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Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 08/15/2011

DeMorning Links: Helping the unhelpable

James’s Sixteenth Street Heights home (Carol Guzy - THE WASHINGTON POST)
Is the death of Theodoric C. James Jr. a case of District government dysfunction? It might seem that way. The Post’s Christian Davenport reports about how the White House records clerk slipped quickly toward oblivion after his 2009 retirement, fending off every attempt by family and friends to intervene, dying alone this summer in his Madison Street NW rowhouse. “James’s family continued to call city agencies, but it was clear that James didn’t want help from anyone: He shooed away the social workers and mental-health counselors who showed up on his doorstep,” Davenport writes. The city human services department is investigating, but how does a government intervene with those who don’t want its intervention?

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