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December 19, 2014 / Ciara Myers, Editor

Friday roundup – Dec. 15 through Dec. 19, 2014


THIS WEEK AT WRAG
Happy holidays! The Daily WRAG will go on a brief hiatus starting Monday, December 23, 2014 and returning Monday, January 5, 2015. Take a look at WRAG’s 2014 Year-in-Review!

THIS WEEK IN HOMELESSNESS
Yesterday, the D.C. Court of Appeals upheld the right to private shelter for homeless families. The unanticipated spike in homelessness last winter led many families to be housed in rec centers with little or no privacy despite a law that families must be in private rooms. (WCP, 12/18)

The decision comes as the city faces yet another shelter crunch this winter. The District has already sheltered around 60 families in motels for lack of space in proper shelters this winter, and anticipates a 16 percent increase in the number of homeless families requiring shelter over last winter.

THIS WEEK IN THE ARTS
– There was good news and bad news. The good news: The entity aiming to create an arts exhibition hall and venue in the former trolley space under Dupont Circle signed a lease for the space. (WCP, 12/16) The bad news: Arlington County’s Artisphere arts center may close by mid 2015. (WBJ, 12/17)

THIS WEEK IN AGING/PHILANTHROPY
Opinion: Foundations Can Help Transform How We Care for Aging Americans (Chronicle, 12/17)

THIS WEEK IN EDUCATION 
– A study found that state education funding declines were three times greater in the poorest school divisions than in the wealthiest school divisions in Virginia. (WaPo, 12/12)


Could you beat Salvador Dali in the most intense staring contest experience imaginable?

– Ciara

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