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Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 12/12/2011

DeMorning Links: Crisis of confidence


Council members at a Dec. 6 meeting. (Astrid Riecken - FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)
How to describe the mood inside the John A. Wilson Building these days? Hard to beat that late ’70s chestnut: “malaise.” Tim Craig reports in The Post that the feeling among observers is this: “The D.C. Council is so preoccupied with feuds and ethical scandals that some of them have pulled back on meaningful legislative action until next year amid mounting concern that a local legislature most recently regarded as a trendsetter has become stale and uninspired.”

In other news:

Lamont Peterson wins! But opponent blames home cooking. (Post, City Desk)

“... the local sports story of the year” (Post column)

Is John Hinckley’s freedom a gamble? (Post)

Federal spending bill could include abortion or needle exchange riders on District budget (Post editorial)

Ron Machen comes out hard against “open-file discovery” sought by defense attorneys, says it will endanger witnesses (Post op-ed)

Wanda Lockridge explains why her late husband’s name belongs on a library (Post op-ed)

Should ABC Board license promoters as well as venues? (Examiner)

Colby King takes another swipe at the ethics bill (Post)

The underappreciated diversity of D.C.’s protest camps (Post)

Latest accounting of Occupy D.C. police costs: $1.3 million (Examiner)

Lobbyists keep on being lobbyists (WaTimes)

Perea Brown-Blackmon of Langdon Education Campus is your DCPS teacher of the year (Post)

Johns Hopkins prepares to do Spring Valley health study, but it will “never be able to prove whether the buried chemicals are causing residents’ health problems” (Post)

City’s two top law schools kick in $100,000 each to fund D.C. government fellowships (Legal Times)

Natasha Dasher is back on the scene (CHotR)

The Gray administration doth protest too much to Alan Suderman’s cops scoop (Loose Lips)

Maryland chips in $17 million for Blue Plains upgrades (WAMU-FM)

Walter Reed closure leaves Georgia Avenue businesses ailing (Post)

What DCPS is learning from charter schools (Examiner)

And new athletic director will be housed in OSSE, not DCPS (Examiner)

No more property tax abatement for nonprofits moving to developing neighborhoods (WBJ)

Jonetta Rose Barras pushes back on Gray’s renewed backing of Betty Noel (Examiner)

Is there any problem for which Deborah Simmons doesn’t see vouchers as a solution? (WaTimes)

Prince of Petworth commenters discuss how to get involved in local politics (PoP)

What will become of Joe Robert’s business interests? (Post, WBJ)

“Farragut Crossing” proves popular (Examiner)

UDC hoops team gets its first win as members of the East Coast Conference (Examiner.com)

Crestwood: a moniker as artificial as NoMa (DCist)

Senate committee outlines parameters for FBI consolidation (Capital Business)

Survey paints portrait of city’s homeless youth (Poverty & Policy)

Would federal cutbacks do to D.C. what auto industry cutbacks did to Detroit? (WBJ)

G-Rod indictee might not be in custody, but he has a lawyer (Crime Scene)

How a sex club is not, in fact, a sexually oriented business enterprise (Housing Complex)

Ukrainian genocide memorial moves right along (DCmud)

Kwan Kearney, 20, convicted in murder of honor student Joseph Sharps (Examiner)

Delvon Javis Shearin, 35, found dead of gunshot wounds in 2300 block of Ainger Place SE (Crime Scene)

Another homicide in the 4500 block of Benning Road NE (Crime Scene)

Police chase turns into barricade situation (WTOP)

Spate of Saturday assaults (Post)

D.C. could use some newsstands! (GGW)

Harriet Tregoning on Kojo today (WAMU-FM)

This hardware store’s return policy is awfully strict (CHotR)

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