Wednesday, October 29

DC WEDNESDAY OCT

Washington Post - Council members Kwame R. Brown (D-At Large) and Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) issued a joint press release that voices their opposition to Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's plan for a mixed-use development for the site that includes Janney Elementary School and the former Tenley-Friendship Library. They also sent a letter of opposition to the mayor. According to the letter, they want the mayor to "permit the Tenley Library to be built now and separate it from any possibly mixed-use, or public/private development on the site.". . . Brown and Cheh say in the letter that their decision is based on the views of the community.

DC Examiner - The Washington area's subway and bus system has announced it will begin doing random bag searches as part of an inspection initiative aimed at deterring terrorist attacks. Metro says riders will be subject to searches of carryon items before they enter the fare gates. . . Metro General Manager John Catoe says that the move is not a response to any threats.

So now all terrorists have been advised not to carry a random bag when riding the Metro. Don't you feel safer?

Metblogs notes that while there are 12,216 bus stops and 86 Metro stations, there are only eight officers ready to search random bags in Metro's great new war against terrorism.

If you want to take on Metro's unconstitutional plan to serarch riders' bags, check out the Flex Your Rights site for more on the law.

WJLA - D.C. officials plan to close the District's five city-operated outpatient mental health centers and instead contract with private clinics to provide services, according to employees of one clinic.

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