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Malik Shabazz, who once pledged to “protect the ’hood,” now seems to have fled it. Ward 8 cog-noscenti are saying they haven’t seen the excitable former D.C. Council candidate since last fall, when he was helping organize the Million Man March. A protégé of Louis Farrakhan, Shabazz admitted last year that he moved to the ward only to run for its council seat. His fiery, sometimes hateful campaign attracted more attention from the media than the voters; he won about 300 votes, placing fifth. “And we haven’t seen him since,” says community organizer Philip E. Pannell. “Nobody knows where he is,” echoes Rahim Jenkins, another former council candidate and a fellow Muslim who clashed with Shabazz. Officials at Howard Law School, where Shabazz earned a degree last year, say they don’t know where he went, and a receptionist at Nation of Islam headquarters in Chicago says Shabazz doesn’t work there, either. CP