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A TRIFECTA OF FEAR: Blame the Message and the Messengers

SEE something, say something. Young black men are prime perpetrators of crime in the District of Columbia. White police officers are waging a war on African-American males. Those three messages are distributed daily by the media. They are also repeated ad nauseam in the public square by many elected officials, civic leaders, public intellectuals, and average citizens.

Combined, the messages translate into a single word: fear. That became clear during a recent encounter between two sets of District residents and police officers at a commercial bank in DC’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.

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It Is Time for The Council Freshmen to Graduate

If a consultant created a PowerPoint org-chart of the current DC Council committees, it would resemble a mass of ill-defined squiggles. That design, seemingly lacking rhyme or reason, is the brainchild of the legislature’s chairman, Phil Mendelson (D).

The council may say, for example, the key to solving the city’s homeless crises is preserving and constructing affordable housing. But neither homeless issues nor the Interagency Council on Homelessness (ICH) come under the purview of the legislature’s Committee on Housing and Community Development. Instead they are within the Committee of the Whole (COW), headed by Mendelson.

The COW is mess.

The Fatherless Woman Song:

“Father’s Day is a very difficult time for me. I don’t show it outwardly. In my childhood everybody had a daddy, except me. To me there is such a stigma attached to it. I feel so ashamed… Where is my daddy?” (Ivory N. Sanders, Baltimore)

THE BARRAS REPORT: Lawmakers Say Yes to Exelon-Pepco Merger

SEVEN D.C. Council members have come out in support of Mayor Muriel Bowser’s settlement reached with the Exelon Corporation and Pepco Holdings. They are urging the city’s Public Service Commission (PSC) to approve the merger between the two utilities. The deal, as negotiated by the mayor and her team, could mean $78 million in benefits for District residents.

District’s retail sector employs many more workers, but pays less

by Yesim Sayin Taylor

District’s retail industry is relatively small: it accounts for just under 3 percent of all employment in the District compared to about 9 percent in the Metro area and 11 percent in the nation. But this sector is changing rapidly in what it sells, how it sells it, and whom it hires to sell.