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March 29, 2012 / Christian Clansky

Young people from outside of the region driving District growth…How ‘megafoundations’ are reshaping philanthropy…Youth arrests down 15 percent [News, 3.29.12]

– Just-released census data show that the District’s new residents are primarily coming from outside of the region. The city has been gaining residents for the first time in fifty years, and most of the newcomers are students or recent graduates. (WaPo, 3/28) “The District is the place with day life and night life and action,” says William Frey of the Brookings Institution. Action like earthquakes!

– Data also show that Fairfax County is the most popular landing spot for the region’s new residents, while Montgomery County’s new population is “driven by immigrants.” (Examiner, 3/28)

HOUSING | Gray’s Proposed Budget Cuts Funding to DC’s Key Tool to Build and Renovate Affordable Housing For Second Year in a Row (DCFPI, 3/28)

PHILANTHROPY/EDUCATION | Opinion: Princeton’s Stanley Katz considers how “megafoundations” are shifting the landscape of philanthropy, and how their interest in affecting policy change is both significant and risky. In particular, he looks at the role private philanthropy plays in education reform (Chronicle, 3/25):

But shouldn’t we all be concerned when public officials defer to private institutions when reforming higher education? Are we outsourcing parts of our education policy to the private philanthropic sector? I think so.

NONPROFITS | The number of registered foundations and charities in the country dropped by a huge 16 percent last year. The Chronicle cites the drop primarily as a result of “failing to follow the law by filing informational tax forms,” but the recession has caused an impact, too. (Chronicle, 3/29)

JUVENILE JUSTICE | A new briefing from DC Lawyers from Youth finds that youth arrests in the District have dropped 15 percent since 2009 – putting them at a five-year low. (DCLY, 3/29)

LOCAL | Last week, Batman made national news when he was pulled over in Silver Spring for having the wrong car tags. It probably should have been international news, but we’ll forgive the media this time. Thankfully, the Post followed up with the man and uncovered the only thing that could make the story better – he’s actually a businessman who dresses up and visits sick children at area hospitals to cheer them up. A real class act and superhero, indeed. (WaPo, 3/29)

ENVIRONMENT | Chesapeake Bay Sees 20% Drop In Underwater Grasses (WAMU, 3/29) A major culprit – lawn fertilizer.

TRANSIT | White House reneges on part of $150M pledge to Metro (WTOP, 3/29) Broken commitments and bad fiscal policy. Sigh. Politics as usual.

We’ve lost a legend. Bluegrass banjoist Earl Scruggs passed away last night at the age of 88. Here’s a great video of Scruggs and Steve Martin playing together on the Letterman Show. And here’s a wonderful tribute to Scruggs’ contribution to music written by Martin for the New Yoker. Rest in peace, sir.

On a happier note, here’s a futuristic intercontinental transit idea. Please build it immediately. Thank you. Rebekah has the Daily manana, so I’ll see you all on Monday.

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