Trapped in the closet


Principal Pete Cahall, waves a rainbow flag, symbolizing gay pride, at a rally of about 1,000 Wilson High School students and gay supporters June 9. (Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)

You might have assumed that when Pete Cahall, the 50-year-old principal of Wilson High School, told his students, parents and assembled reporters last month that he was “a proud gay man,” that it was a carefully crafted, meticulously planned media stunt. Far from it, he makes clear in an extended interview for a new Post Style profile by Ellen McCarthy: “Cahall would sweat and stutter and shake like a child struck by fever before he got the words out. It would take all that — on top of 50 years of dread — for him to say it. But then he did.” Read on and learn how Cahall graduated from decades in the closet.

In other news:

Muriel Bowser defends her handling of Park Southern mess (PostLoose Lips)

Colby King: “At issue in the Park Southern case: Can we rely on Bowser’s word?” (Post column)

Meet the last people arrested for marijuana crimes before decriminalization (Post)

Wilson High principal Pete Cahall on his life in the closet (Post)

Irv Nathan backs Corcoran breakup plan (Post)

And the Superior Court judge charged with approving the deal has lots of questions about it (PostAP)

Rep. Thomas Massie says he’s “fairly confident” his D.C. gun amendment will die in the Senate (PostRoll Call)

With gun and marijuana measures, House Republicans “outdid themselves in the hypocrisy department last week” (Post editorial)

GOP rep’s press secretary brings 9mm pistol and hollow-point ammo to work (PostRoll CallAP)

Are “the chickens … coming home to roost” for anti-gun D.C. politicos? (Post letter)

Who is behind D.C. 2024, aka “Russ and Ted’s excellent adventure”? (WaTimes)

About one-quarter of charter schools use outside management companies (Post)

Barbara Nophlin, a Public Charter School Board member, has a $195,000 consulting contract with Friendship charter network (Post)

How two Catholic U. grads brought shipping-container living to Brookland (Post)

A convicted killer pieces his life together after release from Maryland prison (Post)

Planners turn their attention to dragging Pennsylvania Avenue out of the ’70s (Capital BusinessGGW)

Reinvigorating Anacostia, one house at a time (Post)

Jonetta Rose Barras tells Vincent Gray that “a smart politician would have used a more effective, less embarrassing way to reassert influence” than a budget veto (Post column)

Bowser pledges to convene task force to “end murder in the city” (Post)

Elissa Silverman turns in more than 4,500 ballot petition signatures (Loose Lips)

Progress on Franklin Park overhaul: Committee of Fine Arts is “very supportive” of proposed design (WBJ)

City puts 27 vacant properties on the block (Housing Complex)

Demand for family-sized condos “is not that deep,” condo maven Monty Hoffman says (UrbanTurf)

Judge tosses remainder of civil-rights case challenging school closings (AP)

Researcher on African American boys joins DCPS in bid to improve outcomes (Post)

At least one charter school favors a neighborhood preference (GGW)

After landlord reneges on lease deal, charter school finds itself up a creek without a paddle (Post)

Ridesharing regulation is “a matter of fairness,” cab drivers say (Post op-ed)

Environmental activists to artist: Please don’t sink gas station replica into the Anacostia (DCistGGW)

Washington Hospital Center staff give MedStar management low patient safety marks (PostWBJ)

Police union wants traffic unit reconstituted (Dr. Gridlock)

Free summer meals for kids now offered on Saturdays (AP)

Changes could be coming to controversial commercial property assessments (WBJ)

Council members from D.C. and Montgomery County pledge to work on transportation (Bethesda Magazine)

Deadly shooting Sunday night near Deanwood Metro (Post)

Bystanders run down purse-snatcher in Columbia Heights (Post)

Thieves target wheels from upper Northwest cars (Post)

Self-described “jerk cyclist” says drivers don’t hate him because of his jerkiness (Post letter)

Life in a microunit (Post)

Is this the end for J.P.’s? (WRC-TV)

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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