Breakfast links: Death and near-death
Orange Line train hits man: A man was struck by an Orange Line train at Clarendon, snarling the evening commute for Michael Perkins and many others. The man apparently jumped in front of the train, but survived. (Post)
Residents want action after ped crash: After a police detective hit a woman in a crosswalk, residents call for a safety review of 35th and Wisconsin. The recent Glover Park study addresses this, but changes haven't yet been funded. (Patch)
Frank Kameny dies: Gay rights activist Frank Kameny died at 86. He fought for equality since being fired from the federal government in 1957 for being gay. (Metro Weekly)
Commission suggests Md. gas tax hike: A Maryland "blue ribbon" commission recommends increasing the gas tax by 5¢ each year for 3 years, bringing it back in line with inflation, and resurrecting the "lockbox" proposal that some have criticized. Would the money go to MARC and the Purple Line as well as roads? (Examiner)
Don't give MWAA to McDonnell too: Many leaders oppose a proposal by Frank Wolf to give the state majority control of the airports authority. The push started when the MWAA board supported a pricier underground Dulles Metro station. (Examiner)
Bill pushes CBAs for Walmart & others: A Montgomery County bill would require large big-box stores to negotiate a Community Benefits Agreement with community groups (or try). A similar bill has gone nowhere in the DC Council. (WBJ, City Paper)
Is the Artisphere good?: The Artisphere turned one. It can help enliven Rosslyn, but not alone. Or is it just a waste of taxpayer money? (City Paper, ARLnow)
Views of the occupation: NPS was right not to arresst Occupy DC protestors, says the Post, especially since they've been peaceful and clean. 8 DC Councilmembers agree. Eric Cantor stopped calling them a "mob," but thinks they're worse than the Tea Party.Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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