The Ghost of Marion Barry

Washington's ongoing woes haunt the new mayor

Is it possible that Marion Barry is still the mayor of Washington? What other explanation can there be for the string of terrible mishaps that have struck the nation's capital this year, culminating in the Easter Monday shooting at the National Zoo that left an 11-year-old boy in critical condition and five other children wounded? Or for the debacle that allowed telecommunications companies to turn downtown Washington into a no-drive zone by digging axle-rattling fiber-optic-cable trenches on major streets while local authorities stood by twiddling their thumbs? Or the bathtub-size potholes that, until some of them were finally patched last week,...

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