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Posted at 10:06 AM ET, 12/21/2011

DeMorning Links: Following the money


More of Thomas’s council doings are under probe, the Heartbeat reports. (Matt McClain - FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)
The Brookland Heartbeat, the biggest little neighborhood paper in D.C., confirms that agents investigating D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr. (D-Ward 5) are looking at more than the $400,000 in youth baseball money he is accused of redirecting for his own purposes. Also under scrutiny is $832,000 in 2008 council earmarks meant for Thomas’s “Ward 5 initiative” and for “gang-intervention initiatives” — distributed, like the baseball money, through the Children and Youth Investment Trust Corp. A parks department lawyer initially refused to hand over documents related to the grants, explaining that they “are relevant to an ongoing U.S. Attorney investigation into activities conducted by [Thomas] and related entities.” But an appeal to Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s office succeeded. Some of the expenses listed include Six Flags, the Washington Nationals and a go-kart track.

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Ginnie Cooper on MLK: “It’s a very expensive building and very difficult to radically transform in the way we need.” (Library Journal)

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D.C. Wal-Mart foes join forces with Occupy D.C. (HuffPo)

When will Johns Hopkins get busy at Sibley? (WBJ)

Why is Congress allowing federal workers’ transit benefits to lapse while upping parking rates? (Post editorial)

Unemployment checks can now come on debit cards (Afro, City Paper)

Should Kwame Brown be worrying about a recall? (Examiner)

”What’s better: More CaBi stations or bigger ones?” (GGW)

Low-income Shaw apartments won’t expand without WMATA air rights deal (DCmud)

11 more Occupy arrests (The Buzz)

The Kiplinger family donates its D.C. history collection to the Historical Society of Washington (WRC-TV)

Second arrest in 2009 killing of Georgia Avenue shop owner (Post)

Fifteen years for man who shot three during birthday party drug deal (Crime Scene)

Taxi driver seriously injured in overnight carjacking (Crime Scene)

This upper Northwest carjacker seems awful stupid (WTTG-TV, WRC-TV)

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