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Yesterday, in only their third meeting since 1981, Georgetown utterly dominated the Maryland Terrapins in the consolation game of the Old Spice Classic. Ace Hoyas shooter Austin Freeman had 18; Terps stud Greivis Vasquez had 2. In other news, First Fam goes with Frasier fir for final White House Christmas tree. Excellent choice—-LL’s folks have sworn by Frasiers for years!
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Harry Jaffe gets in the holiday spirit, asks District politicos to “lay down arms” in Examiner column. Those pols would be: Nat Gandhi and David Catania (ha!); Kwame Brown and Neil Albert (not out of the realm of possibility); Cathy Lanier and Kris Baumann (a union chief buddy-buddy with the boss is not likely to be union chief for long); and, of course, Adrian Fenty and Vince Gray. Hey Jaffe, peace on earth and all, but wheredaya expect LL to get all his copy?
WaPo editorial board this morning wants “Justice for DeOnte,” calling on city to release additional information about the Sept. 7, 2007, shooting by off-duty cops of 14-year-old DeOnte Rawlings. “One of the more nagging questions of the case centers on the disappearance of the minibike from the shooting scene and its subsequent discovery. Police refused to disclose how they recovered it. We’ve learned that Mr. Haskel directed them to the bike’s location following an unusual sequence of events.”
Yep, Chancellor Michelle Rhee still gets along fine with WaPo reporter Jay Mathews, who takes a look at Shaw Middle School and principal Brian Betts, who has loaded his hand-picked staff with “ambitious, young teachers” and rejiggered schedules. “Betts has showed how far Rhee is willing to go to change a culture long dominated by apathy and hopelessness,” Mathews writes. “The very preliminary results look good. Diagnostic tests given to students at the end of the first term show progress.”
Rhee makes Time mag cover; AP files story. WRC-TV commenters get into it. Jake Tapper, like article author Amanda Ripley a WCP alum, weighs in. Bloggers go wild. Best blog title, from Schools Matter: “Michelle Rhee In Black Astride Her Broom—-Hmm.” Runner-up, from Foundering Writer Meg: “I Hate Michelle Rhee.”
ALSO FROM WAPO ED BOARD—-On Saturday, praise and caution for a District anti-gang initiative that “allows the D.C. government to go to court to designate as a public nuisance a gang or a ‘crew’ that ‘injures the health, safety and security of the District’s citizens, frightens or intimidates them, obstructs the free use of both private and public property, and interferes with the comfortable enjoyment of the lives and property of the District’s residents.’…District leaders are right to consider innovative and novel approaches to eliminate the scourge of gang violence and return safety to law-abiding residents who have been under siege, some for many years. But they must do so while respecting civil liberties.”
A sad pair of stories in Sunday’s WaPo: Hamil Harris reports from the funeral at New Covenant Baptist for Tiffany Gates, 33, who was killed by an escaped con ex-boyfriend while U.S. Marshals seached for him nearby; Aaron C. Davis covers the memorial service at Chevy Chase Presbyterian for Mike and Ginny Spevak. Also WTOP.
UH-OH—-Biz Journal reports D.C. unemployment claims rise 25 percent. And this biz fronter today from WaPo: “The Washington area, long considered one of the most economically resilient in the country, is beginning to feel the pinch of the sharp national downturn, with unemployment hitting levels not seen since the last downturn,” Alejandro Lazo writes. “The unemployment rate for the Washington area was 4 percent in September, the most recent month for which metro-area data are available, a jump from 3 percent for the same time last year and the third consecutive month in which it was 4 percent or higher.” Still better than most other metro areas, though.
Gary Imhoff, writing in DCWatch’s themail, gets postmortem hate mail for Jonathan Rees, refuses to print it. “If you took the occasion of Rees’ death to assail him one last time, feel free to be angry at me for not publishing it. But I’m confident that in time you’ll be glad that you won’t be immortalized in the timeless archives of the Internet for speaking ill of the dead.”
Cleaning up the Anacostia will start in Maryland, with Army Corps of Engineers proposal for “small-scale” projects along Sligo Creek. Sez Eleanor: “The only way to achieve a holistic plan for the entire basin is to take a piece of it and test it for results.”
District man shot in Prince George’s County after returning from Charles County club. Statement from acting P.G. police chief: “The problem of violence emanating from nightclubs is affecting several of the jurisdictions in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.” ALSO—-Former District resident charged in three P.G. murders.
The Capitol Visitor Center, six years and $621 million later, is open tomorrow. “The basic belief that tourists needed safe, secure shelter from the elements as they waited to be guided through the Capitol grew, as with so many simple notions left in the hands of Congress, into something far grander: a subterranean edifice so magnificent that it alone is worth a visit,” sez WaPo. Also Examiner. WTOP has an audio tour.
Three nominated for Superior Court vacancy created by Rufus King‘s retirement, Scott McCabe writes in the Examiner: “Teresa A. Howie, 50, a veteran prosecutor in the U.S. attorney’s office in the District; Stuart Nash, 43, director of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Program at the U.S. Department of Justice; and Maribeth Raffinan, 38, a supervising attorney in the trial division of the D.C. Public Defender Service.” President Bush is expected to pick before leaving office.
INAUGURAL WATCH—-New York Times covers the inaugural prep—-and the price tag; quotes from EHN and DanTan. Thousands of motorcoaches will be coming from all over the country, Examiner’s Leah Fabel reports, “but no one quite knows where they’ll park….[C]ity officials are hammering out details and searching for space in collaboration with Metro officials, the American Bus Association, and surrounding state and local jurisdictions.” Also from Fabel: More on local colleges cracking down on inaugural sublets. “Hotel frenzy spreads,” sez Biz Journal—-all the way to Philadelphia! Bay area bike blog says bikes are the answer to inaugural transpo woes.
THANKS FOR WEIGHING IN—-Houston Chronicle thinks D.C. should adopt Rhee pay-for-performance teacher contract. Former IBM CEO Lou Gerstner namechecks Rhee in WSJ op-ed calling for abolishment of local school districts.
Sadie Tonkins, owner of U Street record and radio shop, dies at 101.
From Biz Journal: U-Md. grad students look to enliven stretch of 8th Street SE.
Cops raise reward in summer murder of 13-year-old Alonzo Robinson in Trinidad, WTTG-TV reports.
D.C. COUNCIL TODAY—-No events scheduled.
ADRIAN FENTY TODAY—-3:15 p.m.: remarks, Benning Library groundbreaking, 3935 Benning Road NE; 7 p.m.: remarks, Lamond Riggs Civic Association meeting, 501 Riggs Road NE.