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Good morning from Washington City Paper! It’s Tuesday!

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS: 300 District employees implicated in unemployment fraud. [WAMU] D.C. will pay employees for the four furlough days forced last year. [Examiner] Political consultant to claim he’s only being prosecuted for Maryland robocalls because he worked for Republicans. [Post] There are 450 sidewalk cafes in D.C. [TBD] Cost of flying out of D.C. went up 10 percent. [Post]

YOUR DAILY QUALITY-OF-LIFE MEASUREMENT: On Monday, City Paper‘s Needle fell five points. The bad news: Pandas, ugh. The good news: Sometimes GPS in cabs is useful. Take a look here.


How Much Does HTJ Really Owe D.C.?: One would think this is not a difficult question, and yet! LL writes: “Thomas, you may recall, settled a civil lawsuit with the OAG last summer byagreeing to pay back $300,000 in ill-gotten funds. And at the beginning of this year, Thomas pleaded guilty to federal charges for stealing $353,500 in city funds. Thomas has also had difficulty sticking to a $50,000-every-six-months repayment plan he agreed to with the District. New court records filed late Friday along with the OAG’s ‘Declaration of Victim Losses,’ which LL got through a Freedom of Information Act, show that the city and Thomas are about $100,000 apart on how much restitution the city is entitled to.” Why the discrepancy? The city is claiming that the $100,000 HTJ steered toward the 51st State Inaugural Ball in 2009 served his political purposes.

Sale Watch: U Street, Melody Records, Patriot’s Parking Lots: Lydia DePillis notes a few interesting sales. “The District bought a cluster of parking lots on Okie Street NE from Patriot Equities, the company that tried and failed to develop the Hechts Warehouse right nearby, for $16,750,000. All the Department of General Services could tell me is that they’ll be used to consolidate multiple Department of Public Works functions.”

Graham Reverses On Sunday Liquor Sales: No Sunday package sales. Now Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham wants to tax drinkers a bit more to raise revenue instead.

Veep, Week 2: Selina Brings the Yoghurt: Jonathan L. Fischer continues his conversation with DCist’s Benjamin R. Freed about HBO’s Veep: “We could talk at length about Selina’s mishandling by her handlers, but she digs plenty of her own ditches. Last week, I wrote that I don’t think Selina’s a moron; she’s stuck in a job basically designed as a hamster wheel. This week’s episode suggests the free world is better off with Selina a building away from the the nuclear codes. For her, getting to hang out in the Situation Room while the president’s been sidelined with a cardiac ailment is a chance to project leadership; she’s less concerned with asking questions or doing the job seriously. Selina is basically a creature of optics.”

The Y&H Golden Rule: Give Everything a Shott Once: Y&H’s minions roast departed editor Chris Shott.

Schools, City Employees, Get Bulk of Gray’s Proposed Budget Surplus Spending: LL has the list of where Mayor Vince Gray would like D.C.’s budget windfall to go.



LOOSE LIPS DAILY POLITICS LINKS, by Alan Suderman (tips? lips@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • What is this, 2009? Marion Barry and Peter Nickles in a war of words. [Post]
  • Council poised to approve $22 million to pay back furloughed city workers. [Times]
  • Jim Graham wants to tax booze instead of selling it on Sundays. [Post]
  • Graham and AG Irv Nathan come to agreement on CYITC investigation. [Post]
  • Vince Gray and Muriel Bowser at odds over ethics panel nominees (or lack thereof). [Examiner]

REAL ESTATE AND DEVELOPMENT LINKS, by Housing Complex blogger Lydia DePillis (tips? housingcomplex@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Another Southwest apartment building up for sale. [SWLQTC]
  • What to do with an old boys and girls club? [THIH]
  • Parking on the market. [Urbanturf]
  • Silver Spring’s very expensive transit center. [Post]
  • Gas station turnover won’t effect sandwiches. [PoP]
  • More people choosing a room of their own. [USAToday]
  • Anacostia: “No, we didn’t run out of other neighborhoods to profile.” [Curbed]
  • Cities looking more carefully at Walmart expansion—but not D.C. [NYT]
  • How dare those greedy developers try to maximize the value of their land! [Examiner]
  • Today on the market: Watergate penthouse.

ARTS LINKS, by Ally Schweitzer (tips? artsdesk@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Young Jeezy shouldn’t hold his breath waiting for an invitation to the White House. [Post]
  • A critique of the new Hewlett Packard-designed social-media exhibit at the Newseum [DCist]
  • “Make It Mount Pleasant,” a neighborhood craft fair, needs vendors. [The 42]
  • Phil Kennicott reviews the National Building Museum’s new five-year exhibit “House & Home.” [Post]
  • Veep gets a second season [Huffington Post]
  • City Paper arts editor Jonathan L. Fischer is officially a “local celebrity.” [ArlNow]
  • Yesterday was the last day of National Poetry Month. Time for Poetry Madness! [Post]
  • Pac-Man eats the New York subway. I agree with the Phillips Collection: This video is awesome. [Experiment Station]

FOOD LINKS will resume shortly.