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Loose Lips Daily: 5.8 Edition

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Good morning sweet readers! Had yesterday's earthquake really been the end of times, LL's gig on earth would have ended at a place called Super Tacos. Just like he's always planned. News time:

Pray for Cracks, Kiddos: Kids are so lucky! DCPS (along with several other school districts) has cancelled school today, and some may stay closed tomorrow. There are 13 schools that have been red-flagged as having potentially serious damage. The Gray administration initially said all schools would be open save for three. "We felt it would be best to have qualified structural engineers thoroughly inspect all 126 school buildings so our parents and community members could feel confident we've placed the highest priority around ensuring the safety and well-being of their children," says Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson in a statement.

AFTER THE JUMP: More Earthquake; Gray and Sulaimon React; Huntsman in D.C...

More Earthquake: The Post thinks that we all thought the earthquake was a terrorist attack. Convenient narrative, but LL bets "large truck passing by" trumped"terror attack" by a ratio of 10 to 1. Mayor Vince Gray thought there was something seriously wrong with his $1,900-a-month Navigator. The Wilson Building was evacuated and staff got to take the afternoon off. And D.C. showed that in the event of a real emergency, we're all pretty much screwed.

Gray and Sulaimon React: Yesterday brought another seismic event into the world of D.C. politics in the form of a scathing report by Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh of the Gray administration's connected-kids and crony hires. Just kidding, the report didn't have much in the way of new news, and many of the people Cheh said were bad actors are long gone. Gray told reporters that he takes full responsibility and wishes the brouhaha had never happened. Gray also put out a statement. The Post catches up with Sulaimon Brown, who says the report was a "whitewash" from the get-go: "They must think District of Columbia residents are dumb."

Get Your Huntsman On: Since there are so many diehard Republicans reading this morning roundup, LL would be remiss not to point that the DCGOP is having a shindig with Michele Bachmann's future running mate, Jon Huntsman, tonight.

In Other News:

  • Jonetta is all for a charter school review.
  • What does an annualized salary of $80k get you? Praise.

Gray sked: Weekly presser at 10 a.m. 50th annual Redskins Welcome Home luncheon at 11:15; Target school library ribbon cutting at 2:30 p.m.; WOP Vernon Jones Show radio interview at 4 p.m.

Council: Talk about the Gray hiring report at 2 p.m.

Comments

  1. #1

    DCPS made the right choices yesterday and today. As a parent, I am glad they keep school operating normally yesterday and I support closing for inspections today. If geological events in DC were more frequent then it might be different.

    DCPS gives me confidence that when the big one hits (whatever they throw at us) they'll be ready.

  2. #2

    Another fine accomplishment by the Mayor's press team!

    Totally screw up the timing of the announcement and then issue an ridiculously defensive press release patting yourselves on the back for thinking of the children.

  3. #3

    Guess it's your personality, worldview etc. I didn't get to terrorist attack until I'd already thought gas leak/exlosion, metro derailment or crane collapse. And unless the terrorists were working for Dr. Doom, the shaking went on too long.

  4. Amanda brookefield
    #4

    Hurricane Irene might DC next
    this place is doomed as soon as we get things going good here come mother nature, to tear it up, whats next?
    rick perry? run for your lives
    http://ethicalfutures.wordpress.com/2011/08/25/naked-new-yorker-goes-door-to-door-slashing-neighbors-after-being-spooked-by-earthquake/

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