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Ex-Councilmember Michael Brown‘s guilty plea to a bribery charge yesterday brings to a close an FBI sting—-and, in all likelihood, Brown’s political career. But Brown’s cooperation with prosecutors on future investigations points to more legal trouble ahead for D.C. politicians.
LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:
- Brown faces up to 37 months in prison under plea deal. [LL]
- Marion Barry wants more money for summer jobs program. [Examiner]
- District avoiding insurance price jumps from health exchanges. [Examiner]
- “Reconstitution” process, most recently seen at Cardozo, meant to improve schools. [Post]
- Charter school employee pleads guilty to embezzling more than $75,000. [Post]
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LOOSE LIPS, by Will Sommer (tips? email@example.com)
- Michael Brown pleads guilty to bribery charge. [WAMU, Post, LL, Times]
- Activist say medial marijuana applications don’t exist yet, Department of Health says they do. [Times]
- Disgruntled ex-director of Public Employee Relations Board was offered $30,000 severance. [Times]
- Summer jobs program needs more money, Marion Barry says. [Examiner]
- D.C. Council ignored warning signs about Brown, says Chuck Thies. [NBC 4]
HOUSING COMPLEX, by Aaron Wiener (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)
- An 1886 plan to divert Rock Creek and build on top of it to unite Georgetown with the city [Ghosts of DC]
- On the need for more productive Ward 8 community meetings. [Congress Heights on the Rise]
- 11th Street condos hit the market this week. [UrbanTurf]
- MoCo’s doing its own urbanist zoning rewrite. [Post]
- More on the McMillan fight. [New Columbia Heights]
- Average D.C. home now costs nearly $500k. [UrbanTurf]
- But hey, at least we don’t have $30,000-a-month rents (yet). [WSJ]
- Today on the market: Benning Road, the new H Street?
ARTS LINKS, by Ally Schweitzer (tips? email@example.com)
- Neal Augenstein talks to photographer Lucian Perkins and The Teen Idles‘ Nathan Strejeck about Perkins’ book of early D.C. punk photos, Hard Art. [WTOP]
- A juicy nugget from Chris Richards‘ story about Hard Art: When Bob Woodward saw Lucian Perkins‘ photos of D.C. punk, he seemed dismissive, saying, “This doesn’t exist in Washington.” [Post]
- A takeaway from last weekend’s SuperNOVA performance art festival [Pink Line Project]
- Every now and then, writes Kennedy Center President Michael Kaiser, it’s OK to have a boring season. [Huffington Post D.C.]
- Kathleen Hanna‘s Julie Ruin releases a new album this September. [Spin]
- Trillectro presale tickets on sale now. [The Couch Sessions]
- “I grew up with a poster of Anton Chekhov in my bedroom, ok gurl?” [Pink Line Project]
- More WaPo readers chime in on the deflated Hirshhorn Bubble. [Post]
FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? firstname.lastname@example.org)