Loose Lips Daily: Post-Parade Violence Edition
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:
Good morning sweet readers! Parades are for fun, not violence. If violence is your idea of fun, you should watch wrestling. It's on TV all the time. News time:
Post-Parade Violence: One man is dead and several others are injured after a shootout at the end of this year's Caribbean Carnival. Police say the shootings were the product of two beefs between warring crews (warning, these videos are not pleasant), and the man who was killed was an innocent bystander, the Examiner reports. Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham says he wants to know why the intended target of Saturday's shooting is the same intended target of a February shooting that left a high school students dead. WUSA's Bruce Johnson is one of many wondering why Mayor Vince Gray and Police Chief Cathy Lanier haven't said anything. Meanwhile, Councilmember Muriel Bowser took to the Twitter to inform that she's not happy with this year's shortened parade route. "Thousands of people on Georgia Avenue looking for the rest of the Parade. This short route is a disaster," she said, adding "Broken promises and total disrespect of Caribbean community and GA Avenue businesses." This year's route was shortened because organizers of last year's parade still owe the police department money. For photos from the parade route, see Matt Dunn's slideshow here.
AFTER THE JUMP: Gray's Job Plan; Screw School, I'm In For Cupcakes; White House Protest...
Gray's Jobs Plan: Six months into his administration, and the mayor is ready to announce his plan to fulfill the central theme of his campaign—getting District residents back to work, reports the Post's Jonathan O'Connell. Among the plans, says Deputy Mayor Victor Hoskins, is to reorganize the Workforce Investment Council. Gray is current at The Yards to announce his plan. The speech has the "feel of a campaign event," notes WBJ's Michael Neibauer, who also notes that Gray is using a teleprompter.
You May Teach, and I Shall Go Make Cupcakes: Postie Bill Turque gets an interesting exit interview with Bill Kerlina, former principal at Phoebe Hearst Elementary who is off to make his dream of serving gourmet cupcakes to the residents of Howard County come true. Kerlina unloads his frustrations with DCPS as he's walking out the door, telling Turque that he felt former School Chancellor Michelle Rhee's IMPACT teacher evaluation is just a way of firing unwanted teachers. "The reform, in my opinion, is getting rid of people," he says. Kerlina also says he was asked by a DCPS official why he didn't recruit more white students to his school.
President MIA at Voting Rights Rally In Front of His House: D.C. Voting Rights advocated organized a rally Saturday in front of the White House. Avowed District-supporter President Obama didn't come. But 12 people did get arrested.
Why Gray's Numbers Are Down: The mayor's popularity is down, according to Gray campaign aide Kenneth Trombly, because the WaPo wants the mayor's numbers to be down. "It is sad that The Post seems unwilling to abandon its transparent agenda and allow the man who was elected mayor to govern on a level playing field."
In Other News:
- Jonetta says CFO Nat Gandhi is all spin, and is costing the city money.
- Engine problems cause fleet defect in Metro’s hybrid buses.
- D.C. parents rush to apply for private school vouchers.
- National Museum of Crime and Punishment uses employees in prison jumpsuits to attract visitors.
- D.C.’s US Attorney makes cold cases a priority.
- Man, 21, can't get youth summer job.
- No desk duty for lactating cops.
Gray sked: Visit with mayor of Brussels, Suite 509 JAWB, 9 a.m., Remarks at HIV Testing Day, Bread for the City, 10 a.m., Economic development update and Summer Youth Employment Program opening day tour, lumber shed at Yards Park, 10:30 a.m., SYEP opening day tours, Clyde’s of Gallery Place and DC Central Kitchens, 11 a.m., desk work and staff meetings, 1 p.m., Belgian economic trade mission reception and sister city signing, Belgian ambassador’s residents, 7 p.m.
Council sked: Committee on Government Relations and the Environment round table on surplus D.C. properties, Room 123 JAWB, 1 p.m., Committee on Aging and Community Affairs hearing, Room 412 JAWB, 2 p.m.