The District Digest: Holocaust Museum shooting, voting rights derailed

In the interest of keeping you informed about the fine city we live in, Vox is starting a new feature, the District Digest, which will be a quick-and-easy guide to the most interesting and important D.C. stories of the week.

The big, sad, awful story of the week was the shooting at the Holocaust Memorial Museum on Wednesday.  James von Brunn, an 88-year-old white supremacist, opened rifle fire at the museum, killing security guard Stephen Johns.

Plans for the District to get a voting representative in the House were derailed on Tuesday when Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton announced that she had decided to kill the D.C. House Voting Rights Act due to the Ensign Amendment, a provision tacked on to the bill that would have all but eliminated the District’s gun control laws.

The Board of Elections and Ethics will decide whether or not opponents of same-sex marriage will be able to hold a referendum vote on the D.C. Council’s decision last month to legally recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.  D.C. Attorney General Peter Nickles said he doesn’t believe the same-sex marriage measure should be subject to a referendum, but the final decision lies with DCBOEE.

MTV has officially confirmed that the next season of the Real World franchise will indeed be held in D.C.  In an attempt to keep the inevitable chaos to a minimum, like a strict parent the Dupont Circle ANC has ruled that “no parties will be allowed at the house, the number of residents in the house will be limited to eight or less, and that visitors to the house will be strictly controlled.”

The D.C. Public Schools graduation rate sank to 48.8 percent in 2006, according to a new study by Education Week.

The District was finally reimbursed $43 million by the federal government for a hosting Obama’s inauguration.

D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty (D) got a couple notable accolades this week, being named one of Men’s Fitness’s 25 fittest men and one of six politicians who could be “the Next Obama” by the Daily Beast.

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