Dean Smith won a hell of a lot of basketball games and coached some of the greatest players in the history of the sport. But Smith, who died overnight at age 83, is remembered as much for his outspoken activism and emotional generosity off the court as for his exploits on it.
Surging homelessness and collapsing temperatures have exhausted Washington, D.C.'s capacity to shelter those in need on cold nights, something city law requires. A short-term fix is underway, but advocates remain optimistic that Mayor Muriel Bowser will still focus on long-term solutions.
A deal announced Tuesday takes half a billion dollars in bad debt off the shoulders of current and former students of for-profit education company Corinthian Colleges. But the details of the transaction suggest those debts are actually worth less than 3 percent of what students were being charged.