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Wake up, Metro. It’s morning time! Also: Two of your employees are telling WJLA-TV that they not only knew about the circuit problem that likely caused the June 22 crash five days before it happened, but that they reported the problem to their supervisors. This seemingly contradicts GM John Catoe‘s statement yesterday, in which he assured the public the circuit’s intermittent inability to detect trains on tracks was “not an issue that would have been easily detectable to controllers in our operations control center.” Metro had no comment on the unnamed technicians’ allegations, citing the ongoing investigation.

In case you missed it: City Desk reported last night that one of the crash victims’ families lawyered up with local institution the Cochran Firm, which won the business over another firm based, partially, on its willingness to file suit before the investigation’s over. Attorney David Haynes called today to correct my mistake. The family of Veronica DuBose actually has two law firms lined up, one from Florida already familiar to the family, as well as the Cochran Firm, which was brought in as lead counsel by the Florida lawyers. Haynes also notes that his firm is representing five people injured in the crash.

City Paper‘s fresh online and in the stands. Of note: Carman on Breadline’s closing and reopening, Graham on The Year of Magical Thinking, Olszewski on the new Transformers, Leitko on Meow vs. Meow, and West on the theory of everything.

Elsewhere in D.C. Blogolands:

* Borderstan’s reporting that actor and Obama up-and-comer Kal Penn, better known as Kumar going to the White Castle, is moving into the neighborhood. But no dice on exactly where.

* Molly, the pure-bred Viszla brazenly stolen from in front of the Whole Foods in Logan Circle, is still lost. Bloggers are on it.

* Congress Heights on the Rise has some news found newsworthy by the Examiner: Congress Heights is NOT Anacostia.

* We Love DC chimes in on the Caps signing winger Mike Knuble away from the Flyers. The Post says he’ll be the net presence we lack. We’re comin’ for you, Pittsburgh. Grrrrr!

Photograph by City Paper Staff Photographer Darrow Montgomery