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Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 12/09/2011

DeMorning Links: Marion Barry, the movie


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It’s the story no documentary could truly do justice to. The Reliable Source reports that Spike Lee has a deal with HBO to direct a Marion Barry biopic, starring Eddie Murphy. Yes, Eddie Murphy. A hopeful sign: “Harry Jaffe and Tom Sherwood have been tapped as consultants — ‘Dream City,’ their 1994 book about D.C. politics, is among the source material the creators are eyeing — as have Dana Flor and Toby Oppenheimer, the filmmakers behind the 2009 documentary ‘The Nine Lives of Marion Barry.’” Hollywood Reporter confirms.

In other news:

Vincent Gray says the public is starting “to lose patience” with protesters (WRC-TV)

Three Occupy protesters “say they will consume only water until Congress grants D.C. more local autonomy” (WAMU-FM)

With Patrick Pope in a new job and a “comprehensive” middle school plan underway, DCPS backs off plans for arts magnet (GGW, Patch)

Public Charter School Board finally has a new executive director, from Obama education department (D.C. Schools Insider)

Joe Robert’s legacy: the rebirth of D.C. school vouchers (Post editorial)

The city’s business, political and media elite remember Robert (Capital Business)

Robert as “a kind of retro fantasy” (PostPartisan)

Former City Administrator Robert Bobb discusses his new Robert Bobb Group: “Our goal is, if there is a mess, to clean up the mess” (WBJ)

Harry Jaffe previews Saturday’s Capital Showdown boxing match (Examiner)

Gray on the GU campus plan: “It’s been — I don’t know if I want to say delightful — it’s been interesting working with the University” (Vox Populi)

Ethics bill issues will get hashed out in coming weeks (WaTimes)

Doctors won’t get final say on John Hinckley’s freedom, judge says (Crime Scene)

Phil Mendelson praised for easing gun laws, “but more must be done to reverse the District’s revival of the despicable Jim Crow-era gun laws” (WaTimes)

Why is Metro ridership dropping while national transit ridership is on the rise? (Examiner)

What’s the difference between resisting arrest and assaulting a cop? (Legal Times)

Doctors group pushes back on David Catania’s HIV training requirement (WBJ)

D.C. debuts spongy alley (WAMU-FM)

Why we need so many tour buses (Housing Complex)

Howard Theatre, then and now (Informer)

Insurance will cover most costs of Union Station earthquake repairs (WTOP)

Man shot near Anacostia Metro stop (Dr. Gridlock)

Two suspects in G-Rod indictment still at large (Homicide Watch)

Hill East sees bump-and-stop carjackings (WJLA-TV)

Rec centers are great! (GGW)

”In short, Michelle Rhee and her successor, Kaya Henderson, have presided over a landscape of modest raw test score gains. ... What Rhee and Henderson have not done is shrink achievement gaps or guarantee to D.C. low-income parents that their children will receive at least an adequate, “average” education, no matter what school they attend.” (The Nation)

The city could probably do more to get this money back (Loose Lips)

Kevin P. Chavous wins some support in Ward 7 (Loose Lips)

You could do worse than run a BID (Housing Complex)

Georgetown now serving “seitan gyros with soy yogurt” and “vegan barbecue riblets”? (DCist)

The most fabulous photograph I have seen in months (City Paper)

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