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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 05/17/2012

DeMorning Links: ‘D.C. lost its president’


Brown in 2009. (Marvin Joseph - The Washington Post)

Plenty will be thought and felt, said and heard, written and read about Chuck Brown in the coming days. Go ahead and start with the Post Style section’s cover package. Marc Fisher and Chris Richards assemble a city’s memories of its matchless music icon. Said one 40-year-old Anacostia resident: “It’s like JFK. ... D.C. lost its president. If you live in D.C., you love Chuck Brown.” And Richards also writes on Brown’s musical impact: “His beat connected the songs. Then, his songs connected the city.” And then, in overseas tours and pop samples, they reached the world. But here, “Chuck was like the Washington Monument,” said Donnie Simpson. “He was like Ben’s Chili Bowl. He was the big chair. He was all of that. Chuck Brown was Washington, D.C.”

In other news:

Marine’s Barracks Row killing was a hate crime, prosecutors say (Post)

Report: D.C. is spending millions to put 118 non-resident special-ed students in private schools (D.C. Schools Insider)

House office burglaries baffle Capitol Police (National Journal)

Two Howard University students shot in Bloomingdale burglary attempt (WJLA-TV, WRC-TV)

Washington Nationals injuries, charted (Post)

After 28 years in prison, D.C. man’s murder conviction is overturned (Post)

Without Hatch Act changes, elected attorney general won’t be able to run for reelection without quitting first (WaTimes)

How Nalle Elementary serves as a “community school” for Marshall Heights (Post)

Did a big schools contractor game the CBE system? (Loose Lips)

Beauvoir principal’s confrontation allowed alleged child pornographer to flee (Post)

D.C. Council steps back from mandatory criminal background checks for employees (Examiner)

Cashing in on 14th Street can be complicated (Housing Complex)

D.C. police open door for observant Sikhs to serve as cops (Post, AP)

Police chase results in South Dakota Avenue wreck, two arrests (Crime Scene)

Kenyan McDuffie used to deliver mail to WAMU-FM (WAMU-FM, WRC-TV)

And he says he has a “mandate to get things done” (Examiner)

But his 20-point victory was not particularly convincing to Deborah Simmons (WaTimes)

Did union support put him over the top? (Loose Lips)

It’s “time to re-brand, re-configure and effectively re-invent” the Caribbean Carnival (The Root D.C.)

If you lose a city-owned badminton set, it will cost you $15 (DCist)

Boilerplate lawsuit immunity language added to Cathy Lanier’s contract (WaTimes)

GWU professor forced to have late abortion will testify at House hearing on D.C. bill (Politico)

Peaceoholics’ Jauhar Abraham pushes forward with write-in campaign against Marion Barry (Informer)

Why Georgetown did the right thing in inviting Kathleen Sebelius to campus (Post editorial)

Ten reasons Amazon should come to D.C., not NoVa (Housing Complex)

A Zuccotti Park of our own? (Housing Complex)

An “unruined” city would not be much of a city (WTOP)

NCAA basketball regional coming to D.C. next year (Vox Populi)

“Blitz build” preps Marshall Heights house for homeless teens (Post)

Arts funding gets big boost thanks to TIF shuffle (Arts Desk)

Progressives join up to “support positive change in DC’s zoning update and beyond” (GGW)

Medical marijuana program threatened by “spineless elected officials succumbing to the irrational fears and unreasonable demands of neighborhood opponents” (Blade)

Remember: There was development in near Southeast before the ballpark, too (Housing Complex)

Frank Kameny estate drama continues (Blade)

In praise of BASIS D.C. (Examiner op-ed)

Why height does not equal density (Atlantic Cities)

The UDC tennis team is pretty good (Examiner.com)

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