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Posted at 08:53 AM ET, 06/05/2012

DeMorning Links: It’s ethics time, finally

Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) has finally made good on a pledge to nominate qualified ethics board nominees. (Ricky Carioti - The Washington Post)
With less than four months remaining before it’s supposed to be policing city officials, the new Board of Ethics and Government Accountability finally has some nominees — led by Robert Spagnoletti, the well-regarded former D.C. attorney general. Tim Craig reports in the Post: “The nominations come as government watchdogs are looking to the panel to help restore public confidence in elected officials after a spate of criminal and ethical misconduct at the John A. Wilson Building and in city political campaigns.” Spagnoletti will likely face questions at today’s news conference about his ties to Mayor Vincent C. Gray, the man who appointed him — Spagnoletti served on Gray’s transition committee and represented him in a 2010 legal dispute with the city. But he insisted in an interview his integrity trumps all: “I do not intend to let my role on the board lead to a whitewash or papering-over of things.”

In other news:

Secure Communities is happening whether city politicos like it or not (WaTimes, Examiner)

Fire department brass again accuse chief Kenneth Ellerbe of intimidation: “I’m the battalion chief in charge of toilet paper,” says one (WUSA-TV)

”[I]mminent and long-term financial problems” put big pressure on United Medical Center (WBJ)

Group that robbed man in Chinatown included wheelchair-bound woman (Crime Scene)

A month after devastating fire, Dorothy Brizill and Gary Imhoff could use your help (WAMU-FM)

What happens if a top city official resigns (D.C. Wire)

New York Avenue bridge construction has gone pretty smoothly, pretty much everyone admits (WaTimes)

Darrell Issa is off the hook in Roger Clemens case (Post)

Arrest made in fatal Monday stabbing (Crime Scene)

Eight of 10 area’s worst traffic merges are in D.C. (WTOP)

Gray’s body man has a new job (D.C. Wire)

Feds continue to oppose unsealing of Watergate records (Legal Times)

Old 11th Street Bridge span might still be reused, but without its current road service (Housing Complex)

Doug Jemal gets moving on the Wonder Bread factory (DCmud)

How public land deals create affordable housing (GGW)

Parsing Kwame Brown’s pro-go-go comments (DCist)

New rules banning old taxicabs near finality (DCist)

D.C. United’s Ben Olsen signs anti-corporate-contribution petition (@BryanWeaverDC)

Union Market redevelopment plans get the Harry Jaffe seal of approval (Examiner)

A bike commute from the suburbs isn’t easy (Post)

When the sidewalks were covered (Metrocentric)

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