Forgotten bodies

October 3, 2012

Long-lost human remains have regularly turned up at construction sites like this one, in the 3000 block of Q Street NW. (Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post)

Something unexpected is turning up at construction sites throughout the city: human remains. Excavators have inadvertently exhumed long-forgotten burial sites, particularly in Georgetown, Candace Wheeler reports in the Post. The bodies are of unknown identity and age, but city archaeologists — yes, those exist — are working to catalog the burial sites. Because, explains archaeologist Ruth Trocolli, “As a homeowner, if you want to build an addition to your home, what you’re really concerned about is will you find more human remains?”

In other news:

The D.C. playoff tab: $76,000 per game (Post)

Michael Brown fends off attacks on nonprofit (Post, Loose Lips, Examiner)

Ballpark naming rights aren’t getting any cheaper (WBJ)

Phil Mendelson might support his colleagues, but his colleagues aren’t supporting their colleagues (D.C. Wire)

Especially Tommy Wells, who is endorsing David Grosso (@tommywells, Hill Rag)

AFL-CIO didn’t contact main rival before endorsing Brown, citing “internal process” (Examiner)

Airports Authority bill, Barbara Lang appointment sail through council (Post, WBJ, Examiner)

Behold Ron Machen, “Vince Gray’s Worst Nightmare” (Washingtonian)

“I expect to lose,” says Eleanor Holmes Norton’s Libertarian opponent (Post)

Vincent Orange proposes spending $20 million on stopgap Bloomingdale flooding measures (WJLA-TV)

Jack Evans bill would exempt Uber from Taxicab Commission oversight (Examiner)

Wells bill would mandate online voter registration (DCist, Examiner)

Evans would also put a de facto commuter tax on D.C.’s own employees (Examiner)

Michael Brown has a Twitter chat with his fans (Storify)

Fallen tree leads to rare Georgetown demolition (Current via Dish)

Council still not required to file financial disclosures until May (Examiner)

Pro-gun lawyers sue to legalize carry rights in D.C. (WaTimes)

What Park View church battle says about our preservation process (GGW)

Dupont Metro entrance will reopen within weeks (Dr. Gridlock)

Contract dispute thrusts streetlight maintenance into question (WBJ)

Near Southeast has a champion baseball team but is not yet a champion neighborhood (JDLand)

Some are resisting plan to install track at Dupont’s Stead Park (Borderstan)

Sierra Club comes out against McMillan plans (Bloomingdale)

Bag fee: Still a success (WTOP)

Georgetown professor: “H Street is the story of the city government deciding the area needed to be gentrified” (The Hoya)

DSK cleared of D.C. rape accusation (Post)

Uber is facing a class action suit in Chicago (City Desk)

Our city will soon have ice cream sandwich delivery bikes (Young & Hungry)

It’s sadly official: PIO Pete is outta here (City of Laurel)

Already-jailed man charged with 2011 Barry Farm killing (Crime Scene)

Not-already-jailed man charged with 2008 Congress Heights killing (Crime Scene)

You can buy D.C.-made gin now (City Paper, DCist)

PETA convinces city education officials to make animal dissections optional (DCist)

Shih Tsu recovers after stabbing (WaTimes, Examiner)

Help catch this dude who robbed a dry cleaners (Crime Scene)

In case you’re wondering where all the new apartment buildings are going to be (UrbanTurf)

The W rooftop: Where champions party (Reliable Source)

As if there was any doubt, the Tune Inn lives (WAMU-FM)

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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