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Good morning sweet readers! Fact: The Redskins haven’t held a lead since Oct. 2. News time:

That’s A Lot of Cocaine: The owner of Anacostia’s Uniontown Bar and Grill is in a heap of trouble after the DEA says she tried to import 160 pounds worth of cocaine into the D.C. area. Natasha Dasher didn’t respond to the Post‘s requests for comment, but she apparently missed last month’s rent payment. The arrest is a blow to the neighborhood, notes The Root’s Robert Pierre. “Uniontown, despite some of its quirks, represented progress. I remember the first night it opened down the street from my house. I got a call from a neighbor telling me to come down. The place was packed with people like me in their late 20s to early 40s. And unlike the plexiglass and darkness that is standard fare in many establishments in the city, Uniontown was airy and the exchange between customer and service provider was what most people accept as normal. You order food or a drink face-to-face with a person. They bring your order. When you’re done, you pay, with a credit card if you want.” The arrest has prompted Ward 8 challenger Jacque Patterson to postpone his campaign kickoff, which was scheduled for today at the restaurant.

AFTER THE JUMP: New Boss; Settled; New Candidate…

New Boss: Post columnist Colby King notes that wards of the District’s juvenile justice system are still killing and being killed, but there’s a welcome change in oversight at the council level. “[Ward 1 Councilmember Jim] Graham is refreshingly open, direct and aggressive in the exercise of his legislative duties — in contrast to his predecessor, Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6), who was embarrassingly supple when he wielded the gavel.”

Settled: The District has agreed to a “substantial” settlement to end the dispute with the family of DeOnte Rawlings, a 14-year-old who was shot in the back of his head by an off-duty cop.

A New Candidate: Former Ward 6 ANC commissioner Mary Brooks Beatty says she’s going to run for Councilmember Michael Brown‘s at-large seat. The Republican Beatty’s slogan: “honest to goodness change.” “Our great city has been burdened by scandal and hampered by an inefficient bureaucracy,” says Beatty on her new website.

In Other News:

  • More on MPD not looking for missing kids.
  • DCFPI has questions about potential Redskins training facility.

Gray sked: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Cardozo Senior High School Modernization Groundbreaking; 3:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.: Cabinet Meeting; 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: Unleashing Ideas: Kickoff Event for Global Entrepreneurship Week at Georgetown University; 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.: U.S.-China Capital Cities Friendship Council 27th Anniversary Gala Dinner; 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.: Congress Heights Community Association Meeting at Ballou.

Council sked: Nada.