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Stuff You Might Have Missed: December 22

by Borderstan.com — December 22, 2010 at 5:00 am 0

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DC9 Death Ruled a Homicide

The D.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has completed and released the autopsy results for Ali Ahmed Mohammed, confirming it was a homicide, TBD reports. Cause of death was explained as ‘Excited Delirium Associated With Arrhythmogenic Cardiac Anomalies, Alcohol Intoxication and Physical Exertion With Restraint’.

Metro Begins Random Bag Inspections

Breathless reports of commuters at far, far away stations facing mass chaos, or the very rare eight minute delay, thanks to TBD. I kid, I kid — this is something that all WMATA riders, including bus riders, may be facing in the very near future and is a big deal. Counterpoint can be found at Greater Greater Washington, arguing the checks make Metro less safe.

Beginning of the D.C. Chapter of the ‘Rent is Too Damn High’ Party?

File Under: things we already knew — especially in our ‘hood. Rents in the Washington area have soared 22% in the last decade, says the Washington Post. This news preceded the census numbers indicated our population has grown for the first time since Harry S. Truman was President, also from the Post. More people, more demand, higher prices… Gordon Gekko would be so proud.

Hide/Seek Curator Speaks on Pulled Exhibit

DCist has the recap of Tuesday’s Hide/SPEAK event with co-curator of Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture, David Ward. Agree or disagree, he made an interesting argument on censorship, overriding artistic wishes and the importance of the exhibit.

City Council Pulls a Grinch: Non-D.C. Homeless Will Be Turned Away From Shelters

An emotional vote today at the D.C. City Council determined that shelters can turn away those who can’t demonstrate D.C. residency as of March 16, Washington City Paper reports. Residency, which may seem impossible for the homeless, can be anything from a written letter or proof of benefits. Is this a sign of what is to come from a rather divided Council?

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