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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT—LL fashions insta-analysis of four appointments by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty on the last day of last year.
Morning all. Enough partying. Enough slow-news days. Enough lame bowl games. Enough home cooking. Time to get back to work, and what better way to start the new year than with a fresh dose of LL Daily!
D.C. politicos help provide succor to survivors of a terrible fire in Brookland that killed five people. Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham was there; he’d known the family because one of its members was killed by a stray bullet near a go-go club. Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas was there because this was a Ward 5 tragedy. And Fenty also lent support to the grieving. Officials don’t yet know what caused the fire. WashTimes‘s Gary Emerling provides his own account of the blaze. WTOP, with recent posting, says electrical problem caused fire. NC8 report. WRC-TV report. WUSA-TV report.
What comment prompted the removal of nine Muslim passengers from a flight at Reagan National?
Here’s the trouble with young killers, according to the latest crime-trend piece in WaPo: “They just don’t care,” says D.C. police department Detective Eric Fenton. The killer statistic: “Sixteen juveniles were arrested in homicide cases [in 2008], up from 10 in 2007.” Meanwhile, WaPo editorial page weighs in on teenage murder plague, applauding Fenty for holding out school reform as an answer.
WaPo’s District Extra ushers out 2008 with a photographic whimper.
What’s up with Tonya Vidal Kinlow quitting her job as ombudsman of the D.C. school system? D.C. Wire has the news, but not the answer.
If you want to open a gun store in the District, prepare to deal with the folks at the D.C. Zoning Commission. We’re talking about all kinds of buffers from schools and libraries and other restrictions on just where you can peddle your best Glocks, as the Examiner‘s Michael Neibauer reports. Also in Examiner: Michael Brown’s D.C. Council victory affirmed by D.C. Court of Appeals. D.C. Wire story on same.
May the homeless simply run amok in D.C. libraries? Maybe not much longer, according to a post in Raw Fisher (scroll down a bit, esteemed reader.) Library honcho Ginnie Cooper, according to Fisher, is preparing to disallow sleeping in the libraries and to bar individuals from carrying more than two bags into any branch—a couple of regulations aimed straight at the homeless. This is an enormous issue for the city, as pointed out in a Washington City Paper story about the firestorm over homeless patrons at the West End library. Homeless activists are opposing rules.
NC8 has a goal of airing 15 hours of live programming per day. Toward that end, it’s launching on Jan. 5 a new show on local biz. Watch out, Washington Biz Journal! Or, perhaps: Good news for you, Washington Biz Journal—NC8 will simply aggregate all your content on its nightly program!
When was the District’s “crowning moment of hope”? According to Examiner columnist Harry Jaffe, that was 1978, “when Marion Barry was first elected mayor. Elected by disenfranchised blacks and liberal whites, he promised a biracial coalition and a competent government. After four terms of Boss Barry, we got neither.” And fellow Examiner columnist Jonetta Rose Barras is writing about…um, well, we’re not quite sure. We do know that the column is titled “New Opportunities for Mischief in D.C.” And it starts out by addressing something related to Jesse Jackson and moves on, somehow, to the D.C. Council’s committee assignments. Please e-mail LL with tips on interpretation.
Quick! What percentage of Metro’s budget is tied up in personnel costs? Five-sixteenths, you say? Seven-eighths? Nope, here’s the answer, torn straight from the news pages of the Examiner: “Almost three-quarters of Metro’s expenses are tied up in personnel costs, representing $1 billion of its $1.36 billion operating budget for the current fiscal year.” Examiner is reporting that the agency’s current budgetary woes may require laying off workers. There’s already a hiring freeze in place.
—-THE INAUGURATION SECTION—-
Will $75 million be enough? That’s what area leaders are asking from the feds to deal with all the hassles that’ll come their way from Jan. 17-20, according to WaPo’s Inauguration Watch.
Wanna volunteer for the inaug? Better hurry.
Flying into town for the big event? If you want a healthy airport experience, better go with BWI, according to the Biz Journal.
WTOP on preparations for motorists in the era of inaug. But actually, don’t bother linking to this one—it’s just the usual BS about making sure your gas tank is full and that you have maps in the car and know alternate routes. Stuff you’d do anyway.
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D.C. COUNCIL TODAY—-
10:00 AM: Council Swearing In Ceremony Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Ballroom A 12:00 PM: DC Board of Education, ANC and Shadow Congressional Delegation Swearing In Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Ballroom A 4:00 PM: Council Organizational Meeting Location: John A. Wilson Building, Council Chambers, Room 500
ADRIAN FENTY TODAY—- 9:00 am Participant DC Council Swearing-In Location: Washington Convention Center (Ballroom A) 809 Mount Vernon Place, NW
12:30 PM: Guest, The Politics Hour The Kojo Nnamdi Show Location: WAMU 88.5 FM