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Posted at 09:02 AM ET, 05/22/2012

DeMorning Links: Bloomingdale battleground

Behold Crispus Attucks Park, behind row houses on U and V streets NW, near North Capitol Street. (SUSAN BIDDLE - FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)
In Bloomingdale, a park has become a community battleground. The Post’s Paul Schwartzman delves into the saga of Crispus Attucks Park, where community members are fighting with longtime resident Marvin A. Rich for control of the former phone company property off North Capitol Street: “The dispute could be viewed as a clash of familiar antagonists — gentrifiers vs. old-timers, whites vs. blacks. While some of that friction exists, the conflict is more convoluted and bizarre, pitting one fixated man against his infuriated neighbors. Naturally, both sides have hired lawyers.”

In other news:

Thomas W. Gore, friend and campaign aide to Mayor Vincent Gray, is set to plead guilty today (Post, WRC-TV, WaTimes, WUSA-TV, WTTG-TV, WAMU-FM, NY Times)

Questions for Gore: “How did it come about that he allegedly directed these bogus money orders to [Sulaimon Brown]? What were the circumstances that allegedly prompted him to destroy records? Were others consulted?” (Post editorial)

FEMS battalion chief accuses Chief Kenneth Ellerbe of “workplace bullying” in beer case (WaTimes)

Crooked asbestos inspectors will each do a year in prison (Examiner)

In Vegas, the deals go on (@KwameBrownDC)

At CityCenter, plans for a gourmet food bazaar “on the scale of an Eastern Market” — also, perhaps, a Uniqlo (Capital Business)

Also, 11 unnamed restaurants inked for Union Market overhaul (DCmud)

There may not be any financial disclosures from city officials this year (Examiner)

Cops accused of using excessive force won’t be suspended (Examiner)

Santae Tribble, who did 32 years for a murder he didn’t commit, tells his story on camera (WTTG-TV)

Kennedy pays a visit to soon-to-close Capitol Hemp (YouTube)

Race and class harmony hasn’t arrived in Ward 5 yet, Kenyan McDuffie’s win notwithstanding (RPUS)

Archdiocese of Washington joins lawsuits challenging birth control mandate (WTOP)

Reports of Health Department bedbugs may have been greatly exaggerated (WTOP)

Warm winter = no potholes (DCist)

Historic preservation officials want 16th and K development downsized (GGW)

Jim Graham’s beloved Clean Teams are back (PoP)

Missouri senator under fire for being late on her D.C. property tax bill (Kansas City Star)

The new 11th Street Bridge local span is set to open Wednesday (Dr. Gridlock)

Should Chuck Brown get his own day? (DCist)

The Make-Up did a D.C. reunion show, and you probably missed it (GoG)

Federal auction of Georgetown’s West Heating Plant won’t happen till fall (Patch)

Fatal shooting overnight in Barry Farm (Crime Scene)

Several violent attacks over weekend (WaTimes)

Arrest made in Friday stabbing on North Capitol Street (Crime Scene)

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