On ‘dangerous ground’ at D.C. General


Residents of D.C. General are beset by often-horrific living conditions, and finding alternatives has not been simple. (Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post)

No one was under the impression that the D.C. General family homeless shelter is any kind of garden spot. But a months-long Washington Post investigation shows that conditions inside the dilapidated, supposedly temporary home to nearly 800 poor District residents is even more of a hellhole than widely thought. If it’s not the spiders and roaches, it’s the raccoons. If it’s not the routinely flouted curfews, it’s the soiled diapers tossed on the roof and left to fester. If it’s not the lack of climate control or hot water or working elevators, it’s the lax background checks that have allowed shelter employees to prey on residents — residents like Relisha Rudd, still missing and presumed dead.

In other news:

At Ward 8′s Park Southern apartments, politics meets deterioration and dysfunction (Post)

During Navy Yard shootings, security guard locked himself inside video surveillance room, didn’t tell anyone (PostAPWRC-TV)

Vincent Gray vetoes budget, but council likely to override today (PostLoose LipsAPWaTimesWAMU-FMWUSA-TVWJLA-TVHousing Complex)

Ranked against the states, D.C. “would rank as the least neighborly in the nation” (Post)

A D.C. driver’s license is not valid ID in New Hampshire liquor stores (Concord Monitor)

Styrofoam ban gets final vote today (GGWD.C. Environmental Network)

Burglar strikes Muriel Bowser’s parents’ house (PostAPWaTimes)

Reality check from Colby King: Too many people still dying on D.C.’s streets (Post column)

Tierra Jolly, candidate for Ward 8 State Board of Education seat, gets help national reformers — not that she wanted it (Post)

DCPS marketing campaign is “one more sign that the District has evolved into one of the most creative charter-district relationships in the country” (Post op-ed)

Kevin P. Chavous says Kaya Henderson is wrong about charter school “cannibalism” (Post letter)

David Grosso proposes banning suspension for pre-schoolers — yes, that happens (Post)

Proposed school boundaries matched with school-quality metrics, in one map (GGW)

Meet Andy Harris, D.C.’s latest congressional antagonizer (Post)

Harris says Congress is D.C.’s local legislature, so, yeah … (WJLA-TV)

If only D.C.’s decriminalization law were more like Maryland’s! (WAMU-FM)

Eleanor to Andy: “We don’t like to be patronized, we will not be bullied and we will not have a member tell the residents of the District of Columbia … what they may or may not do.” (HuffPo)

“Forget decriminalization, it’s time to fully legalize pot in D.C.” (Post column)

Courtland speaks: “I’m saying that if a biker might commit violence or destruction of property then they should be aware that it may infuriate a driver to the point that they might consider violent action” (City Desk)

Cyclists can’t take a joke, says Colby (PostPartisan)

For good reason? (WashCycle)

There are actually bike lanes in Ward 8 already (WashCycle)

AG candidate Edward “Smitty” Smith says he has already raised $70,000 (AP)

One couple’s solution to D.C.’s affordable housing crunch: Move in with another couple (Atlantic)

What do the city rape statistics mean? It’s complicated (DCist)

Muriel Bowser doesn’t like no-RPP codicils for new apartment buildings (District Source)

David Catania introduces emergency bill to address Museum Square TOPA crisis (Housing Complex)

Finally time for residential in Anacostia? (WBJ)

A movie theater atop Union Market? (WBJ)

Eighteen-year sentence for cop who molested girl in his church choir (Post)

Nine-year sentence for man who killed sex partner 50 years his senior (Post)

Cluster of shootings in Bloomingdale and Eckington leaves two dead (WRC-TVHomicide Watch)

Prosecutors: Man died on Bladensburg Road over some trifling (Homicide Watch)

CBE contractor barred for five years over Anacostia High scam (Loose Lips)

90-day delay in Options PCS litigation (Post)

Insurance requirement is next front in Uber wars (WAMU-FM)

Regulatory “schizophrenia” at the Wilson Building (Blade)

Construction means no more tailgating at Nats games (WTOP)

Starting today, parking tickets galore along streetcar route (WTOP)

Did Tiber Creek cause the 14th Street sinkhole? (WRC-TVPost)

Current papers’ accounts payable subject of TV news investigation (WJLA-TV)

There was a Civil War battle inside D.C. 150 years ago (PostWAMU-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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Mike DeBonis · July 11