PEOPLE | Millicent West, who lead the Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation during part of the period when Harry Thomas stole money from it, has resigned her position as the city’s homeland security director. West has not been accused of wrongdoing, but tendered her resignation “to ensure the work of the agency can carry on without any distractions.” (WaPo, 2/1)
FOOD | An interesting new survey from Share Our Strength suggests that access to healthy food for low-income families isn’t as big of a problem as many assume – but that’s not to say that people are actually eating healthily. As The Atlantic puts it, “The greater obstacles to healthy meals are planning skills, time and, yes, price.” (Atlantic, 2/1)
- District schools to introduce gifted-and-talented program (Examiner, 2/1) Which reminds me of this great scene from Zoolander.
- Teacher pensions could cost Prince George’s almost $100m a year in a decade (Examiner, 2/1) It’s a confusing headline, but the article has charts to explain things.
DISTRICT | DCist has pulled out some fun facts from the District’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. For example, tourists were responsible for almost $5.9 billion in local spending in 2010. (DCist, 2/1)
WORKFORCE | The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority is predicting that the country will see 9,000 new jobs within a year. (WTOP, 2/1)
LOCAL | “Mc-FEAR-son” or “Mc-FUR-son” – which is correct? WAMU has the answer. (WAMU, 2/1) Speaking of names that begin with “Mc,” did you know that Ronald McDonald is called Donald McDonald in Japan?
Also related to McPherson, I find it to be pretty disrespectful that the Occupiers have covered General McPherson’s statue with a giant tarp. I’m not sure covering public statues is part of one’s right to assembly.
Anyway, three extra things today. First, here are 20 Common Grammar Mistakes That (Almost) Everyone Gets Wrong. Second, this is cacophonous proof that there would be no Steven Spielberg without composer John Williams.
And last, but certainly not least, a very happy 75th birthday to Mr. Garrett Morris – the most underrated Saturday Night Live alumnus. SNL protects its digital content like crazy, so I couldn’t find the hilarious skit where Morris dresses up as Tina Turner and sings Proud Mary.