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Posted at 09:56 AM ET, 07/02/2012

DeMorning Links: Derechoed


The Goldberg family hangs out on Verplanck Place NW in American University Park, waiting for Pepco and/or Godot. (Daniel C. Britt - THE WASHINGTON POST)
So that was quite a storm we had Friday. It was, in fact, a derecho — an unusually violent, unusually large and unusually long-lasting storm that swept from northern Indiana to the mid-Atlantic, doing its worst damage here in the Washington area. WJLA-TV reports the storm claimed one life in the District — a Woodley Park man who tried to save his Maserati, set aflame by a downed power line, only to be electrocuted. Here’s the aftermath by the numbers: From Friday through Sunday evening, city residents made a combined 4,500 calls for emergency service, and another 3,700 call with non-emergency service requests. On Saturday alone, 115 tons of debris was removed from city streets. And according to Pepco, about 46,000 of the city’s 257,000 customers remained without service as of 9 a.m.

In other news:

More evidence of Jim Graham demanding a quid pro quo on lottery contract (Post column)

Proposed FOIA “reforms” are anything but (Post editorial)

After early-year spike, robberies have eased significantly (Post)

Bike shop owners love Capital Bikeshare (Transportation Nation)

Coming soon to Georgetown Park mall: T.J. Maxx or Michaels? (Capital Business)

City program sends some disabled residents to iffy for-profit colleges (WaTimes)

Health director Mohammad Akhter is taking a leave of absence to direct city health care exchange (WaTimes)

Emily Miller finds another poor lawbreaking veteran: “I have plenty of bags with random ammo in them. It never crossed my mind to look for them before going into D.C.” (WaTimes)

DDOT moves forward on Bikeshare ads (Examiner, City Desk)

Uber expands to less classy vehicles: “It remains to be seen whether regulators will crack down,” says CEO (TechCrunch)

Mary Cheh stands by her 2010 endorsement of Kwame Brown, says Vincent Orange has been a “divisive influence” (Examiner)

Jeffrey Thompson has until October to finalize a sale of Chartered Health (WBJ)

Spring Valley manse goes up in flames (STATter911)

An alternative to standardized testing: High-stakes inspections? (Post column)

DCPS data chief is moving to New Orleans (Examiner)

The Hank’s Oyster War (Young & Hungry)

Rand Paul’s amendments will hold up budget autonomy for the rest of the year, at least (WAMU-FM)

Bill is aimed at un-stalling city foreclosure process (Examiner)

What’s up with DCPS per pupil spending reports? (HuffPo)

Will Obamacare save United Medical Center? (WUSA-TV)

How D.C.’s court artists handled the big health care ruling (Reliable Source)

It’s not easy finding arts spaces, and bigwigs aren’t making it any easier (Arts Desk)

Three of 333 teachers whose positions were cut got their old jobs back (Examiner)

Why tech investors shouldn’t get special tax breaks (DCFPI)

Why not combine charter school and DCPS out-of-boundary lotteries? (GGW)

Delegate candidate Bruce Majors: “I’m not running to be elected. I’d be amazed if I were.” (Metro Weekly)

D.C. man is indicted in estranged girlfriend’s slaying; remains at large (Crime Scene)

Another D.C. man indicted in beating death of ex-girlfriend’s toddler son; he’s in jail (Crime Scene)

Arrest made in Kenilworth stabbing death (Crime Scene)

No, a D.C. judge can’t hold a criminal’s decision to cross-examiner witnesses against him during sentencing (Legal Times)

Remembering D.C.’s race riot of 1835 (Streets of Washington)

We’re getting a fire dog monument (WAMU-FM)

Keep the fish market fishy (All Opinions Are Local)

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