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Posted at 10:38 AM ET, 10/18/2011

DeMorning Links: Tragic irony in Congress Heights

Yesterday, I told you about a community meeting in Congress Heights titled “Is Congress Heights a Ghetto?” After the meeting last night, participants exited the Petey Greene Center to find the aftermath of a robbery that turned into a fatal shooting. Nikki Peele (aka the Advoc8te) shared her feelings at Congress Heights on the Rise (and shot the video above): “While I know that there will be ‘jokes’ and snarky comments about the irony of tonight’s events there is nothing the least bit funny or amusing or even expected about what happened. ... As residents of Congress Heights we continue to stand strong. We are not defeated and we will continue to fight for and advocate for our community. We are strong.”

In other news:

Bring back Mayor Marion Barry, says Harry Jaffe. “I prefer a strong leader, even a flawed one, over an empty chair.” (Examiner)

Howard Brooks, wired for sound? (WUSA-TV)

Metro = 200,000 downtown parking spaces (Streetsblog)

Compacts only, and maybe biodiesel for D.C. fleet (WTTG-TV, WRC-TV)

Wilson students still setting bathrooms on fire (Post)

Marijuana cultivation businesses attracted to Ward 5 (DCist, WaTimes)

And Ward 5 should be happy about it! (Housing Complex)

Another man was murdered last night, in Eckington (Homicide Watch)

Bank robber wore FBI hat (Post)

Metro starts training workers to spot suicidal riders (Examiner)

Marion Barry is quite concerned with nursing home’s name (Loose Lips)

Down with streetscape relief bill! (Housing Complex)

United Medical Center’s former owner in settlement talks with city (WBJ)

$150 million NoMa spec building breaks ground (WBJ)

Sommer Mathis gets the Borderstan treatment (Borderstan)

New median at Connecticut Avenue’s foot is pretty nice (PoP)

Why this is a novel locale for a neighborhood association gathering! (MVSNA)

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