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February 28, 2012 / Christian Clansky

Out-of-school time funding has declined 44 percent…CareFirst to give $8.5 million for patient-centered medical homes…The origin and history of HIV explored [News, 2.28.12]

YOUTH | The DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation commissioned Susie Cambria to conduct a budget analysis of the District’s out-of-school time funding. The two main findings aren’t good (Susie Cambria, 2/27):

The first is that approved gross funding for OST has declined 44% between FYs 2009 and 2012. The second is that there is no citywide, planned system for out-of-school time services.

Do we really value our children 44% less now than in 2009? (Full Report)

D.C. youth funding, beset by scandal, has dwindled (WaPo, 2/24)

DISTRICT | Here’s a recap of yesterday’s D.C. Council hearing about how Harry Thomas used the Trust to steal city money for his personal use. (WaPo, 2/28)

HEALTH | CareFirst BlueCross Blue­Shield has announced $8.5 million in grants to a dozen safety-net clinics in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia to strengthen a coordinated primary-care approach focused on prevention and comprehensive care (WaPo, 2/28):

Over the next three years, the funded programs are expected to treat as many as 66,000 patients with costly chronic illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure…Clinics were asked to submit proposals and were chosen based on how well they could coordinate care for the most needy patients.

HIV/AIDS | The Post has an absolutely fascinating and tragic historical look at the role of colonialism in the origin and spread of the HIV epidemic. It began in Cameroon, around the turn of the last century, when a hunter killed an infected chimpanzee for food (WaPo, 2/28):

Without “The Scramble for Africa,” it’s hard to see how HIV could have made it out of southeastern Cameroon to eventually kill tens of millions of people. Even a delay might have caused the killer strain of HIV to die a lonely death deep in the forest.

EDUCATION/JUVENILE JUSTICE | Lots of important articles to read today, including this one about how two District students have overcome homelessness and criminal records on their way to graduation. (WAMU, 2/28)

POVERTY | In response to yesterday’s article about the decline in youth homelessness, the City Paper cautions that the data cited is three years old. “[T]he positive trends being reported now on concentrated poverty could already be history.” (City Paper, 2/28)

I need an opinion. I feel that Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is a terrifying, borderline sadistic movie. The Oompa Loompas are creepy and vindictive, and Gene Wilder’s Willy Wonka is a bipolar maniac. Others here at WRAG love the movie and think it is a fun kids flick. They are wrong, but what do you all think?

Also, for those of you who saw The Artist, I hope you’ll appreciate how clever this Sesame Street tweet is. Be sure to click on the picture link.


  1. kldavis / Feb 28 2012 2:01 pm

    If Care First weren’t my health insurer, perhaps I’d be more enthusiastic about these grants, but I’d much rather see my rates (private pay; astronomical!) lowered or even get a rebate, like USAA does on its profits on auto insurance, than see Care First giving away my money without asking.

  2. Dan / Mar 1 2012 1:44 pm

    Willy Wonka is borderline sadistic, and Gene Wilder really was a maniac, but that’s what makes the movie enjoyable. But it has nothing on Darby O’Gill and the Little People, which is much more subtle in its weirdness, or Fantasia, which is truly awesome.

    • christian clansky / Mar 1 2012 2:00 pm

      Darby O’Gill! I haven’t thought about that movie in a long time. My grandmother used put it on when we visited, and it gave me nightmares.

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