Turkey time in D.C.

November 27, 2013

It’s the day before Thanksgiving, and that unofficial D.C. holiday has come and gone: Turkey Giveaway Day. D.C. Council member Marion Barry gave out a record 3,000 turkeys this year to Ward 8 residents, WJLA-TV’s Sam Ford reports — paid for, Barry (D) said, by the “business community.” And there you have another holiday tradition, City Paper’s Will Sommer notes: A lack of transparency on who exactly is allowing council members to curry constituent favor through free poultry. Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) was somewhat more transparent this year, announcing that Chevy Chase real estate goliath JBG had picked up the tab. But the size of that tab remains a mystery. What’s not a mystery, thanks to Twitter, are Barry’s turkey proclivities: “I’m going to slow roast it with Peruvian marinade.  But I really just want the stuffing!”

In other news:

Ted Lerner has a roof he’d like to sell you (PostWRC-TVWNEW-FMWBJWashingtonian)

Montgomery County passes $11.50 minimum wage hike; Prince George’s Council votes today (Post)

Office of Campaign Finance comes to its senses, lets Paul Zukerberg continue his AG campaign (WAMU-FMDCistLoose Lips)

Wal-Mart says 68 percent of its D.C. store hires are city residents (DCist)

The Libertarians are coming! The Libertarians are coming! (Loose Lips)

Sexual assault alleged at Wilson pool; DPR employee is suspected (PostWRC-TVWJLA-TV)

FEMS audit shines light on fleet woes (PostAPWTTG-TVDCistWAMU-FM)

How Stanton Elementary got its students under control without suspensions (GGW)

Stalled 59-lot housing development in Congress Heights is auctioned off — but to whom? (Housing Complex)

McMillan redevelopment plans are now in Zoning Commission’s hands (WBJ)

Man shot by police in Marshall Heights, near scene of previous murder, dies of wounds (PostWTOP)

A very cool photo tour of the old Riggs Bank headquarters (WBJ)

Man tries bilking Metro over banana peel, fails miserably (Post)

In Adams Morgan, an affordable housing success story (Housing Complex)

Zipcars can now be parked with impunity (City DeskDCist)

Why is Metro spamming its riders? (GGW)

Man is stabbed on Van Ness Metro station platform (PostWTOP)

Lawyer: Cops who shot Miriam Carey outside Capitol should be prosecuted (AP)

Help police identify this dead woman found in the Potomac (Post)

Winter homelessness, by the numbers (Housing Complex)

Forget the received narrative: Georgetown really wants a Metro station (G’town Metropolitan)

Can’t trust the residents because you can’t trust the developers (Post letter)

Want to change the Redskins name? Pay Dan Snyder to do it. (Post Outlook)

In case you were wondering: No, Rob Ford hasn’t asked Marion Barry for advice (WaTimes)

RIP “Polo” Burwell, the godfather of bounce beat (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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