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Posted at 02:02 AM ET, 09/22/2011

DeMorning Links: Sports matter

This is Eastern High School’s brand-new turf field, which will not host its home team this year. (Toni L. Sandys - WASHINGTON POST)
D.C. Public Schools athletics — football, in particular — are in pitiful shape, and they don’t have to be. Dave McKenna explains in a Washington City Paper cover story that won’t get as much attention as his last one, though it should: “In a city where the schools have let down students for a generation — and at a time when elected officials are patting themselves on the back for supposedly reversing that — the sports programs are a blatant representation of adult leadership failing students once again. And, as opposed to academics, where standardized test results have become the stuff of front-page stories, it’s a place where the system’s failure has gone largely unnoticed and unpunished.”

In other news:

Has Shaw activist Leroy Thorpe redeemed himself enough to deserve a Gray administration appointment? (Blade)

DCPS budget wonk extraordinaire Mary Levy on the state of the system (TheFightBack)

Why taxi rates might be too high (Reason)

Can riding bikes help the mentally ill? (Post)

As fine a guide to the D.C. Council’s plethora of ethics legislation as you’ll find (Loose Lips)

Also, remember, “don’t include anything in your budget you and your allies can’t ultimately live with.” (Loose Lips)

Armored truck robbery in Brightwood results in gunfire (Crime Scene)

Politician up for re-election introduces cynical, grandstanding piece of legislation? Shocking! (Housing Complex)

Meet the District’s poet laureate, Dolores Kendrick (Post)

Spate of burglaries in Shepherd Park (Post)

Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe ’s brother and subordinate is up for a promotion (WTTG-TV)

It’s pretty smoggy here, believe it or not (WAMU-FM)

We have a crosswalk problem (HuffPo)

Norma Holloway Johnson’s Post obituary (Post)

Patrick Mara: “The ethical lapses by our local elected and appointed officials do not justify our diminished stature as U.S. citizens, but they do help perpetuate it.” (HuffPo)

Also: Mara has a question for the GOP presidential candidates (YouTube)

School funding commission finally gets going (D.C. Schools Insider)

What all 50 state avenues look like (PoP)

Tanning crackdown! (WTTG-TV)

Ron Machen reaches out to Latino community (Crime Scene)

A full account of the Ward 8 Dems elections (Informer)

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