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  • Good afternoon sweet readers! It's Thursday, and you all know what that means: Washington City Paper staffers are in hiding after another successful toilet papering of a certain football team owner's house. Also, the paper's dead tree edition is out on the streets.  This week's cover is our Fall Arts Guide, if you're into that sort of thing. Benjamin Freed looks at where a movie theater ought to go east of the river.  LDP looks at how there's no telling how long it'll be before the mayor's Skyland dreams become reality. And LL profiles the political pull of road building behemoth Fort Myer Construction (and manages to get a cuss word into the first quote!). News time:

    Double Standard: Former Councilmember Bill Lightfoot lights up the Georgetown Dish with an interview on the current state of ethical affairs on the council, and in the media. Lightfoot chows down on the meaty issue of a (real or perceived) racial double standard when it comes to investigating and reporting councilmember misconduct. "There is a concern in some segments of the Black community in this town to call for the removal of Black politicians will further the gentrification of the city. ... Furthermore, there is a view among a segment of the Black population in the city that a double standard is applied to the alleged unethical conduct of Black politicians versus white politicians. The [louder] outcry over the conduct of Harry Thomas does not seem to be [equal] to the outcry over Jim Graham’s conduct of not reporting a known bribe. Some people view that as a double standard." LL always finds it a bit odd when people suggest Graham's alleged misdeeds have not gotten plenty of attention in this newspaper.

    AFTER THE JUMP: HuffPo Goes Lives; Dirty Test; More Taxes!...

    Name Your Top Three Game Changers, Darling: After the rousing success of TBD in covering local news, Arianna Huffington has decided she wants in on the action. She poached @WCP's editor Michael Grass to head Huffington Post D.C., which went live today. LL could do without the slideshow of councilmembers in their swimsuits, but if that's what it takes to bring in the clicks, so be it. Councilmember David Catania, former wannabe councilmember Adam Clampitt, Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham's polticial consultant Chuck Thies have columns up on the need to protect youth from violence, the need to take care of veterans and the need to protect cars.

    Dirty Test!: "D.C. public and public charter schools, which annually test student progress in reading and math, will also measure what they know about human sexuality, contraception and drug use starting this spring," the Post reports. Commence uproar!

    In Other News: Sorry multi-state corporations, you'll have to pay more taxes now. Gray won't testify on statehood arrests. Would you pay $150,000 to cut down a tree? Senate keeping its hands off D.C. budget for now.

    Gray sked: 2:30 p.m. taping "One City, One Movement to Stop Domestic Violence" PSA.

     

    • Drez

      "Have gotten" or "Have not" gotten?
      Regardless, I don't beleive that Mr Lightfoot's comparison is entirely fitting and, neither, it seems, does the USOAG, which was looking at Graham, but ultimately declined to prosecute him.

    • noodlez

      WE ARE FUCKED AS A CITY AND A NATION WHEN WE ARE TESTING CHILDREN ON THEIR BASIC KNOWLEDGE OF READING,‘RITING,‘RITHMETIC, RUBBERS AND ROLL-UPS.

      JUST ANOTHER WAY TO BOOST TEST SCORES.
      TEST ‘EM ON WHAT THEY REALLY KNOW!

      WOULD BE CURIOUS TO SEE THE BREAKDOWN OF SCORES IN THE DIFFERENT WARDS OF THE CITY ON THE DRUG USE, CONTRACEPTION AND HUMAN SEXUALITY PARTS OF THE TEST.

    • Anothernative

      @AS, LL always finds it a bit odd when people suggest Graham's alleged misdeeds have not gotten plenty of attention in this. How about plenty of attention verses everyday attention,I'll tell you what, lets remedy this by making a comparison. Why not take a count of the articals on each concerning they're accused misdeeds, I think that would erase all doubt of your unbiased reporting.

    • Drez

      Fair 'nough, but only if you subtract those articles AS wrote to report on Federal or DC investigations.
      If neither the feds nor DC are investigating, there would be less to report or write...

    • seDCdude

      Tsk tsk, there goes the hypocrite as hypocrites go Drez!

      You are pathetic and have absolutely NO shame!

      I guarantee your cohorts "skipper, Rake, GE Ren and truth Hurts won't touch this bit of truth cause in fact it does hurt to swallow this pill.

      All 1 has to do TODAY is go read that bullshit sewerBOY just crapped out.....G is for Vendetta when it should've read G is for Graham with insinuating/emphatical/incriminating pix to go right along with it....

      No surprise here you can bet that!

    • Really?

      Ya'll haven't gotton the memo....there rules for ya'll and rules for us.

    • Drez

      FBI and OAG know more about it than any of us, and they choose who they prosecute based on the evidence they have.
      If they're wrong and you know it, talk to them, don't be weak and cry about it in the comment section of some blog.

    • seDCdude

      Wow, talk about da' pot callin' da kettle black....more pathetic drivel from the drivel master!

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