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HOBART, IND.—-A happy Boxing Day morning to all. LLD will be back in its usual unabridged splendor on Monday.
BAD COPS—-Four 6D cops accused of stealing “Toys for Tots,” WTOP’s Mark Segraves reported Wednesday. “The officers have not been charged with a crime at this point, but D.C. Police Spokesperson Traci Hughes says an internal investigation is underway….The four cops have been placed on non-contact status, which means they have been taken off the street and put on desk jobs. They will continue to get paid, but will have no contact with the public and will not carry a gun or badge.” Also NC8, Examiner.
GOOD COP—-Off-duty officer foils robbery in alley along 2600 block of Georgia Avenue NW. “The officer, who was not in uniform, identified himself as a police officer, authorities said. The alleged robber then turned toward the officer and fired one shot at him, Cmdr. Andrew Solberg said. The officer fired one shot in return….’The officer was very courageous,’ Solberg said. ‘He took police action when he could have done nothing,'” writes Elissa Silverman in WaPo.
DMH PRIVATIZED?—-Yesterday, from WaPo’s Darryl Fears: “An audit of the D.C. Community Services Agency this year found that the city could save as much as $14 million by contracting the bulk of its services to private agencies. Health-care advocates who support the transition said the shift is needed because the agency duplicates many services provided by private clinics….The Department of Mental Health is preparing a transition plan that is expected to be submitted to the D.C. Council soon. The plan is expected to recommend shifting most mental health services provided by the Community Services Agency to private agencies by the start of summer.”
Possible shooting this morning involving young girl and adult female in Congress Heights, at 3314 11th Place SE. Fire crews also on the scene; WTOP reports the girl has died, as do others. The adult female was found naked blocks away from where the girl was found in the burning house. Video from WTTG-TV.
Homeless man beaten to death outside Foggy Bottom apartment building.
Man suspected in Dec. 5 killing released by judge pending trial. Bunch of people aren’t happy about that.
Christmas morning fire destroys Shaw store catering to local Muslims, WUSA-TV reports.
WaPo’s post-Christmas local lede-all: “Financial hardship brought more people this year than last to the annual Christmas dinner at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the country’s largest Catholic church. But tough times brought out more volunteers, too,” writes Nick Miroff. Examiner also reads to Basilica for their local Xmas wrapup. So does WaTimes, for that matter.
The year in museums, courtesy of Examiner’s Michael Neibauer. NO KIDDING—-Attendance remains steady at the free Smithsonian.
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Some 10,000 buses will be parked on streets surrounding downtown and the Mall. Reports WaPo’s Lena Sun: “With the exception of some residential areas, all curbside parking will be set aside for buses; streets will be restricted to charter bus, transit bus and official inaugural vehicles, he said. In the downtown area, there are 11 north-south streets between 11th and 21st streets, and almost all blocks of K, L, M, N, O and P streets will be for charter bus parking. In the second area, streets bounded on the east by the Union Station railroad tracks north to Florida and New York avenues NE, west to Sixth Street NW and south to Massachusetts Avenue will be for charter buses. The charter bus restrictions will take effect at 12:01 a.m. Jan. 20. Other vehicles parked on the streets after that will be towed.” Here’s a handy map!
Restaurants are ready for Jan. 20, Examiner reports. INTERESTING—-“And for revelers expecting fancy food at their pricey inaugural balls, they ought not expect anything served fresh from the sea or frozen. ‘Most events have to be delivered the day before’ for security purposes, said Raz Nielsen, director of sales for Occasions Caterers. ‘That takes out things like ice cream or raw seafood — we’re not recommending sushi or raw bars.'”
You can now get your inaugural commemorative Metro cards, at select Metro stations.
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Harry Jaffe has a couple of local suggestions for your end-of-year charity dollars.
Jonetta Rose Barras gives a Christmas Day shout to single fathers—-specifically black fathers raising girls.
Check out WaPo’s handy list of local jurisdictions’ budget gaps. See how the District stacks up!
WaPo looks at how, even with home prices falling, tax bills might not be coming down in the area. Not much mention of the District.
Biz Journal’s year-ender is billed as “The Year the Buck Stopped.” Besides a quick-hit wrap-up, the package includes (subscriber-only) accounts of deals gone bad in NoMa and in the U Street area (the infamous 14th and T deal).
Examiner blogger Charles Sumpter has a few year-ahead thoughts for the mayor and the council.
WaPo letter writer makes a good point: Why aren’t gun dealers required to secure their goods better?
D.C. COUNCIL TODAY—-No events scheduled.
ADRIAN FENTY TODAY—-No public events scheduled.