Wandering Eye: What's next for the H.L Mencken House, Vice publishes the campus rape story you should read, and more

The supremely flawed Rolling Stone story on sexual assault at University of Virginia has now become fodder to dispute all rape claims, it seems, as Bill Cosby's wife Camille referenced the story as a way to imply that Bill is the real victim in the case of the 19 women who have come forward and said that he raped them. But Rolling Stone's fuck-up doesn't mean that sexual assault at college campuses doesn't happen, as illustrated in Vice Sports' "The Wrestler and the Rape Victim," written by Jessica Luther and published online yesterday. Where Rolling Stone got it wrong, Luther gets it right: Everyone in the story is named, the rapist is given a chance to respond to allegations (unsurprisingly, he refuses to speak to the reporter), and graphic traumatic details aren't played up for shock value. And Luther goes further, looking at how easy it can be for a student athlete with a disciplinary record to transfer to a different school and continue competing there. (Anna Walsh)


WaPo asks why millennials are not flocking to government jobs. "Six years after candidate Barack Obama vowed to make working for government 'cool again,' federal hiring of young people is instead tailing off and many millennials are heading for the door." But the answer is pretty obvious: Job security is gone. There was a time when competent people faced a trade-off. They could go to work in the private sector, earn slightly better pay and get slightly (then radically) worse benefits and have little job security, or they could sign on with the feds, earn slightly less, get better benefits (plus a COLA'd pension!), and be effectively unfireable. It was a simple calculus and people sorted themselves accordingly. But since 2008 the feds have shed jobs and slowed hiring. Pay stopped growing and working conditions—the exacting hoops one must thread to get in each day and the inane, bureaucratic office politics (to say nothing of the war on whistleblowers this administration has declared) have shifted the calculus. WaPo hints at some of this without dealing with it. The story instead discusses shortcomings in the USAJobs board and surveys several bushy-tailed young graduates for their frustrations. (Edward Ericson Jr.)


The City of Baltimore owns the H.L. Mencken House on Union Square in West Baltimore, and has about $3 million on hand to restore and reopen it as a museum. Tomorrow, the city's Board of Estimates is set to approve the first step in getting that done: hiring a consultant to determine how best to proceed. For $30,220, the B&O Railroad Museum will "conduct an organizational capacity study and make recommendations" for how "to preserve the House as an historical and cultural amenity," the board's agenda explains. The house, owned since 1983 by the city, hasn't been open to the public since the mid-1990s, when then-mayor Kurt Schmoke decided the discontinue the City Life Museums, of which the house was a part. (Van Smith)

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