Breakfast links: Howard's woes
Howard lawsuits pile up: Lawsuits filed against Howard University may shed light on its mismanagement and financial struggles. A plaintiff in one of the whistleblower retaliation and discrimination cases resigned from the university Monday. (City Paper)
University President blames revenue streams: Dr. Wayne Frederick, Howard's Interim President, related reported management issues to the struggle of diversifying revenue streams among institutions of higher education. Frederick assumed the position of President as Sidney Ribeau stepped down last week. (WAMU)
Howard fails to report data: Howard University has dropped 46 spots in rankings over the past four years. Declines in retention and graduation rates contributed to the drop, but Howard has refused to report its data the past two years. (Business Insider)
Unemployment claims skyrocket: More than 24,000 furloughed workers in DC and Maryland have filed for unemployment benefits since the government shutdown, even as Congress votes to give federal workers back pay. Virginia has not yet released data, but claims are expected to continue increasing. (WAMU, DCist)
DC living wage rate behind the times: DC lags years behind its own deadline to update the city's living wage rates. The last calculation in 2010 set wages at $12.50. They would be $13.40 today. (Post)
Alexandria seizes on waterfront plan: In line with its waterfront plan, Alexandria may use eminent domain to seize a small, private parking lot from the Old Dominion Boat Club, which lies in the middle of the Old Town redevelopment area. (Post)
Redevelop College Park first: An idea to develop part of a 150-acre golf course on the University of Maryland's campus is receiving push-back from city, county, and state officials who want revitalization of existing infrastructure to make College Park a walkable area. (Post, Falls Church)
Can CityCenterDC fill its apartments?: Apartments at CityCenterDC will range from $2,130 per month for a studio to $7,760 for a 3-bedroom, but are Washingtonians willing to pay such high prices for downtown living and convenience? (WBJ)
And...: The Third Church of Christ, Scientist will soon be torn down. (WBJ) ... The Meridian Hill Park Drum Circle was broken up by US Park Police because of the shutdown. (City Paper) ... Gas prices in the Washington area could fall below $3. (WTOP)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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