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Posted at 09:45 AM ET, 09/17/2012

DeMorning Links: Michael Brown’s messes

Six months after Brown was sworn in, his driver’s license was suspended. (BILL O'LEARY - THE WASHINGTON POST)
We know Michael A. Brown’s had some personal financial issues. We also know his campaign has been kind of a mess lately. Now, thanks to the Freedom of Information Act, we know that the D.C. Council member’s driving record is no less checkered: Brown’s driver’s license, Tim Craig reports, “has been suspended five times over the past eight years because of traffic violations and his failure to pay for the citations. ... The records show that, except for about 30 days, he could not drive from June 15, 2009, through March 8, 2010, after he accumulated 10 points or more on his driving record.” Brown (I-At Large) would not discuss the revelations. Also published Sunday: A Post editorial about Brown’s issues, titled “A little loose with money.”

In other news:

Surprise! Pandamania is back (Post, @NationalZoo)

Police are looking for a seven-year-old robbery suspect (Crime Scene, @DCPoliceDept)

Georgetowners groan as a T.J. Maxx appears headed for renovated mall (G’town Metropolitan)

Health department told elementary school to evict animals from its classrooms lest they be “seized” (Examiner)

Mary Cheh on her erstwhile support for Vincent Gray: “To me, it was very, very clear that he would be a better mayor. Oops.” (Hatchet)

Patrick Mara questions voting-rights orthodoxy: “How much longer will D.C. residents tolerate a stubborn all-or-nothing posture that has gotten us nothing?” (Post op-ed)

Budget autonomy bill is still on hold: “In a nutshell, nobody has the ability to back these guys off” (WaTimes)

Still no answers on post-Nats Metro service (Post)

The DMV inspection station closed for a former employee’s funeral Saturday, and drivers were irate (WJLA-TV)

Remember when Lorraine Green threatened to sue Sulaimon Brown for defamation? Good times. (Post column)

Someone is vandalizing Metro Weekly’s street boxes (Metro Weekly)

Council members want answers on chief tax appraiser’s hiring (D.C. Wire)

KIPP student lives in fear after after-school Metro attack (WJLA-TV)

Gentrification real talk! (City Paper)

How to salvage the “Crate and Barrel”-ish Union Market (The Root DC)

Your quizmaster could be a Jeopardy! champion (Post)

IG Charles Willoughby has grand auditing plans, but not much we haven’t seen before (Examiner)

Georgetown wants its old corner market back (Patch)

Obama names two to Airports Authority board (Examiner)

Nearly a half-million dollars pledged to NoMa parks (Capital Business)

Breastfeeding professor tenders apology to student reporters (City Desk)

Vincent Gray’s administration touts coming board-and-commission appointments (Examiner)

Deborah Simmons diagnoses the cause of urban violence: “It’s like we decided that guns are the problem, when what we have is a people problem.” (WaTimes)

Woman arrested in Edgewood killing (Crime Scene)

Guilty pleas from members of Congress Heights drug ring (WaTimes)

Colonel Brooks is closed for good (WJLA-TV)

Developers make strong case for Adams Morgan hotel (DCmud)

A ballpark hotel with no parking? (JDLand)

Options for bikes and transit in near Southeast (WashCycle)

There’s a lot of Italian restaurants coming to 14th Street (Borderstan)

Busboys & Poets will not, in fact, be occupying the relatively small Uniontown space (GGW)

RIP Harold Foster, longtime D.C. and Prince George’s planner (GGW)

Some easy ways to upgrade the Nationals’ television broadcast (Post column)

Marion Barry had quite a night on Friday (DCist)

Thursday, too (Reliable Source)

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