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  • Marion Barry: White Men Can’t Count
  • Good morning sweet readers! What time is it? It’s money time. Check back later today for an update on how much the District’s politicians and would-be pols have raised recently. News time:

    Yet Even More on Grassgate: The Post editorial board isn’t done yet talking about grass. Today, the papier of record pens its fourth editorial in a week related to how the city hires grass cutting contractors. This time, the Post aims its guns on the D.C. Council for its “lackadaisical line” of questioning at a hearing last week on said grass contracts. ICYMI, the Post is concerned that a low-bidding Baltimore grass cutter is poised to lose out on continuing to do business with the city because of politics. Specifically, the Post seems most perturbed that embattled Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. had any say in the matter.

    AFTER THE JUMP: Watch the Money; Jaffe’s Indictment Odds…

    Watch the Money: Jonetta Rose Barras says Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans should stop giving a free pass to Chief Financial Officer Nat Gandhi. “Evans may sound like a tightwad, counting every penny and watching where it is spent. But that’s more talk than walk. … Problems with the city’s financial management system, of which the multiple thefts are merely symptoms, can’t just be blamed solely on Gandhi—although he bears the chief responsibility. Evans also must be held accountable.”

    Odds Are: Harry Jaffe gives odds on the three elected officials currently being investigated by the slow-moving U.S. Attorney. According to Jaffe: Mayor Vince Gray‘s looking good, Council Chairman Kwame “Fully Loaded” Brown‘s got a 50-50 shot of escaping indictment, and things don’t look so hot for Thomas.

    From the Money Making Part of WCP: “Join Washington City Paper and GovLoop at Public this Wednesday, October 12 from 5:30 to 8:00 for a free Lend a Hand Happy Hour sponsored by Heineken. We are bringing together Federal employees and 30 charities to build upon the successful launch of this years Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area, the workplace giving campaign for Federal employees. Space is limited so please RSVP at http://lendahandhappyhour2011-eorg.eventbrite.com

    In Other News:

    • Is “Bitchassness” an appropriate way for ANC commissioners to talk to each other?
    • Would-be medical marijuana growers have until Halloween to submit their plans to the city.
    • Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson hangs out with The Wire’s Wendell Pierce.

    Gray sked: National Coming Out Day Celebration at One Judiciary Square at 10:30 a.m.; “Inside One City” Taping at 11:30 a.m.; 2011 BISNOW Economic Growth Expo at 1:45 p.m.; Workforce Investment Council Quarterly Meeting at 4 p.m.

    Council sked: Roundtable on the implementation of the Department of General Services, and hearing on the confirmation of Elizabeth Noel to the PSC at noon.