Bible Used in Lincoln and Obama Inaugurations On Display at Library of Congress
The Lincoln inaugural Bible used by Barack Obama when he took his first presidential oath of office in 2009—which was used again by the president along with Martin Luther King’s Bible at the second inaugural ceremony on Jan. 21—will be on display at the Library of Congress through Feb. 18.
The Lincoln Bible, bound in burgundy velvet with a gold-washed metal rim, will be on view through Monday, Feb. 18, in the exhibition “The Civil War in America” in the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. The exhibit is free and open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
On March 4, 1861, Chief Justice Roger B. Taney administered the oath of office to Abraham Lincoln using a Bible provided by William Thomas Carroll, clerk of the Supreme Court, because Lincoln’s family Bible was packed with other belongings that were still en route to Washington from Springfield, Ill.
In the back of the velvet-covered Bible, along with the seal of the Supreme Court, the volume is annotated: “I, William Thomas Carroll, clerk of the said court do hereby certify that the preceding copy of the Holy Bible is that upon which the Honble. R. B. Taney, Chief Justice of the said Court, administered to His Excellency, Abraham Lincoln, the oath of office as President of the United States. . .”
The 1,280-page Bible was published in 1853 by the Oxford University Press. In the center of the front cover is a shield, made of gold wash over white metal, with the words “Holy Bible” engraved into it.
On Jan. 20, 2009, President-elect Obama took the oath of office on this Bible that is steeped in history. He will use it again on Jan. 21, in addition to Martin Luther King’s Bible. The two Bibles will be stacked one on top of the other, as the president takes the oath of office for a second time.
The Lincoln Bible, part of the Library of Congress collections, was last on display in 2009 in the exhibition “With Malice Toward None: The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibition.”
The Lincoln Bible will join other treasures in “The Civil War in America,” including the final draft of Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address; the original pasted-up reading copy of Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address and Lincoln’s first draft of the Emancipation Proclamation. These original documents will be on view through Feb. 18.
The Civil War exhibition, which opened on Nov. 12, 2012, is slated to close on June 1, 2013.
The Library of Congress, the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and the largest library in the world, holds more than 155 million items in various languages, disciplines and formats. The Library serves the U.S. Congress and the nation both on-site in its reading rooms on Capitol Hill and through its award-winning website at www.loc.gov.
District Publishes Final Regulations for Benchmarking Energy and Water Usage in Large Buildings
The District of Columbia recently published final regulations to implement a new requirement that all large private buildings benchmark their energy and water performance annually. The final regulations, published in the DC Register, Volume 60, Issue 3, require owners or property managers to evaluate the energy and water efficiency of their buildings, a critical first step toward saving energy, water, and money.
“Energy benchmarking is an important step toward realizing the Mayor’s vision to make the District the healthiest, greenest and most livable city in the United States,” said Keith A. Anderson, Acting Director of the District Department of the Environment (DDOE). “By measuring and reporting energy use in large buildings, we raise awareness of energy and water efficiency and help business owners and tenants identify ways to save energy, water, and money.”
Pursuant to the Clean and Affordable Energy Act, owners of buildings over 100,000 square feet must report their 2012 energy and water use to DDOE by April 1, 2013. DDOE requires the use of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (U.S. EPA) free, industry-standard ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager software for benchmarking and reporting, available at www.energystar.gov/benchmark. Larger buildings must also submit data for 2010 and 2011; DDOE is requiring less detail in these reports. The scope of reporting expands in 2014 to include all buildings over 50,000 square feet. For more information, including all documents supporting the rulemaking or to find out if a building is covered, visit www.ddoe.dc.gov/energybenchmarking or email email@example.com.
Many building owners in the District are already seeing benefits from benchmarking in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, and 266 buildings, representing 90 million square feet, have gone the next step and been certified with the ENERGY STAR label by U.S. EPA.
Our “Building Sustainability” initiative main priority is to increase efficiency and reduce operating costs,” says Michelle Good, Director of Sustainability at Akridge, a DC-based commercial real estate firm. “Benchmarking energy and water consumption gives us the ability to assess building performance objectively and measure ongoing progress. It allows us to identify areas for improvement and potentially raise the value of the properties we manage.”
Public sharing of building energy ratings will expand the benefits of benchmarking by making efficiency information available to potential buyers and tenants looking for properties that will save them money and help the environment. DDOE will publish benchmarking results online later in 2013.
The District was the first jurisdiction in the nation to require public disclosure of energy benchmarking results for both private buildings. Other cities, including New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, Philadelphia, and Austin now have similar programs in place. The energy benchmarking rule is the result of over two years of extensive stakeholder engagement—including owners, managers, developers, tenants, industry associations, consultants, utility companies, business improvement districts, and nonprofit organizations.
Leading by example, the District also released today the energy benchmarking results for more than 200 of the District government facilities, managed by the Department of General Services (DGS), with new or updated results for fiscal years 2009 through 2012. Among other findings, the results reveal that 11 DC public schools may be eligible for ENERGY STAR certification because of their energy efficiency efforts. The full report can be found on www.ddoe.dc.gov.
“It is important for the District Government to lead by example, establishing ENERGY STAR benchmarking for its buildings and showing the value of these metrics in driving energy and cost savings,” said Brian Hanlon, Director of the DGS. “We are working to use these benchmarks along with other tools and analytics to improve District energy efficiency and save money for taxpayers. We want to show all building owners the value of energy benchmarking as a path to saving money, reducing environmental impact and improving our city.”
Technical assistance is available for building owners, property managers, and service providers as they complete the benchmarking process.
For more information, including upcoming the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager software training, visit http://www.dcseu.com.
Mayor Gray Appoints Interim Director Keith A. Anderson as Permanent Head of District Department of the Environment
Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced recently that he has selected Keith A. Anderson as the permanent director of the District Department of the Environment (DDOE). Mr. Anderson has served as the department’s Interim Director since September 1, 2012.
“Keith is a consummate professional who has proven his mettle while serving as Interim Director of one of our most important agencies,” said Mayor Gray. “In addition to steadily guiding DDOE during an important transition period, serving as a strong advocate for the environment and demonstrating his ability to be a consensus-building team leader, Mr. Anderson is helping lead the critically important Sustainable DC initiative to make the District the greenest, healthiest, most livable city in the nation.”
Before assuming the role of Interim Director, Mr. Anderson served as Chief of Staff at DDOE for two years. In this capacity, he planned, organized and developed vital policies, regulations, directives and procedures to manage the District’s leading authority on energy and environmental matters. He provided oversight for DDOE’s Office of Policy and Sustainability, its Office of Enforcement and Environmental Justice, its Office of Community Relations and its Office of Public Information.
“Keith’s appointment was an easy decision. With his firm knowledge of federal environmental policy, his excellent working relationships with local and national sustainability and business leaders and his good relations with the staff at DDOE, Keith is ideally suited to lead this vital agency,” said City Administrator Allen Y. Lew.
Prior to becoming Chief of Staff, Mr. Anderson served the District for more than 10 years in a variety of high-level positions. Those included serving as deputy director of DDOE’s Energy Administration, where he successfully managed several energy programs in the areas of weatherization, renewable-energy incentives and energy conservation and education. Mr. Anderson, a District native and product of the DC Public Schools, earned a bachelor’s degree from Hampton University in Hampton, Va. He currently resides in Ward 4.
Chancellor Henderson Announces Final School Consolidations Plan
DC Public Schools (DCPS) Chancellor Kaya Henderson today announced the final school consolidation and reorganization plan, which reflects input and ideas gathered over the past two months of conversations, community meetings and discussions with DC residents. The plan will consolidate 15 schools, 13 at the end of the 2012-2013 school year and two at the end of the 2013-2014 school year. Additionally, there are several expanded quality program offerings as part of the plan.
“The proposal we put out in early November evoked strong reactions from the community,” Henderson said. “We heard from people across the city that have never reached out or offered feedback before. People spoke up at meetings, they sent emails, they called, and we made sure to track everything they said. I’ve been inspired and encouraged by the thoughtful feedback we heard from parents, advocates, students, school staff and others during this process. My priority is, and will remain, what is best for our students, and I am confident that our final plan will best support our students and their families.”
Since November, DCPS participated in two City Council meetings, held four ward-based community meetings, met with Education Councils in three wards, and held public office hours for Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners of affected schools and the general public. DCPS also received hundreds of ideas from the community on the Engage DCPS website. Henderson and senior DCPS staff also met with State Board of Education members, union leaders, PTAs and parent groups, and U.S. Department of Education staff, among others.
Henderson released today “Better Schools for All Students,” which outlines feedback from the community and details what will happen with each school that will be consolidated. The plan includes details that respond and address areas of concern raised by the community, including high-quality programs, cost savings, safety and walkability, facilities and transitions for students.
“We’ve spent the last two months combing over every single comment, data point and proposal,” Henderson said. “Now it’s time for us to look to the future, for us to plan for the best ways that we can support our students. This plan, coupled with A Capital Commitment, sets us on the right path toward success.”
The 13 schools that will be consolidated at the end of the 2012-2013 school year are:
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The two schools that will be consolidated at the end of the 2013-2014 school year are:
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Expand Existing High-Quality Programs
Changes included in the final school consolidation and reorganization plan expand quality program offerings and quality seats available at several schools.
- School-Within-A-School (Ward 6), which currently serves students from pre-K to first grade, will expand over time to a pre-K to grade 5 school and relocate to Prospect Learning Center.
- Capitol Hill Montessori @ Logan (Ward 6) will convert from a pre-K to grade 5 school to a pre-K to grade 8 school and add more early childhood education seats.
- School Without Walls (Ward 2) and Banneker (Ward 1) will expand their ninth-grade classes.
- Francis-Stevens Education Campus (Ward 2) will merge with School Without Walls to serve students from pre-K to grade 12. Merging these schools allows the high-performing School Without Walls to expand its grades and manage a neighborhood/boundary education campus at the Francis-Stevens building.
Other impacted changes include:
- Garrison Elementary School (Ward 2) will offer new early childhood and special education classrooms.
- Malcolm X Elementary School (Ward 8) will be a part of an innovative partnership with a high-performing charter school serving Ward 8 students.
- Powell Elementary School (Ward 4) students will now feed into Columbia Heights Education Campus for middle school.
- Barnard Elementary School (Ward 4) students will now feed into West Education Campus or Truesdell Education Campus
- Students in grades six through eight grades at Langley Education Campus (Ward 5) will transition to the new McKinley Education Campus.
O’Malley-Brown Administration introduces comprehensive approach to public safety and violence prevention in Maryland
Governor Martin O’Malley has formally announced the Administration’s public safety priorities for the 2013 Legislative Session, including a comprehensive approach to addressing gun safety and violence prevention in Maryland.
“Progress is a choice. So long as gun violence continues to take the lives of our fellow Marylanders, there are choices we must make together to protect our children, our families and law enforcement personnel who put themselves in harm’s way every day,” said Governor O’Malley. “Today, we’re putting forward a comprehensive set of public safety initiatives that will improve the safety at our schools, make meaningful mental health reforms, and enact common-sense gun safety measures like banning military-style assault weapons and limiting high-capacity magazines.”
“Over recent months, we’ve witnessed violence throughout this country, often in the places you’d least expect, such as an elementary school in Connecticut or a movie theater in Colorado,” said Lt. Governor Brown. “Yet we also know that tragically, in too many of our communities, violence has become far too common-place. This legislative package will give us the tools to combat that violence, but we also need to continue to work together in neighborhoods across Maryland if we want to address the terrible violence on our street corners, in our homes or in our schools.”
Gov. O’Malley was joined at the announcement by Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown, House Speaker Michael E. Busch, members of the Maryland General Assembly, members of the Executive Cabinet, local enforcement and other officials.
This session, the O’Malley-Brown Administration will pursue an agenda to improve public safety and protect Maryland families that focuses on three principal areas: gun safety, school safety, and improving mental health safeguards and services.
Among the proposals in the Administration’s legislative agenda are a ban on all assault weapons, limitations on magazine capacity from 20 rounds to 10, stronger licensing requirements on handgun purchases and restrictions on possession of guns and ammunition. The package also protects Second Amendment rights with common-sense gun safety proposals that will not infringe on the rights of law-abiding citizens.
“I applaud Governor O’Malley’s leadership to prevent gun violence,” said Professor Daniel Webster, director of the Center for Gun Policy and Research at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. “Research supports that purchaser licensing systems are the most effective approaches to curtailing illegal straw purchases and gun trafficking.”
“I commend Governor O’Malley for his leadership in working to make communities across Maryland safer by initiating measures to reduce gun violence,” said Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson, a member of Vice President Joe Biden’s gun task force. “The National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence, which I chair, has been calling for background checks for all firearm purchasers, as well as a ban on semiautomatic assault weapons and ammunition magazines in excess of ten rounds – measures the Governor is putting forth today for our state. We must do all we can to ensure that we keep guns out of the wrong hands and that we keep excessive firepower out of our communities.”
The Governor’s FY 2014 budget dedicates $25 million of the proposed school construction funds to strengthening school security with camera at entrances, automatically locking doors, shatterproof glass, and buzzer entrance systems among other enhancements. The agenda also establishes a Maryland Center for School Safety, a partnership between federal, state and local law enforcement partners to ensure a comprehensive approach to school safety.
Kenneth Trump, president of National School Safety and Security Services commended the school safety component of the Administration’s proposal: “School administrators are seeking practical information and resources to better secure their schools and strengthen their school emergency preparedness planning for managing crisis incidents. By providing dollars to improve the security of school facilities, identifying gaps in educator training and emergency plans, and coordinating the distribution of best practice information to school and law enforcement officials, the State of Maryland is taking meaningful steps to help educators strengthen their school security and emergency preparedness.”
The Administration encourages a comprehensive approach to safeguarding mental health and making improvements to services. The plan includes information sharing among federal and state partners for background checks, improving mental health services in Maryland, and establishing a Department of Health and Mental Hygiene-led Task Force to Improve Continuity of Care for Individuals in the Community Mental Health System.
“The Maryland Psychiatric Society applauds the thoughtful approach that Governor O’Malley has taken in addressing the issues of violence and mental illness,” said Dr. Elias Shaya, chief of psychiatry at Good Samaritan Hospital and President of the Maryland Psychiatric Society. “We look forward to continued collaboration with the Administration to expand access to effective treatment, improve continuity of care, and develop sensible approaches that both protect public safety and support health.”
American Red Cross Blood Drives for January
January is National Volunteer Blood Donor Month, a time when blood donors across the country are recognized for their lifesaving contributions to the health of others. The Red Cross thanks our generous donors who support the community blood supply by rolling up their sleeves to help give the gift of life.
Maintaining sufficient blood to meet patient needs is a delicate balance between supply and demand. The American Red Cross is urging all those who are eligible to donate blood to make an appointment and help meet the daily needs of patients in area hospitals. If you are a type O blood donor, we especially encourage you to give blood. Type O negative blood is the universal blood type and can be transfused to anyone who needs blood, regardless of their own blood type.
The American Red Cross Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region will hold blood drives in cities and towns throughout the region. Donors are encouraged to call 1-800 RED CROSS or visit online at redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information.
Friday, January 25 George Washington University – Marvin Center,
10:00 am – 4:00 pm 800 21st Street, DC
Friday, January 25 Hilton Arlington
8:00 am – 12:00 pm 950 North Stafford Drive, Arlington
Friday, January 25, Westover Branch Library
10:30 am – 2:30 pm 1644 N. McKinley Rd, Arlington
Friday, January 25 Hilton Arlington
8:00 am – 12:00 pm 950 North Stafford Drive, Arlington
Friday, January 25 Westover Branch Library
10:30 am – 2:30 pm 1644 N. McKinley Rd, Arlington
Friday, January 25 St. James Episcopal Church
1:30 pm – 6:00 pm 14 Cornwall St NW, Leesburg
Saturday, January 26 Manassas Church of the Brethen
9:00 am – 3:00 pm 10047 Nokesville Road, Manassas
Saturday, January 26 Gainesville United Methodist Church
8:00 am – 2:00 pm 13710 Milestone Ct., Gainesville
Monday, January 28 Four Points By Sheraton Washington DC Downtown
9:00 am – 3:00 pm 1201 K. Street, N.W., DC
Monday, January 28 Herndon Elementary School
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm 630 Dranesville Road, Herndon
Monday, January 28 Bethel Lutheran Church
1:30 pm – 7:30 pm 8712 Plantation Ln, Manassas
Tuesday, January 29 Boston Properties -655 15th Street NW
10:00 am – 2:00 pm 655 15th Street NW, DC
Tuesday, January 29 Alexandria Chapter House
1:30 pm – 8:00 pm 123 North Alfred St, Alexandria
Tuesday, January 29 Wakefield High School Red Cross Club
3:00 pm – 7:30 pm 4901 S. Chesterfield Road, Arlington
Tuesday, January 29 Alexandria Chapter House
1:30 pm – 8:00 pm 123 North Alfred St, Alexandria
Tuesday, January 29 Wakefield High School Red Cross Club,
3:00 pm – 7:30 pm 4901 S. Chesterfield Road, Arlington
Tuesday, January 29 Stratford University
10:00 am – 4:00 pm 7777 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church
Tuesday, January 29 Sport & Health
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm 42365 Soave Dr., Ashburn
Wednesday, January 30 Boston Properties
10:30 am – 3:30 pm 12012 Sunset Hills Rd, Reston
Wednesday, January 30 Foxcroft School
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm 22407 Foxhound Lane, Middleburg
Thursday, January 31 American University College of Law
11:00 am – 5:00 pm 4801 Massachusetts Ave NW, DC
Safeway Secures 200,000 Additional Doses Of Flu Vaccine to Meet High Demand
Safeway Inc. announced today it has shipped an additional 200,000 doses of flu vaccine to its pharmacies in the U.S. to be administered to customers on site. Approximately 16,000 of those doses are at stores here in the Washington-Baltimore area.
“This additional quantity of flu vaccine will allow us to meet the needs of our customers to help them remain healthy this season,” said Greg Herr, Safeway’s Eastern Divison Pharmacy Director. “Our pharmacists administer the vaccine on a walk-in basis. The process is simple, convenient and affordable. We want all of our customers to have this protection.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control, 47 states are reporting widespread flu activity with infection numbers making this the worst flu season in a decade. The vaccine remains the best protection against the flu.
To encourage customers to receive a flu vaccine and promote health and wellness, Safeway is giving each customer who receives a flu vaccine at a Safeway Pharmacy a coupon for 10 percent off their next grocery purchase.
Vaccines are conveniently available at all Safeway Pharmacy locations during normal business hours, seven days a week, on a walk-in basis. No appointments are required and no prescription is necessary. For more information on stores offering the flu vaccine, customers can contact their local Safeway store.
Thirty-Eight Greater Washington, DC Area Prep Stars Nominated for 2013 McDonald’s All American® Games
Local Student-Athletes in the Running to Play in Prestigious High School Showcase Event in Chicago
McDonald’s® has announced its list of 814 prep seniors who have been nominated to play in the 2013 McDonald’s All American Games. This year’s list boasts players from 39 states and the District of Columbia who have been selected by high school coaches, athletic directors, principals and members of the McDonald’s All American Games Selection Committee. Thirty-eight players hail from the Greater Washington, DC area – 6 of which are from the Washington, DC metro area! The local players nominated for the 2013 Games include:
- Lindsay Allen St. John’s Catholic School
- Jasmine Bailey St. John’s Catholic School
- Zoe Beard-Fails Georgetown Day
- Ty Elliot Chavez High School
- Victoria Oliver St. John’s Catholic School
- Olivia Turner Archbishop Carroll High School
A complete list of 2013 McDonald’s All American Games nominees is available at www.mcdaag.com. The final roster of 24 boys and 24 girls who will be selected to play in the 2013 Games will be announced during the McDonald’s All American Games Selection Show on ESPNU on February 14 at 5:00 p.m. ET.
“The Greater Washington, DC area has a long history of elite basketball talent and the nomination of 38 local players signifies the hard work and dedication of our young student-athletes. They contribute to their schools, the community and the game,” said Isaac Green, McDonald’s owner/operator and President of the Washington, DC Co-op. “The McDonald’s All American Games presents the opportunity to preview the country’s up and coming basketball talent, and we’re excited to have our city represented by these outstanding players.”
The 36th Annual Boys Game will tip-off on Wednesday, April 3 at 8:30 p.m. CT from Chicago’s United Center and will be broadcast on ESPN. The 12th Annual Girls Game will precede the Boys Game, beginning at 6 p.m. CT and will broadcast live on ESPNU. Information regarding tickets for the 2013 McDonald’s All American Games is available at Ticketmaster. Tickets for the 2013 Games go on sale January 19 at 11:00 a.m. CT. Tickets start at $10 and include free parking. There is also the popular family four-pack option which includes four tickets, four soft drinks and four hot dogs – all for $53.
Net proceeds from the Games will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC). The Games have raised more than $10 million for RMHC since its inception in 1978.
Main Reading Room Open House on Presidents’ Day
Twice each year, the Library of Congress opens its magnificent Main Reading Room for a special public open house. The spring open house will take place on the federal Presidents’ Day holiday, Mon., Feb. 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Photography, excluding use of tripods, will be allowed.
The Main Reading Room is located on the first floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St., S.E., Washington, D.C. Reference librarians will be available to demonstrate the Library’s online resources and discuss access to the Library’s vast onsite collections, including services and collections for use in family history research. No other reference services will be available and all other Library of Congress reading rooms and buildings will be closed.
The Jefferson Building, which will be open to the public between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., also features the incomparable Great Hall and the Library of Congress exhibitions. This holiday marks the last opportunity that visitors will have to view the initial draft of the Emancipation Proclamation, handwritten by President Abraham Lincoln. The draft has not been on public view since 2009 and is currently on display in the Library’s ongoing “The Civil War in America” exhibit. It will also be the final day to view President Lincoln’s final draft of his first inaugural address, the inaugural Bible on which he took the oath of office in 1861 (also used by President Barack Obama for his 2009 and 2013 inaugurations), and the original reading copy of Lincoln’s second inaugural address in the exhibition.
The Library’s Young Readers Center, which is also housed within the Thomas Jefferson Building, will be open to visitors with children from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Young people, who must be accompanied by adults at all times, are encouraged to explore the center’s library of current and classic books, which can be read onsite. Adults can also read aloud to their children from a selection of age appropriate books by the nation’s best authors and illustrators. This collection of books is non-circulating.
Unreserved guided tours of the Thomas Jefferson Building will be offered at 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. These tours are meant for individuals and families, and for groups with no more than 10 participants. As tours can fill up quickly, plan to arrive at the Visitors’ Theater at least 15 minutes before the scheduled tour time. Each tour is limited to 40 people and designed to accommodate individuals and families, not large groups. More information about the Library, the exhibitions and tours is available at the orientation desks or online at www.loc.gov/visit/ or by calling (202) 707-8000.
The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress Announces Winter/Spring 2013 Lecture Season
The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress has announced its lecture series for winter/spring 2013. The season of lectures highlights the work of senior and junior scholars currently in residence at the center.
Lectures by two distinguished senior scholars headline the series during the week of April 29. Legal scholar John Witte, Jr., will discuss Western arguments for monogamy over polygamy on Tuesday, April 30, and Cold War historian Will Hitchcock will talk about the strategic worldview of President Dwight D. Eisenhower on Thursday, May 2.
Lectures by junior scholars include talks on Walt Whitman’s Civil War America, the early Hollywood magnate George Kleine, and 1960s vagrancy laws. All scholars use the Library’s rich collections to inform their research.
Programs occur in The John W. Kluge Center on the first floor of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., Washington D.C. All are free and open to the public. No tickets are required. On rare occasions, event times and locations may change; please check the Kluge Center website prior to each event, www.loc.gov/kluge.
Thursday, Jan. 24, at noon, in room 113 “The Afterlives of Specimens: Science and Mourning in Whitman’s America.” Kluge Fellow Lindsay Tuggle examines the Civil War narratives of Walt Whitman and Union surgeon John H. Brinton as alternative histories of war casualties: military and poetic, phantom and physical. Co-sponsored with the Poetry and Literature Center Thursday, Feb. 7, at noon, in room 113 “Jonathan Going South: The Yankee and the Making of American National Character” German Fellow Stefanie Schafer examines the origins and functions of the Yankee in 19th century literary and popular culture.
Thursday, Feb. 14, at noon, in room 113 “The Lost Tycoon: Rediscovering George Kleine, Reframing Early American Cinema” Kluge Fellow Joel Frykholm examines early Hollywood through the life of one of its first captains, George Kleine—why he drifted into historiographical oblivion and why his case is ripe for discovery. Co-sponsored with the Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound division
Thursday, April 11, at noon, in room 113 “People Out of Place: The Sixties, the Supreme Court, and Vagrancy Law” American Council of Learned Societies Burkhardt Fellow Risa Goluboff examines how vagrancy laws kept those affected in place, and how the laws’ undoing was a key part of the era’s social revolutions.
Thursday, Apr. 25, at noon, in room 113 “Charlemagne’s Europe” Kluge Fellow Jennifer Davis discusses how Charlemagne united most of Western Europe, and then developed a new style of rule to suit his new empire.
Tuesday, Apr. 30, at 3 p.m., in room 119 “Why Two in One Flesh: The Western Case for Monogamy over Polygamy” Legal scholar John Witte, Jr., the Cary and Ann Maguire Chair in Ethics and American History, examines the West’s historical predilection for monogamy over polygamy. Thursday, May 2, at 4 p.m., in room 119 “The Ike Age: Eisenhower, America and the World of the 1950s.” Cold War Historian Will Hitchcock, Henry A. Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations, explores America’s place in the world and President Eisenhower’s leadership during the tumultuous 1950s.
Wednesday, May 22, at noon, in room 113 “Book Talk on ‘What Remains: Coming to Terms with Civil War in 19th Century China’” Tobie Meyer-Fong, a Kluge fellow in 2006, discusses what preoccupied Chinese and Western survivors of one of the most brutal civil wars in human history in her new book. Co-sponsored with the Asian Division
Through a generous endowment from John W. Kluge, the Library of Congress established the Kluge Center in 2000 to bring together the world’s best thinkers to stimulate and energize one another, to distill wisdom from the Library’s rich resources, and to interact with policymakers in Washington. For more information about the Kluge Center visit www.loc.gov/kluge/.
The 15th Annual Gridiron Celebrity Hoops All-Star Basketball Game
On Saturday, February 2nd, brace yourself, as Gridiron Celebrity Hoops XV slam dunks into the Big Easy. Next to the “Big Game” itself, Gridiron Celebrity Hoops XV will be the hottest game ticket in town! The star studded event, which features Six-Time Pro Bowler Terrell Owens, Dallas Cowboys’ Dez Bryant, Philadelphia Eagles’ Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Phoenix Cardinals’ Darnell Dockett, New Orleans Saints’ Lance Moore, Grammy-nominated music artist Tank, and retired NBA Hall of Famer, Earvin “Magic” Johnson Jr., will be held at the Xavier University of Louisiana’s brand new Convocation Center.
This Gridiron XV game highlights the creator and executive producer, Juli Jordan’s, personal achievement as the very first African-American and first woman in the 93 year history of the National Football League and the 47 year history of Super Bowl to produce an event annually held during the Super Bowl weekend to reach the 15 year mark.
“I am extremely excited that Gridiron Celebrity Hoops has reached 15 seasons of production. There is a great joy in being a first. But this year’s anniversary is my opportunity to recognize those who have been so kind to me over the many highs and lows, struggles and triumphs of keeping this event alive for a decade and a half. I believe that dreams do come true; that long shots can become sure shots and that’s why we strive to benefit, enrich and inspire youths in foster care waiting to be adopted and dreaming of a brighter future,” expresses Jordan, CEO and President of Jam Sports Productions. The event production company is minority-owned and the first to reach this major milestone and outstanding achievement.
This unmatched competition remains one of the most anticipated events held annually the night before the Lombardi Trophy is won. It is also the first and only charity celebrity basketball game to have ever become officially sanctioned by the National Football League. Now independently produced exclusively by Jam Sports Productions, Gridiron XV is where pro football players and A-list celebrities play in a thrilling game of action packed basketball.
Gridiron XV is proud to take place at Xavier University of Louisiana, the nation’s only historically Black, Catholic University, during Black History Month as the game celebrates its own history making achievements.
“Xavier is pleased to host this noteworthy event, as it gives us the opportunity to actively participate in the city’s Super Bowl events and gives us the opportunity to showcase our new state-of-the-art Convocation Center,” said Francis.
The game starts at 7pm. Ticketholders will experience special presentations, an unparalleled slam dunk contest, interactive games, opportunities to meet celebrities, get their autographs and take pictures, as well as eat good food, and hear great jazz bands.
Philanthropically conscious, the event continues to be a fundraiser to raise awareness, and share information on protecting children and teens who have suffered from abuse, neglect, homelessness, violence, instability, and more. The game benefits the non-profit organization, Juli’s Kids Motivated to Succeed (Juli’s Kids). This year, youths cared for by the Department of Children and Family Services of Louisiana (New Orleans Division) (DCFS) and Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans will be able to come to the game as the event’s true MVP’s (Most Valuable People).
Gridiron Celebrity is produced by Jam Sports Productions, LLC and presented by my Oh! spot, a premium organic food and beverage company.
For more information on celebrities participating in the game and to purchase tickets, which range from $20 to $300 visit www.footballhoops.com or call 301-868-8856.
Catania Introduces Proposal to Address Out-of-Control Truancy in District Schools
Catania: “Kids Who Are Not in School Are Not Learning.”
Councilmember David A. Catania (At-Large) introduced the Attendance Accountability Amendment Act of 2013 – the “Straight ‘A’ Act.” Truancy in the District is at crisis levels, and not coincidentally, the District maintains among the lowest achievement scores and highest dropout rates in the nation. Chronic truancy is associated with low academic achievement and an increased risk of dropping out. To address this problem, the Straight “A” Act will overhaul the District’s current practice of enforcing compulsory school attendance.
Forty percent (40%) of students at the four largest D.C. Public Schools had more than 20 unexcused absences last year. At Ballou High School in Ward 8, 46 percent of students missed more than a month of school, over 400 students in a single school. Meanwhile, though the District currently has the ability to prosecute parents of chronically truant students, it did so in only a handful of cases.
“It is unacceptable that nearly half of the students at some of our largest public high schools are missing more than a month of school each,” said Catania. “Our haphazard and passive approach to chronic truancy must end. In addition, it’s time to be honest and not excuse away the responsibility for this problem. Chronic truancy is child abuse because it robs children of the opportunities that education provides.”
The Straight “A” Act will amend the current threshold at which a parent can be prosecuted for failure to meet compulsory education requirements in the District. Under the Act, prosecution could not occur until a child reaches 10 unexcused absences, which is in line with other policies and regulations regarding truancy in the District. At the point in time that a child reaches 10 unexcused absences, however, the Straight “A” Act would require a proactive response from the school system. Specifically, the Act would require school officials to notify the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (“OSSE”), the Office of the Attorney General (“OAG”), and the Child and Family Services Agency (“CFSA”).
“This Act will fight truancy with three tools – information, resources, and penalties – and it will require school officials to be vigilant in their response to this problem,” explained Catania.
First, the CFSA would be required to investigate and document the causes of a child’s unexcused absences – i.e, information. The OSSE would be required to notify parents of resources currently available to them from the District supported Healthy Families/Thriving Communities Collaborative – i.e., resources. And the OAG would notify parents that their child meets the definition of truant and that they may be at risk of future prosecution – i.e., penalties.
Under the Straight “A” Act, penalties for violating the compulsory school attendance law include mandatory parenting classes or community service, or both. Onlyif a parent fails to fulfill these responsibilities would monetary fines (up to $100 per offense) or jail time (up to 5 days) be imposed. The Act does permit parents and guardians of children over 13 years to raise an affirmative defense against a violation of the compulsory school attendance law. To do so, they must formally acknowledge that they have taken substantial and reasonable efforts to compel the child to attend school but have been unsuccessful. In these cases, a Child in Need of Supervision (CINS) proceeding would be initiated. Finally, the Act would require rather than permit the OAG to pursue prosecution for educational neglect when a child hits 20 unexcused absences in a school year.
Governor O’Malley Introduces Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2013
Governor Martin O’Malley recently introduced the Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2013. Identical in all substantive respects to the bill that overwhelmingly passed the House of Delegates last year, this measure will operate within Maryland’s existing Renewable Portfolio Standard to create a framework that will support a major offshore wind project.
Based on a report from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, a major 200 MW project would create almost 850 manufacturing and construction jobs for five years and an additional 160 ongoing supply and Operations & Maintenance (O&M) jobs thereafter. Additional projects, both in Maryland and in the region, would lead to a significant new sustainable industry for Maryland workers.
“In this competitive New Economy, the states that win will be those that succeed in leveraging innovation into job creation and economic growth,” said Governor O’Malley. “In Maryland, our emerging green sector is a critically important part of our Innovation Economy, and therefore our ability to create jobs and compete globally. By choosing to move forward with this legislation, we’re not only creating jobs, but we are also laying the groundwork for a better, more sustainable future for our children.”
The Governor was joined by members of the General Assembly, the Greater Washington Board of Trade, the NAACP, members of the Business Coalition for Maryland Offshore Wind, other business leaders, and members of the Maryland Climate Coalition.
The Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2013, which has 24 co-sponsors in the Senate and 58 co-sponsors in the House of Delegates, creates a mechanism to incentivize the development of a major 200 megawatt offshore wind facility and establish a regulatory framework that will allow additional projects to interconnect in Maryland.
“Alternative energy is critical to reducing our dependence on fossil fuels, cleaning the Chesapeake Bay, and maintaining the high quality of life that we enjoy here in Maryland,” said Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr.
“Creating offshore wind opportunities are not only good for the State’s long-term energy needs and the health of the environment, but also a good employment engine for Maryland,” said Speaker Michael E. Busch. “I commend Governor O’Malley for continuing to advance strong clean energy goals for the State.”
The Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2013 provides the same “strike zone” of ratepayer protections as the bill that enjoyed 88-43 support in the House of Delegates in 2012. The bill will only allow the Public Service Commission (PSC) to approve a proposed offshore wind farm if it projects that the additional ratepayer impact is below $1.50 per household or 1.5 percent for non-residential customers.
Developers must demonstrate that any project proposed will demonstrate a net economic benefit to the state by creating jobs, economic development and protecting public health. The 2013 legislation also contains a $10 million Offshore Wind Business Development Fund targeted to small and minority businesses to assist them in preparing to participate in this new industry.
Working with the U.S. Department of Interior, Maryland agencies have helped designate a Maryland “Wind Energy Area” 10 nautical miles east of Ocean City that is expected to be leased to developers later this year.
The O’Malley-Brown Administration remains committed to creating a more sustainable future for Maryland. Through the third quarter of 2012, the EmPOWER Maryland initiative has saved 2.0 million megawatt-hours, an equivalent of taking about 167,000 houses off the grid. Since 2007, Maryland’s solar capacity has increased more than 700 times, adding more than 2,000 high-paying jobs, and the state has reduced peak electricity demand almost nine percent. To date, the Administration is more than a third of the way toward reaching its goal of reducing per capita electricity consumption by 15 percent in Maryland by 2015.
BGE Announces Wires Down Video Challenge Winners
Presents $21,000 in Funding at Elementary Schools Throughout Central Maryland
Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) is pleased to announce that it has awarded $21,000 in funding for enrichment projects to eight elementary schools in its central Maryland service area for their creative submissions in the BGE’s Wires Down Video Challenge. The eight winning schools and their videos were selected from a field of 29 participating elementary schools and a total of 30 videos.
“BGE congratulates all of the winning schools in our Wires Down Video Challenge and applauds the efforts of the students and teachers of each school that participated,” said Jeannette M. Mills, vice president and chief customer officer for BGE. “We were impressed by the creativity and time that the students and teachers put into the videos. We enjoyed all of the entries, which certainly underscores to us what smart, creative students and supportive teachers we have in our service area. We launched our Wires Down Video Challenge, which was based off our original ‘Wires Down’ commercial, to help educate customers about the dangers associated with downed power lines, especially children who may be unaware of the safety hazards.”
As a result of the strong support of BGE’s first Wires Down Video Challenge, BGE has decided to make this an annual contest, launching each fall. BGE encourages everyone to look at all of the videos submitted in this year’s contest by visiting bgevideochallenge.com. BGE looks forward to seeing what the schools and students throughout central Maryland come up with next year.
Vincent Farm Elementary School, White Marsh, received $10,000 and was named the Gold Prize Winner in BGE’s Wires Down Video Challenge. The Odyssey School, Stevenson, was named the Silver Prize Winner and received $5,000. The Bronze Prize Winners, each receiving $1,000, were Carroll Lutheran School, Westminster, Hollifield Station Elementary School, Ellicott City; Magnolia Elementary School, Joppatowne; Marley Elementary School, Glen Burnie; Midtown Academy, Baltimore City; and Saint Ursula School, Parkville.
In fall 2012, BGE launched its first-ever Wires Down Video Challenge, which was open to all elementary schools in its central Maryland service area. The challenge involved the students creating their own rendition of BGE’s popular “Wires Down” electric safety commercial. Originally produced in 2000, the Emmy award-winning commercial with its “do not, do not, do not touch” refrain helps to raise awareness of electricity hazards, especially among young children. The Wires Down Video Challenge was created to provide educators with a fun and creative way for students to not only learn about electric safety, but to also share that information with their families and friends, while promoting teamwork and school spirit at the same time. Schools had the opportunity to win up to $10,000 in funding for school enrichment projects. The videos were posted on the contest website, bgevideochallenge.com and more than 65,000 online votes were cast to determine the schools moving to the second round of voting. Of those schools, a panel of judges selected the eight winning schools. To view the submitted video entries, please visit bgevideochallenge.com.
BGE has a long-standing commitment to both public safety and supporting educational initiatives in the communities in which it serves. The Wires Down Video Contest strongly ties supporting the students and families the company serves by providing funding toward education enrichment projects, but it also reinforces the importance of electric safety to our schools, our customers and their families.
Customers are always reminded to stay away from downed power lines and to report them immediately by calling 1.800.685.0123. Customers are encouraged to review and share the following electrical safety information with their families:
- Assume that all overhead wires are energized at lethal voltages. Never assume that a wire is safe to touch even if it is down, appears to be insulated or if power is out at nearby premises.
- Never touch a fallen overhead power line. Call BGE to report fallen electrical lines.
- Stay at least 10 feet away from overhead wires during cleanup and other activities.
- If working at heights or handling long objects, survey the area before starting work for the presence of overhead wires.
- Likewise, avoid touching anything that may be coming into contact with an overhead wire, like tree limbs or other debris.
- If an overhead wire falls across your vehicle while you are driving, stay inside the vehicle and continue to drive away from the line. If the engine stalls, do not leave your vehicle. Warn people not to touch the vehicle or the wire. Call or ask someone to call emergency services.
- Never operate electrical equipment while you are standing in water.
- Never repair electrical cords or equipment unless qualified and authorized.
- Have a qualified electrician inspect electrical equipment that has gotten wet before energizing it.
- If working in damp locations, inspect electric cords and equipment to ensure that they are in good condition and free of defects, and use a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI).
- Always use caution when working near electricity.
For more information on wires down and electric safety, visit bge.com.
Small Grocer, Magruder’s, Wraps it Up
Maryland grocery chain Magruder’s, family owned for generations, is calling it quits, the company said without citing a reason.
“Now is the right time for our family to move on,” company Vice President Gary Bortnick said.
Analysts said the company likely was overrun by the massive grocery chains that dominate the industry.
Magruder’s has been family owned since its start in 1875, The Washington Post reported Monday. At its peak, it operated 10 stores. This week, the company said it had sold one location, leaving four others and those were also up for sale.
“There is just too much competition to try to take on the big-box stores, because they can kill you on prices and variety. Unless you happen to be in a very unique location, in order to survive I think these small stores are going to have to be specialized,” said Geoff Brown, principal at accounting firm Bond Beebe.
Not only is it hard to compete with the purchasing power of chains like Wegmans, but even larger retailers, such as Walmart and Target are jumping into the grocery business.
Some of the smaller upstarts are hanging on. Scott Nash, the founder of Mom’s Organic Market, now a chain of 10 stores, said his company was expanding because of its organic food niche and changing habits of shoppers.
“People seem to be making many more shopping visits, going one place for their favorite butcher … then going somewhere else because they have the best produce,” Nash said.
Nonetheless, others say it is tough for a mom-and-pop store to go toe-to-toe with a national chain.
“It’s just an outdated model, and its time has come and gone,” said Barry Scher, formerly a spokesman for Giant, referring to the family grocer.
Marriott International Enhances Commitments toAnimal Welfare in Food Supply Chain
Marriott International (NYSE: MAR) is expanding its work to create a more sustainable planet by eliminating two controversial animal confinement systems from its food supply chain. According to its new policies, the Bethesda, Md.-based company will:
· require all of its pork suppliers to discontinue the use of gestation crates for Marriott’s supply chain by 2018; and
· ensure that by 2015, all eggs and egg products used by Marriott come from cage-free hens.
The policies follow the company’s 2011 transition to cage-free eggs at its JW Marriott locations.
“Marriott International cares deeply about animal welfare and environmental sustainability, which is why we’re so committed to seeing an end to gestation crates for pigs and battery cages for hens,” said Brad Nelson, vice president of culinary and corporate chef for Marriott International. “Today’s announcement is the right thing for animals, the environment, our customers and our company.”
“By taking these steps, Marriott International will improve the lives of countless animals,” said Josh Balk, corporate policy director for farm animal protection at The HSUS. “The Humane Society of the United States applauds the company for working to raise the bar on these important animal welfare issues.”
In recent years, there has been increased global attention to the abuse of farm animals, especially the welfare of breeding pigs. Similar announcements to eliminate gestation crates made recently by Oscar Mayer, McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, Costco, Safeway, Kroger and nearly 50 other leading food companies signal a reversal in a three-decade-old trend in the pork industry that leaves most breeding pigs confined day and night in gestation crates during their four-month pregnancy.
These gestation crates are roughly the same size as the animals’ bodies and designed to prevent them from even turning around. The animals are subsequently transferred into another crate to give birth, re-impregnated, and put back into a crate. This happens pregnancy after pregnancy for their entire lives, adding up to years of virtual immobilization. This confinement system has come under fire from veterinarians, farmers, animal welfare advocates, animal scientists, consumers and others.
Prince George’s County Enacts Bill to Amend Rental Housing License Requirements
Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III and the Prince George’s County Council recently approved and signed a bill, CB-89-2012, that amends the rental housing license requirements for single family and multifamily rental facilities in Common Ownership Communities.
“This legislation will ensure that rental homes for single family homes, condominiums and townhomes receive the necessary fees to maintain the buildings and grounds, which will help to reduce blight, improve the communities and increase the real estate values in Prince George’s County,” said Baker.
Effective today, an applicant must provide the following information in order to obtain a rental license:
• The name of the condominium association, cooperative housing corporation or the homeowner’s
• Certification/evidence from the condominium association, cooperative housing corporation or the
homeowner’s association that the dwelling unit does not have a lien for non-payment of Common
Ownership Community Fees, and the dwelling unit does not violate the covenants or bylaws.
– The applicant will provide the certification/evidence with the application that all fees are paid as
• A rental license may be suspended, revoked or denied if the condominium association,
cooperative housing corporation or the homeowner’s association cannot provide positive
affirmation of the required certification.
“Residents of the County’s Common Ownership Communities have expressed concern about the negative impact of delinquent fees on the upkeep of their neighborhoods. This legislation addresses this issue and seeks to ensure fairness and equity among all residents in these communities,” said Council Member Ingrid M. Turner (D) – District 4, sponsor of the legislation.
“CB-89 offers a great example of local government and residents working together to improve the properties, amenities, and facilities located within our Common Ownership Communities.”
For more information, call the Department of Environmental Resources’ Property Standards Division at (301) 883-6100.
Getting on Track!
Featured Speakers and Panel Discussion on Transit Oriented Development Mid-Atlantic Region
The Urban Land Institute District Councils of Baltimore, Washington and Philadelphia, along with ICSC and Central Maryland Transit Alliance have joined forces to host “the first ever regional” Transit Oriented Development Forum.
This will be held Wednesday, February 13th, 2013 beginning at 7:30am and ending at noon. This event will take place at the Hotel @Arundel Preserves located at 7795 Arundel Mills Boulevard.
An in-depth discussion and presentation will include the opportunities, the challenges and the important components for optimizing the success of a Transit Oriented Development (TOD) project.
Panelists representing the public sector, private developers, investors, the finance industry, and market analysts will discuss their opinions, interest and requirements for engaging in a regional TOD project.
Topics will include:
- How can the public sector promote TOD opportunities throughout Maryland?
- What should the public sector be doing at the State and local level to maximize opportunities for TOD projects?
- What is the private sector’s perspective on the desirability of engaging in TOD?
- What have successful TOD developers learned that can be used as models for developers interested in getting into the TOD arena?
- What impact has the real estate market and the economic downturn had on the ability to find and develop TOD projects?
Online registration is available at www.baltimore.uli.org by clicking on Events, or calling 1-800-321-5011.
Virginia Senate Democrats Fight for ”Virginia Dream Act”
“Every young person in Virginia should be able to afford a college education — no matter where they were born,” said Senator Donald McEachin
Senate Democrats are proposing legislation that would grant in-state tuition at Virginia colleges to young people with Deferred Action status, allowing them full access to the benefits of a college education for the first time in history. The Virginia Dream Act sets out standards for students to qualify: — attended and graduated from a Virginia high school (or received a Virginia GED) — resided in Virginia for the three years preceding his or her enrollment in college (or one year if serving in the military) — been granted deferred action status from the Department of Homeland Security — either filed or lived with a parent who filed Virginia income tax returns for the last three years
The Virginia Dream Act is based on bipartisan legislation in Texas, introduced by a Democratic legislator and signed by Governor Rick Perry (R). Senator A. Donald McEachin (D-Henrico) said, “Many of these people were brought here by their parents, through no fault or choice of their own, when they were very young. They want to stay in Virginia and contribute to the communities where they’ve lived for almost all their lives. Federal “deferred action” status has given them a legal way to stay here. Now, we need to give them a chance to be valuable, contributing members of our society. Education is by far the best way to do that.”
Senator Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria) said, “In-state tuition for students with Deferred Action status will help young Virginians realize their full potential and become intergal parts of the Virginia economy. Education can and should be their ticket to the American Dream.”
Senator Toddy Puller (D-Arlington) pointed out that the Virginia Dream Act isn’t just about fairness. The law will also strengthen Virginia’s economy. “The cutting-edge companies that thrive in the global economy are always looking for educated workers,” said Senator Puller. “The best thing we can do for the Commonwealth is to have an educated workforce — that’s why local Chambers of Commerce have supported this strongly in the past. The Virginia Dream Act means more and better-educated workers, working better, higher-paying jobs.”
“The Dream Act will grow our economy and should unite both parties,” Senator Puller added. “This is the right thing to do. There’s no reason in the world not to make this law.”
Mikulski, Delauro Introduce Paycheck Fairness Act to End Wage Discrimination
Women Earn Just 77 Cents for Every Dollar a Man Earns; Costs Women, Men & Families $434,000 Over a Woman’s Career
U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Dean of the Senate Women, and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) today reintroduced the Paycheck Fairness Act, legislation which will help close the wage gap between women and men working the same jobs, costing women and their families $434,000 over their careers. Today women make just 77 cents for every dollar made by a man for equal work. The Senate legislation currently has 23 cosponsors while the House bill has 130.
President Obama’s first bill, signed into law on January 29, 2009, was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which overturned the 180-day statute of limitations for women to contest pay discrimination. It was an important down-payment in ending the pay gap and keeping the courthouse doors open. In his second inaugural address on January 21, 2013, President Obama called for equal pay for equal work once and for all. The Paycheck Fairness Act will close the loopholes that allow pay discrimination to continue in the first place and, with Ledbetter, provide employees the rights they need to challenge and eliminate pay discriminate in the workplace.
“Four years after the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was signed into law to keep the courthouse doors open, it’s time to finish the job and stop wage discrimination from happening in the first place,” said Senator Mikulski, a senior member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension (HELP) Committee. “Equal pay is not just for our pocketbooks, it’s about family checkbooks and getting it right in the law books. The Paycheck Fairness Act ensures that women will no longer be fighting on their own for equal pay for equal work.”
“Equal pay is not just a problem for women, but for families, who are trying to pay their bills, trying to get ahead, trying to achieve the American Dream, and are getting a smaller paycheck than they have earned for their hard work,” said DeLauro, who has introduced the Paycheck Fairness Act for each of the past eight congresses. “The Paycheck Fairness Act will help the Equal Pay Act fulfill its intended objective, offer real protections to ensure equal pay for equal work, and see that women are paid the same as the other half of our nation’s workforce for the same job.”
The Paycheck Fairness Act builds upon the landmark Equal Pay Act signed into law in 1963 by closing loopholes that have kept it from achieving its goal of equal pay. The bill would require employers to show pay disparity is truly related to job-performance – not gender.
It prohibits employer retaliation for sharing salary information with coworkers. Under current law employers can sue and punish employees for sharing such information. In addition, it strengthens remedies for pay discrimination by increasing compensation women can seek, allowing them to not only seek back pay, but also punitive damages for pay discrimination.
Finally the bill empowers women in the workplace through a grant program to strengthen salary negotiation and other workplace skills and requires the Department of Labor to enhance outreach and training efforts to eliminate pay disparities.
State-by-state data on the wage gap is available here.
Monumental Sports & Entertainment Launches Digital Network
MonumentalNetwork.com to become a top destination
for local and regional sports and entertainment news
Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE) launched Monumental Network, a hub for Monumental-controlled content platforms for fans and customers in the D.C. region and around the world, announced Ted Leonsis, the organization’s founder, chairman, majority owner and CEO. MonumentalNetwork.com will serve as one of the region’s top destinations for sports and entertainment news, providing fans with exclusive, original content and programming.
MonumentalNetwork.com will serve as the flagship site of a network that will eventually include more than 20 websites and blogs that are associated with MSE’s three professional sports teams (Capitals, Wizards and Mystics), Verizon Center, Patriot Center and Kettler Capitals Iceplex. Additionally, the recently created Monumental video productions department will produce original video content that will be deployed on MonumentalNetwork.com and throughout the various sports and entertainment sites.
The launch of MonumentalNetwork.com includes a mobile and tablet version of the website as well as social login capabilities via Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Yahoo.
“We are incredibly excited to launch Monumental Network, an all-encompassing platform that will deliver the most extensive and original content directly to our fans,” says Leonsis. “We will produce and broadcast unprecedented coverage of our teams as well as coverage of other sporting and entertainment ventures, making Monumental Network a comprehensive source for sports and entertainment news and features.”
Initially Monumental Network will create a common platform for many of its popular sites, including Ted’s Take, Capitals Voice, Dump ‘n Chase, Capitals Today and Washington Wizards Blog as well as new initiatives such as Daily Wizdom and Wizards and Mystics Today. This common platform will also allow a new, dedicated digital sales force to effectively and efficiently sell partnership opportunities across all platforms as well as the integration of mobile app sales.
Monumental Network will feature a blend of original programming and existing content, including:
Monumental Today: With the Wizards, Capitals and Mystics at the heart of the action, Monumental Today gives viewers inside, exclusive access to MSE teams and a backstage pass to other events at Verizon Center, including concerts and events by some of entertainment’s brightest stars. This daily show also will offer fans a glimpse of other D.C. sports teams and entertainment options like never before.
Scouting Report: This will be the go-to place for Wizards, Caps and Mystics fans to see what’s happening with the team’s upcoming opponent. SB Nation reporters and other insiders will help give insight from the other bench and provide viewers with a better understanding of the opponent and its players.
Coaches’ Corner: This weekly program is the ultimate show where fans will hear directly from coaches about their teams, players and opponents.
Get to Know: This fun, high-energy weekly show takes viewers inside the personalities of those in the professional sports and entertainment world.
Monumental Memories: A weekly show that will relive the most significant events in the D.C. region, Monumental Memories will brings together Bullets/Wizards, Capitals and Mystics alumni, players, staff, fans and historians to reminisce about the game that they love and their fondest memories. Artists and performers who take the stage at Verizon Center will also be featured in this sports/news talk format
Press Row: This format will deliver fans spirited discussions from reporters, writers and broadcasters covering local teams as well as national sports news.
Caps Red Line (CRL): The Emmy Award-winning Caps Red Line (CRL) presented by GEICO is back for its fifth season as it features a fast-paced, behind-the-scenes look at one of the most exciting teams in the NHL. A weekly show beginning in late February, this 30-minute sports and lifestyle program will offer many fan-favorite segments as well as some new features designed to give Caps fans the most in-depth look at the team both on and off the ice.
Wizards/Mystics Magazine – The Journey: A biweekly, 30-minute sports reality docu-series that returns with dramatic cinematography of jaw-dropping dunks, descriptive storytelling and an inside look into the lives of the Washington Wizards and Mystics. Wizards Magazine is entering its fourth season after collecting two Emmy Awards last year, while Mystics Magazine is back for its third season.
Many popular programs that currently run on individual team sites will be syndicated and featured on MonumentalNetwork.com, including: Wizards Courtside Report, Capitals Rinkside Update, Mystics Minute, Wizards Fast Break, Capitals Two-Man Advantage and Capitals and Wizards pregame and postgame coverage. Additionally, the site will include coverage for all concerts, family shows, trade shows and special events at Verizon Center and George Mason University’s Patriot Center.
In addition to producing its own daily content, Monumental Sports & Entertainment recently formed a collaborative content partnership with SB Nation and its nine D.C.- and Baltimore-focused local sports sites, expanding the network’s local and regional sports and entertainment coverage. The agreement with SB Nation allows for expanded integration among Monumental websites and SB Nation-operated communities and news sites, including Bullets Forever (Wizards), Japers’ Rink (Capitals), Hogs Haven (Redskins), Federal Baseball (Nationals), Casual Hoya (Georgetown), Testudo Times (Maryland), Black & Red United (DC United), Baltimore Beatdown (Ravens) and Camden Chat (Orioles) as well as SB Nation Washington DC. The unique partnership with SB Nation includes an unprecedented digital sales component as MSE jointly will sell inventory across Monumental properties as well as SB Nation’s nine regional sites.
Along with exclusive and original programming offered by MonumentalNetwork.com, MSE’s partnership with SB Nation will allow for expanded integration through live streaming and content sharing among MSE and SB Nations sites.
The Capitol Power Plant is Still Burning Coal
After a century of coal burning in the middle of densely populated
Capitol Hill, residents say: “Enough.”
DC Councilmember Tommy Wells holds community meeting to explore community concerns over the burning of coal at the Capitol Power Plants. Representatives of DC Dept. of the Environment and the Architect of the Capitol are expected to make presentations.
Sierra Club and concerned local citizens will voice their concerns. They are calling on Mayor Gray to deny the power plant’s request to loosen air pollution standa