Breakfast links: Stanleys under scrutiny
Trouble for Montgomery planner: Montgomery planning director Rollin Stanley has gotten into hot water for saying that a group of "rich, white women" calling themselves "the coven" have been actively trying to block his initiatives. (Patch)
Trouble at DYRS: A former employee and other officials in the Dept. of Youth Rehabilitation Services say director Neil Stanley has created chaos, distrust, and dysfunction, but advocates and the Deputy Mayor support him. (Wash. Times)
Metro kept brake problems secret: WMATA knew 6 years ago that brakes on its 5000 series railcars had problems, but didn't have money to replace the brakes. However, they also didn't tell the public. (Post)
Helmet ticket withdrawn: The cyclist hit recently at 11th and U will not get a ticket for not wearing a helmet (not required by the law). As for the ticket for running a red light, officers had interviewed him, and they say he did admit to that. (TheWashCycle)
What's more environmental, road or no road?: The Klingle Road debate is back, with an environmental lawsuit from road proponents. Environmentalists say restoring the 20-years-gone road would be worse for the environment. (City Paper)
CCT won't go in tunnel: A Montgomery County Council committee has decided to mvoe the Capital Crescent Trail out of the Bethesda tunnel, since it just couldn't fit with the Purple Line. They also voted money to finish the trail to Silver Spring. (Post)
When a taxi won't cooperate: Mt. Vernon Square activist and restaurant maitre d' Martin Moulton couldn't get a taxi to come to the restaurant's front entrance in an alley. A police officer responded and handled the situation well. (PoP, Post)
Senate moves on transpo, House will follow: A Senate deal on the transportation bill lets it move forward. A bunch of Keystone XL and other unrelated amendments failed, while germane amendments are up for votes Tuesday. Meanwhile, the House will work from the Senate bill, abandoning its own failed bill. (Streetsblog, Huffington Post)
And...: Momentum Magazine named Veronica Davis in their top 5 advocates of 2011, but were less successful at naming her correctly. ... Virginia legislators are using Twitter when they're not allowed to speak on the House floor. (Post) ... A McDonnell proposal to effectively end teacher tenure died in the Virginia Senate. (Washington Times)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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