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Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 10/27/2011

DeMorning Links: Block the box

Box-blocking: Not that hard to avoid. (Michael Robinson-Chavez - The Washington Post)
Don’t block the box” — it’s really not a difficult concept to comprehend. And considering that blocked intersections are perhaps the biggest factor in downtown traffic seizures, you’d think our motoring advocates would be happy the city government is doing something about it. Liz Essley reports in the Examiner that officers wrote more than 1,500 gridlock tickets in fiscal 2011, but AAA spokesman John Townsend calls the citation the “stupidest ticket I have ever heard of in my life.” I, for one, have figured out how not to enter an intersection my car won’t be able to clear, but Townsend said it’s more complicated: “Because what it comes down to is intentionality. Because what am I supposed to do?”

In other news:

Ethics, ethics, ethics, ethics, ethics, ethics, ethics (Post, WRC-TV, WAMU-FM, WTTG-TV, WaTimes, Examiner, DCist)

Bob McCartney: Regional emergency plan is “too small and incremental to cope with the problem” (Post)

Metro tries to improve how it deals with crises (Post)

Highly-rated DCPS teachers get “excessed,” too (WAMU-FM)

Occupy D.C.’s success as a “self-contained, self-governing, radically transparent and egalitarian community” (Housing Complex)

And they marched on the Wilson Building! (WUSA-TV)

It’s official: Gray wants Deborah Nichols to chair Board of Elections and Ethics (D.C. Wire)

Editorial board comes out and says it: Betty Noel shouldn’t be on the Public Service Commission (Post)

Where will government investment lead the next wave of neighborhood growth? (Capital Business)

Think big, Metro (GGW)

The radical DJs from D.C.’s greatest-ever college radio station reunite (Current via Dish)

David Wilmot is only half the mystery of Wal-Mart site (Housing Complex)

Shocking: Theater owners aren’t big fans of the proposed parking tax (WBJ)

Passengers, others vent about dismal experiences with MetroAccess contractor (TBD)

Digging deeper into the DCPS stakeholder survey (D.C. Schools Insider)

The case against standardized tests for second-graders (Answer Sheet)

Young people love it here (Post)

Another Deborah Simmons broadside against “the city’s soft-hearted approach to crime and juvenile justice” (WaTimes)

Rating Vince Gray’s grocery bagging technique (TBD)

David Alpert really likes the new DDOT planning director (GGW)

Eleanor Holmes Norton wants a monument to fair housing -- as does one of her major donors, incidentally (Housing Complex)

New York Avenue soon to feature sculpture made of recycled tires (Arts Post)

MedStar in talks to join D.C.’s Medicaid program (@fischer_biz)

Deadly afternoon shooting in Grant Park (Crime Scene, Homicide Watch)

Check out a cool new park that will be part of Southwest Waterfront redevelopment (ASLA)

Take the D.C. Labor Walking Tour (HuffPo)

Mary’s Center is expanding to Georgia Avenue (CityBizList)

”Behind the scenes with Diane Rehm” (G’town Dish)

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