America’s garbagemen

October 7, 2013

A city trash crew services Lafayette Park Friday. (D.C. Department of Public Works via Twitter)

With the federal shutdown about to enter its second week, District taxpayers are now subsidizing garbage removal on property owned by the most powerful government the world has ever known. With litter piling up at spots like Lincoln Park and Dupont Circle, Mayor Vincent C. Gray ordered city crews Friday to haul trash from whatever federal parks they could access, citing “a concern for the spread of vermin.” That’s among a litany of shutdown impacts that continue to affect everyday life in the city: Food trucks are finding it hard to turn a profit, while funding remains in limbo for community nonprofits serving the city’s children, as well as one of the city’s largest domestic violence shelters. And believe this: Being a tour guide for eighth-graders sure isn’t easy when most museums and monuments are closed.

In other news:

Man sets self on fire on the Mall, dies of injuries (Post)

Saturday night explosion in Metro tunnel near Union Station kills contractor, injures two others (Post)

Washington Hospital Center worker dies of Freon asphyxiation (Post)

President Obama unexpectedly wades into Redskins name debate (Post)

Were Capitol Police justified in opening fire on unarmed Miriam Carey? (PostPost editorialPost lettersAP)

Carey’s family criticizes police for shooting to kill (AP)

Radio issues kept Secret Service from warning Capitol Police about Carey (WRC-TV)

Late Friday announcement: Crystal Palmer, head of city film office for decades, is reassigned to DMPED “special projects” (WBJ)

Federal employees are filing unemployment claims, but House action on back pay likely make that moot (Post)

What the debate over a Chevy Chase apartment building really means (Post column)

A rare look at the top echelon of JBG, the region’s real estate powerhouse (WBJ)

Potential buyers of Cissy Patterson house want to turn it into hotel, ask Dupont ANC for quick approval (SALM)

Nurses union pushes Yvette Alexander to move nurse staffing bill by picketing fundraiser (National Nurses United)

Rallying the troops for a minimum wage hike (Hill Rag)

Meridian Public Charter School says it found no evidence to substantiate cheating suspicions, won’t release details (Post column)

David Catania on why he pressed Gray administration on test scores: “What is at stake here is the integrity of our academic assessments and the accuracy of the results they produce” (Post op-ed)

LivingSocial, in retrenchment mode, hasn’t yet met benchmarks to claim D.C. tax breaks (Capital Business)

In weekly radio address, Gray touts D.C. health exchange launch (WNEW-FM)

B.B. Otero: Gray deserves plaudits, not criticism for Housing First moves (Post letter)

Cleveland Park is a step closer to losing the infernal Connecticut Avenue service lane (GGW)

Preservation board is not a big fan of Anacostia development plan (Housing Complex)

The latest and greatest in “urban transportation innovation” (Capital Business)

Metro’s plans to ease downtown train crowding (Housing Complex)

Grassroots education activists explain their critique of “Ed Reform 2.0″ bills (GGW)

Salacious Sidwell Friends lawsuit is tossed (Washingtonian)

If the leaders of D.C.’s largest and most powerful law firms can’t end the shutdown, is there any hope at all? (Legal Times)

D.C. Water picks contractor for $157 million Bloomingdale tunnel project (DCist)

Industrial Bank gets $1 million cash infusion to increase loans (Capital Business)

Deborah Simmons rises in praise of Trinity Washington University (WaTimes)

The business license surcharge that wouldn’t die (WBJ)

Mayoral candidates aplenty at Stein Club function (Blade)

Chicago firm may own “mumbo sauce” trademark, but the flavor is mostly forgotten there (Herald-Review)

Meet the Jenifer of Jenifer Street NW (Post column)

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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