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Posted at 09:53 AM ET, 07/26/2012

DeMorning Links: No distractions


Hizzoner is trying to keep his administration on track. (Jahi Chikwendiu - The Washington Post)

Mayor Vincent C. Gray is doing his darndest to make it clear he’s not been distracted by those campaign corruption revelations. On Wednesday he rolled out his “One City Action Plan,” a 56-page document that “focuses on Gray’s efforts to attract new residents while easing disparities among the city’s wealthiest and poorest,” Tim Craig reports in the Post. “But the mayor’s public efforts ... to show he’s governing amid mounting criticism and the U.S. attorney’s office investigation have not masked the signs of increasing frustration within the administration that its work has been overshadowed, even ignored.” Gray ran down his accomplishments: lower unemployment, more development, progress in education. “That is not talk — that is results,” he said. “Yes, my term. Me, Mayor Vincent Gray.” More from WaTimes, WRC-TV, WUSA-TV, WTTG-TV.

In other news:

”Done City?” — Gray as lame duck (City Paper)

Steny Hoyer: There will be a commuter tax over my dead body (2chambers)

Federal probe into lottery dealings is a grand jury probe (Examiner)

Will House leadership bring D.C. abortion bill to the floor? (Weekly Standard)

Mary Treadwell, ex-wife of Marion Barry and key figure in his rise to power, dies at 71 (Post obituary)

Union Station plans are great, but how to pay for them? Maybe Tony Williams can figure it out. (Post, Post gallery, WaTimes, WBJ, WRC-TV, GGW)

Meanwhile, Union Station manager has resigned (Capital Business)

Several UDC criminal justice professors have “fake” Ph.Ds (WTTG-TV)

Latest Kids Count report: 31,000 D.C. kids live in poverty — fewer but still too many (Examiner)

Metro brass pledge to improve late-night bus service on 16th Street NW (Post)

Group says it will sue to prevent city from massing tour buses at Ivy City school (Capital Business)

Homeowner endures nearly a month without power, bureaucratic hell thanks to Pepco and DCRA (Post column)

Jury convicts five in Benning Terrace gang killing (Crime Scene)

Jury convicts man of sexually abusing three children including his stepdaughters (WUSA-TV)

MoCo cops aren’t happy with D.C. judge’s decision to release police-shooting suspect (WaTimes)

Tommy Wells: Roll Call misquoted me! (Loose Lips)

St. Elizabeths docs want still more time to evaluate Albrecht Muth, who maintains the Iranians killed his wife (WaTimes)

Deborah Simmons is concerned about the mayor’s personal well-bring — so go grab some ice cream, she says (WaTimes)

Urban-friendly big boxes are possible, but are they happening in D.C.? (RPUS)

A lot of drama behind comedy club’s closing (Arts Desk)

Activist’s mantra: “Pepco equals power outages” (City Desk)

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