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Posted at 09:38 AM ET, 10/04/2011

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The Post editorial board today highlights the latest doo-doo pile stepped in by Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s administration. It concerns a lawn-mowing and landscaping contract worth more than $1.6 million per year, awarded under Mayor Adrian M. Fenty last year to a Maryland-based outfit. But Gray chose not to renew the contract this year, despite no reports of poor performance; several council members last year preferred that the contract had instead gone to a local vendor. A rebid is in the works. Asks the ed board, “Why would any self-respecting business want to deal with a city that operates this way?” The D.C. Council will vote today to extend the original contract through the end of this year’s cutting season, and Council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3) has set a hearing for Friday on the whole mess.

In other news:

Gray in Georgetown: Down on GU campus plan, up on “the community” (Dish, The Hoya)

U Street is a great street (WTOP)

MLK Library is open on Sundays, but it has fewer new books (DCist)

Another Peaceoholics audit? (WaTimes, Examiner)

No Ben’s for a week (Post)

D.C. cops prep for potentially large protests (WaTimes)

Eleanor Holmes Norton moves on insurance tax shelter plan touted by Gray (City Desk)

Where this year’s murders are (Homicide Watch)

Charlotte’s fake Metro (DCist)

Metro needs to crack the whip on bike vandals (GGW)

Congress is treating the District OK for now. Is it the civil disobedience? Or the Democratic Senate? (Examiner)

Supremes will hear D.C. man’s GPS surveillance case on Nov. 8 (DCist)

Georgia Avenue’s heritage trail takes shape (PoP)

Kevin B. Chavous is tough on unemployment and kidney disease (Loose Lips)

Anne Chambers Gay, principal and champion of children with special needs (Post)

Got any ideas for Walter Reed’s oldest building? (Housing Complex)

Chief Judge Lee Satterfield talks domestic violence (WUSA-TV)

Invasive trees removed from Hardy Middle School property (Patch)

An historic district for Southwest? (LQTC)

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