A Supercan saga


First, residents were upset unwanted cans went uncollected. Now some say crews are overzealously plucking them from streets and alleys. (Aaron C. Davis/The Washington Post)

Our long civic garbage-can nightmare is not yet over. First, under orders from Mayor Vincent C. Gray, the city’s Department of Public Works rushed to deliver hundreds of thousands of trash cans and recycling bins to city households. Then, crews failed to quickly pick up the old bins, leaving a glut of unwanted plastic receptacles in city streets and alleys. Last week, the Gray administration announced a “blitz” to quickly remove those unwanted bins. Now the blitz is underway, and some residents, The Post’s Aaron Davis reports, are finding that city crews are removing not only the old, unwanted bins, but the new bins, too. It has come to this: “A resident of Verplanck Street, near American University, reported a physical altercation with a trash crew when he tried to keep his older can and put it back in his garage.” More on the trash-can saga from City Paper.

In other news:

Federal judge throws cold water on budget autonomy referendum (PostRoll CallLegal TimesWRC-TVWaTimesDCistLoose LipsWJLA-TVWAMU-FM)

Relisha Rudd’s father, convicted in death of another daughter, fights for custody of her brothers (Post)

Yvette Alexander moves to defund Gray hospital plan — for now, anyway (PostWBJ)

Kenyan McDuffie is made of mayoral material (Loose Lips)

D.C. family homelessness jumps 13 percent — far more than in other regional jurisdictions (PostHousing ComplexDCistPoverty & PolicyWTOPWNEW-FMWUSA-TV)

Advocates rally today at Wilson Building for more homelessness funding (DCist)

Plummer Elementary teacher’s alleged test cheating puts principal on leave (Post column)

Metro seems to have a problem with employees giving the middle finger (WUSA-TV)

DCHA explains its funding conundrum (Atlantic)

Mary Cheh moves to fund new park on old 11th Street Bridge and turning Ivy City’s Crummell School into rec center (GGW)

Here’s where things stand on the 11th Street Bridge park proposal (Digger)

David Catania moves to shift capital funding from Spingarn rehab to elementary schools (Post)

DCPS plan would give Roosevelt High an international relations focus (PostHousing ComplexDCist)

Muriel Bowser relies on party labels at her peril (Blade column)

Gray administration proposes floating “social impact bonds” to fight teen pregnancy (Housing ComplexWBJWAMU-FMAP)

Forensics boss explains how D.C. is working through rape kit backlog (WUSA-TV)

Speed camera installed along Wisconsin Avenue in Glover Park, but neighbors want more (WAMU-FM)

“It would be really sad if the National Park Service had to kill all these deer and throw the meat away” (NYT)

Why District Flea didn’t make it (GOG)

Shaw residents would rather stay in Ward 2 — for parking purposes, anyway (SALM)

Giant snake hitches ride on downtown limo (D.C. Crime Stories)

Gay activists resurrect the fabled Mattachine Society of Washington (Blade)

Kurt Schmoke is leaving Howard University to return to Baltimore (Post)

A new controversial bus ad from the “Ground Zero mosque” activist (DCistPolicyMic)

More on the new Petworth bookstore (WBJ)

Drivers say traffic signal on Rhode Island Avenue NE was broken for weeks (WJLA-TV)

Why Conduit Road NW is now MacArthur Boulevard NW (Ghosts of DC)

It’s probably going to rain a bunch later today (CWG)

Newark’s new mayor says Marion Barry is his hero (Economist)

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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