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May 11, 2012 / Christian Clansky

Region’s top 10 Corporate Philanthropists named [News, 5.11.12]

GIVING | At an awards ceremony this morning, the Washington Business Journal announced the region’s top 10 corporate philanthropists of 2011, and we’re proud to see many WRAG members on the list (WBJ, 5/11):

1. Clark Enterprises, Inc. ($12.19m)
2. Wells Fargo ($12.03)
3. CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield ($7.34m)
5. Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States ($5.8 m)
6. Northrup Grumman ($5.6m)
9. Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc. ($3.49m)

Congratulations are also due to David and Katherine Bradley – founders of the CityBridge Foundation – who were named Philanthropists of the Year! The WBJ has interviews with both about their philanthropy, interests, and inspirations. (WBJ, 5/11 – subscription)

HIV/AIDS | A panel of experts has recommended that the FDA approve a drug (Truvada) to help prevent HIV infection in high-risk populations (WaPo, 5/11):

Truvada is already FDA-approved for the treatment of HIV. That means physicians are free to prescribe it “off label” for prevention; reports indicate that some already do. But a new FDA approval will free the company that makes the drug, Gilead Sciences, to market Truvada for prevention, too.

– Our region’s eighth grade students are really awful at science, but so is the rest of the country. The results of the 2011 Nation’s Report Card from the Department of Education show that the District has the worst science proficiency in the entire country (7%), while Maryland (32%) and Virginia (40%) are slightly above the national average of 31%. (Examiner, 5/11)

Neighborhood admissions preference for charter schools to be studied (WaPo, 5/11)

Ford Foundation Gives $50-Million to Push for Longer School Days (Chronicle, 5/12)

HOUSING | Listen: On the Kojo Nnamdi yesterday, local experts talked about the declining stock of affordable rentals in the region. (WAMU, 5/10)

TRANSIT | Metro’s sluggish service has saved the agency $20m in operating costs, but that won’t stop this summer’s fare hikes. (Examiner, 5/10) Inefficiency saves money? Hmmm…

It’s going to be a really nice weekend. If you aren’t busy, you otter check out the Zoo’s newest residents.

I’m excited to see Tim Burton’s new movie Dark Shadows…and The Avengers again. 

See you all on Monday!


  1. kldavis / May 11 2012 2:21 pm

    Transit: The original Examiner article doesn’t say anything about “inefficiency”. In fact, it makes the point that the trains are running more slowly because they are on manual rather than automatic operation, “… Metro switched to manual operation at all times after the deadly 2009 Fort Totten crash, when the safety system failed to stop one automatically running train from slamming into a stopped train. Nine people died and dozens more were injured.” Putting safety before speed is a bad thing?

  2. christian clansky / May 11 2012 4:49 pm

    Sorry, I oversimplified my comment. Of course you are right that safety is more important than speed.

    What I meant by inefficiency (my own comment, not the Examiner’s) is that the management has taken nearly three years so far – and is in no sight of finishing the task – to restore the system to a point where it can be automated again. With manual operation, trains run slower, schedules aren’t as reliable, and overall performance declines.

    So the $20m in savings is, in part, the result of a less efficient system. Obviously, I also didn’t take into account the fact that the $20m is more than offset by Metro’s huge infrastructure deficit.

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