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Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 02/23/2012

DeMorning Links: The longest stay

The D.C. General campus, site of the city’s only, overcrowded housing for homeless families. (Marvin Joseph - WASHINGTON POST)
The D.C. government continues to house dozens of homeless families in motels, City Paper’s Lydia DePillis reports in her column this week. “With [the D.C. General family shelter] again over capacity, between 185 and 210 families per night wind up in either the Comfort Inn or a nearby Howard Johnson,” she writes, costing the city about $20,000 per day. But the issue isn’t so much about government waste as it is about the difficulty of providing affordable housing in a city with some of the highest rents in the country and a wait for public housing that is nearing a decade.

In other news:

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell sticks his neck out in support of D.C. budget autonomy (D.C. Wire)

Six months after earthquake, much work is left to be done (WaTimes)

A double standard on D.C. Council swearing? (G’town Dish)

In a supposedly anti-incumbent year, why can’t council challengers raise any dough? (Loose Lips)

What can Metro do to combat street harassment? (WAMU-FM, TBD)

Surprise: The police commander demoted after testifying on celebrity escorts is planning a whistleblower lawsuit (Post)

A sneak peek at the Howard Theatre’s opening lineup (GOGblog)

“[T]he popularity of D.C. city living will dictate the growing irrelevance of those who seek to eliminate the casual cacophony of a vibrant urban life.” (Blade)

School finance study is unlikely to end funding equity debates (D.C. Schools Insider)

A very thorough dismantling of the D.C. school facilities study (Answer Sheet)

Kindergartners to now be assessed CAS-style (Examiner)

Your next council chairman: Phil Mendelson? (Loose Lips)

Wawa is nearing, but not yet entering, the District of Columbia (WBJ)

Why is chef Mike Isabella in such a hurry? (City Paper)

More data showing increasing gap between D.C.’s haves and have-nots (Examiner)

Punk rock promoter turned MPD detective turns crime novelist (Arts Desk)

Deborah Simmons: School vouchers for all! (WaTimes)

FOX 5 INVESTIGATION: College students often have loud parties. (WTTG-TV)

Eleanor Holmes Norton Says ‘Contraception’ A Lot” (City Desk)

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