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Posted at 09:22 AM ET, 09/13/2011

DeMorning Links: The price of decisiveness

Banita Jacks in 1999 (AP)
After four young girls were found dead in their mother’s rowhouse in 2008, murdered by her abuse and neglect, “somebody had to pay for this outrage,” Petula Dvorak writes today. The social workers who had handled the case of Banita Jacks and her children paid with their jobs. But after years of grievances and appeals, three of the four workers fired summarily by then-Mayor Adrian M. Fenty have been reinstated after it became clear they were scapegoats for larger problems. The firings, Petula writes, “looked so decisive — righteous and leaderly, even. . . .All of this made great theater. But as it turned out, much of it was an act.” It’s a good reminder that swift, decisive government isn’t necessarily good government.

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Cops need help IDing victim of possible anti-transgender crime (Post, Blade)

D.C. Jail officer accused of making anti-transgender threats (WAMU-FM)

A “wide-ranging interview” with Kwame Brown includes pledge to reform constituent service accounts (WaTimes)

”Given the failure of the city’s leaders to speak out against wrongdoing, it’s hard to be optimistic” about ethics reform (Post editorial)

Gray administration to re-pursue development of Stevens and Franklin schools (Capital Business)

More DCPS teachers are accepting performance-based raises (WAMU-FM)

FOP/MPD squabble now extends to this weekend’s emergency overtime (WJLA-TV)

Are food stamps not providing enough food for D.C. families? (Poverty & Policy)

Former Gray campaign chief Adam Rubinson now behind Florida Avenue business incubator (WBJ)

Lisa Mallory of DOES talks about the “bad movies” about D.C.’s workforce (Housing Complex)

The skinny on Metro’s take-home cars (Examiner)

Former WASA board chair joins Obama administration infrastructure panel (Legal Times)

Help D.C. get sustainable (GGW)

Tenleytown gets denser (Housing Complex)

The H Street NE liquor license moratorium talk has begun (Prince of Petworth)

Did you know that iGaming is also proof that the government doesn’t work? (WaTimes)

The case for more festivals (Borderstan)

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