Rusty’s day out


Rusty sits in an Adams Morgan tree shortly before his capture. (Courtesy of the Washington Humane Society)

It’s tough being a red panda. Sure, you’ve got “panda” in your name, but you live in the black-and-white shadow of your ursine relatives, the giant pandas — the sexually frustrated bamboo munchers who move gift-shop merch like none other. So how’s this lesser-known species to get its due? For the National Zoo’s red panda Rusty, it means beating an escape from his enclosure and prompting a worldwide, social-media fueled freak out. The excursion lasted only a few hours before Rusty was collared in Adams Morgan around 2 p.m. Monday, presumably before he could get himself a jumbo slice. More from APNYTWRC-TVCity Desk and DCist.

In other news:

Charter schools nationally fail to outperform traditional public schools — but not in D.C. (Post)

Sixty-one percent of Washingtonians say the Redskins should stay the Redskins (Post)

Stanley Straughter becomes third person to admit participating in Jeffrey Thompson-funded straw donor scheme (PostDCistWTTG-TVWaTimesAPWAMU-FM)

Peaceoholics vow to fight (WTTG-TVWJLA-TVWUSA-TV)

DCPS truancy is down but far from eliminated (Post)

Dried blood on man’s pants led to arrest for Petworth stabbings (PostWJLA-TVWUSA-TV)

Friends of Paul Mannina: “We want answers that lead to actions that fix a broken system, and guarantee that others in the D.C. courts and prisons get their immediate mental health needs recognized and addressed” (Post letter)

Surrogacy liberalization has wide support on council, though national debate is sharper (WAMU-FM)

Muriel Bowser’s comments on marriage officiant bill draw response from proponents (Blade)

Herb Miller, Sandy Wilkes drop out of Walter Reed derby (WBJ)

Sure, Herb, whatever you say: “I don’t need another real estate project. … I just want our city to be a very special place” (WBJ)

JBG vs. MRP for Florida Avenue development rights (Housing Complex)

Opponents’ pressure has zoning update stuck in limbo (GGW)

Man, 25, shot to death early Monday near Potomac Gardens (Post)

Man shot Monday evening at 8th and H streets NE (Post)

Columbia Heights residents would really like the fire trucks to keep it down (New Columbia Heights)

Patton Boggs sheds 17 partners (Post)

Site of burned-down Peggy Cooper Cafritz home will host two, probably three, new houses (WBJ)

Downtown BID aims to double bike parking in three years (DBID)

Tom Sherwood’s latest D.C. politics zinger (DCist)

Attention JAWB lunchers: Reagan Building food court workers may be underpaid (HuffPo)

Sammy Hagar + Nationals Park = !!! (WBJ)

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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