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Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 03/06/2012

DeMorning Links: Just can’t win?

Gray, at his One City Summit last month. (Marvin Joseph - The Washington Post)
Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) can put this one in his Just Can’t Win file: The Examiner reports today that the city appears to be making progress on keeping special-needs students out of expensive private-school placements — a key Gray campaign promise that appears to have saved the city $16 million. But the article includes criticism directed at Gray for spending the savings on non-education matters, including his $600,000 One City Summit. Says HyeSook Chung, executive director of D.C. Action for Children, “I probably would not have wanted that funding to be used that way. I would have invested in children.”

In other news:

Campaign money man Jeff Thompson and Gray campaign consultant Jeanne Clarke Harris raided — where does this investigation go next? (Post, WUSA-TV, Loose Lips, WJLA-TV, WAMU-FM, D.C. Wire, Examiner, WaTimes, WRC-TV)

If Gray’s letter questioning the latest revenue projections was meant “to give the public more confidence in the numbers ... it likely had the opposite effect.” (Post editorial)

Deanwood station is Metro’s most dangerous (WTOP)

Girl, 11, describes bus attack at hands of teen (WTTG-TV)

Yvette Alexander explains her opposition to medical marijuana center in her ward (WaTimes)

City inspectors likely to plead guilty to accepting bribes (Post)

Gray says he will support cash infusion to finance UMC overhaul (WBJ)

Public Service Commission will investigate Pepco’s role in 911 outage Saturday (WTOP)

Gunmen hold Northeast couple hostage in robbery (WJLA-TV)

UDC hoops team is dancing (

Antoine Jones, at center of landmark Supreme Court decision, will get new trial on drug-trafficking charges (Examiner)

Effort to remake Florida Avenue Market into “Union Market” kicks off with $200-a-head gastrofest (Capital Business)

Two years after South Capitol Street, a “carrot” and “stick” approach to juvenile justice (Examiner)

D.C. Trans Coalition is really not happy with Cathy Lanier (Metro Weekly)

Raul Fernandez takes over for the late Joe Robert in leading his youth charity (Reliable Source)

Delays on street project vex Georgetowners (Patch)

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