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Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 03/14/2012

DeMorning Links: A closer look


Plenty to chat about these days. (Astrid Riecken - FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)
In the latest signal that federal investigations into the campaign of Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) and D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown (D) have broadened, an indeterminate number of council members and candidates have been served with subpoenas seeking information not only on dealings with raidees Jeffrey Thompson and Jeanne Clarke Harris but on any campaign contributor who gave the legal maximum donation. Meanwhile, Council member Vincent Orange continued to explain “questionable” money orders accepted by his 2011 campaign in the names of Harris’s mother, sister and nieces. Read more at WAMU-FM, Loose Lips, WRC-TV, WaTimes, WJLA-TV, WTTG-TV, WUSA-TV and WTOP.

In other news:

If you are a fugitive in this town, you do not want Willard King coming after you (Post)

City unemployment dips oh-so-slightly under 10 percent (Post, DOES)

Years after transition to community health center, a “stunning turnaround” for Whitman-Walker (Post Partisan)

Tony Williams — “perhaps the most respected of the District’s chief executives” — will lead tax review panel (WBJ)

Meeting to discuss Redskins plans for Hill East set for March 22 (Brian Flahaven)

Why Marion Barry raises so much money from outside Ward 8: “They say, ‘You got this, you don’t need any money.’” (WaTimes)

Also: His campaign office has a DJ (YouTube)

Kwame Brown, Michael Brown and Scott Bolden intervene in charter school closing battle (D.C. Schools Insider)

Yvette Alexander will move Betty Noel nomination, but she won’t be supporting it (Post editorial)

Elections officials need money for Ward 5 vote, stat (Examiner)

Liquor store owner pleads not guilty to selling to minors (WUSA-TV)

Pennsylvania Avenue SE street work wraps up — and it looks great (Dr. Gridlock)

D.C. sure has a lot of locksmiths (Post)

City strikes out with federal appeals court on move to end Medicaid class action (Legal Times)

Metro brass makes a lot of money (Post)

Behind-the-scenes drama in Metro crash litigation (Legal Times)

Downtown may soon get its much-demanded playground (GGW)

Police department documentation handed to prospective gun owners contains “false information” about firearms law (WaTimes)

The bicycle approach to the 14th Street Bridge could use some improvements (GGW)

As anticipated, former city asbestos inspectors plead guilty to taking bribes (Crime Scene)

Historic C&O Canal boat is “riddled with cracks and beyond repair” (Current via Dish)

Bag tax “becoming a model for communities across America” (Ecopreneurist)

Breaking the “MLK Boulevard” stereotype in Ward 8 (Post)

Muriel Bowser wants city procurement officials to get tougher on bad contractors (Examiner)

Man suspected in toddler’s death also charged with child cruelty (Post)

D.C. fire code inspections are now paperless (GovTech)

Some vague anxiety about Columbia Heights IHOP shooting (WAMU-FM)

News flash: Gas prices at Watergate Exxon still exorbitant (WRC-TV)

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