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Mayor Anthony A. Williams, famously uncomfortable around people, has found a place he can shine. Log onto the District’s new, Flash-heavy “Kids’ Capital” Web site (http://kids.dc.gov) and a smiley cartoon version of the mayor enters stage left, bow tie spinning. Similar flourishes abound: Click the D.C. flag logo and bones fall out, accompanied by a blurb about the crypt beneath the U.S. Capitol. That’s something of an omenthe amiable cartoon Williams “hosts” an array of Federal-based games: a presidential word search, Abe vs. George tic-tac-toe, a Ben Franklin coloring book. On local issues, kids can learn that “Mayor Williams has…made our city safer and cleaner,” but can’t hear anything about, say, voting rights. Kids’ Capital executive manager Jamey Harvey says statehood backers have lobbied for more: “We’re going to expand it so that kids can understand the unique circumstances that we have here.” Josh Levin