Trash-can ‘thieves’ walk


WASHINGTON, D.C., MAY 15, 2014. Hundreds of trash and recycle bins are stored along I-295 in Southeast. (Photo by Astrid Riecken For The Washington Post )

A coda to our lengthy civic garbage can saga: The Post’s Peter Hermann reports that prosecutors have dropped charges against the man and woman arrested and charged with theft for swiping dozens of unwanted trash cans marked with “Take Me!” stickers from outside D.C. homes. The U.S. attorney’s office would not say why Mina Karini and Timothy Logan Melham won’t be prosecuted, but consider this a triumph of common sense to punctuate a episode that has been sorely lacking in it. Melham’s attorney called the case “ridiculous” and said prosecutors had little choice, considering Karini wanted to turn the bins into flowerpots, while the city wanted to destroy them: “I think once they looked at this case and put their reading glasses on and saw where things were heading, they decided not to go forward.”

In other news:

Five killed in D.C. since Friday (Post)

The violence rekindles debate over All Hands on Deck (WJLA-TV)

More women have been murdered so far this year than all of last year, raising domestic violence alarms (WRC-TV)

As of today, the minimum wage in D.C. is $9.50 an hour (PostCity Desk)

Fort Reno concert series lives, thanks in part to Paul Strauss (PostArts DeskDCistWAMU-FM)

St. Elizabeths east campus move-in delayed at least a year, thanks in part to botched procurement (WBJDofDWaTimes)

Vince Gray rolls out the sun-parched marble for soccer fans today (DofDDCistWaTimes)

If you’d prefer a more temperate, beer-serving locale (GOG)

Why you may have gotten a census survey in the mail recently (Post)

In 2012, D.C. drivers were in more D.C. accidents than Maryland drivers (PostWNEW-FM)

The case against tightening pop-up restrictions in zoning rewrite (GGW)

Also tweaked: bike parking regs (WashCycle)

The pushback begins (Coalition for Smarter Growth)

Hair salon owner can’t get permits, declares system broken (WTTG-TV)

Deborah Carroll is your interim director of the Department of Human Services (AP)

“There’s been so much energy put into advocating against the gym tax. … [T]hat amount of energy could be placed into advocating to make ending homelessness a priority in the city.” (WTOP)

Less-noticed budget tweak helps homeless families get rent assistance (DCFPI)

Four more agencies set to move to old People’s Drug warehouse (WBJ)

New group All Walks D.C. pushes for pedestrian safety upgrades (WAMU-FM)

A Rockville-based association of taxi and limo fleets is behind some ridesharing protests (Examiner)

Here’s where you go to buy boring fireworks in D.C. (DCist)

To avoid unrest, Belgian chef Bart Vandaele is agreeing to serve Budweiser today (WBJ)

Important question: What to call the new, improved Petworth Safeway? (City DeskPoPville)

Masked men storm Benning Road gas station (WRC-TVWTTG-TV)

Man shot in D.C. drives self to Prince George’s police station (WRC-TV)

Meeting tonight on Virginia Avenue Tunnel review (JDLand)

The Park Hyatt in West End may have been sold (GlobeSt.com)

Buy $10 million Georgetown townhouse, get sliding wall of shoes (Curbed)

Abe Pollin’s son on how Dan Snyder can change his team’s name with grace (Post op-ed)

You’ll be shocked to learn that Joe Gibbs is okay with the Redskins keeping the name (AP)

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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Mike DeBonis · June 30, 2014