Breakfast links: Under pressure
Pressure mounts on DC middle schools: Elementary enrollment is up but DC middle schools are either overcrowded or underperforming. A lack of quality middle school options could hurt long-term education reform in DC. (Post)
Bowser has her own ethics challenge: Ward 4 councilmember Muriel Bowser is under pressure to create an ethics bill by the end of the year. The council's ethics problems and 9 proposed bills aren't making it easy. (Huffington Post)
Tenants sue over living conditions: A group of tenants in Langley Park are suing the property management for "wretched" living conditions. A judge ruled that Prince Georges County must investigate the property before the tenants pay rent. (NBC Washington)
Earthquake caused more damage than thought: NPS is closing the Washington Monument indefinitely to inspect damage caused by last month's earthquake. A new video shows tourists evacuating when the quake hit. (Post)
No fault in Jefferson Memorial arrests: A Park Police investigation found officers followed procedures when they arrested dancing protesters at the Jefferson Memorial. The protesters allege police used excessive force in the arrests. (WTOP)
Don't call it a bribe: Ward 1 councilmember Jim Graham says a taxi lobbyist didn't try to bribe him when he offered Graham cash. Graham oversaw the taxicab commission at the time but says the money was not related to that. (City Paper)
Everyone doesn't love a party: Some Mount Pleasant neighbors are unhappy with Fiesta DC, the annual Latino cultural festival. One ANC commissioner says the organizers didn't communicate or organize well and weren't prepared to clean up afterward. (DCist)
And...: Crystal City is getting a new gateway (ARLnow) ... Howard University won't kick students out for unpaid bills (City Paper) ... Metro is postponing track work to accommodate the MLK Memorial dedication (WMATA).Have a tip or ethics bill for the links? Submit it here.
- In defense of "political theater" for Metro
- Should a "historic gas station" keep new housing units from going up in Dupont?
- Where is Falls Church, exactly?
- Is new housing, most of it for low-income residents, worth giving up an acre of park space?
- A developer has agreed to build shorter and less dense than the law allows, but neighbors are still fighting it
- Are public spaces really public when not everybody can use them?
- Think you know Metro? It's whichWMATA week 96