The Green Wave recedes

February 14, 2013

Tonight, Joel Elias Spingarn Senior High School — alma mater of Elgin Baylor, Dave Bing, and many other less household-named stars — plays its last boys basketball game. Eyed as the location of a vocational training center, Spingarn will close as a general admission high school after the school year ends. The Post’s Roman Stubbs looks at the end of its six-decade run that will live in hoops history: “Wearing the Green Wave uniform was more than a high school experience for generation after generation of players; it was a chance to connect with playground legends, college all-Americans, first-round NBA draft picks, Hall of Famers, and two stars named among the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players.”

In other news:

To avoid putting more innocents in prison, D.C. police and courts will change investigation and prosecution practices (Post)

Vince Gray says he’ll consider supporting a hike in the District’s minimum wage (D.C. WireExaminer)

Meet Matt Frumin, at-large fundraising champeen (Loose Lips)

After charging for ambulance that was half-hour late, FEMS says it will start more closely scrutinizing outgoing bills (WRC-TV)

Don’t touch the independent CFO (Post editorial)

Was it “immoral” for Gray to backtrack on his Redskins name comments? (ESPN)

New regional forecast: 6.9 million residents by 2040 (Examiner)

The D.C. General family shelter is the latest chapter in the city’s dismal history of housing the homeless (HuffPo)

Rank-and-file, union bigs snub fire chief’s big speech (WTTG-TVWJLA-TV)

Gray campaign cipher Reuben Charles is kinda, sorta, maybe, could be, not really involved with United Medical Center contract (WaTimes)

Cabbie allegedly assaults, evades hack inspector with passenger in the back seat (WRC-TV)

Pitchers and catchers report — hey, why not another Nats Park financial update? (WTTG-TV)

Child-care providers call on city leaders to improve subsidies (WRC-TV)

Charter schools agree to adopt common application process (WAMU-FM)

Convention center hotel already has 330,000 room-nights booked (WRC-TV)

Why are vast swaths of the Anacostia Riverfront Trail officially closed to bikes? (GGW)

The state of the District’s welfare law (Poverty & Policy)

Gray highlights new kitchen-sharing operation (WRC-TV)

The District is not America’s most religious place (Examiner)

Live in a windowless former skating rink (UrbanTurf)

D.C.-bred musical artists explain why they bailed (Post)

Evening shooting on Shaw sidewalk (Crime Scene)

Fund bike lanes through street parking fees? (Post letter)

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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