Thursday, May 24 – In the News


HOUSING/COMMUNITY
Follow-up: HUD delays Sayles foreclosure for three weeks, but doesn’t say why. Tenants will keep trying to convince HUD to let them prepay the outstanding loan balance. (WaPo, 5/24 – scroll down) (See also Monday’s story.)

ARTS
Jane LangCongratulations to Jane Lang, trustee of the Sprenger.Lang Foundation [WG member], who will receive a Founders Award this evening from The Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington for “Distinguished Service to the Arts.” (Playbill News, 5/23) The Alliance, on Lang’s work:

“In an effort to find a suitable mid-sized venue for productions by emerging playwrights, Jane Lang visited the dilapidated Atlas Movie Theater on H Street Northeast, and a much more ambitious plan took shape: a performing arts complex with roots in the community, which would become both a local and regional hub for the arts. Since 2001, Lang, a former attorney, has devoted herself full-time to the development of the non-profit Atlas Performing Arts Center. As Chair of the Atlas Board and of the Atlas Capital Campaign, she has raised over $17.6 million to date. Now completely restored, the Atlas boasts four theatres, three dance studios, a café, great hall, conference/classrooms, dressing rooms, a scene shop, and offices.”

PRINCE GEORGE’S CO.
An interesting assessment of the county’s short-term and long-term economic health (Gazette.net, 5/24) 

SCHOOLS TAKEOVER
If Tuesday’s ruling holds, D.C. residents will have one week in early June to collect 20,000 signatures to force an August referendum on the schools takeover. (WaPo, 5/24)

HEALTH
Greater Southeast Community Hospital, a once-respected community institution and D.C.’s only hospital east of the Anacostia River, is a disaster. (WaPo, 5/24)