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Posted at 09:06 AM ET, 01/25/2012

DeMorning Links: FEMS firestorm


Clothing labeled “FEMS” is among the flashpoints in an ongoing labor-management dispute. (Carol Guzy - THE WASHINGTON POST)
The D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services department inched closer to a state of civil war Tuesday during Chief Kenneth Ellerbe’s “State of FEMS” speech. As WTTG-TV, WaTimes and Examiner report, dozens of firefighters, dressed mostly in now-verboten “DCFD” gear, walked out in the middle of Ellerbe’s speech — which discussed, among other things, his controversial workshift proposal. The Post’s Jimm Phillips has more on the underlying conflict: “We want to do our job, we want to do it proudly and continue to protect the citizens and visitors in D.C.,” said one firefighter. Ellerbe “is making it very difficult for us to do that.”

In other news:

John Kelly breaks down the World War I Memorial hearing: “yet another opportunity to remind D.C. residents that they are second-class citizens” (Post)

Key congressman: “The National Mall is for all Americans, not just one section of the country.” (Examiner, WaTimes)

In rare criticism of D.C. officials, Eleanor Holmes Norton wasn’t happy with deputy mayor’s Occupy D.C. testimony (D.C. Wire)

Superphilanthropist David Rubenstein puts his faith in education (Post)

She ended up going with a 9 mm Sig Sauer (WaTimes)

These folks aren’t so happy with the Inspector General’s lottery report (Examiner)

District unemployment falls a bit more (Capital Business)

Tom Sherwood on Gray cabinet picks: “Some feel that being appointed to a job is the same thing as doing the job.” (WRC-TV)

D.C. Council members slam Kaya Henderson for DCPS overspending (D.C. Schools Insider)

Charters want more money for teacher pay (Examiner)

Cathy Lanier tells Federation of Citizens Associations how she plans to stop robberies through rewards (Crime Scene)

Tommy Wells explains why Georgetown’s campus plan got messed over (Vox Populi)

Escalator replacement will close Dupont Metro station’s south entrance for eight months (Post)

Man wants right to hold up sign outside Supreme Court (Legal Times)

City says it’s in talks to put a post office in the Reeves Center (@mikedebonis)

Portland’s mayor is a Bikeshare fan (TBD)

Lack of incentives means HBO won’t be shooting new District-set show in the District (Arts Desk)

Why are the mansions of Columbia Heights being sold and divided? (Where We Live)

How the streetcar system might pay for itself (Housing Complex)

Georgetown manse buyers try to calm neighbors over event plans (Dish)

Why do developers always have to develop? (The Hill Is Home)

A woman’s understandable problem with the city’s potential new historic preservation chief (Housing Complex)

Time to give Eleanor Roosevelt her memorial due? (HuffPo)

White House shooter pleads not guilty (Crime Scene)

Help the cops find these guys (Crime Scene)

DCRA’s Nick Majett appears on Kojo Nnamdi Show today to talk about new vending rules (WAMU-FM)

Hoya metha (Patch)

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