Radio silence in D.C.


Radio outage raises question: Where will police be when you need them most? (Jerome Vorus/The Washington Post)

Add this one to the annals of There but for the Grace of God: The city’s emergency communications system was disrupted for nearly a half-hour Tuesday afternoon — a “catastrophic” outage, officials said, caused by a power outage at the Office of Unified Communications in Congress Heights. The normal external power feed appeared unreliable Monday, so officials switched to generators until the issue could be addressed. But, 13 hours later, the generators failed, leaving police briefly without radio coverage, 911 callers on hold, and 311 callers totally out of luck for 16 minutes. More from WTOPWaTimes and WAMU-FM.

In other news:

Phil Mendelson appoints longtime companion Carol Mitten to vet soccer stadium consultants (DofDWRC-TV)

CCNV task force develops “statement of principles” — maintain homeless services downtown, create Housing First units (DCistDCFPI)

With a quarter of streets in subpar condition, city’s road paving regimen comes under scrutiny (DofDWaTimesWAMU-FMWUSA-TVDCistWTOP)

Courtland Milloy tees off on cyclists (Post column)

And a response (Housing Complex)

Tickets for bicyclists have gone down since 2012 — perhaps due to rise in traffic cameras? (Dr. Gridlock)

How Robert Moore, who died Monday, left his mark on Columbia Heights (Housing Complex)

Diane Rehm explains why her husband chose to die an excruciating death (NBC News)

Adam Eidinger to Andy Harris: “You know what countries overturn elections? China! Russia!” (WRC-TV)

How D.C. came to unlock its laws (Government Executive)

A list of fixes on tap for D.C. Health Link (WBJ)

No, Muriel Bowser won’t make exception from her debate policy — not even for Ward 4 (Loose Lips)

Carol Schwartz sends entreaty to GOP leaders (Loose Lips)

Why Ban the Box is an “especially counterproductive tactic” for employing ex-offenders (Economic Growth DC)

Howard University might finally find a hospital partner (WBJ)

Grocery store owner James Oh, 76, dies after assault during July 4 robbery (PostWJLA-TV)

Arrest made in Sunday afternoon stabbing near Carver Terrace (Post)

Eboni Domally, 31-year-old victim of alleged domestic violence, is mourned (WJLA-TV)

An alleged terrorist on Pennsylvania Avenue (HuffPo)

Woman said to have assaulted gay man in alleged hate attack in CityVista Safeway (BladeWRC-TV)

Pit bulls attacked 58-year-old grandmother in Northeast (WJLA-TV)

Giant firework went through front window of Deanwood home (WRC-TV)

Bankruptcy tiff exposes Xavier Cervera’s 26-year-old cocaine prosecution (WSJ)

BIDs want to help fix city streets (WJLA-TV)

The latest plans for St. Thomas’s get grumbling reviews from ANC (UrbanTurf)

Tutoring program debuting in DCPS takes aim at literacy gap (GGW)

Miriam’s Kitchen eases into case-management role for Housing First clients (WBJ)

New top partner at Seattle-based Perkins Coie is from D.C. (Capital Business)

How DDOT makes sure paving materials will last (d.ish)

Alert: Sinkhole just south of Wilson Building (Dr. Gridlock)

Reminder: There’s a taxi stand at Nationals Park (Dr. Gridlock)

Outrage: Only one of Metro’s five longest escalator banks is in D.C. (GGW)

Thieves may have grabbed $50,000 in jewelry but lost a hat in the process (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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