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A year ago, Lawn Restoration Services, a District landscaping company, appeared to be on the brink of losing its $762,939 contract with the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation. District officials announced they were reviewing the contract in May 2002, after the U.S. Department of Labor filed a civil suit against the company, accusing it of shorting 23 Mexican guest-workers of $91,173 in wages. But with the federal suit still ongoing, Lawn Restoration is mowing again: In March, the District renewed the deal for $847,710. “It would be inappropriate to do anything out of the routine until a decision is rendered,” says Office of Procurement spokesperson Janis Bolt. Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham, who called for suspending the contract last year, says the renewal is a mistake: “Whatever the technicalities, there is nothing to compel D.C. to contract with a company which has oppressed its work force.” Annys Shin