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Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 08/01/2012

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Pepco’s storm response is unpopular, but so is one potential solution. (Chip Somodevilla - GETTY IMAGES)
Grass is green, water is wet and Pepco is unpopular. That’s one tremendously unsurprising finding of the recent Washington Post poll, finding that more than half of D.C. residents were not satisfied with the utility’s response to June’s derecho. More interesting are residents’ views on one potential solution to prolonged weather-related outages: power line burial. Just over a third said they would not be willing to pay any extra on their bills to bury lines. Slightly fewer said they’d be willing to pay up to $10 a month. Less than one-fifth said they’d be willing to pay more. So how then to pay for a project that will cost at least $1 billion?

In other news:

Abortion bill fails to gain needed two-thirds majority on House floor (2chambers, WaTimes, WAMU-FM)

Irv Nathan i looking at potential Corcoran move for unspecified reasons (Modern Art Notes)

Behold “One DC,” in support of Vincent Gray (,, Facebook)

The inimitable Lynne Breaux is leaving the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (WBJ, Young & Hungry)

Undertaker wins $250,000 on Tuesday’s Pick 5, playing 66666 (Examiner)

More outrage about revoked licenses! (WJLA-TV)

Tom Sherwood: “Gray is dancing as fast as he can in sort of his own ballet as a federal investigation inches forward.” (WRC-TV)

Another version of the wire service scandal recap (Reuters)

Jeff Thompson’s accounting firm got Airports Authority contracts not long after he left the board there (Examiner)

And Thompson was among cadre that gave to Vince Gray’s cousin, a Maryland legislator (Loose Lips)

Generally speaking, the Airports Authority board “hasn’t always been up to the job” (Post editorial)

Harry Jaffe isn’t a fan of Gray’s Chick-fil-A tweets (Examiner)

Farmers market gets more fresh produce into Ward 8 (Post)

Is Giant Food doomed? (RPUS)

Tougher drunk-driving law takes effect today (Dr. Gridlock, WaTimes, WAMU-FM, WRC-TV)

Capitol Police officers can keep showing their tattoos for another few weeks (BuzzFeed)

President Obama finally declares federal disaster for derecho damage (Examiner)

Water bills are still going up (Examiner)

Building owners have plenty of questions about the D.C. law requiring them to report utility usage to city (Examiner)

More on H Street Playhouse’s move to Anacostia (Hill Rag)

Remember when D.C. wanted to host the Olympics? Yeah, good thing that didn’t happen (DCist)

Another cab company is shuttered by Taxi Commission (Examiner)

Brand-new Northeast facility for Capital Area Food Bank (WAMU-FM)

Calvin Woodland Jr. on his redemption: “I got to the point where people couldn’t use me. Then in this position I became useful again.” (Examiner)

Spate of east-of-the-river shootings leaves one dead: Jerry Williams, 22 (Post)

Historic preservation office could do more to help out property owners (GGW)

Bible museum likely spells the end of the Washington Design Center (Washingtonian)

Ellington School redo moves forward, with design solicitation (Current via Dish)

RIP Gore Vidal, native Washingtonian (Arts Desk)

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