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Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 07/17/2012

DeMorning Links: Her street is U Street


See you at Oohs and Aahs soon, Madame Justice. (Cliff Owen - AP)
It’s some sort of milestone in a neighborhood’s rebirth when it recovers to the point a Supreme Court justice chooses to live there. So forgive overheated reactions to the news, first reported by Washington Business Journal, that Sonia Sotomayor has purchased a condo in the U Street corridor — the edgier eastern portion, at that. And this is no pied-à-terre: She is claiming the homestead deduction. Note that she’s already made friends with the proprietors of the U Street Music Hall, the subterranean dance club with the “mind-blowingly amazing” sound system, which tweeted Monday, “if you’re friends with Sonia Sotomayor let her know she’s on the guestlist for Moombahton Massive next month.”

In other news:

Metro still mystified by weekend shutdowns (Post)

D.C. health director is essentially quitting his job to oversee health insurance exchange (WaTimes)

Jim Graham sure could be more forthcoming about this lottery contract business (Washington Post editorial)

D.C. lobbying disclosure reports are nigh on useless (WAMU-FM)

Among those testifying before Congress Thursday on building heights: Harriet Tregoning, Natwar Gandhi, and, on behalf of the Committee of 100, new ethics board member Laura M. Richards (D.C. Wire)

In Vincent Gray campaign probe, all eyes are on Vernon Hawkins (WUSA-TV)

Gray campaign shenanigans “made a mockery of those sacrifices” made by civil rights heroes, says Jonetta Rose Barras (Examiner)

Is Gray’s campaign scandal comparable to Tony Williams’s? (WRC-TV)

Yes, Eleanor Holmes Norton took Jeff Thompson’s money, too (WaTimes)

Unveiling the Southwest “Eco-District” (Capital Business, GGW, DCist, Grist)

Power outage closes D.C. government building located adjacent to Pepco’s service yard (D.C. Wire)

Georgetown campus plan get final Zoning Commission OK (Examiner)

Activists press for more green space at McMillan site (Capital Business)

Harry Jaffe criticizes Kojo Nnamdi for writing article with same thesis as legendary book co-written by Jaffe (Washingtonian)

Jim Graham won’t be calling for Gray’s resignation until he’s charged with a crime (DCist)

Police could be doing more to find bike groper, says Petula Dvorak (Post column)

“Kids with special needs shouldn’t be the cash cow to fix the holes in the District’s budget.” (Post)

Army Corps of Engineers is checking Spring Valley groundwater, preparing for house demolition and excavation (WTOP, WJLA-TV)

GWU lobbyist Bernard Demczuk isn’t out of the campaign money game just yet (Loose Lips)

CYITC: Still here! (Examiner)

”You can’t Google the East of the River experience.” (CHotR)

Apparently it’s possible to use the Gray campaign scandal to attack the District’s immigration policy (FAIR)

D.C. loses best-for-families honors to ... Arlington? (On Parenting)

Chopt really does go overboard with the “Cobb” salads (Slate)

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