In 1972, Washington, DC opened the doors
to the HD Woodson Senior High School. It was the city's first new school in twelve years, and the first to be constructed after riots devastated
the city in 1968. Like its sister school across town, it had been built to withstand
another riot, and protect its students within its fortress-like walls. For a time, it stood as the pride and joy of the city's school system, featuring a diverse range of academic and vocational programs in a state of the art 8-story building complete with escalators, science labs, and a six-lane pool; a symbol of hope for a downtrodden community. By 2008, however, things had gone horribly, horribly wrong.
The building was literally crumbling, many of its original facilities had closed due to neglect, only 13% of sophomores were proficient in reading or mathematics, and violence was a daily concern. Facing no other choice, the city closed the school in 2008, and demolished
the brutalist structure shortly thereafter.
After a three year series of delays
, next week, students will begin classes
in the newly reconstructed
HD Woodson High School; a 3-story state of the art building complete with elevators, science labs, and an eight-lane pool; a symbol of hope for a downtrodden community -- leading many to question: Will it work this time? The correlation between architecture and academic performance is not well-studied, and previous efforts
have been inconclusive at best.
The Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail
is America’s first water-based national historic trail. It consists of the combined routes of Smith’s historic voyages on the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries in 1607-1609. Designated by Congress in December 2006, the trail stretches approximately 3,000 miles up and down the Bay and along tributaries in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia. [more inside]
Though the District of Columbia just welcomed
its first same-sex married couple
under its new marriage equality law
, neighboring Virginia is dealing with the possibility of further restrictions to GLBT residents
. The newly-minted state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli
is advising (read: instructing) Virginia's public colleges and universities that, because the state assembly has refused
to add sexuality to its classes of discrimination, that for public colleges and universities to use discrimination policies which include gays and lesbians would be beyond their authority
. Gov. McDonnell rescinded previous executive orders
from Govs. Kaine and Warner in order to remove sexuality from the list of discrimination protections, but today responded to the controversy by directing state agencies not to discriminate against gays.
And it all has something to do with Fortune 500 Company Northrop Grumman
Heller v. District of Columbia
, the U.S. Supreme Court's first actual interpretation
of the Second Amendment
, has just come down. In a 5-4 decision
, the Justices ruled D.C.'s comprehensive handgun ban to be unconstitutional. Antonin Scalia writes for the majority.
A very big day for the District of Columbia Superior Court. In Pearson v. Soo Chung
(pdf of opinion), Judge Judith Bartnoff ruled that Custom Cleaners
is not liable to Roy L. Pearson
for "various calculations of damages that go as high as $67 million" over "a pair of allegedly missing pants." The other shoe is yet to drop. Judge Bartnoff ruled that Pearson must pay the defendants' court costs
and will consider forcing Pearson to pay the defendants' attorneys' fees. ( previously
seems like he wants to put his foot in the ass of those that would do away with
all-ages shows in his hometown district
There aren't many places in the United States that can count poetry societies run by Afghan cab drivers. Washington has two. And they don't like each other
Attention D.C. residents- remain going about your business and please ignore the continuous explosions coming from Dick Cheney's house
The World Bank in Washington DC said today that some of its mail had tested positive for possible anthrax contamination. 1200 employees there will be staying home tomorrow. It's the third report of a positive test in DC this week. Hysteria, residue from before, or is it happening all over again?