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Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 06/07/2012

DeMorning Links: Down goes Kwame


Brown, an Ali aficionado, has more time now to work on his boxing moves. (Katherine Frey - THE WASHINGTON POST)
We now know this: Kwame Brown isn’t much of a planner. On Tuesday, he said he had “no plans” to resign as D.C. Council chairman. A day later, he resigned after federal prosecutors filed a felony bank fraud charge against him. Plenty to read in the Post, starting with Del Wilber and Tim Craig’s fabulous lede-all. Ben Pershing and I look at what the resignation means for the city going forward. Marc Fisher looks back at Brown’s once-promising career and how he got “in over his head.” Columnist Bob McCartney explains why this time is different. And also to be sure to watch WRC-TV’s raw video of a grinning Chairman Brown leaving the Wilson Building for the last time.

In other news:

More on Brown’s charge and resignation (AP, WaTimes, Loose Lips, WAMU-FM, Examiner, WUSA-TV, WRC-TV, Legal Times, DCist)

What’s next? We pick an at-large council member to fill in till November. (District Curmudgeon)

Post editorial board would like Phil Mendelson to take over as acting chair (Post editorial)

And so does Deborah Simmons (WaTimes)

Mary Cheh’s advice to crooked colleagues: “Come forward ... take your punishment, and go away” (WUSA-TV)

Blame it on Marion Barry, says Harry Jaffe (WUSA-TV)

David Catania presses Vince Gray: Spill your guts or serve “as a private citizen” (WTTG-TV)

Fear not these “petty” scandals: “While these stories may dominate the attention of mainstream media outlets, District business leaders have another focus: development.” (Afro)

Svetlana Guggenheim killing still a whodunit, husband still a suspect (Post)

MPD officers are helping train Chinese police (Voice of America)

How to become Jeffrey Thompson’s expensive lawyer (Washingtonian)

Still no movement on getting D.C. represented in Statuary Hall (National Journal)

Victor Hoskins and Michael Brown say it’s no big deal the Redskins are staying in Ashburn (WBJ)

Mystery retailer close to committing to Fort Lincoln (Housing Complex)

Quite a crowd Tony Williams rubs shoulders with (Bisnow)

A darn good housing deal for D.C. employees (Where We Live)

D.C. teen suspected in string of Takoma burglaries (Crime Scene)

More on new tattoo regulations (WJLA-TV)

Improv owner found dead in Arizona (Republic)

Get ready for Pride weekend (Blade)

Cool “Disco” Dan lives (GGW)

It’s all Anacostia — and it’s “cool” (Housing Complex)

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