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Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 02/01/2012

DeMorning Links: What happened to Theodoric James?

Theodoric James’s home in Sixteenth Street Heights. (Carol Guzy - The Washington Post)
The D.C. Inspector General’s office has completed its probe of why White House retiree Theodoric James didn’t get help from the city before dying of heat exposure in his fetid Ward 4 home in August. The Post’s Christian Davenport has the report and explains that “despite many efforts to help James, 71, city agencies did a better job of cleaning up his property than saving his life.” The report wants lawmakers to consider revisiting the District’s involuntary commitment law to make it easier to help people like James, who don’t necessarily want help.

In other news:

iGaming is all but dead (Post, WRC-TV)

In firehouse door sizes, a fascinating clash between public safety and historic preservation (G’town Dish)

Ward 8’s Matthews Memorial Baptist Church debuts 99 units of new affordable housing (Post)

“The pushback begins” on school facilities study (D.C. Schools Insider)

It’s Mc-FUR-son not Mc-FEAR-son (WAMU-FM)

Historic preservation office details what at the MLK Library is worth preserving (DCmud)

Why did DHCD allow this historic Anacostia home to crumble? (GGW)

Washington Highlands pushes back on plans for troubled-youth group home (The Root DC)

No “unified and polished full court press” on taxi reform — council and Taxicab Commission are on different pages (TBD)

New Garfield Elementary principal ran into a spot of trouble in her previous job, in Dallas (Answer Sheet)

DDOT picks a new chief of Bikeshare/Circulator/streetcars (Housing Complex)

Court says fired teachers need to have their grievances heard stat (Examiner)

Gifted and Talented program eyed for DCPS middle schools (Examiner)

It appears to be official: Restaurant Association is opposing new vending regs (Patch)

Solar Decathlon move is “big loss for city of Washington, the National Mall, the Decathlon itself, and even U.S. climate policy.” (GGW)

Sad details about what led to Mark Plotkin’s firing (Erik Wemple)

If you haven’t been following the whole iGaming thing, let Patrick Madden and Bruce DePuyt walk you through it (TBD)

Occupy D.C. as “a sort of monument to itself” (TNR)

Adding unemployment to Human Rights Act protections won’t be cheap (WBJ)

A great interview with the great Dave McKenna (Gelf)

Natalie Williams indeed sat in opponent Marion Barry’s office Tuesday morning (@AlanSuderman)

In case you want to read another DCPS-focused anti-Michelle Rhee broadside (Answer Sheet)

Watch Emily Miller tell Phil Mendelson about buying herself a handgun (WaTimes)

Emily Miller, who is “meh on voting rights” (@EmilyMiller)

Now an account of Mendelson’s gun hearing from a pro-gun-control perspective (Coalition to Stop Gun Violence)

See the kind of crowd Adrian Fenty addresses these days (Reason)

Free PIO Pete (Examiner)

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