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August 16, 2018 / Kendra Allen, Editor

Multiple DC families find lead present in homes inspected by the city

CHILDREN & FAMILIES | According to the Washington Post, between March 2013 and March 2018, at least 41 homes that were subsidized by a DC housing voucher had high levels of lead present. Two of these families are now suing the city because it did not adequately inspect the units before giving its approval. (WaPo, 8/15)

The District Department of Energy and Environment, which performed the count and the testing, said it inspected about half of the homes because a child living at the property, or visiting it often, had tested positive for elevated levels of lead; the other homes were investigated following a tip about possible lead hazards. The agency said that the list wasn’t exhaustive and that there may be more.

TRANSITMetro must pay $82 million in wage increases to thousands of workers, arbitration panel says (WaPo, 8/15)

WORKFORCE
– The role customers can play in ensuring better working conditions and wages for restaurant workers. (Civil Eats, 8/14)

– Ever Heard of a Tanda? Inside D.C. Restaurant Workers’ Savings Circles. (WCP, 8/15)

EDUCATION | DC will open up its only public ‘girls only’ school after taking over Excel Academy Public Charter School. (DCist, 8/15)

MENTAL HEALTHThe Surprising Links Between Your Mental Health and Everyone Else’s (YES! Magazine, 8/13)


We lost the Queen of Soul today. Let’s celebrate her life by listening to our favorite songs. Here’s one of mine.

– Kendra

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