The Washington Post - 13.08.2019

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market, with heavy action in the
Mid-Atlantic and New England.
Seems mighty specific, doesn’t
There’s a congressman from
New Jersey who definitely thinks
so. He’s demanding to know
whether Lyme is part of a far-
reaching, super-secret military
bioweapons experiment from the
Cold War gone awry.
In closing legislative action
last month, Rep. Christopher
Smith (R-N.J.) added an
amendment calling for the
Defense Department’s inspector
general to investigate whether
the agency “experimented with
ticks and other insects regarding
use as a biological weapon
between the years of 1950 and

number that has nearly tripled
over the past two decades,
according to the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention.
And since not all cases are
reported, the CDC warns, the real
number of Americans infected
with Lyme could be as high as
What? The numbers are
growing? It must be a conspiracy.
(Does Q know about Lyme?) But a
conspiracy against whom?
It’s mostly found in white folks,
according to CDC demographic
studies. Most Lyme victims are
men, but the older women get,
the more likely they are to
succumb. The CDC map tracking
Lyme disease cases looks a little
like the ACLU’s membership
map, or L.L. Bean’s catalogue

It’s a conspiracy!
It’s okay to
theories now,
right? Just
following the
president’s lead
So here’s the one I’m all
wrapped up in: I have Lyme
The doctor called me last week
with the results of my blood test
after months of fatigue I couldn’t
explain, aches and pains that
made my movements more
Greatest Generation than Gen X,
and a fogginess I couldn’t shake.
I am one of the 30,000 cases of
the tick-borne disease reported in
the United States every year, a

ers: art history students, museum curators
and interior designers who came to swap
notes, buy gifts and admire the detailing of old
“Whenever you walk in, it’s like you are
walking back into a store from 20, 30 years
ago,” said Patrick Sheary, a regular customer
and the curator of furnishings for the Daugh-
ters of the American Revolution Museum.
“It was an institution,” he continued. “You
relied on it to be there in the way that it’s
always been.”
Behind its bright purple facade, the store is
crowded with thousands of artifacts dating
from the 1840s to the 1950s. Bronze curtain
hooks and ceramic doorknobs line the walls.
Chandeliers with arched arms hang from the
ceiling, demarcated by hundreds of handwrit-
ten paper price tags that dangle in the air like
tea bags.
Venture deeper inside the store, or head


Selling antiques is a lonely business in
Washington. And it’s about to get a little
After 38 years in operation, the Brass Knob,
one of the last architectural-antiques stores in
the region, is closing. Like hundreds of antique
stores across the country, the Adams Morgan
institution has wrestled with falling revenue
driven by competition from online retailers
and changing consumer preferences.
In the District, where dozens of antique
stores have closed in the past decade, the Brass
Knob was seen by some as the last holdout
against 21st-century market forces. Its depar-
ture in November will leave a gap for Washing-
tonians in search of 19th- and 20th-century
salvaged architectural details — think door-
knobs, light fixtures and fireplace mantels.
The store’s closing will also mean the end of a
small but devoted community of antique-lov-

been around for several years
now,” said Andrew Crocker, a
senior staff attorney for the Elec-
tronic Frontier Foundation.
“You’ve started to see police try-
ing to force people to unlock their
phones with their fingerprints or
faces and courts having to deal
with that.”
Fairfax police said the incident
involving the teenage girl oc-
curred May 16. The girl told detec-
tives that she went to a family

up their fingerprints to unlock
phones, as well as face scans and
The trend has touched off heat-
ed legal battles in some state and
federal courts over the constitu-
tionality of such searches, result-
ing in a welter of legal opinions.
Defendants often argue that such
searches violate their Fifth
Amendment rights against self-
“These are newer technologies
for securing devices, but they’ve

and controversial approach: She
went to a magistrate and got an
order to have Caldwell provide
his fingerprints to gain access,
but police said they ultimately
decided not to follow through
with the thumbprint.
In an age of increasing encryp-
tion, law enforcement officials
say compelling a person to coop-
erate is sometimes the only way to
retrieve make-or-break evidence.
They have asked magistrates and
judges to order suspects to give

with developmental delays, they
seized a piece of evidence that
might hold crucial evidence of the
crime: his iPhone.
The phone’s GPS might have
placed Kevin Caldwell at the
scene, contained texts between
him and his alleged accomplice or
even video of an incident, but
authorities quickly realized they
could not access any of it.
The phone required Caldwell’s
fingerprint to unlock it.
A detective resorted to a novel


When Fairfax County police
arrested a man last month in
connection with the brutal sexual
assault in May of a 15-year-old




A Silver Spring woman
recalls family vacations in
a beloved 1937 Packard
dubbed Marco Polo. B

A former security guard is
suing Montgomery County
Public Schools, alleging
sexual harassment. B

Kary Mullis, 74, was an
unconventional Nobel
laureate who unlocked

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Top Democrats in increasingly
blue Northern Virginia are telling
the Trump administration they’re
against plans to open a shelter for
unaccompanied minors in the re-
gion and saying their jurisdictions
should be compensated for any
potential impact on local schools
or hospitals.
In a part of the state that is
home to a large Latino immigrant
community, elected officials also
are saying they disapprove of the
way the federal government has
handled a historic wave of migra-
tion at the southern border, where
children have been separated
from their families and placed in
squalid conditions inside crowded
holding facilities.
“I am extremely concerned
about your administration’s policy
of separating children from their
families when they cross the bor-
der into the U.S.,” Sharon Bulova
(D), chair of Fairfax County’s
Board of Supervisors, said in a
letter sent Monday to the U.S. De-
partment of Health and Human
Services, which oversees care for
unaccompanied minors. “Fairfax
County wants no part in this
heartless practice.”
Last week, Alexandria Mayor
Justin Wilson (D) sent the agency
a similar letter, while Phyllis J.
Randall (D), chair of Loudoun
County’s Board of Supervisors,
said in a WAMU radio interview
that such a facility “is not good for
HHS officials did not immedi-
ately respond Monday to a request
for comment.
How much control local juris-
dictions would have in the federal
government’s effort to lease
enough space to house up to 440
unaccompanied minors would de-
pend on where the land is located
and how it is zoned, local officials
HHS wants to build a “Virginia
Residential Child Care Facility”
that would have a staff of 147 peo-
ple and be equipped with class-
rooms, sleeping areas and two
acres of outdoor space for recrea-
tion, according to a formal solici-
tation posted by the General Ser-
vices Administration.
The agency previously said the
facility would be among three new
permanent shelters constructed
in communities with large num-
bers of immigrants from Central
America, where most of the mi-
nors who have entered the coun-
try in recent years have come
from. The other proposed facili-
ties would be in Los Angeles and
central Florida.
The effort is meant to house


The instructor had a warning
for the students of the D.C. rat
academy: Don’t tell onlookers
what you’re up to.
“We don’t want anyone saying,
‘Wow, there’s a whole academy
and they are standing at the front
door of this property,’ ” said Bob-
by Corrigan, an urban rodentolo-
gist leading the class. “You are
just doing a survey. The word
‘rat’? I rather you not drop the

word ‘rat.’ ”
On a recent summer afternoon
in Adams Morgan, about 30 prop-
erty managers, private extermi-
nators and local government em-
ployees filled a dimly lit basement
conference room at the Line Ho-
tel to train as soldiers in the
District’s never-ending war on
rodents. Soon they would enter
enemy territory: an alley, a tiny
park and a row of restaurants.
The annual two-day rat acad-
emy came as rodent complaints
reach record highs in the District.
The city received more than 6,
rat complaints to its 311 service
request number last year, which
rose from about 5,000 in 2017.
After experimenting with dry
ice and solar trash cans, city
officials are testing sterilization

as the newest weapon in their
arsenal. It’s been tried elsewhere,
including New York City, with
some success.
At the rat academy, students
sat through presentations featur-
ing how to spot signs of infesta-
tion and obtaining permits for
applying pesticides.
Gerard Brown, who leads the
rat control division of the D.C.
health department, said he
relocated the rat academy from
downtown to Adams Morgan so
students can gain practical ex-
perience on the front line.
The neighborhood has a bus-
tling dining scene and, as a result,
plentiful trash — ideal conditions
for rodents.
It’s also where he grew up.



shelter is



Local concerns include
HHS conditions, funding

Phone tech and rights concerns complicate quest for evidence

Courts differ on forcing
defendants to provide
fingerprints, passcodes

Rat problems? Head to the academy.

As rodent complaints
soar, D.C. health officials
educate others for battle

Brass Knob to close its door

D.C. institution hit
by online sales,
changing tastes


Customers last month at
the Brass Knob. The
Adams Morgan
store opened in 1981.

Admit it. Those were government ticks.

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