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Good morning sweet readers! LL went to bed with the Cowboys enjoying a 14-point lead in the 4th quarter. Surely, they won, right? Right?!?! News time:
Sulaimon Arrested!: See what happens when you take on the powers that be in this town? They fire you, try and kick you out of your home, and then they arrest you. Such is the fate of one Sulaimon Brown, who only ever wanted to lead this town into rebirth and prosperity. Brown was arrested early this morning, and the media is going nuts. NBC4 appears to have gotten the big scoop (with video of a car!) that police arrested Brown last night for allegedly driving with an expired Maryland driver’s license. (What?! Brown had a Maryland driver’s license? But … but … Brown said he never had a Maryland driver’s license. Did he lie?!?) NBC 4’s Tom Sherwood tweets that Brown’s interaction with the police may not have gone smoothly. The Post follows up with a detailed version of Brown’s account. (The paper of record is so smitten that its PR department just sent out a blast pimping the story). Here’s what Brown says one cop told him: “Oh, you’re the guy who tried to get the mayor arrested. We definitely have to arrest you now.” Yes, that’s probably exactly what the cop said. Pity the poor federal prosecutor trying to build a case against Gray campaign aide Howard Brooks with Brown as a star witness.
AFTER THE JUMP: Pundits on Gray; Disclose This; Third Transgendered Shooting…
Pundits Gonna Pundit: Jonetta Rose Barras asks: Where’s Vince? “I never imagined he would stumble as he has, repeatedly making ridiculous mistakes. Those self-inflicted injuries have been aggravated by his sluggish management style and poor decision-making.”
Disclose This: Council Chairman Kwame “Fully Loaded” Brown (who deserves an attaboy for finishing yesterday’s biathlon) is asking his colleagues and their staff to file financial disclosure forms so that the council can stay on the legit side of federal conflict of interest laws and “avoid participating in matters that involve their spouses, children, business partners or potential future employers.” The disclosures wouldn’t be made public however, so it would up to the council to police itself, which you know they’re great at.
Snyder Backs Down: LL fears his editors are going to have a lot more time to devote to keeping tabs on their political columnist, now that Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder is no longer suing Washington City Paper and LL’s colleague Dave McKenna. Snyder dropped his litigation on Saturday night; the next day, much to the joy of LL’s bosses, who are Redskins fans, the team won. Which may or may not be karmically related. Here’s the City Paper statement on the news, just in case you didn’t already see it:
We are pleased that Dan Snyder has finally ended his gratuitous litigation against Washington City Paper and staff writer Dave McKenna.
From the beginning, we have believed that Snyder’s lawsuit was a baseless one, designed to intimidate a journalist and a publication that have been among his most persistent critics. We’ve also argued—in our pages, and in court—that our article never said any of the allegedly libelous things Snyder claimed it did. As we defended ourselves, we got unprecedented support from loyal readers who donated thousands of dollars of their own money to help us protect our rights. And we were fortunate to have an ownership group who understood the stakes and stood by us. We’re confident that the court would have seen things our way, too, thanks to the strong laws the District of Columbia has in place to protect free speech. But we’re also glad that it won’t have to go that far.
City Paper is a small news organization with limited resources, and defending ourselves against this lawsuit has cost massive amounts of time and money, well beyond the $34,308.91 that readers have contributed to our legal defense fund. Despite those costs, we are proud that we never wavered or allowed ourselves to be bullied, ultimately leading Snyder to dismiss his case. Though the District’s anti-SLAPP law says courts “may” have awarded us some of our litigation costs had we pursued them, we concluded that it wasn’t worth spending substantially more money, energy, and attention for what would have only been a chance of recovering a portion of what we’ve spent.
Today, we got what we wanted all along: dismissal of a case expressly designed to pressure us, and filed by a man who now apparently says he never even read the story in the first place. Now we’re eager to get back to our business of covering the city’s politics and culture—including its sports culture—without this distraction. And we hope the end of this case means Snyder can get back to focusing his energy on making our shared home team as good as it can be.
In Other News:
- Third transgendered person shot this summer.
- D.C. officials say they are trying to curb the dependency on handouts they’ve created.
- MLK memorial grand opening ceremony is set for Oct 16, baring tornado, fires, or Godzilla attack.
- Howard beats Morehouse in a close one.
- Did you hear that guy on Kojo last week? He was awesome. Also, Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh and DCGOP boss Paul Craney got into it.
- No quit in Nate Bennett Fleming.
- Post plays catch up to its editorial page on Department of Labor ruling that could affect construction wages.
- “DYRS is one of the worst agencies in this city,” says Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry.
Gray sked: 12:30 p.m. Thelonious Monk Institute Proclamation Presentation
Council sked: Still on recess (but not for long).