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THE BARRAS REPORT: Slip Sliding Away

AS the cacophony on Capitol Hill regarding a vote on anti-gun legislation ended, the city’s Office of Campaign Finance issued a final order surrounding its investigation of the shenanigans by the (Vincent C.) Gray for Mayor 2010 Campaign. The agency has fined the campaign $10,000. The OCF claimed to have announced this through a press release. (TBR never received that notification, however. Were it not for government watchdog Dorothy Brizill conducting research on another unrelated matter, the news would not have reached TBR.

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District Government Adopts New Lead Testing Policy

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Today, Deputy City Administrator Kevin Donahue announced that the Department of General Services will move to incorporate a 1 PPB (part-per-billion) action level for lead tests on drinking water sources in District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) and Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) centers. The effort comes on the heels of last week’s report by the American Academy of Pediatrics, Prevention of Childhood Lead Toxicity, that lead testing resulting in a reading of more than 1 PPB should be immediately remediated.

Memoir Tells Story of Whites Involvement in Black Empowerment

The White Guy in the Room: A Political Memoir, released June 16, 2016, is a timely book that charts the personal, racial and political transformation of Douglas J. Patton who rose from pre-civil rights era farm boy to become a legend in local and national politics.

As the 2016 election cycle gears-up for a raucous conclusion, comes this memoir of a man who, through guile, impeccable timing, and sheer good luck, became a Washington insider and key player in one of the most significant events of the civil rights movement. He was also architect of winning strategies of many modern political campaigns for African-American candidates.


HOW the District government responded to the 2001 drinking water crisis and what happened to Sarah Barkley’s son offer a teachable moment as the nation’s capital faces yet another possible drinking water debacle.

“No one ever once apologized. Never once was action taken to measure and to identify the kids and the harm that was done. We all just moved on,” said Yanna Lambrinidou, a professor and researcher at Virginia Tech, who has studied the problem of lead in drinking water in schools nationally and the responses by various government entities.

Is it 2001 all over again? What will the city do this time, other than sample the water? How will children and their families be treated?