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  • Good morning sweet readers! The District government is set to simulate a “full-scale” disaster today at RFK stadium complete with a “mobile morgue,” which is otherwise known as the Redskins’ team bus. Hey-oh! News time:

    Really? Again?: What is up with the Office of Tax and Revenue? The Post reports that a former employees appears to be on the verge of taking a plea deal after being charged with stealing more than $400,000 in taxpayer money during the last four years. This is the very same office where Harriette Walters was popped for stealing nearly $50 million back in 2007. “David Umansky, a spokesman for the District’s chief financial officer, said the alleged scheme was noticed in January by a tax office worker reviewing files as part of reforms implemented in the wake of the scam that came to light in 2007 and saw a mid-level manager who spent on designer goods among those convicted in a scheme that stretched for two decades before being uncovered, previous federal cases showed.”

    AFTER THE JUMP: Meet The New Ward 5 Boss; Mother-in-Law Blues; AHOD Cash Out…

    Meet The New Boss: Ward 5 Democrats, your new boss is Robert V. Brannum, the man who is always there. “Brannum, head of the D.C. Federation of Civic Associations, defeated incumbent Angel Alston’s by a better than 2 to 1 margin. According to unofficial returns, Brannum received 86 votes compared to Alston’s 33. William Boston, who ran as a write-in, received 27 votes.” TWT says Brannum is subject of an inspector general probe “centered on improper expenditures.” Brannum says that’s false. There’s also questions about the legality of Monday’s vote.

    Mother-in-Law Blues: Marion Barry‘s son Christopher was sentenced to probation yesterday on drug charges. The Post talks to Chris’ grandmother, Polly Harris, who says her grandson turned to drugs after his mother, Effi Barry, passed away. “Harris blamed her grandson’s drug use on Marion Barry (D-Ward 8), a former D.C. mayor. ‘All of my grandson’s problems are laid right at the feet of his so-called father, Marion Barry,” Harris said. “He was never a father. He was never home.'” Ouch. Marion Barry put out a statement saying that Harris’ comments were “totally unfounded.”

    In Other News: MPD won’t appeal All Hands On Deck ruling. Ward 6 Councilmartyr Saint Tommy Wells wants all the city’s cabs to look the same and accept credit cards. One in ten DCPS middle school students attempted suicide, one study says. City saves free grocery program for seniors. New D.C. center for disabled youth and vets. Deborah Royster no longer Democratic National Committee member. Write-in Fenty campaign’s fines reduced. Not a lot of doctors in D.C.

    Gray sked: Council breakfast at 9 a.m. Meeting With New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg at 10:30 a.m.; 2012 National Cherry Blossom Festival Centennial Kick-Off Luncheon; President Obama’s Back-to-School Speech at Banneker Sr. High at 1 p.m.; Voiceplate Reception at Minority Enterprise Development Week at 6 p.m.

    Council sked: Hearing on the implementation of Department of General Services.