Life, death and guns in Capitol View


Gun violence is a tragic fact of everyday life in Capitol View (Michel du Cille — The Washington Post)

The national gun-control debate is back at a full-throated roar after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. But as tragic as the killing of 26 innocent people might be, 10 times as many people have been killed by guns in the District’s neighborhoods in the past three years. The Post’s Krissah Thompson and Hamil Harris go to D.C.’s Capitol View neighborhood, off East Capitol Street in Ward 7 — a place where handgun violence, while in decline, remains a part of everyday life: “Many residents of the neighborhood say it came as no surprise that America’s political system swung into action after the December mass killings at an elementary school in mostly white, middle-class Newtown, Conn. But the current political wrangling on the Hill has just served to underscore residents’ suspicions that Americans as a whole undervalue the lives lost to gun violence in inner-city neighborhoods such as theirs.”

In other news:

Affordable housing task force makes its report; Vincent Gray still hazy on commitments (PostHousing ComplexUrbanTurfWJLA-TV)

Activist groups want Hizzoner to put $25 million toward Housing First and rent supplements for the neediest (Housing Complex)

At-large candidates’ war chest rankings: Frumin $97,519; Mara $53,529; Silverman $47,139; Bonds $44,982; Brown $28,114; Zukerberg $15,560; Redd $1,236 (PostExaminerDCistWRC-TVLoose LipsAPWAMU-FM)

Patrick Mara returns check from Todd Akin-supporting “Freedom’s Defense Fund” (DCist)

Frumin, Bonds, Brown top Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance ratings (GLAA)

Three sisters among those wounded on North Capitol Street (Post)

Tommy Wells: “I’m definitely going to do my best to remove the nightclubs from the area” (WTOPExaminer)

Gray on shootings: “This is a police issue” (WRC-TV)

Fire union leaders vote “no confidence” in Kenneth Ellerbe (Examiner)

NBC lawyer says David Gregory’s producers “incorrectly interpreted” police advice on magazine (Crime SceneCity Desk)

Checking in on 2-year-old Kodie Brown, shot in her mother’s arms at Fairlawn bus stop (Post column)

Could be a huge deal: Could private office buildings being leased by government tenants be exempt from property taxes? (WBJ)

Analysis: The median DCPS school’s testing proficiency has worsened since 2008, while the median charter school has improved (PostExaminerDCFPI)

Changes could be coming to city garbage/recycling cans (DCist)

National Gallery of Art will embark on three-year, $30 million renovation of East Building (Post)

The mystery winning bid for the West Heating Plant was from Richard Levy et al. (WBJHousing Complex)

Defense attorney Charles Daum, convicted in evidence-fixing scheme, will do five years (PostLegal Times)

Jury: District not on the hook for D.C. jail inmate overdetentions (Crime SceneLegal Times)

Crossing 295 isn’t pleasant for anyone, let alone a 9-year-old (GGW)

Maryland is still No. 1 in unpaid D.C. parking tickets (DCist)

Misprint in the D.C. income tax books (WNEW-FM)

Gray on LivingSocial: “[W]hatever we can do to work with them in a reasonable way to make sure they stabilize their situation, we want to do that” (WBJ)

Woman, 65, charged with killing man, 58, in Fort Lincoln last year (Crime Scene)

Two 16-year-olds get plea deal in Woodley Park stabbing (Post)

Dupont Circle bike groper is getting deported (WRC-TV)

People in this town have gotten tickets for riding bikes without seats (DCist)

Georgetown businesses want custom zoning (Dish)

Throw your hat in for a federal judgeship (Legal Times)

In defense of Snowquester (Capital Weather Gang)

And what a sinkhole it was (City Desk)

Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.

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