaffe‘s new column in the Examiner. Judge Sullivan is presiding over the controversial Pershing Park case and has called on the D.C. Council to investigate possible wrongdoing in which evidence has either been lost or destroyed or messed with. Key graph: “Three different presidents put Sullivan into three different judgeships: Ronald Reagan appointed him to Superior Court; George Bush (41) moved him up to the federal court of appeals; Bill Clinton nominated him to the federal district court in 1994. From the streets of his home town to the federal bench, friends and lawyers have learned one thing: ‘Don’t cross the dude.'”
10:00 a.m. Remarks Savoy Playground Installation Kick-off Location: Savoy Elementary School 2400 Shannon Place, SE
3:45 pm Remarks Appleseed HIV/AIDS Report Card Announcement Location: J’s Barber Shop 3845 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE