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Stealing from schools

 Savoy Elementary students are among those who have been victimized by burglars. (James Buck/The Washington Post)

Washington’s petty thieves appear to have a favorite target: public schools. At least 16 have been burglarized since the beginning of the school year, WJLA-TV’s Sam Ford reports. Among the targets are Savoy Elementary and Ballou High, both in Ward 8, which lost more than $40,000 worth of electronics in thefts last month. DCPS says it’s starting to install tracking devices on computers, but perhaps an ounce of prevention is in order: “Community activists and neighbors say police and school security need to be more vigilant. The Savoy Elementary nighttime burglary went unreported for nine hours as school security ignored alarms they thought were malfunctioning.”

DeMorning Links will return Dec. 30.

In other news:

Ron Machen says he’s found suspect “connections and communications” between D.C. officials and Jeffrey Thompson’s health-care firm (PostLoose Lips)

Thirty parks employees attended a Houston conference in October at taxpayer cost of $54,000 (WRC-TV)

Don’t rush the AG election; get it right (Post editorial)

Council ponders sealing records of marijuana offenders (WTTG-TVWAMU-FM)

Appeals court judge compares OTR computers to Skynet (Legal TimesLoose Lips)

On wages, activists lost the LRAA battle but won the minimum wage war (Housing Complex)

DCPS says it will eventually get around to planning to improve middle schools (GGW)

There is virtually no way D.C. will be able to build enough housing to meet demand (Housing Complex)

It’s a good thing that the LGBT activist community is split between the mayoral candidates (Blade)

Gallaudet narrows partners for west campus development; Union Market owner is not among them (Capital Business)

Howard University wins lawsuit filed by erstwhile Town Center developer (WBJ)

JBG closes on former Monument property near ballpark (WBJ)

Neighbors unite to save the Brookland Green (GGW)

Why higher test scores may not mean better learning (Answer Sheet)

Pedestrian struck and killed in Southwest was retired Gallaudet professor (WTOP)

Firefighter fresh out of cadet program is arrested on theft charge (WJLA-TV)

Taxi Commission delays console deadline; Teamsters claim victory (DCist)

Vigil last night for homeless dead in D.C. (APWAMU-FM)

Marion Barry ponders gentrification on Twitter (Slate)

If D.C. still had its 1950 regional share of the population, it would be a city of 2.6 million (RUSM)

” ‘D.C. Cab’ Is a Terrible Movie, but It’s Our Terrible Movie” (Arts Desk)

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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