Emergency nonresponse


Marie Mills holds a picture of her father, Medric Cecil Mills, at the home of a neighbor on Wednesday in Washington. (Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post)

Outrage mounted Wednesday over the death of 77-year-old Medric Cecil Mills Jr., who was shopping just across Rhode Island Avenue NE from the Engine 26/Truck 15 firehouse Saturday when he was stricken with an apparent heart attack. As Mills desperately needed help, the first responders there hardly responded at all, leading city officials pledging to get to the bottom of the incident. Mayor Vincent C. Gray said “it’s really hard to accept what happened” to the longtime Department of Parks and Recreation employee and tendered an apology to daughter Marie Mills, who said she repeatedly begged persons in the firehouse for help. While a rookie firefighter who spoke to her was apparently reticent to act, WTTG-TV and WJLA-TV report that investigators are focused on the actions of a lieutenant. Top public safety deputy Paul A. Quander Jr. said “there will be no rush to judgment, but we will be thorough, we will be precise and then we will act.”

In other news:

Bryan Weaver leaves Democratic primary, leaving Brianne Nadeau as Jim Graham’s lone challenger in Ward 1 (PostLoose Lips)

Meet Ward 6 candidates Charles Allen and Darrel Thompson, two men “used to trying to stand out from their more famous bosses” (Loose Lips)

Another year, another State of the Union with no mention of D.C. voting rights (Post editorial)

Why it hasn’t been easy to cut teenage pregnancies in wards 7 and 8 (Post column)

More than a week after storm, trash pickup still lags (WaTimesPoPville)

School adequacy study: DCPS needs to do a better job sharing buildings with charters (Post)

Dennis Sobin is free to continue posting pictures of sex-offender registry workers online, judge rules (Post)

Woman charged with dismembering infant is committed to St. Elizabeths (Post)

Five-year-old case of alleged witness killing goes to trial (Post)

I-395 air rights development is going to mean a lot of construction, starting soon (WRC-TV)

New city film-and-TV czar is Pierre Bagley, a producer and director (WBJ)

Mall parking meters would fund new Circulator service (Dr. GridlockGGW)

Former city administrator Norman Dong is expected to be next head of public buildings for GSA (Capital BusinessHousing ComplexWBJ)

City grants build hospitality job growth (WJLA-TV)

“Instead of counting cranes … how about telling us how you’re going to improve the business and development environment in our city”? (Blade)

Vincent Orange mega-mailer (Loose Lips)

From Peter Rosenstein, 2,800 words on why he remains a Gray man (Blade)

On Andy Shallal, a la Chuck D (Hill Rag)

More on the D.C. Water “green infrastructure” plan (Current via Dish)

Pitching D.C. statehood to the reproductive-rights crowd (HuffPo)

Man is shot inside Bloomingdale electronics store (WJLA-TV)

People just love stealing from restaurants (Young & Hungry)

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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