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April 17, 2012 / Christian Clansky

Promise Neighborhoods names Ayris Scales as executive director…Majority of country favors District budget autonomy…Maryland budget could mean major education cuts in MoCo [News, 4.17.11]

COMMUNITY
- The World Bank has elected Jim Yong Kim, current president of Dartmouth College, as its new president effective July 1st. The Wall Street Journal interviewed Kim on his priorities for the bank.

- The DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative (DCPNI) has announced that Ayris T. Scales – who previously served as interim executive director at the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities – will lead the nonprofit as its first executive director. DCPNI’s founder and president, Irasema Salcido, says:

We’re delighted to have found in Ms. Scales an extremely committed and hands-on leader with experience making economic development and public-private partnerships work to lift D.C.’s most underserved communities.

ARTS
- 30 Rock’s Jack Donaghy Alec Baldwin is on the Hill today lobbying for more funding for the National Endowment for the Arts as part of Arts Advocacy Day. For 2012, the NEA received $147 million – a $22 million drop since 2010. (Bloomberg, 4/17)

- Is Lumen8 Anacostia’s Future? (CityPaper, 4/17) “What would it feel like to have a bunch of young, mostly white folks concert hopping on Martin Luther King Avenue, drinking in warehouses, locking fixies on fences, shopping at vintage stores?”

SAFETY | Prince George’s County officials realize that they face big challenges in making the county’s streets safe for walkers and cyclists, but it is a top priority nonetheless. (GGW, 4/17)

HOMELESSNESS | For homeless single dad, nothing’s easy, even when it’s good (WaPo, 4/17)

DEMOCRACY | A new poll released by DC Vote and conducted across the country finds that 71 percent of U.S. adults believe that D.C.’s “budget decisions should be made by the city’s taxpayers and elected officials.” (WaPo, 4/17)

LOCAL | In the midst of a federal investigation, D.C. Chartered Heath Plan’s Jeffrey Thompson has resigned. The organization holds a major for low-income health management in the District. He’ll be replaced by David Wolf, a former executive at CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield. (WaPo, 4/17)

BUDGETS | Montgomery County Braces For Possible ‘Doomsday Budget’ (WAMU, 4/17) If a special session of the General Assembly isn’t called, education funding in Montgomery County would be cut considerably.

SPACE | Did you see Discovery fly over today? WRAG’s office is on the top floor of the building – which is bad when you are running late for work and the elevator stops on every single floor going up, but great for when space shuttles fly by! We all gathered on the balcony to salute Discovery’s final voyage and one of our auditors, Megan O’Shea, snapped this cool picture.

TRANSIT | As Loudoun County officials try to decide whether or not to fund Metro’s Silver Line, a new study finds that the county could benefit from as much as $386 million in tax revenue from the new line. (Examiner, 4/17) Sounds more like gold than silver to me! (And this is how Capt. Picard would react to my terrible joke.)


In keeping with today’s theme, I’d like to introduce you to my future vehicle: the PAL-V One. It is small, which is great for parallel parking in the city. And, it is aerial in case I want to fly over traffic. Or to the beach or California or something.

Also, this is scary but hilarious. A 767 pilot sent his plane into a dive trying to avoid a collision with…Venus. I hate it when that happens.

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