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Good afternoon sweet readers! This roundup is killing LL! News time:
Grassgate is Back: The WaPo editorial board is back with a new installment of As The Grass Grows. In today’s edition, the Post wonders why the Gray administration gave preference to a local grass cutting company that’s also Prince George’s County’s local litter picking-up company. The Post also tells city officials to “look into what makes a local company local.” Meanwhile today the council will try and get to the bottom of the city’s grass cutting contract woes with a hearing scheduled for 11 a.m.. The lawyer for Lorenz, the Baltimore-based grass cutting company that may lose out on District business cause it ain’t local enough, tells LL he’s peeved that the council’s witness list doesn’t include city staffers who actually know what went down. Sorry Lorenz attorney, that’s just how the council rolls. Navigatorgate hearing: let’s not call on the central figure in the whole drama, Council Chairman Kwame “Fully Loaded” Brown. Sulaimon Brown hiring hearing? Who cares what Mayor Vince Gray has to say.
AFTER THE JUMP: Omarosa for D.C.; Adrian and Jack; Bowser Kick Off…
Blame the Messenger: Why is the Gray administration getting failed reality TV star Omarosa (remember, from “The Apprentice”) to film commercials promoting D.C. autonomy? Who knows? But they are also getting some Redskins players and Della Reese (remember, from “Touched by An Angel”) to tape ““Full Democracy” public service announcements as Gray gears up to make a big push for D.C.-rights before the MLK Memorial dedication, TWT reports.
Adrian and Jack, A Buddy Story: Former Mayor Adrian Fenty helped his new law firm raise money last night for Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans‘ re-election bid, the Georgetown Dish reports. The pair joked about the old times, remembered friends long past, and led the assembled group of money givers in Irish folk songs. (Only the first part of that sentence is true.) Meanwhile, Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser held her own campaign kickoff last night. ““You sent me down there to get ahead of the line,” she said, “to make sure Ward 4 gets what it wants.” Wow, Ward 4 voters sure sound selfish.
In Other Words: Some Ward 8 residents tell the Post they would like to work. Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr.‘s son has applied to join MPD. Is it cumbersome to exercise your second amendment rights in the District? Yes. Is this TWT gimmicky piece of crap journalism going out of its way to make some poor cop look bad? Yes. Harry Jaffe says Occupy DC protests has “no center, no focus, no heart.” Council Chairman Brown wants stiffer penalties (or just penalties, really) for non-District parents sending their kids to District schools. Have expired tags? Go to jail. RFK turns 50. Father sues city for sending his kids to foster care.
Gray sked: Project Empowerment Transgender Employment Initiative Graduation Ceremony at noon; Victorian Society of America Award Ceremony at 2:30 p.m.; United Planning Organization Anacostia Community Services Center 20th Anniversary at 5:30 p.m.; Yom Kippur Prayer Service at Ohev Shalom at 6:30 p.m.
Council sked: Talking about grass at 11 a.m.
Don’t Miss: U.S. Attorney Ron Machen talking about public corruption and saying “I can’t comment on any specific case” on Kojo at noon.