Tuesday, April 24 – In the News…

“Idol Gives Back” – 30 million ‘American Idol’ viewers will learn about Save the Children, The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and UNICEF Malaria No More. (Christian Post, 4/24)
E.J. Dionne: “What marks a genuine cultural change is “Idol’s” interest in poverty itself… The program will, in effect, be a sustained, two-night argument to “Idol” viewers that they might have an obligation to do something about injustice and the pain of others.”

[Va.] Fairfax County Budget… (WaPo, 4/24)
– increases school spending by 4 percent;
– does not make up for loss of $6M in federal funding for child care. 960 child-care slots will be lost (waiting list already at 3,000);
– continues to preserve 1 cent of tax rate ($22.7M) for affordable housing and stormwater management;
– does not provide for a “living wage” for county employees.

[D.C.] After resigning from the D.C. Board of Education in protest, Jeff Smith joins school advocacy organization DC VOICE as executive director. (WaPo, 4/24 – scroll)

[D.C.] “St. Elizabeths is making progress,” say Hospital Exec and D.C.’s director of mental health dept. (WaPo, 4/24)

[D.C.] “G’town med students to open clinic for homeless” (WBJ, 4/20)

Poll: 61 percent of Americans favor D.C. House seat (WaPo, 4/24)