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DeMorning Links: Fewer D.C. babies are dying

There’s a better chance than ever that a baby born in the District will survive to childhood. (Dayna Smith/For The Washington Post)

More evidence that things are getting better in D.C.: The city’s infant mortality rate, once among the worst in the country, has improved dramatically and is now at a historic low. The Post’s Lena Sun has an early look at a D.C. health department report, which attributes the improvement in “one of the key indicators of a community’s well-being” to a number of factors — “pregnant women are smoking less, fewer teenagers are having babies and women have better access to prenatal care.”

In other news:

If D.C. can’t do bait bikes, how can it do a 20-year sustainability plan? (WAMU-FM)

Two more witnesses in the Catherine Fuller case say their testimony was coerced (Post)

Should Marion Barry oversee minority liaison offices? (Post editorial)

Homicide detective: “I cannot remember the last case that we had ... where any tourist was the victim of a homicide in Washington.” (KUSA-TV, WRC-TV)

Hey, the Caps won a playoff series! (Post)

Metro board expected to vote Thursday on fare increase (Post)

Marine accused of killing fellow Marine claims self-defense (Post)

Waiting on more indictments in Harry Thomas Jr. affair (Loose Lips)

Are temporary projects more than a temporary fad? (Housing Complex)

D.C. Auditor: City placed homeless singles in two-bedroom apartments (Examiner)

Jim Graham says Sunday package liquor sales is “the lesser of evils” (WJLA-TV)

Jury has South Capitol Street shootings case (Crime Scene)

David Catania weighs in on Jeffrey Thompson and David Wilmot: “Never have so few earned so much doing so little.” (Loose Lips)

Neighbors, zoning officials put the kibosh on Frager’s alley use (The Hill Is Home)

But zoning officials are fine with church’s theater production (GGW, Arts Desk)

Looks like it’s going to be offices, maybe a little retail, at the Stevens School (WBJ)

Down with the D.C. Council’s “nanny caucus” (Blade)

At least 45 more days in St. Elizabeths for Albrecht Muth (Crime Scene)

Meet some experts who don’t like the idea of raising the building height limit (Examiner)

Early 2013 groundbreaking for Skyland? (WBJ)

Vincent Gray moves to speed up his early-education goals (Examiner)

Where in Northeast/Northwest to put a giant new bus garage? (Housing Complex)

Special election, Hatch Act bills headed to Senate floor (Norton, WaTimes)

Same-sex couples are twice as likely to be interracial as traditional married couples (DCentric)

Cathy Lanier’s principles of effective policing (Police Chief)

Target gives $4.5 million to DCPS literacy programs (Examiner)

Tweet at your chief judges (DCist)

Dogs that terrorized Trinidad have been put down (WJLA-TV, WUSA-TV)

The case for a “blunt tax” (Afro)

Fill your tree box with a tree (GGW)

Harry Thomas Jr.: The slide show! (Washingtonian)

Million-dollar Powerball ticket sold at Capitol Hill Exxon (WJLA-TV)

Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.


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