EDUCATION | The District will give charter schools $7 million for facility costs, allowing them to use federal funds for other purposes. (WaPo, 10/26)
HEALTH/EQUITY | A RAND study commissioned by the DC Cancer Consortium found some pretty shocking facts about cancer disparities in the District. For instance (Huff Post, 10/25):
Blacks in D.C. are 54 percent more likely to be diagnosed with cancer, but they are 90 percent more likely to die from the disease. Nationally, only 4 percent of the general population develops cancer and [of that percentage] about 20 percent die from cancer.
- In Prince George’s County, the number of foreclosures has increased 45 percent compared to a year ago. (Gazette, 10/25)
- The Future of the Region’s Housing Market, in Charts (City Paper, 10/25)
TRANSIT | Prince George’s business, political leaders call for Purple Line funding (WaPo, 10/26)
COMMUNITY | Jeffrey Slavin, of the Sanford and Doris Slavin Foundation, is donating a children’s playhouse in honor of his father to the National Center for Children and Families’ Greentree Shelter in Bethesda. A special ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place on November 2. Call 301-365-4480 to RSVP.
PHILANTHROPY | 20% of Grant Makers Gave Much More in Recession Than the Law Requires (Chronicle, 10/24 – subscription)
If I had seen this version of the Exorcist as a kid, I might have been slightly less traumatized.
Have a great Halloween weekend. Here’s hoping that Hurricane Sandy/Frankenstorm doesn’t turn into this.