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Good morning sweet readers! LL would have preferred to watch the Cowboys win, but seeing the Redskins lose was almost as satisfying. News time:

Green Light, Red Light: Things are no longer groovy between MPD and the occupy D.C. protesters, who are at odds over a Friday evening fracas at the convention center that led to three people getting hit by a car, an old lady being knocked down, a very angry mother, and Ward 6 Councilmartyr Saint Tommy Wells rushing to the scene after checking his Twitter account. “This is a very difficult job for police,” said Wells. “Their job is keeping the protesters and people coming out of the convention center safe.”

AFTER THE JUMP: Schools on Track; Sekou Rides Again; Anacostia Swimming…

Still Runnin’: Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson addresses all the chicken littles from a year ago who thought D.C. public schools were toast after Michelle Rhee left. “In 2011, with the consistent support of Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D), we have built on that foundation to ensure that the revolution continues in the most important place of all — the classroom.” Henderson says the District is on “track to provide a world-class education to all students, regardless of background or circumstance, and to become a high-performing urban school district,” but the road remains long.

Sekou Rides Again: Former councilmember Sekou Biddle kicked off his campaign Friday at KIPP charter school in Ward 7 (which is just down the road from where Ron Moten launched his campaign. Coincidence?). Biddle had some harsh words for his past and would-be future colleagues. “We embarrass ourselves with sloppy decisions, unclear priorities and political mischief,” per the Post. And from TWT: “Literally hundreds of District voters have shared with me their disappointment and even disgust with the quality of public debate and public decision-making.” Biddle also raised questions about how his competitor,  Councilmember Vincent Orange, raises money, with so many of it coming from out of state donors. Orange says he’s not beholden to any of his campaign donors.

In Other News:

  • Council Chairman Kwame “Fully Loaded” Brown‘s website was temporarily down over the weekend, meanwhile Jonetta Rose Barras says his plan to lure top teachers to struggling schools is a half-baked idea.
  • Imagine all the people, swimming in the Anacostia.
  • Post likes mayor’s BOEE picks.
  • Examiner reminds that D.C. Council recommended the feds look into whether mayor’s former H.R. boss, Judy Banks, perjured herself.
  • Cast your vote for the future leaders east of the river.
  • Politics closes D.C. health information exchange.
  • Family of man slain by DYRS ward sues the city.
  • Mayor Gray to celebrate his birthday with a fundraiser.
  • Advocates of 15mph speed limits on residential streets: think of the children.
  • District seeking pro-statehood ceremonial resolutions from other states.

Gray sked: 8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.: Fire & Emergency Medical Services Cadet Program Orientation; 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.:  “Inside One City” Monthly Conversations; 11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.: HealthHIV Interview Taping; 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Senior Hand Dance Workshop Graduation; 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.: Lincoln Heights/Richardson Dwellings New Communities Advisory Committee; 8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.: Theatre Lab School Cabaret Benefit Dinner & Auction;

Council sked: Confirmation hearing of the director of OUC at noon.