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Did Your Taxes Go To Build A Strip Club?: Attorney General Silent Irv Nathan stole Mayor Vince Gray‘s thunder yesterday by dropping a blockbuster civil suit involving city AIDS funding and a strip club. (Gray was trying to get some good press for hiring two new staff members to help reset his administration.) TWT and the Post get to take victory laps for previous reporting that examined whether reformed drug kingpin Cornell Jones was properly spending city funds designated to help residents with HIV/AIDS. Go media!
AFTER THE JUMP: Kwame’s Wife; Barry’s Car; No Gambling!…
Conflict of Interest?: Last year Council Chairman Kwame “Fully Loaded” Brown‘s wife gets a job at the H Street Community Development Corporation, a nonprofit that hasn’t gotten city contracts in years. Four months later, said nonprofit gets a $138,000 grant, WAMU’s Patrick Madden reports. But don’t worry, there’s nothing questionable going on, says H Street boss Kenneth Brewer. Brown’s wife’s job at CDC involves taking kids to China and almost going to Las Vegas for the International Council of Shopping Centers (she was on the schedule to appear at the conference, but wound up skipping it). Meanwhile, Brown says he’s going to beef up disclosure requirements for councilmembers to include spouses’ involvement with nonprofits.
Barry’s Car: “When you live in the ghetto, all this stuff happens,” Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry told reporters yesterday outside the Wilson Building after pulling up in his silver Jaguar, a car that’s definitely seen better days and was dragging its rear bumper. Barry says his car was hit last week by a stolen car in a hit-and-run incident. The bumper was reattached, but must have come off yesterday after Barry got a carwash.
No Gambling!: LL wonders who besides anti-gaming activist Marie Drissel and the Washington Post editorial page really cares that the District could soon be the first jurisdiction in the country to have legalized online gambling. In any event, the Post put out another editorial blasting online gaming and its sponsor Councilmember Michael A. Brown. Ward 6 Councilmartyr Tommy Wells probably didn’t win any points with Brown by saying, “This is too big a thing to do by sleight of hand.”
Gray sked: Desk work.
Council sked: Beach work.