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Posted at 10:21 AM ET, 09/19/2012

DeMorning Links: Mendo just wants to be liked

Can Chairman Mendo herd his cats? (Astrid Riecken - FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)
It wasn’t so long ago when, for a legislature, the D.C. Council enjoyed sky-high approval ratings. Those days are over, but new Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) pines for them. “I would like to get us back to that,” he said Monday at a news conference ahead of today’s legislative meeting. “If the council’s held in high regard, then that means people are supporting the work and the council is actually getting the work done.” So what work will get done in the three months before the current term ends? Mendelson said he expects the council to pass a serious campaign finance reform package and perhaps address school truancy. Today, the council takes up a proposed capital gains tax break for tech investors; Mendelson stands with the vocal opposition. More on Mendo’s way from AP, WaTimes, WAMU-FM.

In other news:

Under new testing standards, not all D.C. schools have the same expectations (Post)

Jack Evans guarantees Nats fans will have a ride home after late games — but won’t say who’s paying (WTOP)

How the D.C. Public Library could do more to help homeless patrons at MLK (DCFPI, GGW)

“Are construction projects luring prostitutes into downtown D.C.?” (Capital Business)

Zookeepers keep a close watch on baby panda, from a distance (Post)

Vincent Orange posed at an event’s photobooth with a female staff member who was not his wife (Loose Lips)

The rains came, and somehow Bloomingdale made it through fine (WJLA-TV)

“The council should cede the prerogative to meddle” and give up its power to approve large contracts (Post editorial)

Kenyan McDuffie is eager to tackle jobs (Examiner)

Plenty of folks still annoyed about D.C. Jail’s camera visitation system (DCist)

Ralph Nader’s latest harebrained idea to help the District: Let’s have a presidential debate here (, City Desk, DCist)

It takes hundreds of cops, apparently, to police playoff baseball games (Examiner)

Howard dorm has a roach problem, students say (City Desk)

Today Meridian charter school cuts ribbon on renovation of the old Harrison school (Borderstan)

Free farecards will have to wait until after the Jewish high holy days (Examiner)

David Grosso is doing a Reddit “ask me anything” Thursday (Reddit)

Meet the panda’s “personal gynecologist” (DCist)

D.C. teen stands accused of assaulting homeless persons in Montgomery County (Patch)

Alleged taxi robber can breathe easy (Post)

Prince George’s man dead in afternoon shooting near Stanton Road and Suitland Parkway (Post, Crime Scene)

Woman sexually assaulted by gun-wielding man in Petworth (Crime Scene)

Letter carrier stands accused of stealing mail (Examiner)

Dude loses a finger at Smith Point, was so drunk he didn’t notice until it was too late (City Desk, Post)

D.C.’s pizza pioneers (Ghosts of D.C.)

So, on his day off, Bryce Harper hung out at Ben’s Chili Bowl with Wale (Facebook, DCist)

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