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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 06/21/2011

Summer night work, health worries and serial escapee

Good morning and happy summer solstice. It’s the longest day of the year for sunlight — take advantage.

Or work the midnight shift: Dennis Parker, the midnight tire changer.who works at the only 24-hour tire service station in the District, Maryland or Virginia, is the subject of the first of a series of stories about the nightside worker in our area.

Budget cuts in Prince George’s County schools mean 700 teaching jobs will be lost, as the $1.6 billion budget was finally passed early this morning.


D.C. public schools Acting Chancellor Kaya Henderson speaks with D.C. Council members at her confirmation hearing June 16. (Marvin Joseph - The Washington Post)
Confirmation of Kaya Henderson as D.C. schools chancellor is expected today after a smooth hearing before the city council last week.

A lot of health issues vie for attention in this corner of the world — diabetes, cancer, obesity. But the top concern of D.C. residents, according to the new Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll, is HIV/AIDS, perhaps because of the high rate of infection here.

Then there are addictions, like gambling. A new study reports that 150,000 Marylanders have a gambling problem — and this is just as slots casinos are just starting up.

Metro workers say they and the riders of the area’s buses and trains share a lot of the same concerns. Their union had a public hearing last night and union leaders will live-chat online at 10 a.m.

Giving ’em the slip: An 18-year-old who escaped from a detention facility in South Carolina in April is on the loose again, having taken off from police at Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport. Although he’s a serial escapee, police have yet to release a photo.

Other crime news: A mob of late teenage males attacked and beat three people in Prince William County Saturday night. Two men were convicted in the second-degree 2008 murder of Franklin Johnson during a home invasion in the District. A 12-year-old boy was stabbed in Leesburg on Sunday. The 16-year-old charged with stabbing another teen at the National Zoo on Easter Monday pled guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon and carrying that weapon.

The first day of summer is going to bring us summertime heat, but brave the humidity and enjoy the sunshine. We’ll keep you informed at PostLocal, @postlocal on Twitter and Facebook, so you won’t miss a thing.

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