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As of today, LL and his readers no longer have to move their cars for weekly street-sweeping. Huzzah! Today also marks the beginning of the District’s three-day post-Thanksgiving sales-tax holiday. Thanks, Carol!
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT—-“Tommy Wells Checks Out Homeless Shelter, Gets in Car Accident“
H.D. Woodson wins Turkey Bowl over Dunbar, 24-6. In attendance yesterday was Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray, Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander, and, reportedly, Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry, who was introduced over the Eastern SHS PA as the “councilmember of the 2008 Turkey Bowl.” Fenty was looking spry hours after running an 18:18 in Bread for the City’s 5K Turkey Trot—-“my best time since high school,” he told LL. Gray, who attended with son Carlos, wasn’t letting Dunbar’s uncharacteristically poor showing get him down. LL chatted him up at halftime, with Gray’s alma mater already losing 12-0. “That’s what they play the second half!” he said.
Michael Richardson, the young man wanted in some 20 robberies, is back in police custody after turning himself in Wednesday afternoon, WaPo reports. Sez Peter Nickles: “I’m pleased he’s back in custody and hopefully will stay in custody.” Read the Saturday WaPo piece on the e-mail campaign to keep Richardson behind bars and LL’s scoop that Richardson was accidentally released. NC8 also covers arrest.
Second arrest made in Chevy Chase slayings: Angela Hernandez, 20, told investigators she led friends to home of Mike and Ginny Spevak, where she had once spent the night. Cops found Hernandez at a Petworth home near where the Spevaks’ burned car was found. NC8 reports that Hernandez may have known the Spevak’s foster daughter. CHILLING DETAIL—-“Three days after the killings, Hernandez and [accused killer Piero] Fuentes Hernandez posed for photographs in a photo booth…A legend above the series of photos proclaims ‘WANTED For Just About Everything.’ The two are kissing in one photo and sticking their tongues out in another,” yesterday’s article on the details of Fuentes Hernandez’ confession.) WTTG-TV has story and video; WRC-TV has video; and so does WUSA-TV.
NC8 reports that Mount Pleasant Street apartment blaze may have been arson and that “authorities questioned then released a potential arson suspect.” “The fire report states that only minutes prior to the first 911 call, surveillance video caught a man leaving the basement where the fire originated. The person’s psychological state made it impossible for him to provide investigators with information.” PLUS—-DCFEMS captain claims whistleblower retaliation in connection with that fire.
DCPS vendors go unpaid, Bill Myers reports in the Examiner, potentially running afoul of federal consent decree. “Attorney General Peter Nickles…blamed the failure on the city finance office, which has nominal control over the schools’ $1 billion budget.”
IG’s office finds “that city employees made numerous mistakes in awarding a multimillion-dollar service contract for the District’s traffic-camera system that opened the city to potential legal action,” Gary Emerling reports in WaTimes. The 2006 contract with American Traffic Solution was deemed properly awarded, but investigators found that “members of a panel responsible for evaluating company proposals in 2006 made ‘numerous mathematical, classification, omission and category evaluation errors’ and were not required to correct them.”
Harry Jaffe gives thanks to Vincent Gray for his pro-Nickles confirmation vote, calling it “brave and courageous.” ALSO: “The next question is whether Fenty can meet Gray halfway, talk with him on a regular basis….If the mayor continues to ignore and marginalize Gray and the council, Fenty will be up for Turkey of the Year.”
And Jonetta‘s Thanksgiving thoughts? “[T]he whining complaints of education advocates”!
So long to D.C. Public Library kiosks, WaPo’s David Betancourt reports: “Larger libraries are expected to be built in neighborhood recreation centers and other multiuse buildings. Library officials said other libraries can be reached without much inconvenience.” Closed facilities are Deanwood, Langston, Parklands-Turner, R.L. Christian, and Sursum Corda.
ALSO IN DISTRICT WEEKLY—-Hamil Harris empties his notebook with items on street renamings and the D.C. GOP’s challenge to Michael Brown; Betancourt profiles the Green Door Clubhouse, a venerable support center for the mentally ill; and ANIMAL WATCH!
IN THE BLADE—-Black gay activists concerned about strategy for winning over black residents on gay marriage; D.C. Council passes domestic partnership bill for fire and police
Anyone take Metro at 4 a.m. today?
STREAMING VIDEO of Jack Evans at ANC 2C meeting.
WaPo editorial page wants federal bailout for transit systems.
“Progress seems to be on hold in Chinatown,” writes Cary Silverman.
INAUGURAL ROUNDUP—-Musical ensembles having a hard time finding accommodations for inauguration festivities, WaPo finds; Examiner’s Leah Fabel finds out that Obama’s inaugural donation restrictions “won’t put damper on party”; there are other people named Obama, WaPo’s Steve Hendrix discovers; AP ponders whether President Obama will dine out much; DCRA will issue special rules for inaugural street vendors, Bruuce Johnson reports; no cashing in on inaugural rentals for students in university housing.
IN RHEELATED NEWS—-Time gets in on the Rhee national media, with a smart profile by CP alum Amanda Ripley. Dee Does the District reacts. Paying kids for good grades—-good or bad? Blogger Knight’s Castle says Republicans can make electoral hay out of school choice, namechecking Rhee in the process.
D.C. COUNCIL TODAY—-No events scheduled.
ADRIAN FENTY TODAY—-No public events scheduled.