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April 27, 2012 / Christian Clansky

Region’s air quality is awful…D.C. Council releases report on Thomas…Improving safety by expanding youth workforce [News, 4.27.12]

ENVIRONMENT/HEALTH | What do the District and Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, Montgomery, Prince George’s, Frederick, Anne Arundel, and Baltimore counties all have in common? A failing grade for air quality, according to the American Lung Association. (Washingtonian, 4/26)

Detailed reports by state and county for:
District of Columbia | Maryland | Virginia

YOUTH | Today, the D.C. Council’s Committee on Human Services will release the results of its investigation into how Harry Thomas was able to steal $350,000 of funding for youth programs. Thomas will be sentenced next Thursday. (WaPo, 4/27)

YOUTH/WORKFORCE | A new report from the Justice Policy Institute determines that a key strategy for improving public safety is to expand employment opportunities for the District’s youth:

Quality and robust job training and placement assistance share with delinquency prevention programs the ability to reconnect disconnected youth and create pathways to positive outcomes. These programs can help empower D.C.’s young people by promoting a desire for continued education and personal and professional development.

The report focuses on District youth, but it is worth noting that young people are mobile – especially via public transportation – and their behavior affects the whole region.

POLICY | Nonprofit Montgomery’s director, Hope Gleicher, and chairwoman, Sharon Friedman, praise a new Montgomery County policy that allows for advanced payments on some nonprofit contracts (Gazette, 4/26):

This new policy is a significant step toward greater efficiency and more reasonable accountability requirements for community-based nonprofits that provide food, shelter, clothing, counseling, medical and other services to hundreds of thousands of county residents.

EDUCATION | For the Huffington Post, DC Appleseed’s Walter Smith and Judy Berman write, D.C. Needs an Independent Community College and a Smaller, Stronger U.D.C. (HuffPo, 4/27)

TRANSIT | We’re in the digital age at this point, so you might have forgotten what a broken record sounds like. Let me refresh your memory: Metro Board Approves Fare Hikes (WAMU, 4/27)

LOCAL | Welcome to the Redskins, Robert Griffin III. We’re beyond ecstatic to have you here! Griffin is one of the most anticipated sports figures in the history of our region, and he began his tenure as our quarterback by singing the opening lines of the Redskins fight song. (WTOP, 4/27)

As Thomas Boswell says, “the skies are finally clearing” for our sports teams – which means not just excitement and pride for the region, but increased revenues, community engagement, and inspiration for youngsters, too! (WaPo, 4/27)

EVENT | WRAG members are invited to attend a welcome breakfast for funders for the DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative’s new Executive Director, Ayris Scales. The breakfast will be hosted by Terri Freeman (Community Foundation for the National Capital Region), Oramenta Newsome (DC LISC), and Kristin Pauly (Prince Charitable Trusts).

May 10th, 9:30 am | Skadden Arps, 700 14th Street, NW, 11th Floor
Please RSVP to

It’s Friday, and I bet I know what you’re thinking. “What does the biggest land vehicle in the world look like?” You’re lucky I can read your mind because I can show you what it looks like.

It appears to be useful for things like mining, inducing nightmares, and intergalactic warfare. Surf around the website for some other impressive pictures. And have a great weekend!

– Christian

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