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Posted at 09:53 AM ET, 10/17/2011

DeMorning Links: Gray makes his stand


Gray calls for D.C. voting rights. (The Associated Press)
Don’t say Mayor Vincent C. Gray isn’t taking advantage of his bully pulpit. He had an especially big one Sunday, when he stood in front of President Barack Obama and congressional leaders at the Martin Luther King Memorial dedication. He proceeded to call the federal big shots out: “Today, we gloriously honor Dr. King’s legacy and his dream. Sadly, however, for the 601,000 residents of the District of Columbia, that dream remains unfulfilled,” Gray said. “As the residents of the District of Columbia know all too well – but, sadly, most Americans do not – if you live in Washington, D.C., you do not have a vote in Congress. We pay our nation’s taxes, we fight our nation’s wars, but we have no vote. ... I implore you, Mr. President and members of Congress: Stand with the people of the District of Columbia. Stand with the legacy of Dr. King. Remove the shackles of oppression so that, when Americans dutifully recite the Pledge of Allegiance, we truly mean ‘liberty and justice for all.’”

In other news:

The federal probe of Gray’s campaign is serious: At least two people have testified to grand jury, immunity deals have been offered, fingerprints have been taken, and more money order and cash contributions are being scrutinized (Post)

The D.C. Public Schools, one year after Michelle Rhee (Post)

On D.C. gun laws, tension between tea party tenets (WaTimes)

At Evermay, generations of a family’s history (Post)

On Metro map, boomboxes are out and iPods are in (Arts Desk)

Kwame Brown: “We must flatten the curve of government growth” (Post op-ed)

Office cleaners reach tentative contract deal (WJLA-TV)

Two murdered overnight (Crime Scene)

Are D.C.’s federal prosecutors illegally withholding potentially exculpatory evidence? (Post)

District opens first of three complexes for formerly homeless families (Post)

Forget about grass-cutting: DPR needs more money for programs (GGW)

Jonetta Rose Barras slams Betty Noel’s confirmation hearing performance (Examiner)

Home visits for Anacostia High students (WJLA-TV)

Let the protesters stay, says Eleanor Holmes Norton (D.C. Wire)

Irv Nathan tells aggrieved grass-cutters to buzz off (Loose Lips)

Does D.C. Lottery have the chops to keep outsiders out of “iGaming”? (Examiner)

Is Gray hypocritical by asking for “full democracy” after presiding over Internet gambling maneuver? (WaTimes)

Muriel Bowser doesn’t want “Park View” added to Georgia Ave- Petworth Metro station name (Park View D.C.)

The District offers a proper Key Bridge welcome once again (DCist)

Sinkhole on 295 (WAMU-FM)

Zipcar’s being mean to bikers, kinda (TBD)

Does NoMa parks plan give private interests too much control over public spending? (DCFPI)

New York Avenue playground’s in shabby condition, and neighbors are fixing to do something about it (DCist)

Fort Totten Metro station could benefit from regional grant application (Examiner)

School funding commission has until Jan. 31 to finish its work (D.C. Schools Insider)

Compete with your homebrew (DCist)

Cops raid Florida Avenue flea market (@SegravesWTOP)

Collector’s item: D.C. Council T-shirts! (@danielconner)

New detail painting for Woodies; new mural for Ben Ali Way (PoP, PoP)

Remember: Frank Kameny fought for statehood, too (Post letter)

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