No skiing for you

If you don’t pay your bills, you risk having your cable TV turned off. If the D.C. Public Schools doesn’t pay its bills, it found out Thursday morning, it risks stranding dozens of schoolkids expecting to go on a long-anticipated ski trip. The Post’s Emma Brown reports that a $430,000 billing dispute is the reason a bus company didn’t show up to cart students at five schools to a Pennsylvania mountain for an introduction to skiing. Two of the five schools made last-minute alternate arrangements; the others cancelled. DCPS told parents it is “very sorry for this mistake” and promised to reschedule. Said one parent, “my head is about to explode when stuff like this happens, that’s how angry I get.”

In other news:

Vincent Gray on running for reelection, his record of “intentionality” and what happened in 2010 (DofD)

Virginia Hayes Williams, the District’s “first mother,” is dead at 87 (PostAP)

D.C. Water unveils plan to replace sewage tunnels with rain gardens; environmentalists remain skeptical (Postgraphic)

DCPS task force will study whether there’s too much standardized testing (Post)

D.C. cop tried to kill wife by hitting her over the head with light fixture (PostWRC-TVWTOP)

Council hearing today on dirty cops (AP)

Did police find man passed out on street, leave him in Columbia Heights apartment to die? (WTTG-TV)

Vince Gray rides the streetcar down H Street (WJLA-TV)

Vincent Orange demands Office of Campaign Finance release audit of Gray 2010 campaign (Loose Lips)

Latest Andy Shallal celebrity endorser: Peter “Immoral Liberties” Yarrow (Reliable Source)

Phil Mendelson bill would bar campaign donors from seeking city business (AP)

Kenyan McDuffie bill would deposit part of budget surpluses in affordable housing fund (WRC-TV)

Muriel Bowser bill would limit condo fee hikes (Informer)

Cathy Lanier reportedly ordered DDOT tow trucks not to use lights and sirens to reach crash sites, heightening traffic snarls (WTOP)

“D.C. Has 72 Miles of Bike Lanes. Ward 8 Has Zero.” (Housing Complex)

Why that is (WashCycle)

Capitol Police officer, former pro hoopster, collapses and dies on the job (Post)

Eleanor Holmes Norton will host Virginia Avenue Tunnel meeting Saturday, featuring EPA reps (Dr. Gridlock)

Problem No. 563 That Could Be Solved With Taller Buildings (Slate)

Doug Jemal will start rehabbing the Hecht’s warehouse next week (WBJ)

The new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau offices are going to be pretty nice (WBJ)

This year’s big summer Nationals Park concert: Billy Joel (GOG)

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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