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District Line Daily: Cheating Hearts in D.C. Schools

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The District's inspector general says there's inconclusive evidence of widespread cheating in D.C. public schools under Michelle Rhee, but a new USA Today report on a 2009 memo about cheating in the schools casts doubt on that claim. The memo, which found an unusual number of erasures on test scores, was handled like the political equivalent of a suitcase nuke—the memo's writer advises recipients not to leave hard copies around. For her part, Rhee claims that she doesn't remember reading the memo.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Bethesda Metro station will be "station of the future." [Examiner]
  • 911 tape at center of Chandra Levy case. [Times]
  • Virginia's "harsh" new anti-texting law is laughably easy to get around. [Post]
  • Report: Body found in Tidal Basin was in the water for at least a week, belonged to missing Chicago tourist. [WJLA]
  • Tomb of the Unknown Soldier guard yells at rowdy tourists. [WAMU]

RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:

Photo of the Day: Man Covering Ears.

Murderous Metro: Inspired by a campaign of bizarre Metro ads, one exasperated passenger created a series of parody ads.

Ladies Fight: A new mailer aims to convince the District's women not to vote for Republican Pat Mara in the at-large D.C. Council race.

Build Big: Despite reports to the contrary, Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie says he isn't supportive of tiny houses.

LOOSE LIPS, by Loose Lips columnist Alan Suderman. (tips? lips@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Another day, another problem with the CBE-portion of a lottery contract. [AP]
  • David Catania pleads with Gray administration to sue Jeff Thompson. [WBJ]
  • Anita Bonds is a "unrehabilitated racialist," says Jonetta Rose Barras. [Examiner]
  • UMC employee alleged to have stolen about $400,000. [Post]
  • Questionable CBE house has ties to Ward 8 power player Phinis Jones. [Times]
  • Prosecutors describe grizzly cop hit-and-run scene. [Examiner]
  • Public housing list in D.C. not working very well. [Post]

HOUSING COMPLEX, by Aaron Wiener (tips? awiener@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Behold, the Metro station of the future! [WMATA]
  • An independent authority to run the streetcar, Circulator, local buses, and Capital Bikeshare? [GGW]
  • Court doesn't buy "Ward 5 dumping ground" argument. [City Desk]
  • Most Washingtonians have good transit access; food access is more unequal. [UrbanTurf]
  • Northern Ireland takes a page out of D.C.'s bag tax book. [BBC]
  • David Gregory is a charity NIMBY. [Reliable Source]
  • Union Station now gets all its electricity from the wind. [DCist]
  • Shaw's Progression Place is for sale again. [WBJ]
  • GIS for garbage collectors? [GGW]
  • Today on the market: Renovated 1900 townhouse right off the freeway

ARTS LINKS, by Ally Schweitzer (tips? artsdesk@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Library of Congress employee indicted on stalking and fraud charges. [WTOP]
  • The Newseum displays rarely seen JFK assassination artifacts. [AP via WJLA]
  • Maryland arts budget bounces back to pre-housing crisis levels. [Washington Business Journal]
  • Franklin Brewery commissions a new mural for Hyattsville. [East City Art]
  • The Hill Center poetry series officially begins. [Post]
  • This Baby Wale restaurant coming to 9th Street NW might be really confusing for hip-hop fans. Just sayin'. [PoPville]

FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? hungry@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • El Centro D.F. opening a second location in Georgetown, a block from Bandolero. [Eater]
  • Twelve new restaurants to try [Washingtonian]
  • Brewers Association names top 50 craft breweries. [Drink DC]
  • First Truckeroo of the season is next Friday. [Food Truck Fiesta]
  • Chef of Buck's Fishing & Camping is leaving to pursue her love of wine. [Post]
  • Federal Restaurant & Lounge coming to Adams Morgan from Floriana owners. [PoPville]
  • What to expect from the new Matchbox in Mosaic District [Zagat]

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