EDUCATION | Yesterday, WTOP gathered education leaders from most of our region’s jurisdictions to talk about their successes and challenges, both common and unique. It’s worth the time to listen to some of the show’s segments. (WTOP, 8/22)
- Despite their growing popularity and success in the District, charter schools operate as effective “second-class” citizens when it comes to funding and policy decisions. (WaPo, 8/22)
COMMUNITY | Congratulations to Janice Thomas on being named the new vice president for finance and operations at the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation! Janice has been WRAG’s neighbor down the hall at the Consumer Health Foundation for the last three years. While we’ll miss seeing her in the hallway, we’re very excited that she’s moving to another great foundation in our community.
Julie Rogers, Meyer’s President and CEO, has these words of praise for Janice:
We are delighted to welcome Janice to the Meyer Foundation…She brings an uncommon and invaluable combination of skills and experience. Beyond her finance, technology, and human resources background, Janice’s degree in social work gives her an additional perspective on the foundation’s work.
PHILANTHROPY | New Web Site Informs Philanthropists About Nonprofits (Chronicle, 8/21) “The new Web site is called the Giving Library and includes videos from 250 nonprofits hoping to catch the attention of donors who visit the site.”
LOCAL | I mentioned the death of local homeless man Peter Bis – and how it has touched a lot of people – earlier this week. Today, the Post has a nicely-written front page article about him. (WaPo, 8/22)
ECONOMY | The weather is getting pleasant, people are relaxing a little as the summer winds down, and…the United States is evidently facing a deep recession next year, according to the Congressional Budget Office. We already know that massive tax hikes and spending cuts are going to severely hurt our region, but the CBO’s new report says the rest of the country is in grave danger, too, if Congress doesn’t get its act together. (WaPo, 8/22)
HOUSING | From Greater Greater Washington – Long-term home ownership does foster civic engagement (GGW, 8/22)
TRANSIT | Arlington County has released a video that shows the plan for (and benefits of) its new streetcar system. They ignored the “don’t make videos nine minutes long” rule, but it is certainly interesting if you have time to watch. (ArlNow, 8/22)
Homer Simpson’s “D’oh!” is probably one of the most famous phrases (noises?) in American pop culture. Homer’s voice actor, the hilarious Dan Castellaneta, explains that not only was “D’oh!” originally unscripted, but it actually has roots in one of the greatest comedy teams ever. Trivial, but fascinating!
Also, here’s the first poster for Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln biopic, starring
Abraham Lincoln Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln. This is at the top of my must-see list.