Millicent West resigns from DC homeland security post…New survey says ‘food deserts’ might not be the problem…Fairfax County expects 9,000 new jobs this year [News, 2.1.12]

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.

How Harry Thomas used youth funds…Education rankings released (congrats Maryland)…Local workforce development services mapped [News, 1.12.12]

HOMELESSNESS | Mary Otto, editor of Street Sense, reflects on the sad trend of homeless individuals’ lives being cut short by disease, addiction, and violence. (Street Sense, 1/11)

EDUCATION | According to Education Week’s annual survey, Maryland public schools are the best in the nation – a ranking held now for four consecutive years. Virginia isn’t far behind with fourth place, but D.C. is scraping the bottom at number 49. (WaPo, 1/12)

WORKFORCE | The DC Fiscal Policy Institute has created a resource map that locates workforce development services in the District. Here’s a blog post that explores the map. (CFNCR, 1/11)

LOCAL | The Post takes a deeper look at how Harry Thomas took money from the city. In particular, the article details how $110,000 was directed away from the D.C. Children and Youth Investement Trust Corporation by its former executive director – from a city fund for drug prevention and at-risk children – to fund an inaugural ball.

Amid the fallout, current Trust executive director Ellen London remains focused on the thousands of District youth that the organization serves. “It is more important than ever that this work continue,” she said. (WaPo, 1/12)

WWW… | Get ready for a digital identity crisis. Due to concerns over the ease of securing a .org domain name – which frequently leads to fraud – oversight groups are pushing for nonprofits to adopt a new and more secure suffix - .ngo – instead. The change would have a lot of consequences though. (Chronicle, 1/12)

ARTS | Thanks to the Cafritz Foundation’s Michael Bigley for pointing out this article that runs some numbers to answer the question, How Good Is D.C. to Artists, Musicians, and Writers? (Atlantic, 1/3)

NONPROFITS | Budget Cut Could Curtail Oversight of National-Service Programs (Chronicle, 1/12)

- A WTOP investigation has uncovered hundreds of dashboard camera videos from Metro buses that show reckless driving, accidents, and even pedestrians being hit. (WTOP, 1/11) And also, remember how great this movie was?

- D.C.’s streetcar program has hit another snag. (WBJ, 1/12) Ancient proverb: Don’t lay down streetcar tracks until you actually have streetcars, a power supply, a turnaround point, and the money to pay for everything.

In case you have a good chunk of free time to ponder ethical questions, here’s one for the digital age courtesy of The Atlantic: How much does file sharing resemble stealing – and does it matter?

Metro far behind on suicide prevention plan…Good news on region’s unemployment rate…MoCo seeks more education and transit funding from General Assembly [News, 1.9.12]

HEALTH/TRANSIT | Metro has been facing an unsettling number of rider suicides in the last two years, but it has been very slow in implementing a suicide prevention program – approved 16 months ago – that includes special training for station managers. (Examiner, 1/9)

HEALTH | Opinion: Why Community Health Centers Matter (Chronicle, 1/7)

ENVIRONMENT | The Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s William Baker says that the idea that environmental regulations kill jobs is completely wrong. Cleaning up the Chesapeake, for example, could create hundreds of thousands of jobs. (HuffPo, 1/6)

WORKFORCE | Region’s unemployment rate falls in November (WaPo, 1/9) Of course, the devil is in the details. The news isn’t all good, but we’ll stick with the headline.

EDUCATION | Va. Gov. McDonnell to discuss contentious K-12 agenda Monday (WaPo, 1/9)

BUDGETS | As Maryland’s General Assembly prepares to open its three month session on Wednesday, Montgomery County delegates are readying to fight for increased education and transit funding. (Examiner, 1/9)

ELECTIONS | With Harry Thomas’ resignation from the D.C. City Council after stealing money from youth charities, there will need to be an election to fill the seat. The Post’s Mike DeBonis has a rundown of likely candidates. (WaPo, 1/7)

Happy New Year, everyone! Thank you to Rebekah for holding down the fort while I was away – she did an awesome job writing the Daily.

It seems that I’ve returned to a slow news day (or maybe I’ve forgotten how to do this), but there is one big thing on the radar. Tomorrow is the New Hampshire primary, and while we could argue about who will win the GOP race there, I would rather focus on the lesser-known Democratic candidates. In particular, I think you should all consider the platform of Vermin Supreme.

- Christian


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