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Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 06/04/2012

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D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown tries to keep his focus on the job at hand. (Katherine Frey - THE WASHINGTON POST)
With former D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr. on his way to prison and campaign aides to Mayor Vincent C. Gray trouping through court, you can be forgiven for forgetting there’s another city political figure under federal scrutiny. But D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown has pressed on with his work and vows to continue doing so — even though, as Tim Craig writes in the Post, his fate “is the subject of rampant speculation” and the “the long-running investigation has been intensifying and is entering its final stages.” Says Brown, “I’m not worried one bit. ... I am just 100 percent focused on doing what I am doing.” That includes, as Washington Business Journal reported Friday, sparring with Gray over the city economic development priorities.

In other news:

United Medical Center’s finances in serious question after change to Medicaid calculations (WBJ)

City officials ponder moving Fiesta D.C. out of Mount Pleasant (D.C. Wire)

Study pegs soccer stadium cost at $157 million (Capital Business)

FBI agents knock on lottery whistleblower’s door (Post)

This year’s most excellent D.C. employees (Cafritz Awards)

Colby King: “Today’s Democratic Party in the District of Columbia is what the Communist Party was to the former Soviet Union: a sure path to power.” (Post column)

In a “collision between the nation’s need for modern infrastructure ... and a neighborhood’s peace and quiet,” some Capitol Hill residents really don’t want CSX to rebuild its antiquated rail tunnel under Virginia Avenue SE (Post)

Brown is going to hang on to the economic development committee, thankyouverymuch (Examiner)

Metro inspection reports show ongoing problems with emergency exits (Examiner)

Construction lobby makes good on threats to sue over First Source law (WaTimes)

D.C. firefighter not pleased that flags went to half-staff for Chuck Brown (Post letter)

Parent asks: How do I get DCPS to fire my kid’s teacher? (DCUM)

Irv Nathan says his job is “much more difficult and challenging than I ever imagined” (Washington Jewish Week)

DYRS moving slowly on abscondence review panel, IG says (Examiner)

Darrell Issa, Mr. Subpoena, is fighting a subpoena (Post)

Gray administration pitches Chinese investors on streetcar financing (WJLA-TV)

Missy Reilly Smith is not pleased by Gray’s taking communion (WaTimes)

Rep. Trent Franks, now on anti-D.C. abortion crusade, was once called “the quintessential single-issue politician” (Arizona Republic)

Historic Preservation Review Board nixes solar panels because they can (GGW)

Parting thoughts from federal judge Ricardo Urbina: The sentencing wears on you (Post)

More on the new city football championship (Post)

St. Elizabeths restaurant pavilion: pros and cons (Housing Complex, Examiner)

And then there’s that homeless shelter over there ... (Housing Complex)

Jack Evans talks about his latest political ambitions (WAMU-FM, WRC-TV)

Others should pitch in to help with sewage tunnels, yes, but how do we make them? (Post op-ed)

H Street NE facade collapses (DCmud)

DMV will stay at Georgetown Park mall (Georgetowner)

Use TIF money to woo Bloomie’s to Georgetown? (GGW, RPUS)

Driver accused in bike assault turns himself in (WaTimes)

Donald Trump probably won’t ruin the Old Post Office Pavilion (WBJ)

An overview of the McMillan opposition (Examiner)

It’s official: Filming in front of Capitol will remain okay (DCist)

Health department could do a better job posting restaurant inspections online (WUSA-TV)

Federal judges in California consider Congress’s nonaction on D.C. medical marijuana of no significance (WaTimes)

Meet some alley dwellers (WAMU-FM)

Bike thefts, mapped by ward (DCist)

Wednesday: Evans and Kaya Henderson host “State of the Schools” event (Borderstan)

Two dead in unrelated weekend shootings (Crime Scene)

Attention homeowners and contractors: City lead-paint disclosure rules have gotten tougher (Post)

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