The year in murder

Homicides ticked up in D.C. in 2013, from 88 to 104, with much of that margin accounted for by the 12 victims of the Navy Yard rampage. But the jump also reflects the persistence of stubborn crime problems, Peter Hermann and Lynh Bui report in The Post. Domestic violence, for instance, remains a serious driver of violent crime, but the more noticeable trend is geographic: the chronic violence taking place along the District’s border with Prince George’s County. Things looked up on the east side of Southern Avenue last year, with Prince George’s recording a 10 percent drop in killings, but cases such as the shooting death of 21-year-old Robert Spencer — killed in Bellevue a day after the Navy Yard shooting, allegedly by an Oxon Hill man — show that progress is relative. More from WaTimes and AP.

In other news:

Higher murder count “is still a far cry from the horrendous old days when 12 people killed in a weekend on city streets was seen as so much business as usual” (Post editorial)

Canceled rebid of lottery contract means more waiting for new scratch-off tickets (Post)

Bob McCartney predicts Mayor Muriel (Post column)

Ballot petitions are due at 5 p.m. (AP)

Jesus Aguirre strikes back at Tommy Wells: “Just because I didn’t do what he wanted me to do doesn’t mean that I’m not responsive” (Post)

Jack Evans says nine colleagues would have left the LLC loophole in place if not for “public ramification” (DCist)

Your Loose Lips quote of 2013: “piece of the piece” (Loose Lips)

The Hoodies: 2013′s awards for statehood advocacy (51st State)

Vincent Gray birthday party raised $35,000 for his constituent services fund (WBJ)

D.C.’s population growth made it 83 percent toward Tony Williams’ 100,000-new-resident goal (BeyondDC)

New traffic cameras will go live on Feb. 1 (WaTimes)

Fire truck’s broken window fuels union dismay over firefighters being ordered to take up neighborhood posts (WTTG-TV)

It’s 2013: Don’t forget to re-register your gun (WaTimes)

Could this be the year pot becomes legal? (WRC-TV)

Jonetta Rose Barras eyes “troubling weaknesses and disturbing class-based fault lines” in test scores (Post column)

Parks employees are ordered to pay back per-diems from Houston conference (WRC-TV)

Ward 8 Dems call for outside investigation into 7th District police (Informer)

Cathy Lanier will hold community meeting next week at 7D headquarters (AP)

Serious decontamination needed for Florida Rock site (WBJ)

Lime Fresh restaurant, where Gray once touted hiring efforts, shuts down (PoPville)

Tow truck driver is charged with murder after running over man who tried to rob him (PostHomicide Watch)

Four suffer minor wounds in New Year’s Eve club stabbing in Adams Morgan (PostWTTG-TV)

Suspected drug lab investigated near Cardozo High (Post)

District officials are “tenuously evolving” in their attitudes toward business regulation (Blade column)

Don’t count on a D.C. casino anytime soon, Tom Sherwood says (WRC-TV)`

WPFW-FM was off the air for a week (City Desk)

A new year, a new List (Post)

Get ready to bundle up (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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Mike DeBonis · December 31, 2013