Breakfast links: Pointing fingers
Official scapegoats Smart Growth: A Carroll County commissioner blamed Smart Growth policies for crime and poor schools to Prince George's. Rushern Baker resents the insult. (Post)
Leggett reprimands council: Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett is upset with the council for not passing his proposed curfew bill. He calls the anti-loitering bill, seen as a compromise, "a stall tactic intended to confuse the debate." (Examiner)
Election results still not all in: Republicans picked up one Virginia Senate seat and another remains too close to call. It will determine party control of the chamber. (HuffPo) ... Phyllis Marcuccio will remain Rockville's mayor. All incumbents survived in Gaithersburg and Greenbelt, while one College Park seat is too close to call. (Gazette)
DNC contradicts DC Democrats: Yesterday Dennis Jaffe argued that the Democratic National Committee couldn't have possibly forced DC Democrats to end party elections. The DNC confirmed that its rules didn't require the change at the local level. (Post)
Charters gain increasing share: Enrollment in DC's public charter schools jumped 8% from last year. DCPS enrollment, which had been increasing, fell slightly. (Post)
All options on the table for the FBI's HQ: GAO released a report detailing problems with the J. Edgar Hoover Building. The report considers all solutions, including renovating the building, replacing the building, and moving the FBI somewhere else. (HuffPo)
Are the police choking or pushing?: Occupy DC protestors have a video they say shows police brutality at the Convention Center protest last week. (City Desk)
And...: DC's statehood campaign is coming to a Metrobus near you! (DCist) ... After 6 years of planning, a tiny NPS park will get a modest renovation. (City Paper) ... Are the big-city Democratic mayors of today corporatist sell-outs? (Salon)Have a tip or accusation for the links? Submit it here.
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- BREAKING: Arlington cancels the Columbia Pike streetcar
- Transit projects are stuck between people who want to spend less money and people who want to spend more
- The pop-up debate in Lanier Heights pits "property rights" against "neighborhood character"
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- DC will force property owners to shovel sidewalks, with higher fines for bigger and commercial buildings
- A bike-ped trail is in the works for New York Ave NE