The things they left behind

April 19, 2013

The old headquarters for the Metropolitan Police Department’s Special Operations Division sits in a squat blond brick building at 23rd and L streets NW. It’s been vacant since November, awaiting the wrecking ball as part of the redevelopment of the adjoining West End Library. But while the building might be devoid of cops, WTTG-TV’s Paul Wagner discovered Thursday that they left plenty behind, including old and potentially sensitive documents, like an operations manual for the bomb squad, planning documents for IMF/World Bank protests and personnel files — all waiting to be found behind an unlocked door. In a comment to Wagner, Police Chief Cathy Lanier suggested that the scene may have been “staged” for cameras but pledged to look into it.

In other news:

Joe Yeldell, giant figure of city politics during the transition to home rule and beyond, is dead at 80 (Post)

“We may never really know what happened in 2008″ regarding test cheating, says David Catania (Post)

At hearing, Kaya Henderson pledges to crack down — in the present and future (ExaminerWJLA-TV)

In case you were wondering what Sulaimon Brown thinks of the at-large race (Loose Lips)

No perfect candidates here (Post)

A third Patrick Mara endorsement, this one praising his “willingness to take, and stand up for, a contrary view” (Post editorial)

Fenty’s LGBT liaison is backing Anita Bonds (Blade)

City’s outside auditors have identified 34 financial management weaknesses (Examiner column)

Candidates aren’t so hot on propping up the Children and Youth Investment Trust Corp. (Examiner)

D.C. health agency postpones decision on certifying new cancer treatments (Post)

Nurses union gets busy on push for staffing-minimums bill (WBJ)

Why it might not be such a great idea to use private money to hire a law firm to write an education reform bill (RPUS)

Mother pleads guilty to trying to kill her four children by driving into the Anacostia (Post)

Thirteen-and-a-half years have passed since Allean Logan vanished from Southwest without a trace (Post)

Can D.C. Water do more to get Clear Rivers jobs to D.C. residents? (GGW)

After two years fighting parking ticket, McLean resident finally wins (WTOP)

City Paper, WPFW-FM bid farewell to 2390 Champlain St. NW (WBJ)

D.C. gov will procure not-cheap earthquake insurance (WBJ)

A Ward 5 parent’s plea for a good middle school (GGW)

War on Cars abates, as camera ticket revenues dip in March (Examiner)

Yeah, AAA’s John Townsend probably shouldn’t have said that stuff about David Alpert (GGW)

Where the dogs are (City Desk)

Ultimate tossers think there are too many trees on the Ellipse (DCist)

Nordstrom Rack: So hot right now (Capital Business)

So D.C. has a comicon now (GOG)

Can Ryan Zimmerman figure out how to throw to first again? (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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