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The Post reports on the debate over the treatment of the mentally ill in Virginia. Lawmakers want to make it easier to commit patients, while advocates say investments in housing, jobs, counseling and peer support should be the priority: “Michael Allen, a lawyer formerly with the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law in Washington, said: ‘The problem in Virginia is not [revising] what standard is used to treat people against their will. The question is, do we make mental health services available in a timely fashion? Do we make it comprehensive and holistic or wait until they fall to the bottom?'” Allen makes a great point.

Prince of Petworth finds some wacky pig sculptures guarding a stoop.

WUSA reports that Fenty is asking for help designing the D.C. quarter: “Residents can make suggestions by e-mailing the city at quarter@dc.gov, or leaving messages at 202-727-5448. Residents also can write to the Office of the Secretary of the District of Columbia at 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 419, Washington, D.C., 20004.”

The Post reports that D.C. Councilmember Kwame Brown (D-At Large) has introduced legislation that would make displaying a noose a hate crime.

Intangible Arts is pumped that the Pretty Things are coming to the Black Cat. We are too!