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Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 03/05/2012

DeMorning Links: Shame the devil


Henderson, at a nonprofit fundraiser last April. (Evy Mages - FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)
In an interview with the Post’s Bill Turque, D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson taked about allegations of standardized test cheating in D.C. schools and what she’s done to address them: “From my perspective I did what I could do. We hired the best firm and we got slammed.” She also makes the suggestion — also made by Michelle Rhee — that her critics don’t believe minority children are capable of bona fide testing gains: “[T]he subtext, frankly, is that there are a lot of people who do not believe that kids in DCPS, or in Atlanta, or Baltimore or any other place where they look like me could make significant gains. We’re not putting that on the table as squarely as we’re putting some other stuff on the table. So I just feel like we’ve got to to tell the truth and shame the devil, right?”

In other news:

Developer Warren Williams describes how Jim Graham allegedly twisted his arm over the lottery contract (Washington Post column)

Preliminary returns have an openly gay labor consultant beating Marion Barry in the Democratic convention delegate race (Blade)

How police distrust allowed the retaliatory violence that ended in South Capitol Street shooting (Post)

Cato June details his big plans for Anacostia High football (Post)

More voices against putting the Redskins on Hill East (Post op-ed, WUSA-TV, The Hill Is Home, Brian Flahaven)

Power outage knocks out 911 system for nearly half an hour Saturday afternoon (Post, DCist)

IG audit turns up nearly $4 million in suspicious Medicaid billings from 2009 (Examiner)

Opinions of Frank Gehry’s Eisenhower memorial: Mostly con, but a few pros (Housing Complex)

Food trucks on the Mall? (Examiner)

Jonetta Rose Barras thinks Jack Evans should stop “coddling” Nat Gandhi and the Redskins but otherwise deserves another term (Examiner)

Politics didn’t lead to security contractor’s replacement, Gray administration says (Examiner)

D.C. cop shot by Petworth teen honored with department award (Crime Scene)

What the D.C. Council’s interns can teach us about school reform (WaTimes)

Car chase starts in Prince George’s, ends at District line in four-vehicle wreck (Post)

Gray pledges a 2 percent hike in per-pupil schools funding (SBPC)

Silly 1950s planners, expecting the District to keep growing ... (GGW)

Estate dispute postpones Frank Kameny’s interment (Blade)

Longtime D.C. police homicide chief retires after 29 years on force (WTOP)

D.C. Water uses 2010 surplus to give employees bonuses (WaTimes)

Education funding commission wasn’t a total waste of time, says commission member (Post op-ed)

One more hearing for Kwame Brown’s bill to require college testing (Examiner)

Now Yvette Alexander wants medical marijuana facilities out of her ward (DCist)

Former DYRS official facing sexual assault accusation in California (WaTimes)

Can city job service centers be privatized? (GGW)

Fear of students inhibits development of Georgetown lot (Housing Complex)

Late Thursday shooting leaves 21-year-old dead in Benning Heights (Crime Scene)

“The future of Ward 5 is good. And good are the people of Ward 5.” (Examiner.com)

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