Breakfast links: The security-industrial complex
For and against bag checks: The Post editorializes in support of Metro's bag searches; TBD's Dave Jamieson writes an excellent rebuttal, noting, "There are better odds of a terrorist being foiled by a runaway escalator than by a random bag screening."
TSA in trouble with Amtrak: The TSA didn't tell Amtrak that they would take over the Savannah station and screen people exiting trains. Amtrak's police chief was livid, and banned the TSA's VIPR teams from Amtrak until they agree to firm restrictions. (Trains Magazine, Matt')
Don't single out DC's students: A former
DCPS DC school student says that targeting DC's public school students with ID cards and electronic curfew on Metro doesn't address the root of the public safety issues in the system. Metro allows children to live and grow up valuing independence and they shouldn't be discouraged from using it. (Post)
"Public space" still private: Discovery is treating their legally required public space in Silver Spring like private property, kicking Dan Reed out of their courtyard yesterday.
Wells, Brown oppose late-night cuts: Councilmembers Tommy Wells and Michael Brown are preparing to veto across-the-board cuts to late-night Metro service if that proposal keeps moving forward. A veto would require the agreement of Gray administration rep Tom Downs, who hasn't taken a clear stand. (Post)
Sulaimon wants Congress involved: Sulaimon Brown hates Vincent Gray so much, he's trying to get Congress involved in local DC affairs. Next, he'll ask Britain to take the US back as colonies? (Post)
Why bike to work?: Now that Bike to Work Day is open for registration, it's time to start thinking about why bike commuting can be an efficient, fun, and healthy way to get around the city. (We Love DC)
Wisconsin Ave Giant could start soon: Despite an appeal of a pretty standard Zoning Commission action by local opponents, the Wisconsin Avenue Giant is moving forward with redevelopment, having told retailers to vacate by the summer. (DCmud)
And...: The Washington Kastles will build a temporary tennis stadium on the grounds of the old Hogates restaurant on the Southwest Waterfront (DCmud) ... Dallas' DART demonstrated a battery-powered hybrid streetcar (Dallas Morning News) ... WTOP is now sensationalizing crime on the Metro, reporting a stabbing "somewhere near the Metro entrance" at Gallery Place.Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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