Protester is free to roam

February 27, 2013

Antiabortion protester Rives Miller Grogan occupies his tree prior to the Jan. 12 inauguration ceremonies. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)

Rives Miller Grogan is a free man — as in, he is now free to roam the greater portion of the District of Columbia without fear of incarceration. Grogan, you’ll recall, is the antiabortion protester who came to national attention on Jan. 21, after he climbed a tree on the Capitol grounds and made his views known loudly during President Obama’s inauguration ceremony. The Los Angeleno was arrested, and an arraignment judge proceeded to ban him from the entirety of the city pending trial. But at a pretrial hearing Monday, another judge modified his release conditions, banning him only from the Capitol and its immediate environs. The Post’s Mary Pat Flaherty and Peter Hermann note: “Even under the full ban, he was permitted to return to participate in his legal defense and took the opportunity to stand on the sidewalk at Judiciary Square to protest abortion and preach about tornadoes as God’s punishment for sins.”

In other news:

Rocketship gets go-ahead to open two charter schools, with possibly six more to follow (Post)

Is the Board of Elections properly tending its rolls? (PostDCist)

Probe of firefighters has police and fire unions at odds with Hizzoner again (Examiner)

Police union thinks new crime lab and forensic sciences department is a mess (WaTimes)

Tommy Wells asks inspector general to vet FEMS sexual harassment claims (WJLA-TV)

Can Wells “ride that white horse of ethical purity right into the executive suite”? (Examiner)

Marion Barry had another wild night out on Twitter last weekend (HuffPo)

Former Medicaid contractor alleges Robert Bobb gave Jeff Thompson special treatment as city administrator (Loose Lips)

Jim Graham wants to know why CFSA isn’t spending more money (Examiner)

An excellent primer on D.C. Water’s expensive effort to keep sewage out of our rivers (WRC-TV)

D.C. facilities boss: Wind power could have D.C. tons of money (Post letter)

A Connecticut Avenue apartment project everyone can love? (GGW)

Why the new revenue projections aren’t as good as you might think (DCFPI)

Time to actually deliver promised sunset of 2009 sales tax hike? (Blade)

Who’s the big West Heating Plant bidder? (G’town Metropolitan)

Zoning Commission gives Adams Morgan hotel project a final OK (WJLA-TV)

Metro bus drivers learn to be nice (WRC-TV)

Is Southeast Freeway site a real alternative to Ivy City bus lot? (WJLA-TV)

Local workplace consulting firm is in dire straits, leaving Doug Jemal without a tenant (Capital Business)

JBG has competition for city parcel near Howard U. (Housing Complex)

City names finalists for 7th and Rhode Island project (UrbanTurf)

Georgetown condo owner’s contractor got to store equipment on prime parkland (Current via Dish)

Elizabeth Warren settles in Penn Quarter condo (Reliable Source)

Six gang members sentenced for downtown assaults — one nicknamed “McLovin” (Crime SceneExaminer)

Glover Parkers will grill Jack Evans and Mary Cheh on Wisconsin Avenue traffic changes (Patch)

Open the pools earlier, please (DCist)

“[T]he Washington area is the only place where the average person can responsibly afford the average new car” (WBJ)

Bag snatcher is caught on tape — help catch him (Crime Scene)

D.C. Wire is dead — long live D.C. Wire (D.C. Wire)

Sustainability D.C. plan will be implemented via black helicopter (City Desk)

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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