- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 19, 2012

A group of the District’s finest high school seniors testified before a D.C. Council committee on Thursday in favor of a bill that requires city high schoolers to take a college entrance exam like the SAT and apply to at least one college.

One by one, the students, who came from a few different schools but appeared to be wearing the same navy blazers, talked about their promising academic careers and the excitement of being accepted to college after sending out dozens of applications. They each supported the legislation, noting the mandatory facets should not be seen as a “punishment,” but rather a pain-free path to a better future.

Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown says the bill is necessary to ensure the city’s youth are aware of the opportunities that await them in higher education. He said officials and parents are kidding themselves if they think D.C. teenagers do not need post-secondary studies to compete in today’s workplace.

The high-achieving youths received well-deserved praise from the council members on the dais.

“You are perfect examples of why the bill is so important,” Mr. Brown said.

Then council member Marion Barry, Ward 8 Democrat, started off his remarks with this tidbit: “Let me welcome all these young people, who are interns in the council.”


No more ‘DCFD

Some interesting photos were sent our way last week.

The series of images appeared to show a worker painting the bay doors at the D.C. fire department’s Engine Co. 7 in Southwest — a task we were able to confirm was performed Thursday.

What’s interesting about that?

Well, the new red paint job covers the letters “DCFD” that were boldly emblazoned on the front of the house.
The acronym, which stands for D.C. Fire Department, has been the subject of some controversy lately.

Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe has attempted to rebrand the department with the letters D.C. FEMS, which stands for Fire and Emergency Medical Services. Though the FEMS acronym represents the official name of the department and has been in use for years, Chief Ellerbe has frowned on any use of DCFD. Firefighters say the move disrespects their traditions (and requires them to pay out of pocket for gear with the new logo.)

It’s possible that the bay doors just really needed a fresh coat of paint. But did we mention that Engine 7 happens to be the company to which fire union President Ed Smith is assigned?

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