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Posted at 08:49 PM ET, 12/20/2011

DeEvening Links: ‘Bath salt’ ban

But they’re so pretty! (Associated Press)
Because the law has to keep up with people’s desire to get high, D.C. Council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3) today introduced a bill to add “bath salts” to the city’s list of illicit drugs. This is not the stuff your aunt uses to soak her corns; these crystals (aka “plant food) are smoked or snorted and have made some users “so agitated, violent and psychotic that a small army of medical workers was needed to hold them down,” the New York Times reported earlier this year.

In other news:

D.C. unemployment rate drops under 11 percent, “fueled mainly by gains in the professional and business services sector and in education and health” (Capital Business)

FBI crime stats: 12 percent drop in D.C. violent crime (Examiner)

The obstacles to a longer DCPS school day (GGW)

The year through Darrow Montomery’s lens (City Paper)

“In the most anticipated move of the legislative session, Councilmember Mary M. Cheh presented her colleagues with her annual holiday gift ...” (

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