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    You’re All Invited to D.C. Day: Well, so much for plans of giving District residents a special sneak peak of the MLK memorial. Mayor Vince Gray has backed off plans to give 100,000 tickets to District residents, saying demand was just too great. Instead of golden tickets, District residents consolation prize is that early viewing on Aug. 23 (the official unveiling is five days later) shall be known as “D.C. Day.” at the memorial. Meanwhile, Gray says he hopes to use the opening of the MLK memorial as an opportunity to stump for statehood.

    On Target: Despite delays in implementing this new Internet gambling thingy, the District’s money counters still expect to bring in the moula in the upcoming fiscal year, TWT reports. The projected revenues of $2.2 million in fy12 are “conservative” and should be met with ease as long as gambling gets “implemented before too long,” says Councilmember Michael Brown, the main proponent of the “first-in-the-nation iGaming program.” Meanwhile, Jonetta Rose Barras says score one for the little guys, as opponents of iGaming were able to get the D.C. Lottery and Charitable Games Control Board to postpone its August “listening tour” until a time when people are actually in town to listen. Also, not sure if LL’s seen this news nugget before or not, but Barras reports that Ward 6 Councilmartyr Tommy Wells says he plans on introducing legislation repealing online gambling.
    In Other News:

    • Could this murder case be any weirder?
    • DCPS wants you—for its cleaning crew.
    • Things are looking up at Luke C. Moore Academy HS.
    • Among D.C. medical marijuana hopefuls: Montel Williams.
    • Fewer principals are fleeing D.C. schools.
    • Ward 3 request for new middle school to be considered “systematically.”
    • Post editorial says stronger Gay and Lesbian Liason Unit in police department may be needed.
    • Once upon a time there was oil in the Anacostia River, then there wasn’t.
    • Georgetown University students to gain another ANC rep.

    Gray sked: H.D. Woodson Ribbon Cutting at 10:30 a.m.; Weekly presser at 1 p.m.

    Council sked: Recess.