Hurricane Irene. (HO/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

In other news:

The Root DC is live; Robert Pierre kicks things off (The Root DC)

Jonetta Rose Barras’s provocative thesis: D.C.’s black middle-class parents have given up on their neighborhood public schools (City Paper).

United Medical Center’s board, management and political overseers are “playing together nicely;” that doesn’t mean all is hunky-dory (WBJ, WBJ).

The Wal-Marts in wards 5 and 6 have passed the Large Tract Review process (Housing Complex).