Quite a first week of 2006 for Hizzoner-for-Life Marion Barry: First, he was robbed Monday 1/3 at gunpoint. A group Barry heads decided to shift the Martin Luther King Day parade to April 1--in order to have warmer weather, a move that sparked instant outrage. Placing the parade near the anniversary date of MLK's assassination (April 4) was bad enough); but choosing to honor MLK on April Fool's Day? On 1/4 the date was moved to April 8. As for the robbery, it was Barry who upon becoming mayor in 1979 systematically destroyed the DC police, whom he has hated since his 1960s radical days. Poetic justice or just desserts? Call it fielder's choice.
WPost: Robbed at Gunpoint, Barry Harbors No Animosity
D.C.'s King Parade Moved to April 1