Today is the longest day of the calendar year, meaning that if you're a glass-half-empty kind of person, it all goes downhill from here. Luckily, that's not me, and I'm ready to enjoy the summer. Bring on the pool deck.
D.C.'s AIDS problem has long ravaged the city without major attention. In recent years, after the city's disease problem has been classified as an epidemic, government officials and residents alike have taken notice. A new Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll shows that people consider HIV/AIDS to be the District's biggest health problem, ahead of cancer and obesity, which rank high on the national scale. The Post's Darryl Fears, Peyton M. Craighill and Isaac Arnsdorf report on the issue that's a pervasive worry across the city, particularly in the black community.
I have to respect Metro for at least listening to riders. Last night, WMATA's union held a town hall meeting to listen to customers about
their concerns. This was a rather smart/brave measure, considering that there are likely a lot of people who'd have no problem kirking out on a Metro worker in public. Among the issues discussed at the meeting were the tactics of the Metro Transit Police and constantly broken escalators. The Post's Dana Hedgpeth reports, and Metro union leader Jackie Jeter held a chat this morning.
It took Maryland years to bring slot machines to the state. There were moral concerns about introducing open gambling to certain communities from lawmakers who found it unseemly to generate revenue in such a manner. Turns out, according to a poll by the University of Maryland Baltimore County, 1 in 30 people in the Free State has a gambling problem. The Post's Patricia Sullivan reports on a population whose gambling problem is only bested by residents of California and Nevada.
In about two months, I'm going to be the best man at a wedding. I've been working on my toast for some time, trying to make sure that I find a way to not break down and start crying from happiness like I did when I was my dad's best man. Trust me, it's not as easy as it seems to execute the speech well. Slate's Troy Patterson offers tips on how not to salute the happy couple, pointing out that there's "no need to mention coke-fueled orgies."
Last year this time, Wizards fans were as hopeful as we've been in a long time.
The team had the number one overall pick, Kentucky wonder kid John Wall was sitting at the top of the board and it seemed
entirely possible impossible that the Wiz could screw it up. This year, the situation is drastically different. With the No. 6 pick and no real studs in the draft, there could be some jostling around the NBA come Thursday. The Post's Michael Lee reports on what the team could do with its first round pick.
• For a certain generation, the guys from MTV's "Jackass" were more than just goofy gross-out artists and daredevils. Their antics captured the essence of downtime for kids growing up in the 1990s and 2000s. When show star Ryan Dunn died in a fiery car crash, it was obviously unfortunate, but it also led G4 to cancel his new show.
• There are some of us in the local news media who have been praying for the day that we could read this:Ron Moten will run for D.C. Council. That sound you hear is newsrooms across the city in full applause.
• It's vacation season for most of the Northern hemisphere, so check out these postcards from the failed states in the world.