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Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 05/10/2012

DeMorning Links: Family matters


A resident of the N Street Village women’s shelter. (Michael S. Williamson - The Washington Post)

The results of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments annual homeless survey are in, and the count continues to look grim: “In the District, the number of homeless families soared 18 percent and homelessness increased 6 percent overall, the report said,” writes the Post’s Annie Gowen. “The city’s family shelter is filled to capacity, and more than 100 families are living in motels along New York Avenue NE at an average cost of $100 a night.” One advocate called the family situation “a crisis,” as the city government struggles to find more money for shelters. Also, as the Examiner notes, overall city homelessness rose as that figure declined in most surrounding jurisdictions.

In other news:

Breaking: Michael Davis charged with Colorado tourist’s Petworth murder (Crime Scene)

Barack Obama’s gay marriage shift has cost him the vote of at least one black D.C. resident (Post)

Cathy Lanier inks a five-year extension (Post, WTOP, WRC-TV, WAMU-FM, Examiner)

But the real money’s in her pension (Loose Lips)

And, to a lesser extent, her sergeant boyfriend’s overtime (WaTimes)

On being a “progressive” in Ward 5: “They are using it as a code word to divide up this ward,” says candidate Frank Wilds (Post)

Why did the D.C. government reject the “old ladies” who wanted to sell medical marijuana? (Post)

Before Harry Thomas Jr. stole taxpayer money, he was accused of stealing yard signs (Loose Lips)

”If the city believes it has $22 million to pay city employees for days not worked ... it should be able to find money in a $11.28 billion budget to pay for” the Healthcare Alliance (Post editorial)

Kwame Brown booze compromise would extend bar hours on holiday weekends to eschew excise tax hike (Examiner, DCist, WaTimes)

Brown, also, has had enough of all these fees (WTTG-TV)

He is also “looking forward to moving on” from Thomas scandal (Examiner)

Federally funded jobs center in Southwest plagued by “bad weather, landslides, battles with unpaid subcontractors and charges of shoddy construction” (WaTimes)

DCPS agrees to offer early retirement to excessed veteran teachers (Examiner)

Counter-counterpoint: “The rent is very much too damn high, but it doesn’t have to be.” (Housing Complex)

Yet another bid to repay furloughs (Examiner)

New cycletracks require new types of signs (All Opinions Are Local)

Taxi Commission puts scofflaw cab company on probation (Examiner)

How tax policy and historic preservation laws conspired to doom two historic downtown buildings (Housing Complex)

Pepco touts reliability improvements (WRC-TV)

Deborah Simmons’s budget gap-closing plan: “Curb spending on the Capital Bikeshare program.” (WaTimes)

Meet two of the lesser-known Ward 5 candidates (Informer)

D.C. Dems finalize convention delegation (Informer)

Mind-blowing: Libertarian group finds D.C. less “broadly and onerously licensed” than Maryland or Virginia (Examiner)

UDC honchos: We want to be part of education reform, too (Examiner)

Watch Kaya Henderson on an NBC News panel (Education Nation)

Watch Tommy Wells speak to national urbanist audience (GGW)

Nike is looking to hold half-marathon in D.C. (WBJ)

Why the District’s homeowner assistance program should be saved (GGW)

Sleepy juror ousted from Roger Clemens trial (Sporting News)

More on Horace & Dickies slightly delayed expansion efforts (All We Can Eat)

No more exiting the westbound Southeast Freeway onto 8th Street SE (JDLand)

More on Metro crash memorial controversy (WTTG-TV, WRC-TV, WUSA-TV)

Fashion designers get convention center workspace (WAMU-FM)

Diversity is a main attraction at Two Rivers charter school (The Root DC)

Two Wednesday evening stabbings near Capitol (Crime Scene)

Khan-Peterson: There will be no rematch, for now (Post)

In case you were wondering: The Archdiocese of Washington remains opposed to gay marriage (WTOP)

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