Tasty Morning Bytes – Racist GOP email, Food Deserts, Prioritizing Shelter

Good morning, DCentric readers! Ready to start your Tuesday with some links?

A Peek Into the DC9 Murder Investigation “But a police source involved in the investigation into Mohammed’s death says those rumors are likely wishful thoughts on the part of DC9 fans…He says it’s unlikely that Mohammed died merely of a tackle, and that he would bet that a least one of the five arrested will face murder charges. He also claims, as do recently filed charging documents, that the first officer on the scene began administering CPR to Mohammed. “That’s not something you do if a guy is conscious,” the source says” (Washington City Paper)

Virginia GOP big is asked to resign after alleged racist e-mail “I went down this morning to sign up my Dog for welfare. At first the lady said, “Dogs are not eligible to draw welfare”. So I explained to her that my Dog is black, unemployed, lazy, can’t speak English and has no frigging clue who his Daddy is. So she looked in her policy book to see what it takes to qualify…My Dog gets his first check Friday. Is this is a great country or what?” (maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com)

Bill would entice D.C. corner stores into fruit-selling business “Two D.C. council members want corner stores to start slinging fruits and vegetables in the city’s poorest neighborhoods, and they’re willing to provide subsidies as part of the District’s battle against bulging waistlines. A bill introduced by at-large Councilman Kwame Brown and Ward 3 Councilwoman Mary Cheh is designed to target what are commonly referred to as “food deserts,” areas where it’s easier to buy chips and a soda than an apple.” (Washington Examiner )

D.C. schools dinner program aims to fight childhood hunger “The program, which will cost the school system about $5.7 million this year, comes at a time of heightened concern about childhood poverty in the city. Census data show that the poverty rate among African American children is 43 percent, up from 31 percent in 2007 and significantly higher than national rates.” (The Washington Post)

Council to Vote Tomorrow on Keeping D.C. Shelters for D.C. Residents “A couple weeks ago, Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells shared the discovery that ten percent of people who come to District homeless shelters aren’t District residents (or at least, their last address was somewhere else). Being a good sport in the face of a $175 million budget shortfall, he promised to introduce legislation that would prioritize services for people who are from here.” (Washington City Paper)

Henderson could be just what DC schools need “…Rhee supporters found solace in the decision to let go-to gal Kaya Henderson take over as interim leader. This move could signal good things for DC kids and the future of the city. When it comes to community relations, the primary sticking point between Rhee, future Mayor Vincent Gray, and Rhee’s critics, Henderson may even represent a step forward.” (Greater Greater Washington)