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Good afternoon sweet readers! It is very hard to look up the name of a techno song that has no words. But it is not impossible. News time:

Job Training Blues: Great work by WAMU’s Patrick Madden exposing how a bunch of city money was wasted on job training programs, including one that charged the District double what Maryland and Virginia paid. Says D.C.’s Director of Employment Services, Lisa Mallory: “In a training provider’s classroom, there was a D.C. resident, there was a Virginia resident and a Maryland resident and we’re paying twice as much, same class, same session … And I was wondering, why is that so? Now, this goes back for years.” Mallory also “acknowledges that it wasn’t always clear who was getting trained, how many people were getting trained at each site, and how much of the city’s job training budget was going to each contractor.” Gulp.

AFTER THE JUMP: Soccer Scandals; Citizen Summits; VO in Charge…

Harder Than it Needs to Be: Major League Soccer Commissioner Dan Garber tells Potomac Soccer Wire’s Charles Boehm (who went to undergrad with LL, by the way) that city’s ethics problems make it hard for D.C. United to negotiate with city leaders over a possible new soccer-specific stadium. “…There’s been all sorts of challenges with local politicians who no longer will be free men, and that just makes the dynamic of negotiating that much more difficult.” Wait, does Garber have an inside line to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Who is next, Garber?!

Will He Wear Those Handless Microphones Like Tom Cruise in Magnolia? Jonetta Rose Barras reports that Mayor Vince Gray is going to revive a citywide “citizen summit,” a la Tony Williams, next month. “Former Mayor Anthony A. Williams popularized and effectively used those gatherings. They stapled together executive and residents; protected the administration’s agenda; and gave the mayor political cover—all in an environment of hugs and kisses. Only problem: Gray is no Tony Williams.” Longtime readers of LL may find it hard to believe Tony Williams comes off as the natural politician in that comparison, but hey, we live in strange times.

In Other News:

  • Councilmember Vincent Orange (D-At-Large & Ward 5) fills power vaccum in Ward 5, gets limits placed on how many medical marijuana cultivation centers can be in the ward.
  • Adrian Fenty, not a juror.
  • Everywhere Tom Sherwood goes, including Safeway, people wanna talk scandals. “The temperature has risen with the Thomas guilty plea. Who’s next, if anyone, we’re often asked. We don’t know. But we’re keeping an eye on the comings and goings from that U.S. Attorney’s Office downtown.”
  • Pretty safe bet that Nate Bennett-Fleming will get to be the unpaid shadow rep. Also, Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander, who is apparently ducking the Post‘s Tim Craig, is having her signatures challenged.
  • For $500, you can host a fundraiser for Ron Moten at RNC Treasurer Tony Parker‘s house. It would be cooler if the fundraiser was held at the other Tony Parker’s house.

Gray sked: 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: University of the District of Columbia Student Center Groundbreaking Ceremony; 2:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.: U.S. Conference of Mayors Meeting Opening Plenary Session; 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.: U.S. Conference of Mayors White House Reception; 8:15 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.: Latino Leaders Network Tribute to Mayors Dinner.

Council sked: Historic Preservation and Consumer Affairs nominations at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.