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Good morning sweet readers! It’s Thursday? Already? Well you all know what that means: Washington City Paper staffers will be spending most of the day watching the Price is Right reruns. In this week’s paper, Franklin Schneider argues against adulthood. LDP checks out the murky world of traffic consultants. And LL plucks out some of the most noteworthy settlements the District’s agreed to pay out recently, like $200,000 to Teach for America. News time:

Harry Thomas, Still On His Way Out: The District is still waiting for official word that Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. has reached a plea deal with the feds, though a criminal information was released early this afternoon that seems to be a prelude to it. Thomas is charged with federal felony counts of theft and filing false tax returns. This morning, the city’s newspapers followed the TV news reports from Tuesday that a deal is close and the councilmember is likely to resign. The Post got over its initial bout of sanctimony (“Post will report when there’s a deal on paper”) in order to add some details to what’s previously been reported. “People familiar with the talks said there are still sharp disagreements over what charges Thomas would plead guilty to. He does not want to plead guilty to stealing city funds, and pleading to a fraud charge might necessitate that.” Guess he lost on that one. Mayor Vince Gray says he’s puzzled by the whole mess. Thomas’ lawyer, Fred Cooke Jr., ain’t saying much, but did note that “the people who know the most about this haven’t said anything, so I think you ought to take that in to consideration when you figure out whether these rumors have any validity or not.”

AFTER THE JUMP: Marion Barry Rides Again…

Marion Barry Rides Again: The AP’s Ben Nuckols has a nice profile of Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry, the “walking embodiment of Washington’s complicated legacy of self-rule.” Some choice quotes: “That’s what frustrates some of these white people out here. They get frustrated, all worked up. They can’t do a damn thing to me or about me. Isn’t that funny?” says Barry. “Asked about his clout, Barry said: ‘I’ve got more now than I’ve had since 1995, before the control board came in.'” Barry says he considers himself a mentor to Council Chairman Kwame “Fully Loaded” Brown, who sounds like he’s not pleased with that description: “Everyone wants to automatically—because I’m young and black—assume that I’m just Marion Barry,” says Brown.

In Other News:

  • Fight over fire department uniforms spills out into public view. Lieutenant says fire chief told a “complete outright lie” in regards to uniform matters.
  • A. Scott Bolden’stake.
  • If there’s a special election to fill Thomas’ seat, it will be costly.

Gray sked: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.: D.C. National Guard’s 273rd Military Police Company Farewell Ceremony. 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Vida Senior Centers Brightwood Residences Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

Council sked: Nada.