Newtown, D.C.

December 17, 2012

Newtown’s grief has prompted reflections on our own, more quotidian gun violence. (Julio Cortez — Associated Press)

In the aftermath of the Newtown, Conn., killings, D.C.’s public schools are joining area districts in preparing for the unthinkable, reminding parents of their security measures and “active shooter” protocols. Meanwhile, as the nation mourns the six adults and 20 children murdered inside Sandy Hook Elementary, Courtland Milloy reminds us to celebrate one young, innocent survivor among the “ongoing mass murder” on our streets: 23-month-old Kodie “Cocoa” Brown. Her mother, Selina Brown, was gunned down on a Metrobus while holding Cocoa, who had a bullet graze her tiny face. “Resist the tendency to forget,” writes Courtland. “Even though the crime against her may pale in comparison with the horror of mass murder, those ‘non-life-threatening’ gunshot wounds shouldn’t be dismissed.”

In other news:

Nearly three decades after entering prison for a murder he didn’t commit, Santae Tribble is declared innocent (Post)

Gray administration, D.C. Water oppose plan to reimburse Bloomingdale flood victims (Post)

Eric Foreman gets 42-year sentence for murdering Neil Godleski in Petworth (Post)

Thirty-three years for Charles Coates, who murdered his own cousin (Post)

With new revelations in newly unsealed lottery contract depositions, “[l]ittle wonder that D.C. officials tried so long to keep this … from public view” (Post editorial)

Colby King: Time to get serious about enforcing campaign finance laws (Post column)

Gray spokesman on Mary Cheh, red-top meter bill: “The woman is obviously confused. Today has been my day dealing with the ridiculousness pouring from her office.” (Examiner)

Task force: Only limited neighborhood preference for charter schools (Post)

Ethics board should step in and help fix city contracting system (Post op-ed)

Anita Bonds is reading a lot of committee reports (Examiner)

Clergy and civil rights lawyers lead charge against new D.C. jail visitation policy (InTowner)

Tim Day bolts D.C. GOP, endorses Bonds (Examiner)

First developer to actually deliver affordable “inclusionary zoning” units sues the city over it (Housing Complex)

Apartment project two decades in the making raises hackles in Chevy Chase (Capital Business)

Gray administration finds $7 million for West End affordable housing (WBJ)

Three D.C. agency heads still have personal drivers (Examiner)

Is it a drug store or a grocery? For booze purposes, it matters (DCist)

City moves forward with Ivy City bus yard appeal (WJLA-TVHousing Complex)

Can Ivy City bend toward “environmental justice”? (Post op-ed)

D.C. gets federal okay for health insurance exchange (AP)

Robert Bobb discussed as potential Oakland police overseer (Chronicle)

Ellsworth Colbert, suspected in Penn Branch murder, wants his son to represent him (Homicide Watch)

Summer jobs supervisor who had child fathered by young participant is officially a sex offender (Examiner)

Ways to improve the Howard Town Center tax break without killing it (DCFPI)

Ward 7′s Yes! Organic “needs more than a name change,” Clinton Yates says (The Root DC)

Work begins on Fort Totten’s Wal-Mart development (WBJ)

D.C. coffee maven to D.C. chefs: Your coffee sucks (All We Can Eat)

Hundreds pack Adams Morgan church to remember Lawrence Guyot (Post)

Be a hermit in the city (Post)

The Big East, 1979-2012 (Post)

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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