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Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 04/16/2012

DeMorning Links: Happy Emancipation Day


The weekend’s festivities included events at the African American Civil War Memorial. (Astrid Riecken - For The Washington Post)
Good morning on this 150th anniversary of the emancipation of the District’s last 3,100 slaves. Shortly, thousands will march down Pennsylvania Avenue NW in a celebratory parade, with festivities to follow at Freedom Plaza. Also note that the Capitol Visitor Center is displaying an original copy of the Compensated Emancipation Act of 1862 Monday and the Historical Society of Washington is holding an Emancipation Day open house at the Carnegie Library until 2 p.m. Note that streets will be closed along the Pennsylvania Avenue parade route until 3 p.m., and near Freedom Plaza until 11 p.m. As for the rest of America, you have an extra day to file your taxes — you’re welcome.

In other news:

Inspector General probe finds alcohol inspector abused office to get free bottle service (Post)

D.C. charter school grad arrives at Georgetown University “unprepared and outmatched” (Post op-ed)

Capitol Bikeshare to sell discount helmets to members (Post)

“Great European cities such as Paris and London have shown that dense development on the outskirts of a city doesn’t threaten its inner beauty.” (Post editorial)

”Isn’t it horrible enough that the vista west from the Capitol along the Mall has been despoiled by the hideousness of Rosslyn across the river?” (InTowner)

Health Care Finance official fired for nepotism (D.C. Wire)

DCPS official is open to making teacher evaluations less reliant on student test scores (Examiner)

D.C. office leasing tanks, thanks in no small part to political gridlock (Capital Business)

Personal details emerge about South Capitol Street shooting suspects (Post)

With a longer runup to the general election, could non-Democrats be competitive this year? (Examiner)

Still no ethics board appointees (Examiner)

Gray plan to extend alcohol sales hours “asks too much of our neighborhoods and returns too little” (Post op-ed)

No medical marijuana cultivation centers have yet applied for building permits (Examiner)

Thus far, 2012 has been awfully dry (Post)

Brentwood drug store manager shot; police seek assailant (WTOP, WNEW-FM)

Charter school funding gets caught up in supplemental budget battle (D.C. Schools Insider)

Vouchers: Still popular! (Examiner)

Kevin P. Chavous and Donald Hense: Vincent Gray is no friend of school choice (Post letter)

If Asian shop owners leave Ward 8, “would others fill the void? Or would we be left with empty storefronts?” (Post op-ed)

Man, 23, accused of beating dog to death (DCist)

Bruce Springsteen to play Nationals Park in September (WTOP)

No competition on anti-bullying efforts, top city leaders insist (Examiner)

Marcus Samuelsson on the Howard Theatre’s culinary experience (All We Can Eat)

Joe Biden’s holding a fundraiser there Tuesday (Borderstan)

Penn Branch brush blaze injures firefighter (Crime Scene)

Five more Occupy protesters arrested outside downtown bank (DCist)

Tiny house to be showcased in Park View (HuffPo)

Abe Pollin’s philanthropic legacy continues (WAMU-FM)

Sirrocco Delonte Johnson, 31, shot to death late Friday near Shipley Terrace (AP)

Witnesses help make arrests in Wednesday evening downtown robberies (Post)

There has to be a better way to handle Metro door-closing (Post letter)

Police recruitment and training board languishes; Phil Mendelson blames Adrian Fenty (WUSA-TV)

Kaya Henderson to be awarded an honorary doctorate from Georgetown U. (GU)

A waterfront toast to the Titanic victims, 100 years later (WTTG-TV)

Compare and contrast: Marion Barry and Ozzie Guillen (WaTimes)

Happy birthday, DC Brau (DCist)

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