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Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 02/07/2012

DeMorning Links: ‘I enjoy throwing trash’


Garbage collector Maurice Queen, 64, watches his crew at work in a D.C. alley. (Sarah L. Voisin - THE WASHINGTON POST)
It ain’t so bad being a D.C. garbage collector: “The work can be back-breaking and potentially hazardous. Workers have run across everything from skinned deer remains to phosphoric acid. But the pay — an average salary of $36,000 a year, plus health and other benefits — is good, and the hours are even better.” Take a ride on the trucks with the Post’s Annys Shin and the “Pony Man” — Maurice Queen, 64, who has been on the job for 42 years. “I enjoy throwing trash,” says Queen. “It keeps you active. And I’m an outdoor person.”

In other news:

Department spokesman on firefighter walkout: “blatant display of racism and disrespect shown to an African American leader” (WaTimes, STATter 911)

Keeping DCPS students from dropping out (WAMU-FM)

Lottery seats in tony west-of-the-park elementary schools are rare, but other opportunities abound (D.C. Schools Insider)

Motorists say police used their cars as a roadblock on New York Avenue Friday night (WJLA-TV)

D.C. Council votes on Internet gambling today; follow @timcraigpost for live tweets (AP)

Michael Brown attempts a last ditch save for iGaming, but his colleagues aren’t biting (WaTimes)

Let’s find a definition of “workforce housing” that works for the District (DCFPI)

Two Occupy protesters held on assault charges (Post, HuffPo)

Nurses union doesn’t like Vincent Gray’s United Medical Center turnaround plan (WBJ)

Kwame Brown accuses Gray budget chief of keeping surplus funds away from the council (D.C. Wire, Examiner)

Marion Barry on his Redskins tweets: “Someone had to be a Paul Revere” (D.C. Wire)

Women file most cab complaints (TBD)

Anonymous commenters tell Harry Jaffe they don’t think much o f Hizzoner (Examiner)

Former D.C. agency head Gennet Purcell gets incubator space to pursue fashion dreams (Washingtonian)

Vigil this evening for murdered transgender woman (D.C. Trans Coalition)

How crime and broken promises threaten the Metropolitan Branch Trail (GGW)

Be a (fuzzy, racing) president (DCist)

WTU power struggle now in litigation (The Washington Teacher)

Your Black History Month gallery of D.C.’s black monuments and historic sites (HuffPo)

WTOP’s Mark Segraves hosts a Ward 5 council debate on March 3 (W5SE)

Another ride on the speed-camera waaahmbulance (WMAL-AM)

There’s a new book on UDC’s 150 years of history (WTTG-TV)

Corinne Beckwith is now a D.C. Court of Appeals judge; soon, too, Catharine Easterly (Legal Times)

We’re so confident (WBJ)

Watch Vince Gray give his State of the District address tonight at Sixth & I Synagogue (WTOP)

Or watch Tim Craig talk about the “Hidden City” of Marion Barry tonight (Travel Channel, Express, DCist)

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