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Posted at 09:23 AM ET, 12/02/2011

DeMorning Links: Ethics maze


(Tom Toles - The Washington Post)

Today’s Tom Toles cartoon would seem to highlight the difficulty of fixing a broad and complicated problem like the District government’s lax ethics regime with a single piece of legislation. But the D.C. Council is moving full steam ahead; a markup of its reform bill is set for Monday, paving the way for a first vote by the full council on Tuesday. Hope to have some thoughts later in the day on the matter, but start by reading Chuck Thies on the need for stronger sanctions against misbehaving D.C. Council members and Alan Suderman’s case for abolishing constituent service funds.

In other news:

New HIV/AIDS cases continue to decline (Examiner)

Metro riders complain to everyone but Metro (Post)

The Georgetown University town-gown relationship, in holiday rhyme (Georgetown Voice)

Uniontown’s future might not be so bright (Young & Hungry)

Love inside St. Elizabeths (Crime Scene)

The young face of leadership in Ward 8 (Informer)

Could UDC get another radio station -- in the form of long-running WPFW-FM? (City Desk)

Sheila Johnson on HIV/AIDS in D.C. (HuffPo)

Vincent Gray leads the city snow team’s practice session (WAMU-FM, WTOP)

Cathy Lanier cites “progress” in Heritage India investigation (Crime Scene)

As expected, its liquor license has been suspended (WaTimes)

Bribed DCPS employee pleads guilty, gets probation (Examiner)

How Wal-Mart will impact the local grocery industry: “Traditional grocers such as Safeway Inc. and Giant Food LLC should be particularly concerned” (WBJ)

And could Wal-Mart make a foray into providing health care? (WBJ)

And could it be doing more for the environment? (WAMU-FM)

Where the dispensaries might be (WaTimes)

Petula Dvorak: “If one-one-hundredth of the time that went into [John Hinckley]’s care and medication was dedicated to the dozen or so mentally ill people sleeping on grates outside the courthouse or in court for various crimes, or in the emergency room on a Friday night, we’d see a whole new world of functioning people.” (Post)

Harry Jaffe: “Like it or not, if we are a nation of laws, Hinckley gets to go free.” (Examiner)

Meridian Hill Park’s koi are safe for the winter (WTTG-TV)

What the fire-ravaged Meridian Hill Baptist Church will look like post-condofication (PoP)

New “community courts” will send low-level offenders back into their neighborhoods to do good (Patch)

Can D.C.’s street-tree pruners do more to work with residents? (GGW)

Russian kabillionaire gives $5 million to KenCen (WUSA-TV)

Landlords push back on pledge, GU says (The Hoya)

Multispace meters break a lot (GGW)

Takoma Bikeshare station would be too far away from others to be useful, DDOT says (Housing Complex)

Two men found guilty of killing owner of Benning Road check-cashing store (Post)

Bank robbed while police chief sits idly across street — doing radio interview (WTOP)

Still a mystery why Georgetown building collapsed (The Hoya)

FBI headquarters to Loudoun? (Loudoun Times)

Gray in NYC today to lure cable TV productions (@mikedebonis)

Hoya Saxa (Post)

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