Five years after the Red Line disaster

Seems like it was just yesterday, but it has been five years since the Red Line disaster killed a Metro operator and eight riders near the Fort Totten station. Efforts to erect a permanent memorial finally culminated in a groundbreaking Sunday on a new, $1.8 million Legacy Memorial Park, located at the foot of the New Hampshire Avenue bridge where the collision took place. The Washington Post’s Julie Zauzmer reports: “Once completed, the park will have nine sculptures, one for each victim of the crash, as well as benches, lighting and a canopy of entwined sycamore trees.” Columnist Bob McCartney, meanwhile, examines Metro’s record since the devastating crash — including the surprising claim from the federal safety official who investigated the crash that the system has gone “from worst to first.”

In other news:

Dirty cop Linwood Barnhill Jr. pleads guilty to pandering teens, will likely face years in prison (PostWUSA-TVWTTG-TVWRC-TVWJLA-TVWTOPAP)

“But what about the johns? They fuel the trade. Barnhill’s plea deal should be only the first step.” (PostPartisan)

Benghazi case is a big test for U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr., who has previously been passed over for major terrorism cases (Post)

New school boundary proposal is an improvement, parents say, but is far from perfect (Post)

David Catania and Carol Schwartz say enough already (WAMU-FM)

Phil Mendelson’s budget threatens to constrain the next mayor’s fiscal options (Post)

Muriel Bowser on Catania: “I don’t know who’s going to be in the race, actually, so I’m not sure why you’re asking me about one person” (Post)

Bowser campaign manager Bo Shuff got married this weekend — by his candidate (Blade)

D.C. Republicans may not have a mayoral nominee after all (Loose Lips)

Inside D.C.’s pop-up boom (Post)

Mary Cheh faces objections to her Department of Parking Management proposal (Post)

Teamsters plan anti-ridesharing rally Wednesday (WAMU-FM)

New D.C. high school graduation requirements could mean a “potentially radical new way of assessing students” (GGW)

A peek inside the abandoned Lorton prison: “The cells are empty now except for one thing prisoners left behind: their art” (Post)

Cop reportedly dies after collapsing in 7th District locker room (WRC-TV)

Police Union launches its own crime mapping web site (CrimeDC.comWaTimesDCist)

Cathy Lanier is cleared of discrimination in Emily Miller’s trial of the century (WTTG-TV)

Fire union calls for end of “soft postings” after gunman open fire on first responders in Langston Terrace (STATter911WJLA-TVWUSA-TVWRC-TV)

What Marion Barry and Hillary Clinton have in common: “year upon year of melodrama” and the ability “to find an upside to everything that happens to them” (Post column)

Barry at the National Press Club: “Race is a factor in everything that happens in America. … Everything.” (USA Today)

“Mayor for Life” is “his last repackaging, the final attempt to frame those selected snapshots while blocking the view of his entire career” (DCist)

“After explaining how his health scare this spring prompted him to avoid red meat, Barry proceeded to order pasta with bolognese sauce …” (Reliable SourceWJLA-TV)

Will someone save these Historic Anacostia homes before it’s too late? (Death and Life of Historic Anacostia)

Anthony Lanier is buying the gas station site across from the Georgetown Four Seasons (WBJ)

DMPED puts more air-rights parcels on the block (WBJ)

Want a nice big, family-friendly apartment in a walkable, transit-friendly neighborhood? Try Silver Spring (Capital Business)

Are condos making a comeback? (UrbanTurf)

Luis Aliva Melendez, 27, is shot dead early Saturday in Adams Morgan; four others shot in separate incident blocks away (PostAP)

Youth pleads guilty to Easter Monday shooting outside zoo (Post)

New arrest made in teenager’s 2007 killing (Post)

Police are investigating hit-and-run accident that may have caused Hill staffer’s death (Post)

Suspect sought in transgender woman’s sexual assault off H Street NE (Post)

Gray joins governors to ink landmark Chesapeake Bay cleanup accord (WAMU-FM)

AAA still hates speed cameras (WTTG-TV)

Watch some more ’70s-era Metro film reel awesomeness (Washingtonian)

That one time in a bathroom with Harry Thomas Jr. … (BYT)

Here’s your 2014 RAMMY winners (WTOP)

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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