DeMorning Links: Stray bullets


More than 30 children were exposed to gunfire on Savannah Street SE. (Linda Davidson/THE WASHINGTON POST)

Did the children of a Southeast neighborhood dodge a bullet Monday afternoon? To deploy that particular cliche to describe a shooting incident that left three wounded, including two young boys, would seem unwise. And yet, it could have been much worse. Paul Duggan reports in the Post that a gunman standing not far from the Villages at Parklands Splash Park “opened fire on another person, not realizing or not caring that about 30 children were on a nearby sidewalk.” The boys struck by stray bullets, ages 7 and 8, will recover, as will an adult chaperon; the shooter remains at large. More from Examiner, WRC-TV, WJLA-TV and WTOP.

In other news:

Ethics board nominee Robert Spagnoletti: Conflicts? I wouldn’t worry about any conflicts. (Post, WaTimes)

Serious talk from Irv Nathan and D.C. Council on campaign finance reform (WAMU-FM, AP, Loose Lips, WaTimes, Examiner, DCist)

Howard Brooks will be sentenced on Sept. 24 (Post)

Philip Kennicott offers raves for new David Adjaye-designed libraries (Post)

Mary Cheh’s new crusade: A crackdown on dangerous pesticides (D.C. Wire)

After 20 days tardy, DCPS will revoke a student’s out-of-boundary placement — discriminatory? (Examiner)

Chuck Thies: “[A]ll Initiative 70 would achieve is to reroute the flow of money into local politics.” (WRC-TV)

Post GPS ruling, prosecutors are still trying to nail Antoine Jones (Legal Times)

Like a lot of other places, D.C. isn’t eager to part with food stamp data (WaTimes)

Add up all the charter school waiting lists, and you get 17,000 names (Examiner)

Phil Mendelson says to expect “aggressive” council movement after summer recess (WaTimes)

Police say skeletal remains found last year near Naylor Gardens were result of homicide (Crime Scene)

Michelle Rhee isn’t getting rich off StudentsFirst — at least not at first (Reuters)

Scooter accident in Anacostia kills 14-year-old (WRC-TV)

The Nats are in a big fight with Orioles-controlled MASN over local TV revenue (WBJ)

D.C. will get an additional Medicaid contractor by September (WBJ)

Why has it taken so long for D.C. to comply with federal highway beautification law? (Housing Complex)

Learn a little about Peter Hains, namesake of Hains Point (Ghosts of DC)

Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.
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