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Posted at 10:27 AM ET, 03/28/2012

DeMorning Links: Camera candor


Speed cams, MoCo-style (jahi chikwendiu - The Washington Post)
“Eventually, we would like to be able to cover the entire city.” That’s Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) telling the D.C. Council about his administration’s speed-camera druthers. His plan to add about $25 million to the city budget via camera fines has turned into the most-discussed part of his spending plan. The Washington Times, longtime speed-cam skeptics, call the plan a “dishonest cash grab” and a “pander to the vocal, anti-automobile activists in [D.C. mayors’] leftist base” in an editorial. But Greater Greater Washington presents data showing that cameras work — traffic does slow down, fewer tickets are issued and pedestrian lives are potentially saved. But those facts have to fight this sentiment, expressed by council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4): “We have gone overboard with this.” More from WaTimes, TBD, Examiner, WAMU-FM, WUSA-TV and WRC-TV.

In other news:

Ron Moten shrugs off Peaceoholics controversy in pursuing council seat (Post column)

Only four D.C. Council members declined their cost-of-living raises this year (Examiner)

Soon to obscure the I-395 Center Leg: “Capitol Crossing” (WBJ)

Canada ended gun registration last month. Why shouldn’t D.C.? (Examiner)

”Does the D.C. [Republican presidential] primary matter at all?” Not really. (The Fix)

More City Paper endorsements: Tom Brown, Michael D. Brown (City Desk)

Jonetta Rose Barras gives a last push to Tom Brown and Jacque Patterson (Examiner)

Sixty-one D.C. workers fired so far for collecting unemployment checks while in city jobs (WAMU-FM)

Hike in Gray education budget doesn’t necessarily mean a hike in education (DCFPI)

”Second-chance” schools try to rescue D.C. dropouts (WAMU-FM)

Another victim of alleged hate crime speaks out (WTTG-TV, WJLA-TV))

Why the Anacostia “arts bridge” idea isn’t quite like the High Line (Arts Desk)

Ward 7 candidate Kevin B. Chavous finally forced to address his solicitation arrest in public (Loose Lips)

Is a zoning conspiracy responsible for the oversaturation of medical marijuana facilities in Ward 5? Not really. (Heartbeat, Housing Complex)

”Vigilante” car theft arrest gets people talking about Trayvon Martin (WaTimes)

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday: the “Million Mustache March,” brought to you by the American Mustache Institute (HuffPo)

Charter board considers whether to require its schools to report suspensions and expulsions (Examiner)

Jack Limpert leaves Washingtonian after 43 years (Post)

A historic, relatively swanky squat in Columbia Heights (GGW)

Jack Jacobson makes his Ward 2 State Board of Education run official (Borderstan)

D.C. moves on building health insurance exchange (WBJ)

As expected, Mitt Romney won the D.C. GOP straw poll going away (AP)

Other things you missed at the Lincoln-Douglass dinner (G’town Dish)

In other Republican news: Portion of Georgetown Waterfront Park could be named after former Sen. Charles Percy (Current via Dish)

Golden Triangle BID puts recycling bids on the street (WTOP)

Alex Ovechkin is playing better. You can thank Rick Maese and Tarik El-Bashir now. (Sports Bog)

Hello, Hollywood (DCist)

Goodbye, Hollywood (Post)

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