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Loose Lips Daily: What the Census Says Edition

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  • Good morning sweet readers! It's Thursday, and you all know what that means: Washington City Paper has once again flagrantly violated the District's decency laws and put out another issue of informative news articles, thoughtful art and food reviews, and mildly pornographic clothing ads (check out that back page!). In this week's edition, LL writes of his turbulent youth working in a cannery in Monterey before rushing north to the Yukon, where he found the gold within. Just kidding—LL got the week off to work on a cover story. LDP more than picked up the slack with this excellent piece about problems at former Councilmember H.R. Crawford's home for disabled veterans. "Bathroom facilities are filthy, the floors stained from toilet flooding and the shower curtains black with mold, and there’s usually no soap or toilet paper. The center is supposed to serve two meals a day, but the continental breakfast started only recently, dinner is offered at irregular times, and sometimes supplies run out before all of the 98 residents who want food have eaten."

    And Alex Baca, in her very first cover story, does a bang-up job commemorating the one-year anniversary of when last year's mayoral race devolved into a shouting match about bike lanes and dog parks. "All signs point to cycling’s becoming a viable way to get around D.C. for all kinds of people. And a burgeoning corps of bike riders will need more infrastructure, whether it’s racks to lock up to, or stripes on the road, or lanes physically separated from traffic by bollards. Strip away the cultural codes that we’ve attached to bicycling, and it’s revealed as a fast, efficient, and affordable way to move about a city. Maybe all the acrimony is just a growing pain." News time!

    AFTER THE JUMP: What the Census Says; Metro Moula; Education Committee, What Education Committee? ...

    What the Census Says: The Census released more detailed figures recently, and we have a trio of stories to help sort them out. TWT reports that young white people love moving to the District. "Among 70,000 residents between 25 and 29 years old, 51 percent are white and 30 percent are black, census statistics released Thursday show, a higher percentage than in both Fairfax and Montgomery counties. Whites outnumber blacks of every age between 22 and 34 years in the District. ... In the past decade, the District added 10,000 women and 7,000 men between 25 and 29, overwhelmingly white, and increasing numbers have remained and sent children to public school." The Examiner notes that D.C.'s Latino population is saying goodbye to Mount Pleasant and Columbia Heights and hello to Petworth and Brightwood. "The overall Hispanic population fell by nearly one-quarter in Columbia Heights and Mount Pleasant while it grew by nearly 50 percent in the Georgia Avenue neighborhoods." And the Post reports that more and more young adults are having to move back home with mom and dad. (Shudder.)

    Metro is Where the Money's At: The Examiner's Kytja Weir continues to pwn the Metro beat: this time reporting that 337 workers earned an extra $40,000 in overtime last year. One Metro cop took home a total of $201,000 last year, thanks to an extra $123,000 in overtime.

    Honoring Dr. King: "We’d like to see the city’s elected leaders honor King by moving more quickly to clean up the ethics mess that shrouds our city politics," says Tom Sherwood.

    Mr. Chairman, Tear Down That Committee Structure: Georgetown Dish columnist Chuck Thies says Council Chairman Kwame "Fully Loaded" Brown shouldn't hold both the economic development and education committee. "Brown has too many irons in the fire to focus on what many believe is the city's number one priority. Students, parents, teachers, administrators and taxpayers deserve nothing less than dogged, hands-on oversight."
    In Other News:

    Gray sked: On TBD at 10 a.m.; Wilson HS ribbon cutting at 11:30 a.m.; WETA 50th anniversary taping at 2:15 p.m.

    Council sked: Recess.