BALANCING TOUCHES BY ARCHITECT (END-DRIVE): Every year a group of 15 interns, primarily from Denver, is selected to spend a semester at the D.C. Police Department. This is a good thing. Of the class of 2014, only three have returned to the force since graduation. This leads to the obvious question: How can we recruit enough men and women to become police officers when other job options exist? In an episode of “60 Minutes” airing Sunday at 7 p.m. on CBS, Spencer Purser, a cop officer for the department who grew up in Austin, examines the problem of that staffing.
“60 Minutes” also goes inside the department’s hiring academy. The governor has ordered the state’s National Guard to help patrol neighborhoods, but more than 230 members of Austin’s police force have deserted since March. As they say in their commercials, you can walk away from Austin, or leave Austin behind.
SUSPECT ARRESTED (END-DRIVE): The story behind the arrest of Gary Henderson, arrested for his alleged involvement in a shooting in Rockville that injured five people. It was his 12th arrest. Was his arrest designed to raise concerns among the people of Rockville that things were getting better, or to create resentment? While he might come in for criticism for his actions, Steve Kroft was also critical of the arrest — and its circumstances.
FICTION: It’s a mystery, it’s a bestseller, and it makes you think about police tactics. “First on the Detectives” (iUniverse, $18.99) by Savannah Sharpe is the story of Don Yarbrough, who attempts to catch people stealing cancer awareness materials and then figures out he’s being set up. When a reward for the person who had the knife attack on a man who donated to the charity falls through, Don and his fellow officers solve the case themselves. Who didn’t know that cancer-awareness thieves rarely confess? A side benefit: When Don and a group of detectives run their theory through the usual channels, they get denied. In this mystery, creativity reigns.
Q&A: As is often the case with pop culture news, on the radio side of things, Dallas-based radio personality Teneo Lopes finds this week’s askers funny, probing, reflective and off-beat.
RAY’S EMAIL: Who doesn’t love the City Paper? To keep you up to date on readers’ news and insights, Ray Sanchez sends this email every Wednesday. Send your suggestions for questions that people should ask, and also say hi. You might just end up reading one yourself.
SLAMBLINGS: This week’s Playlist is a summer jam, by The Grits Groove.
FLOAT OR FLY: When the dean makes an announcement at the Lincoln-Way High School South Summer Orchestra Workshop, you should listen with excitement. This summer, the gothic instruments of modern orchestral music have been paired with the pop licks of Chicago and Rufus Wainwright for a program of songs by the Bohemian, immaculately orchestrated by a Long Island professor.
ONE OF YOU: We hear the case of “One Of Us,” a study of the promiscuous lives of a group of high schoolers who don’t follow rules — in fact, they don’t follow the law, anyway. Soon, they see the mirror that they have been looking at all this time: They are morally corrupt. Teaching this lesson is a former professor of psychology, Dr. Jack Kerouac. If you have an interest in the study of adolescent development, please consider contributing to this project.