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Posted at 09:56 AM ET, 09/15/2011

DeMorning Links: Let’s test about sex

Brush up on your STD symptoms, kids. (Jahi Chikwendiu - WASHINGTON POST)
D.C. public school students in grades 5, 8 and 10 will soon be taking “the nation’s first statewide standardized test on health and sex education,” Bill Turque reports today. “Periodic surveys have detailed student attitudes toward risky behavior, but officials said the annual test will fill gaps in their understanding of what young people know and why they might behave the way they do.” The questions, which will be part of the DC-CAS test battery, are required under the Healthy Schools Act pass last year by the D.C. Council. But bill sponsor Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) says she had a “much less rigid interpretation” of the bill’s requirement to improve reporting progress on student health. You take a few sample questions at Bill’s blog, while Valerie Strauss calls them “[f]odder for a Jon Stewart skit.”

In other news:

Regional emergency planners now have to worry about earthquakes (Post, WAMU-FM, Examiner)

Woman stabbed to death in Trinidad alley repeatedly sought protection from her alleged assailant (Post)

Paternity suit filed here against LeBron James has been tossed (Legal Times)

Sulaimon Brown’s ongoing antics probably aren’t good news for prosecutors (Loose Lips)

A warm welcome to Huffington Post D.C. (HPDC)

Fort Myer Construction still dominates city paving contracts (Loose Lips)

Group mugging in Mount Vernon Square shows bad things still happen in the big city (Post)

Why Skyland redevelopment might not happen anytime soon (Housing Complex)

”The more you hear about scandals and scandalous characters, the more likely [it] is to become the norm.” (Georgetown Dish)

Combined reporting is real (WBJ)

When a bridge is more than a bridge (DCentric)

New bus route to replace Circulator (Crime Scene, TBD)

COG talks about “flash mob” crimes (Examiner)

Auditor wants city contractor to pay tree fines; city says no way (WBJ)

As expected, Gray subpoena is quashed (DCist)

DOJ lawsuit hasn’t kept anti-abortion activist from downtown Planned Parenthood site (Daily Caller)

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