Take my cans, please


Dozens of uncollected trash cans and recycling bins crowd an alley between T and Westminster streets NW. (Aaron C. Davis/The Washington Post)

For weeks now, trash and recycling cans have piled up on the city’s sidewalks and alleys, with the D.C. government incapable of picking up old cans as quickly as it delivered new ones. Residents were asked to place stickers reading “Take Me!” on the unwanted cans, so a pair of city residents looking for some cheap flower planters did just that — taking dozens of cans from the streets. But Mina Karini, 30, and Timothy Logan, 27, were spotted by a suspicious onlooker and were arrested and charged with theft. Karini, in an interview, said the whole thing is a misunderstanding: “We just wanted to re-purpose them for something.” And her efforts have won some sympathy among residents sick of the extra bins: “She’s clearly performing a service that the District seems unable to manage,” said a Cleveland Park community activist.

In other news:

An oral history of Dream City, now 20 years old (City Paper)

E-book version — with new chapter — is now available (WRC-TVAmazon)

House subcommittee hearing on D.C. marijuana laws is postponed till tomorrow (WaTimesWAMU-FM)

Only city official to testify will be assistant police chief Peter Newsham (Roll Call)

Marijuana legalization backers are already behind on signature collections (Loose Lips)

Residents of burned-out Mount Pleasant apartment building will start returning in fall (Post)

The deteriorating D.C. Archives start to get some serious attention (Post column)

Darrell Issa says the window for additional Height Act changes is closed for the time being (Roll Call)

New on Ron Machen’s plate: Investigate contempt-of-Congress charge against IRS official (AP)

Club Love’s sale to Doug Jemal is invalidated; new auction set (WaTimes)

Some progress on latest Children’s Mental Health Scorecard but plenty more needed (Post editorialWAMU-FM)

Arrest expected in shooting near Ballou, pending review of videotape — “You really cannot carry out a crime in public space today and not be caught on it somewhere,” says Cathy Lanier (Post)

Veteran cop is charged with assaulting girlfriend (Post)

Police union explains its apparent windmill-tilt against Phil Mendelson (Loose Lips)

Bruce Johnson says Kwame Brown is maybe thinking about running for an at-large council seat (WUSA-TV)

Unlike competitors, Uber isn’t collecting 25-cent-per-ride D.C. surcharge on its taxi dispatches (WAMU-FM)

Driver who wandered onto White House grounds was just confused, Secret Service says (Post)

Sewage spill could keep Capital Crescent Trail closed for weeks (Current via Dish)

ABC Board weighs fate of Adams Morgan liquor license moratorium (WJLA-TV)

Does D.C. need to regulate hookah bars more aggressively? (Afro)

Meet this year’s Capital Pride honorees (Blade)

Well-liked principal of Georgetown elementary school is stepping down (G’town Met)

Edens moves ahead with residential project next to Union Market (WBJ)

Newly renovated Georgetown Park mall could soon be up for sale (WBJ)

Warren Williams Jr. is building his dream home at 7th and Q (UrbanTurf)

DDOT again seeks federal funding for Anacostia streetcar line (Dr. Gridlock)

Study of Arkansas Avenue NW safety is more than a week late (WAMU-FM)
Kalmia Road culvert reopens tomorrow (WRC-TV)

McMillan site may not include a grocery store after all (District Source)

A lovely restoration of a historic Anacostia home (GGW)

Howard Theatre neighbors aren’t too jazzed about proposed beer garden (SALM)

Using drone footage to promote Brookland real estate is clever, but illegal (WAMU-FM)

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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