The Morning News: Windswept Edition

Yep, it’s pretty windy out there, and dammit, it’s cold to boot. 18F here, -5F with the windchill. This is the kind of weather that has me thinking that California may be a better place to live by far. But, not quite as a nice a scene in Modesto, if you know what I mean.

Crime Cameras Go Live

DC Police cameras in high crime areas are live, and the Police are pulling their best Big Brother impersonation together. Wait, you thought this was a repeat? So did I. Except that while 73 cameras were live in August of 2006, no one was watching them. Sure, they could use the footage after the fact, but now they’re watching the cameras feeds live. Most creepy from the Post article was this line from Chief Lanier: “I’d love to have the whole city wired like London.” Chief, technology is no substitute for officers in the field, don’t treat it as such.

GW Finalizes Development Deal for Old Hospital Site

The three-acre Parcel 54 area of DC, near 23rd & I Sts NW is the site of the old GW Hospital, and will soon be the site of 842,000 square feet of office, retail and residential space. The space will include a grocery store, amongst other retail options, as well as 1,000 parking spaces that will be much needed.

Obama vs. Clinton Tomorrow in DC!

Two Senators are facing off on the ballot tomorrow, fighting it out for the nomination of their party for the presidency. Elections across the DC area take place tomorrow, and the polls in Virginia put Sen. Barack Obama up on Sen. Hillary Clinton by 15 points at the moment. In addition, John McCain and dark horse candidate Mike Huckabee are also on the ballot for the Republicans, but the split is far wider between the two.

2 Comments so far

  1. Max (unregistered) on February 11th, 2008 @ 9:23 am

    I wish DC wasn’t a closed primary. Who knew my vote could ever make a difference?

  2. Chris L (unregistered) on February 11th, 2008 @ 3:43 pm

    Regarding the crime cameras: bring them on. People need to get over our unreasonable fear of "Big Brother". When I lived in London I never felt oppressed or in danger of some government conspiracy. In fact, I always felt much freer than I do here. Even have seen people walking down streets smoking joints right in front of the CCTV without a care. Everyone there knows that the cameras are there to catch big fish doing big bad things. Camera operators could care less what us peons are doing.

    In London, I did however feel extremely safe, even walking home in the wee hours of the night.

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