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June 27, 2013

So You Want to Be Attorney General

Dear Potential Law Enforcers:

So You Want to Be DCís Attorney General was the title of a forum at UDC David A. Clarke Law Schools on June 25, and its purpose was to convince its attendees to present themselves or recruit others as candidates in next yearís partisan election to be DCís first elected Attorney General. The forum was hosted by Katherine Broderick, dean of the Law School, and it featured three former and current Attorneys General ó Robert Spagnoletti, Irv Nathan, and Peter Nickles, and two current and former councilmembers ó Phil Mendelson and Kathy Patterson. The highlight of the evening was the reaction to Peter Nicklesí brag that, "One of the best things about my taking the job of AG was that I didnít need the job. I could be an honest broker." Irv Nathan subtly shook his head, and Spagnoletti put his hand over his mouth to hide his smile.


The Center for Research on Educational Outcomes at Stanford University has issued the National Charter School Survey 2013, which shows that charter schools are improving, "driven in part by the presence of more high-performing charters and closure of underperforming charter schools." However, "more work remains to be done to ensure that all charter schools provide their students high-quality education." Press release,; executive summary,; full report,

Another former Washington Examiner local reporter has turned solo entrepreneur. Scott McCabe, crime reporter, has started "DC Crime Stories: The Good, the Bad, and the City," at


Why donít young people buy and drive cars at the same rate as older generations? Matthew de Paulo at AOL Autos says the reason is simple, and Amy Alkon, at the Advice Goddess Blog, summarizes that reason in the title under which she reprints his article: "It Isnít that Millenials Hate Cars: They Canít Afford Them,"

Gary Imhoff


Grayís Education Catch-Up
Jonetta Rose Barras,

DC Mayor Vincent C. Grayís speech last week in the gymnasium shared by DCPSí Savoy Elementary and Thurgood Marshall public charter high school was supposed to offer a vision of "the path forward." But his plan to "scale up, strengthen and simplify" public education in the city seemed nothing more than a repackaging of previously announced initiatives and highlighting of known successes, like the Districtís pre-Kindergarten program. He will have to do more than deliver a moribund speech, if he wants to assert himself as the cityís education leader. Read more at



Support DC Statehood on July 4
Anne Loikow,

Join statehood activists on July 4th for the annual Palisades Parade and Picnic. We have had a contingent of statehood supporters in this parade for several years and would like to have an even greater representation this year. The parade line up begins at 10:15 a.m. on Whitehaven Parkway, NW, just east of the intersection with MacArthur Boulevard. The parade starts at 11:00 a.m. No registration is necessary. Just look for the statehood signs and join us. Free food and drinks are available at the Palisades Recreation Center after the parade. If anyone wants to pick up statehood signs or brochures to hand out in advance, please E-mail

The New Columbia Admission Act, HR 292, introduced by Eleanor Holmes Norton, now has fifty-one cosponsors, including Rep. Jerry Connolly and Bobby Scott from Virginia, Rep. Donna Edwards from Maryland, and the heads of the Progressive Caucus (Rep. Keith Ellison and Raul Grijalva) and the Hispanic Caucus (Rep. Hinojosa), among others. S. 132, introduced by Sen. Thomas Carper, chairman of the committee with jurisdiction over the bill, has ten cosponsors, including both Sen. Cardin and Mukulski from Maryland, Sen. Patsy Murray, Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, Sen. Richard Durbin, Majority Whip, and now Sen. Harry Reid, the Majority Leader in the Senate. We need the help of DC statehood supporters to increase the number of cosponsors on both bills. If you would like to help, contact Elinor Hart (, Josh Burch (, or DC Statehood Representative Nate Bennett Fleming (


DPW Holds Monthly HHW/E-Cycling/Shredding Drop-Off, July 6
Linda Grant,

The DC Department of Public Works will hold its next monthly Household Hazardous Waste/E-cycling/Personal Document Shredding drop-off on Saturday, July 6, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at the Ft. Totten Transfer Station. Directions to Ft. Totten: travel east on Irving Street, NW, turn left on Michigan Avenue, turn left on John F. McCormack Drive, NE and continue to the end of the street. During the monthly HHW/E-cycling/Personal Document Shredding event, District residents may bring toxic items such as pesticides, batteries and cleaning fluids to Ft. Totten, along with computers, televisions, and other unwanted electronic equipment. Personal document shredding also is available that day and residents may bring up to five boxes of materials to be shredded. No business or commercial material will be accepted.

To accommodate residents whose religious beliefs prohibit them from using the Saturday drop-off, DPW will accept household hazardous waste and e-cyclables on Wednesday, July 3 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. While DPW normally offers personal document shredding during the Saturday event, items for shredding cannot be accepted on Wednesday, July 3 because these documents cannot be protected until the shredding contractor arrives on Saturday. (DPW usually provides this alternate drop-off day the Thursday before the first Saturday of the month, but because of the July 4th holiday, these services will be provided July 3.) For a list of all household hazardous waste and e-cyclables accepted by DPW, please click on the HHW link at .

DPW reminds residents that certain batteries (lithium-based and batteries greater than 9 volts) should be taped before being brought to Ft. Totten. Lithium-based batteries are most commonly found in cell phones, digital cameras, and laptops. Also, hearing aids, watches and keyless remotes typically use button cells, containing lithium. To safely dispose of batteries with lithium or batteries of greater than 9 volts, put clear, masking, or electrical tape on the batteriesí terminals. Flat button batteries can be sandwiched between two layers of tape. Place these batteries in a separate container from other batteries that donít require being taped, e.g., A, AAA, C, D, 6-volt and 9-volt batteries.


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