DeMorning Links: Here’s the outrage

“Where’s the outrage?” asked WTTG-TV anchor Brian Bolter last week when discussing Harry Thomas Jr.’s crimes. Well, here’s what outrage Mayor Vincent C. Gray could muster, asked Monday by WRC-TV’s Tom Sherwood: “I know Tommy; I know his family well, and I have a lot of compassion for them in this situation. But at the same time, this is something that never should have happened.” And D.C. Council member Jack Evans, who stayed mostly mum about Thomas, said this: “For any public official to steal money is just outrageous, beyond the pale, and he deserves whatever prison time he gets.” Last night, more than a hundred leaders and activists met to discuss what’s next for Ward 5; more later today at PostLocal.

In other news:

Metro fare hike proposal includes $6 one-way rush-hour trips for paper farecard users (Post, GGW)

D.C. is behind schedule on Race to the Top reforms, feds say (Post)

Which medical marijuana cultivation centers made the cut? (DCist)

Obesity and geography in D.C. (Express)

DCPS parents will soon get school “scorecards” (D.C. Schools Insider, Examiner)

Anthony Lanier looks to build beyond Georgetown (Capital Business)

Trinity president critiques Kwame Brown’s college-for-all bill (HuffPo)

Will the lack of a Ward 5 council member affect the medical marijuana permitting process? (WaTimes)

After stabbing, club security told investigators blood was actually cranberry juice, liquor authority says (Examiner)

Streetscape improvements in the works for 14th Street NW (DCmud)

Adrian Fenty to address University of Michigan on Martin Luther King Day (news release)

What it’s like to write a simple story about the D.C. police (One Reporter’s Notebook)

No more free downtown street parking for the disabled (WTOP, Examiner)

Progressive unity in Ward 5? (GGW)

Mary Cheh says she’s “very, very close” to getting the votes to pass her gas industry bill (Loose Lips)

About the “Ruined Capitol” (Housing Complex)

Just what H Street needs: a precious bike shop (H Street Great Street)

New Hampshire junket gets some out-of-town press (L.A. Times)

Hunger striker Adrian Parsons will join elected officials in New Hampshire, though it’s not clear that he was invited (Examiner)

Elaine Coleman’s murder and preventing domestic violence (Examiner)

Good Guys arsonist stands trial on first-degree murder charges (Post)

Post readers share their own HTJ outrage (Post letters)

Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.
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