An officer and the ‘thug life’


One-fourth of ambulances on the street Tuesday evening were out of service for various reasons. (Getty Images)

There’s many layers to the story surrounding the D.C. police officer struck by a car and injured Tuesday evening in Marshall Heights. Questions remain unanswered about why no D.C. ambulances were available to transport the officer, who suffered a badly broken leg. Ten of 39 ambulances scheduled to be on the street were not in service when the accident occurred, around the time of a shift change, and city officials want to know why. Meanwhile, Peter Hermann and Matt Zapotosky report in the Post on the sad and fascinating history of the young man charged with assaulting the officer. Kevin Burno, 24, was only nine-years-old when he was featured in an HBO documentary, “Thug Life in D.C.,” about his brother Aundrey, facing a long jail term for shooting a cop. “You can never be me,” the elder Burno told Kevin. “You can be better than me.” More from WaTimesWJLA-TVWRC-TV, and WTTG-TV.

In other news:

Office of Campaign Finance hires investigator with an interesting past (Post)

School Without Walls principal would like to hire his wife as his assistant (PostExaminer)

Unemployment isn’t down for everyone (DCFPI)

Vincent Gray describes his encounters with gun violence (Post Magazine)

Albrecht Muth remains in grave condition as trial approaches (Homicide Watch)

Gray tells Wall Street he’ll leave CFO structure be (Post)

“The last feature film to shoot entirely in D.C. was … released in 1987″ (WBJ)

Mea maxima culpa (Capital Weather Gang)

Why D.C.’s snow hysteria is understandable, even acceptable (City Desk)

D.C. Lottery ponders $5 numbers game (WRC-TV)

Cathy Lanier has no plans to use drones (DCist)

Gray administration is planning new Franklin School RFP (Examiner)

D.C. Court of Appeals: Being near drugs is not the same as possessing drugs (Legal Times)

Broken FEMS ambulances in context (Loose Lips)

Council’s refusal to override veto means more delays for CBE reforms (Examiner)

Judge won’t intervene in DYRS union tiff (WaTimes)

The Gray administration is hiring for tech promotion jobs (WBJ)

How the National Capital Planning Commission will study building heights (Housing Complex)

Weeks yet before power line task force report is released (WTTG-TV)

Zoning office: Rather than just send us an e-mail, please write a letter, sign it, scan it and e-mail it to us (GGW)

D.C. Vote: Put “Taxation Without Representation” on new taxicab design (DCist)

Strings are attached to the new Verizon Center signs (WBJ)

The Redskins name goes before trademark judges (AP)

More buildings suddenly subject to green requirements (WBJ)

Community of Hope gets $1.75 million gift from Carlyle Group exec (WBJ)

Washington Monument gets scaffolding from Carlyle Group exec (AP)

“If accepting campaign contributions is ‘evidence’ that [Jim Graham] acted improperly, then all the 11 members of the Council who voted for this unfortunate resolution should also have been reprimanded.” (Blade)

Mingering Mike is getting Smithsonian art show (Arts Desk)

Georgetown. Syracuse. Saturday. (PostCity Paper)

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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